Access Living Update Volume 22

April 14 - April 25, 2009

Accessibility First: Fair Housing Training

This Thursday, April 16, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will host a fair housing training at Access Living for architects, developers, providers and tenants. The training will address accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and strategies to address common violations of fair housing laws. The event is part of HUD’s Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, which promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. For more information contact Sam Young at, 703-747-5603 (voice).

Empowered Fe Fes
Creative Arts Fundraiser

Join the Empowered FeFes, a support and activity group for young women with disabilities at Access Living on Friday, April 24 for a Creative Arts Fundraiser, featuring entertainment, discussion and food. The event will include, “Self-Esteem Makeover,” a dramatic performance starring three FeFes, poetry readings, and a panel discussion on beauty and disability. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds support the FeFes trip to Detroit, MI for the Allied Media Conference. For more information, contact Kimberly Wilson at 312-640-2190 (voice), 312-640-2170 (TTY),

The Words and Songs of Lynn Manning

Join us on May 1 for an evening of poetry, music and story-telling with renowned performer Lynn Manning. Manning is an award winning poet, playwright, actor, and former Blind Judo Champion of The world. He accomplished all of this after being shot and blinded in a bar fight at age 23. Based in Los Angeles, Lynn is a member of The Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, and The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. He has appeared in numerous TV shows and plays in the US and Europe. Lynn's poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary anthologies. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP’s are required. For more information, contact Jim at 312-640-2122,


Wednesday, April 15, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Group. This is a monthly peer group for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. For more information, contact Devon at (312) 640-2163(TTY), (800) 714-6834 (voice), or

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Beginning American Sign Language Course. This course will focus on expressive and receptive signing skills and will offer a taste of Deaf culture. The basic foundation of ASL grammar will be covered. For more information, contact Melinda at

Thursday, April 16, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Cross Disability Support Group. Monthly Peer Group open to people of all ages with any type of disability. Lunch will be served. If you’d like to participate, contact Carrie at 312-640-2103 (voice) or 312-640-2167 (TTY).

Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Deinstitutionalization Support Group. A Monthly group for nursing home residents with disabilities who would like to learn about opportunities to live in their own homes and communities. For information, contact Aimee Potter at 312-640-2160 (voice) or 312-640-2167 (TTY).

Thursday, April 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Community Forum with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services. Meet with Rob Kilbury of Illinois DRS for a community briefing and Q&A session on how the Federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act will impact state vocational rehabilitation services. To RSVP, contact Rene at 312-640-2108 (voice), 312-640-2167 (TTY).

Thursday, April 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing, (DRACH). A monthly meeting of housing advocates who work to enforce and implement the housing rights of people with disabilities. For information, contact Deidre at 312-640-2132 (voice), 312-640-2102 (TTY).