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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.
July 2, 2019
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.
June 20, 2019
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).
June 12, 2019
Registration for the 2019 Lead On! Gala
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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.
June 10, 2019
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.
May 8, 2019
Director of Independent Living Services
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.
April 23, 2019
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.
April 2, 2019
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).
March 19, 2019
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.
March 12, 2019
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.
March 11, 2019
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.
February 20, 2019
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.
December 24, 2018
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).
December 20, 2018
2018 Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum
Transcript / Realtime File
Read the full unedited transcript of the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidates Disability Forum
December 17, 2018
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.
December 13th, 2018 - 3-6pm
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.
December 13, 2018
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.
December 13, 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
– 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.
December 13, 2018
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.
November 29, 2018
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.
On July 26, 2015, the disability community will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights law that has opened doors of opportunity and access for people with disabilities across the country. The law has also changed the lens through which people see disability, raising awareness around the idea that disability is a natural part of our culture. To recognize the anniversary, there will be celebrations across the country and throughout the year.
ADA 25 Chicago and the Chicago Blues Fest
As part of ADA 25 Chicago, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presented a performer with a disability as part of the 2015 Blues Festival. Legendary Blues musician Clarence Carter played on Friday Night, June 12, on the Petrillo Stage at the Blues Festival.
June 15, 2015
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