Updates from Access Living: June 13, 2023


June 13, 2023 | by Amber Smock

Great Disability Events on the Horizon!

Access Living friends and allies,

Community time is an important part of disability advocacy. It’s what energizes us and keeps us going! There are some amazing opportunities coming up and we’ve listed them out for you below.

TOMORROW, Wednesday June 14 with Lachi:

Join Access Living for a FREE informal community conversation with the singer/songwriter Lachi from 3:30-5 pm. This event is in person only at Access Living at 115 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago. Lachi is not only a talented artist, but also the founder of RAMPD, which stands for Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities. Lachi speaks out for diversity, equity and inclusion from her standpoint as a Black woman who is blind and also the daughter of immigrants. You can RSVP for the Lachi conversation at this link

Accessible Juneteenth is on Saturday!

Now in its third year, Accessible Juneteenth in Chicago is only getting bigger and better. The celebration will be on Saturday, June 17 from 1 to 5 pm at the UIC Quad (behind UIC Student Center Eats) at 750 S. Halsted in Chicago. A map is at this link. The RSVP is at this link. There will be a DJ, food, giveaways and resources from Black and disability owned organizations and businesses. An open mic will also take place and will be livestreamed at 2 pm; register to view the livestream at this link

Get Ready for the Disability Pride Parade:

Yes, the Disability Pride Parade is back in Chicago! This year, the Parade will be on Saturday, July 22. It will be the 20th anniversary of the Parade. More info is available at the Disability Pride Parade Website. Register a contingent or join the open contingent! Donations will also help support the Parade’s success.

Support Our Work: The 2023 Access Living Gala

As many of you know, Access Living holds an annual Gala fundraiser. This year, our Gala will be this Thursday, June 15. While we are sold out for in-person attendees, we appreciate any and all donations that make it possible for us to advocate and provide services for people with disabilities in Chicago. To donate as part of the Gala, see this link.