About Access Living

Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform. Their staff and volunteers combine knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the future they envision.

Who we are: Learn more about Access Living.

Meet the Access Living Board of Directors

Meet the Access Living Young Professionals Council

Meet Access Living’s Executives and Directors

Everyday, Access Living staff do great work on behalf of the independence of people with disabilities. Here are some Access Living Staff Highlights,

History: Learn more with a brief history of Access Living and a brief history of the Independent Living Movement.

Our Mission: Access Living is a cross–disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.

Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self–esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. To this end, Access Living offers peer–oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities.

Access Living recognizes the innate rights, abilities, needs and diversity of people with disabilities, works toward their full integration into community life and serves as an agent of social change.

Transportation Delayed is Transportation Denied:

Report of On-time Performance in Pace’s City of Chicago Paratransit Service

On September 27, 2016, staff from Access Living and IMPRUVE, an association of paratransit riders, met with Pace officials to discuss the observed problems in the paratransit service. Pace generously offered to share individual rider data to help illustrate the actual ontime performance situation. Pace also shared their on-time performance rates. At that time, Pace shared reports from January through April of 2016. Pace’s on-time performance rate for that period was reportedly 87.5%. The discrepancy between rider experience and these reported rates convinced us to conduct our own surveys and compile this study.Learn More