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.

Disability Justice Mentoring Collective (DJMC)- YIELD Coordinator

Department: Independent Living - Community Supports

This is a full–time position created to coordinator the DJMC and YIELD program. In regards to DJMC, the Coordinator will connect 30 young adults with disabilities ages 12–24 with an adult mentor who also has a disability, or is well versed in the disability community. The pair will meet for at least one year and the coordinator will oversee this relationship. The Coordinator will recruit mentors and mentees, and work with schools and families to help youth participate achieve increased empowerment and disability pride. In regard to the YIELD program, the coordinator will develop youth leadership, and advocacy trainings to youth with disabilities, ages 16–24. Work with 1–2 schools per quarter to conduct 1–2 groups a week, for 4 weeks, to teach disability awareness, leadership and community organizing trainings. Learn More