Annual Gala


Barbara Khalouf

Director of Development

(312) 640-2198

Access Living recognizes leaders who elevate disability issues and pave the way

Every year, Access Living presents the “Lead On!” Award to individuals and organizations that have made a substantial contribution to the empowerment, inclusion, and independence of people with disabilities. 

The award is named after Justin Dart, Jr, a crusader for disability rights who ended every speech with the call to action, “Lead On!”

Save the Date for “Lead On!” 2020

Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Navy Pier.

In 2019, Access Living presented two “Lead On!” Awards to recognize outstanding work to Human Rights Watch and the Ford Foundation.

Two men posing with a woman in a wheelchair. One holds an award made of crystal.
The 2019 ‘Lead On’ Award winners, Ken Roth (left), executive director of Human Rights Watch, and Darren Walker (right), president of the Ford Foundation with Disability Rights Advocate Judy Heumann (middle).