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September 2021

Sept. 2021 – Training: Become a Paid Personal Assistant:

September 24 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
Teal graphic with white text that reads, "Training: Become a Personal Assistant."

Become a Personal Assistant Access Living provides training for people interested in becoming a paid Personal Assistant for people with disabilities. These trainings are open to members of the public as well as the family members of people with disabilities. If you provide care for a loved one with a disability you may qualify for wages by becoming a registered PA! About the Program: Our program is for training only. We are not a personal assistant hiring agency.PAs are hired…

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Crip Paint Power: Powerful, Beautiful Women with Disabilities

September 27 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Orange graphic with a picture of Genevieve Nutley, an artist with disabilities, holding a paintbrush next to a painting of a woman's bare back. Text reads, "The Access Living Arts & Culture Project and The Disability Culture Activism Lab Present: Crip Paint Power. Location: Join in-person at a park location TBA or through Zoom. Admission: Free. RSVP: [link]" [FYI this link is available to screen readers in the description of this event.]

Women with disabilities are powerful and beautiful Let's imagine the ways we are powerful through art and words of affirmation. Similar to a Paint & Sip Party, participants will work individually during a guided painting session, followed by discussion and a space for sharing experiences as self-identified women with disabilities. Please note: This is a virtual event. Suggested item list: acrylic paints (your favorite colors, black and white), 2-3 flat brushes, a cup for water, a rag or paper towel,…

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Meeting: Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing

September 28 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
A purple graphic that reads, "DRACH: Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing"

The Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH) meets throughout the month. DRACH meetings are open to all; members are people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and community allies. Learn more about DRACH. This meeting will be held via Zoom. The link to the meeting and all dial-in phone numbers can be found below. Contact Cathleen O'Brien with any questions. Zoom link Call in by phone: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 849 5582 1266 Passcode: 134720

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Cambiando Vidas: Organizing Meeting

September 28 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
A community organizer wearing an Access Living shirt speaks to a woman wearing a suit.

Cambiando Vidas meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and provides a critical space for immigrants with disabilities to come together, organize, and effect change. Learn more about Cambiando Vidas. This is a virtual meeting that takes place over Zoom. Please contact Michelle Garcia to get the Zoom link. Cambiando Vidas meetings are conducted in Spanish. Interpreters are provided. Contact Michelle Garcia with questions, accommodation requests, or to get more information.

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October 2021

Step Ahead

October 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States

**UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL ACCESS LIVING EVENTS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY. PLEASE CONTACT EVENT ORGANIZER FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ATTEND THIS MEETING** Step Ahead is an Access Living group for people with disabilities who previously lived in a nursing facility and are now living independently in the community. The group aims to provide knowledge, information, and community resources for people with disabilities who want to further develop their independence. This group also welcomes individuals who are currently in the process…

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(Virtual) CounterBalance 2021

October 1 @ 7:30 PM - October 2 @ 11:30 PM
A dancer in a wheelchair grasps the hands of an ambulatory dancer bent dramatically at the waist. Text reads "CounterBalance: Physically Integrated Dance. Virtual Performance - October 1 & 2, 2021. Access Living * Bodies of Work * Momenta"

The 11th Annual Production of CounterBalance This virtual dance concert celebrates the power of physically-integrated dance and will feature five new works choreographed by Maggie Bridger, Julia Cox, Anita Fillmore Kenney, Sarah Najera, and guest artist Lauren Reed of Aerial Dance Chicago. The program will also showcase the latest works by Ginger Lane (Digital Dance Grant Awardee - Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and Robby Williams (2021 3Arts Fellow at UIC).

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AYLP Meeting (Virtual)

October 5 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
Group of racial justice advocates with their fists in the air. White text reads "Advance Your Leadership Power."

Advance Your Leadership Power meets on the first, third, and fifth (when applicable) Tuesdays of every month. All are welcome to join; AYLP members are people with disabilities, social justice advocates, and allies. Learn more about AYLP here. At present, AYLP meetings take place on Zoom. To attend and get link to meeting, please contact Candace Coleman (contact information below).

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Meeting: Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing

October 12 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
A purple graphic that reads, "DRACH: Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing"

The Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH) meets throughout the month. DRACH meetings are open to all; members are people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and community allies. Learn more about DRACH. This meeting will be held via Zoom. The link to the meeting and all dial-in phone numbers can be found below. Contact Cathleen O'Brien with any questions. Zoom link Call in by phone: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 849 5582 1266 Passcode: 134720

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Cambiando Vidas: Organizing Meeting

October 12 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
A community organizer wearing an Access Living shirt speaks to a woman wearing a suit.

Cambiando Vidas meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and provides a critical space for immigrants with disabilities to come together, organize, and effect change. Learn more about Cambiando Vidas. This is a virtual meeting that takes place over Zoom. Please contact Michelle Garcia to get the Zoom link. Cambiando Vidas meetings are conducted in Spanish. Interpreters are provided. Contact Michelle Garcia with questions, accommodation requests, or to get more information.

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AYLP Meeting (Virtual)

October 19 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States
Group of racial justice advocates with their fists in the air. White text reads "Advance Your Leadership Power."

Advance Your Leadership Power meets on the first, third, and fifth (when applicable) Tuesdays of every month. All are welcome to join; AYLP members are people with disabilities, social justice advocates, and allies. Learn more about AYLP here. At present, AYLP meetings take place on Zoom. To attend and get link to meeting, please contact Candace Coleman (contact information below).

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