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Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to inclusion, independent living and empowerment for people with disabilities in Chicago and around the country.
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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).

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.

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.

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).