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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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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.

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.

Gaelynn Lea: An Evening of Conversation and Song

Violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea is coming to Access Living at 6:30 pm on Friday February 15th, 2019 for an intimate evening of conversation and song featuring her unique takes on traditional fiddle tunes and haunting original songs. She making a stop in Chicago, IL as a part of her album release tour for her newest recording, Learning How to Stay. This wheelchair accessible show is all-ages.

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).

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.

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.

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.

ISBE and CPS Far Behind Schedule to Reform Special Education, Advocates appeal to Pritzker to fix the problems

Teachers say CPS has not fixed problems; parents still in the dark about ISBE findings and students’ right to compensation

CHICAGO—Six months after the state nominally took control of special education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is still failing to bring the promised changes to students with disabilities, according to results of a new parent/teacher survey.

Fall 2018 CPS Special Education Issues

Advocates continue to hear that problems with special education service persist. Please provide the Advocates Group with up–to–date information about your experiences this school year.

Otoño 2018 Problemas de Educación Especial en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS)

Defensores continúan oyendo que los problemas con los servicios de educación especial persisten. Por favor de dar al Grupo de Defensores información actual sobre sus experiencias este año escolar.
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