THIS SATURDAY: Accessible Public Safety Hybrid Conference


June 1, 2023 | by Amber Smock

Access Living friends and allies,

Join us on Saturday, June 3 for the Accessible Public Safety Conference!  This hybrid FREE conference will provide a space for institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and people with disabilities and their families who have been impacted by the criminal system. We will discuss issues related to experiences with law enforcement, correctional institutions, and the importance of disability-centered community-based support. Our community partner hosts are the Northwestern Pritzker Law Center for Racial and Disability Justice (CRDJ), and the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC)Quick RSVP link here.

The Accessible Public Safety Conference will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, from 8:30am – 4:30 pm Central time, both virtually and in-person. Please state in the RSVP form whether you plan to attend virtually or in-person. If you plan to attend virtually, a link will be sent to you prior to the event; you can join us from anywhere. The in-person location will be at the Northwestern Pritzker Law School Center for Racial and Disability Justice at 375 East Chicago Avenue, in Chicago. 

We have a terrific lineup of speakers for this event. In addition to representation from Access Living, CRDJ, and LCLC, we will host a range of panel speakers who are impacted persons with disabilities, themselves. Join us to hear about their life experiences and listen to their insights on meaningful community supports.

Brief Overview of Conference Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am CT: Breakfast, Check-in 

9:00 am – 10:15 am CT: Session #1, Reimagining Public Safety – A Pathway Forward 

10:30 am– 11:45 am CT: Session #2, Data Collection & Recidivism Reduction 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm CT: Lunch and Keynote

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CT: Session #3, Work Force Crisis, and Mobile Crisis Response 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm CT: Session #4, Alternatives to Institutionalization for Stabilization  

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm CT: Closeout, Evaluation

Please share this opportunity with fellow advocates interested in supporting people with disabilities impacted by the criminal system. The RSVP link again, is here. Again, this event is hybrid, so if you are not in Chicago, you will be welcome online. Let’s get the word out!