Latinos with Disabilities

Cambiando Vidas
Access Living works to increase our outreach within the Latino Community through the following efforts:

Facilitating a community organizing group called Cambiandos Vidas. Led by Michelle Robbins, the group supports the efforts of Latinos with disabilities to become better self–advocates and increase awareness of independent living services.

Translating Access Living Materials into Spanish

Offering Spanish Language Interpreters for meetings and events

Participation within the Committee for the Integration of Latinos with Disabilities and Cicero's President's Office for People with Disabilities. Access Living has played a significant leadership role within CILD, a coalition of community–based organizations and public agencies that have rallied together to provide education and outreach on issues affecting Latinos with disabilities and their families. In September of 2007, CILD co–sponsored the fifth annual Building Bridges to Independence Conference. For Latinos with disabilities, families, community members, and professionals, the conference addressed issues from education and immigration to leadership development for Latinos with disabilities and their families.

Participation with League of United Latin American Citizens . Access Living has worked with the local chapter of LULAC to raise awareness about Latinos with Disabilities. In July of 2007, LULAC hosted a reception at Access Living just prior to its national conference. At this reception, LULAC announced the establishment of a Disability Commission to help further the goal of meeting the needs of Latinos with Disabilities. Access Living's Community Organizer for Latinos, Rene David Luna, was appointed to serve as one of the Commission
Michelle Garcia
Community Development Organizer – Latinos