ADA 25 CHICAGO STORIES

ADA 25 Chicago has come to a close, but we invite you to visit The Chicago Community Trust’s page dedicated to this initiative http://www.cct.org/about/partnerships_initiatives/ada-25-chicago/ for more ADA 25 Chicago-related... Read more

LIFE AFTER A SPINAL CORD INJURY

Sunday, July 26, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): landmark civil rights legislation that drastically improved the lives of people with disabilities throughout the U.S. In 2011, the Hill... Read more

CHANGING PERCEPTION, ADVANCING WORKFORCE INCLUSION

“Growing up in foster care, I always wondered: how had I become disconnected from my parents? Why? Who are they?” It wasn’t until he was an adult that Steve Pemberton, vice president and global chief diversity officer at Walgreens... Read more

GREATER TOGETHER WITH TECHNOLOGY

By: Daniel X. O’Neil, Executive Director for Smart Chicago I was a teenager in the 1980’s and remember disability activists taking over bus routes and rolling in front of buses in acts of civil disobedience. There was one specific... Read more

ADDRESSING THE STIGMA OF INVISIBLE DISABILITIES

According to the World Health Organization, mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the millions of Americans living with these... Read more

LISTENING FOR YOUR OWN BEAT

By: Rachel Arfa As a deaf person, when listening to music, the first thing I do is turn up the bass, making it easier for me to feel the beat. In high school, Japanese drummers performed at my school, making loud banging sounds on their... Read more

PUSHING FORWARD

By: Marca Bristo, President and CEO, Access Living Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, 2,000 people with disabilities gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signing ceremony. The... Read more

WHY WE ARE GREATER TOGETHER

By: Emily Harris, Executive Director, ADA 25 Chicago This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25. It’s a powerful moment to celebrate the civil rights achievements of the past quarter century. Even more important, this... Read more