Road Trip Kickoff! White House Celebrates Disability; Unseen Film Screening


October 3, 2023 | by Amber Smock

Advocacy Updates: October 3, 2023

Access Living friends and allies,

Today’s email is all about events! We’re excited to share what we’re doing on the road, and invite you to a great film this weekend

Access Living Kicks Off New Road Trip! #ALOnTheRoad: 

This week Access Living kicks off a new road trip to visit fellow disability advocates across Illinois! A group of 15 Access Living staff members and some of our allies will head today to Bloomington, Illinois to visit LIFE CIL. On Wednesday, we’ll visit Peoria; on Thursday, Galesburg; and on Friday, Rock Island and Dixon.

We’re excited to learn about the disability issues faced by our colleagues in these areas and lift up the message that #CareCantWait, nothing about us without us! Our social media hashtag is #ALOnTheRoad. Look for us on FacebookX (Twitter), and Instagram this week!

White House Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Section 504: 

Yesterday, President Biden, the actress Selma Blair, and disability advocates from across the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as to honor the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our own President & CEO, Karen Tamley, was on hand to represent Chicago! The President’s remarks can be found at this link.

Saturday and Monday, “unseen” Film Screening: Come join us at the Chicago premiere of the acclaimed film, unseen, at the Siskel Film Center on October 7-9. unseen interweaves the experiences of disability, immigration and mental health, through the story of Pedro, an aspiring social worker. The first showing on October 7 will also include a question and answer session after the film. Details below!

When: Saturday, Oct 7 @4pm** | Monday October 9, @6pm

**If you attend on Saturday October 7 and mention Access Living, you can get a discounted ticket for $6.50. Monday is full price ($9).

Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street

Tickets: Get tickets here

Access: Screenings will have Audio Descriptions and Open Captions in English. Introductions and post-screening conversations will be presented with real-time captioning (CART). For accessibility requests, please email