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Public Relations Coordinator

Department: Communications

We are looking for a Public Relations Coordinator who a strong writer and proofreader and who is passionate about disability issues. We have blog posts, email communications, press releases, webpages, and more that need engaging content that is updated regularly.

Ford Foundation Appoints Marca Bristo and Gbenga Oyebode to its Board of Trustees

New York, 20 June 2019 — The Ford Foundation announced today that Marca Bristo and Gbenga Oyebode have been elected to serve as members of its Board of Trustees.

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).

Registration for the 2019 “Lead On!” Gala

Reserve your tickets now

Join us on Monday, June 10 for Access Living's annual “Lead On!” Award Gala in the Aon Grand Ballroom of Chicago's iconic Navy Pier.

Access Living Supports Governor JB Pritzker’s Fair Tax Plan

Over the course of many years, Access Living has seen state funding for human services reduced to the point where thousands of people with disabilities across our state are suffering without supports. The current level of disinvestment cannot continue. Lives are at stake. This is why we support Governor JB Pritzker’s fair tax plan, which is a way to raise badly needed revenue to invest in our state.

Director of Independent Living Services

Job Description

The Director of Independent Living Services is responsible for upholding the mission of the organization to promote independent living for people with disabilities in Chicago.

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 Advocacy Alert

Access Living Applauds Major Home Services Program Victories for Illinois Workers and People with Disabilities

Yesterday, the Pritzker administration and SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK) announced that an agreement had been reached to address major issues affecting the Illinois Home Services Program (HSP).

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.

Some good news for people with disabilities in Illinois

Governor Pritzker announced that Grace Hou, president of Woods Fund Chicago, has been selected as the new Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), pending confirmation of her appointment by the Illinois State Senate. Ms. Hou previously served as an Assistant Secretary at IDHS, and has a longstanding working relationship with Access Living. We are so pleased to see a disability ally in the Secretary position. Grace is known as a deeply committed advocate for racial and immigrant justice.

Happy Holidays from Access Living

See You in 2019

Access Living will be closed through January 1. We will re-open for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2.

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).

2018 Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum

Transcript / Realtime File

Read the full unedited transcript of the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum

Welcome to the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum!

As the race for Chicago’s Mayor ramps up, Chicago-based Access Living, will host a forum for candidates. The event will feature questions submitted by voters focused on the candidates’ experience with disability rights, laws and access enforcement; plans for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; increasing access to healthcare, transportation and education, and creating a welcoming and accessible city.

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.

2018 Disability Candidates Forum for the Chicago Mayor’s Race

Candidates Written Responses

The candidate responses to 20 written questions were compiled and organized by question below. These questions were submitted by Chicago disability voters through an online survey hosted by Access Living in September 2018.

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.
2018 Annual Report Cover

2018 Access Living Annual Report

Since 1980, we’ve challenged disability stereotypes, protected civil rights, and championed social reforms earning national recognition as a leading force in the disability community.


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.
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