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Disability Organization Appeals Its Dismissal from Uber Lawsuit

Says It Will Hold Uber Accountable to The Americans with Disabilities Act

CHICAGO – Chicago disability nonprofit Access Living today appealed its dismissal from a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Lawsuit Alleging Decades of Housing Discrimination Against Disabled People in Chicago Can Proceed

Judge Denies City’s Motion to Dismiss

CHICAGO – Following a federal judge’s ruling on Friday, March 29, the City of Chicago will be required to defend a lawsuit alleging that it funded and developed tens of thousands of affordable rental housing units without ensuring they are accessible to people with disabilities, as required by federal law.

Access Living Disability Rights Group Demands City of Chicago Make Homeless Shelters Accessible

Demands come as woman with a disability files suit for being denied shelter

CHICAGO, March 12 – Members of Access Living’s Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH) will gather at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, March 12, outside the City of Chicago Community Center located at 10 S. Kedzie to demand that Chicago make its homeless shelters accessible to people with disabilities, including those who are denied access because they use canes or wheelchairs.

Woman Denied Shelter Due to Disability Files Lawsuit Against the City

Complaint contends that inaccessibility of the city’s shelter system violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal law.

CHICAGO -- Laura Martin, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Chicago and city officials Monday evening. The suit contends the city violated Martin’s rights by failing to provide an accessible homeless shelter.

Gaelynn Lea: An Evening of Conversation and Song

Violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea is coming to Access Living at 6:30 pm on Friday February 15th, 2019 for an intimate evening of conversation and song featuring her unique takes on traditional fiddle tunes and haunting original songs. She making a stop in Chicago, IL as a part of her album release tour for her newest recording, Learning How to Stay. This wheelchair accessible show is all-ages.

Court Rules Lawsuit Against Uber for ADA Violations Can Continue

Holding Rideshare Companies to ADA Will Expand Access to Underserved Population

CHICAGO - Judge Manish S. Shah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, issued a decision Monday allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Uber Technologies, Inc. for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Access Living, 10 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor
Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum

12 Candidates to Join Event Featuring Questions from Disability Voters

CHICAGO - As the 2019 race for Chicago’s Mayor gears up, Chicago-based Access Living and ten community partners will host a candidates’ forum from 3-6 p.m. today at Access Living focused on disability.

Chicago Mayoral candidates commit city to spending required to correct disability discrimination in Affordable Housing Program

Daley no-show for hard questions from disability community

CHICAGO – Candidates for Mayor of Chicago today committed to spending whatever is required to correct decades of discrimination against people with disabilities in the City’s Affordable Housing Program. Ten candidates addressed questions about housing, transit, health care, criminal justice, employment, education and immigrant services in a forum today hosted by Access Living and ten community partners.

CPS SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES SURVEY RESULTS

The Advocates Group

The Advocates issued this survey to examine the current situation in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education program under the supervision of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and its Monitor. In May 2018 the ISBE found CPS’ policies violated special education law and subsequently appointed a monitor to oversee the district’s special education program for the next three years and carry out the agency’s corrective actions. We hope ISBE finds these survey results to be a helpful indicator of the current status of ISBE’s monitoring for further improvements. A total of 800 parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders took the survey from September 24, 2018 to October 12, 2018.

ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education, Advocates appeal to Pritzker to fix the problems

Teachers say CPS has not fixed problems; parents still in the dark about ISBE findings and students’ right to compensation

CHICAGO—Six months after the state nominally took control of special education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is still failing to bring the promised changes to students with disabilities, according to results of a new parent/teacher survey.

Access Living Calls Upon the IL General Assembly to Support Protections for Undocumented Immigrants with Disabilities

Override the Governor’s Veto on SB34, SB35, and SB3103

Access Living was extremely disappointed to hear Gov. Rauner announce Friday his plans to veto three immigration bills that would have offered vital human rights protections to undocumented immigrants with disabilities – The Voices Act (SB 34), the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) and the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (SB 3103).

Access Living Applauds New State Law Supporting CPS Students with Disabilities

SB454 Increases Parental Involvement

With Governor Rauner’s signature of SB 454 this week, the needs of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students with disabilities will be better met.

Access Living releases disability rights analysis of CPS FY 2019 Budget

Budget doesn’t adequately impact documented special ed violations

CHICAGO – July 23, 2018 -- Today Access Living published its annual review of the Chicago Public Schools budget for the FY2019 year. Access Living once again calls for a strategic reconsideration of how CPS will resolve issues affecting students with disabilities, with the view that resolving many of these issues can help stabilize the overall education climate in CPS.

STATEMENT OF ACCESS LIVING ON WHITE HOUSE FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY

As a disability rights and services organization, we fear for the lives and lack of support for children with disabilities or who may develop disabilities due to this traumatic practice.

Access Living condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump Administration in its policy of separating immigrant families detained at the US/Mexico border. As a disability rights and services organization, we fear for the lives and lack of support for children with disabilities or who may develop disabilities due to this traumatic practice.

Access Living sues City of Chicago for three decades of discrimination against people with disabilities in Affordable Rental Housing Program

Complaint in Federal Court affects more than 650 developments, 50,000 housing units

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) and advocate for people with disabilities, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, alleging the City of Chicago has funded and developed tens of thousands of affordable rental housing units without ensuring that a sufficient number are accessible to people with disabilities as required by federal law.

New Survey Shows CPS Special Ed Problems Continue Despite ISBE Probe

Parents, teachers say CPS hasn’t fixed problems, independent monitoring team needed to oversee program and protect students

Despite claims that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has fixed the special ed problems at issue in a state probe, the vast majority of parents and teachers responding to a new survey say they continue to experience the same delays, denials and roadblocks in obtaining services for students that prompted the state investigation in the first place.

CPS routinely delays, denies services to students with disabilities; Advocates demand a Special Master, $10 million in compensation

Findings of ISBE investigation expected tomorrow

Advocates are demanding an independent monitor, $10 million in compensation for corrective action and compensation services for affected students. The inquiry was requested by a coalition of thirteen advocacy groups representing families, teachers, attorneys and people with disabilities.

Access Living, 43 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor Non-Partisan Attorney General Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

Eight Democratic Candidates Joined Nonpartisan Event Featuring Voter Questions

Following a successful forum featuring gubernatorial candidates two weeks ago, Chicago-based Access Living, together with more than 40 advocacy organizations from around the state, hosted a nonpartisan Attorney General candidate forum Friday afternoon.

Access Living, 30 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor Governor Candidate Forum
on Disability Issues

Six Democratic Candidates Joined Nonpartisan Event
Featuring Voter Questions

As the 2018 election season heats up, Chicago-based Access Living, together with more than 30 advocacy organizations from around the state, hosted a nonpartisan gubernatorial candidate forum Thursday afternoon.

Open Letter to Illinois State Board of Education

This morning, a coalition of Chicago special education advocates appeared before the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to testify on the state of education for students with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
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