Advocacy Updates: February 27, 2023


February 27, 2023 | by Amber Smock

Palliative Care Webinar Today, Chicago Votes Tomorrow

Access Living friends and allies,

Happy Friday! We’d like to remind you about two important events happening next week, one local and one national/virtual.

Chicago Votes on Tuesday, February 28:

Chicago’s city elections are just around the corner! On Tuesday, Chicagoans will go to the polls to vote for mayor, alderman, and other city offices. Many people have already voted early or by mail. The vote by mail deadline has passed, so if you have not voted already, you need to go to your local polling place. Check your voting registration and your local polling place, at the Chicago Board of Elections website.

Don’t forget, you can still review the material that Access Living compiled about the mayoral race. This page was created for the mayoral race and contains their answers to our disability questionnaire and a recording of our candidates’ forum, as well as resources on voting and key info about other city races.

Our right to vote is hard won. The struggle continues to ensure every adult person in the United States can vote. If you can vote, go use your power as a disability voter! Get out and #CripTheVote tomorrow in Chicago.

Palliative Care Webinar Today, February 27:

Join Access Living and the HAP Foundation for a webinar on the topic of palliative care and people with disabilities. The webinar will be on Monday, February 27 from 11 am to 12 noon Central. We will be joined by Sara Dado and Maureen Burns from the HAP Foundation for a conversation about the value of palliative care. One of the goals of the HAP Foundation is to empower individuals to make informed choices, and give them a connection to resources that strengthen the continuity of care through the end of life.

This is the first of two Access Living webinars centered around measures to enhance quality of life of those nearing the end of life, without taking drastic measures. The second webinar will take place in March and we will be discussing the dangers of physicians assisted suicide for people with disabilities. Registration is required; please register for the webinar here. This event will have captioning, ASL, and a phone option for Spanish translation. If you have additional questions or disability accommodation requests, please contact Ryan McGraw at or 312-640-2125.

Please share this information with fellow disability advocates. Thank you for your support!