Access Living 30th Anniversary

This summer, Access Living is celebrating two important anniversaries. Along with the disability community nationwide, we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark civil rights legislation that gives people with disabilities legal protection to challenge social and physical barriers to public services, employment, telecommunications and transportation. The law not only provides a tool to assert our rights but also the confidence to advocate for equal opportunity.

In addition to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Access Living is recognizing its 30th Anniversary. Ten years before President George HW Bush declared “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down” when he signed the ADA into law, Access Living opened its doors for the first time. For 30 years, Access Living has worked to increase accessibility in Chicago, raise social awareness, and empower people with disabilities to live independently.

On August 8, a story about Access Living's 30 years of service and advocacy ran on ABC Channel 7 in Chicago. See the related pages for a link to the story.

In addition to the Channel 7 story, Access Living is grateful to Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) for publicly recognizing the work of Access Living. On July 13, 2010, Senator Durbin acknowledged Access Living by reading a statement into the United States Congressional Record that celebrates Access Living’s 30th Anniversary.

Please find the statement attached.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Access Living. With your continued support, as long as barriers to independence remain in Chicago and worldwide, Access Living will be prepared to support people with disabilities as they navigate those barriers.