More than 1 in 10 people in Illinois have some kind of disability.

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How can YOU help make the Chicago region the most inclusive in the nation?

1. Increase Civic Leadership & Engagement: Identify and nominate emerging leaders with disabilities to participate in The Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities to to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities in all facets of Chicago’s civic leadership.

2. Advance Employment: Employers can join the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network to make disability inclusion a competitive advantage.

3. Expand Access: Cultural organizations can join the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium to help make exhibits, events and performances accessible to all.

4. Self-Evaluate: Download The Chicago Community Trust’s “Renewing the Commitment” guide to help your organization become more accessible and inclusive.

5. Attend an Accessible Event: For a full list of upcoming events and activities, please visit the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium's Accessible Events Calendar.

6. Stay Informed: Sign-up for the Daily Digest: Disability Issues, a daily news digest featuring current local and national news on disability issues from Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications.

ADA 25 Chicago: Moving Inclusion Forward

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Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit

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Thank you to everyone who joined us November 16 & 17 for the Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit.

Chicago's illuminated skyline on a autumn evening, the BCBS building lit to read ADA 25.

Thank you to our Signature Summit Sponsor and Host,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois!

Newsroom & Anniversary Archive

Visit our Newsroom to view the latest ADA 25 Chicago videos, news releases and media coverage. Be sure to also visit the 25th Anniversary News Archive for a variety of news clips related to the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Expanding opportunity and access
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with disabilities — on the street, in public places and at work. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, now is the time to recognize that having a disability is a natural part of the human experience.