November 01, 2015 - November 30, 2015

ACCESS FOR ALL: TOM OLIN’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

The Chicago History Museum is proud to host an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.

November 01, 2015

APHA CHAIR’S FORUM

AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION: DISABILITY SECTION

This year’s Chair’s Forum for the Disability Section of APHA is titled, “The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – Looking Back and Looking Forward.”

November 02, 2015 - November 03, 2015

Disability Reports: Fresh Angles — Covering Disability within Education, Employment, Healthcare and Housing

The Poynter Institute, Access Living and ADA 25 Chicago invite journalists from all media, both local and national, to apply for a two-day in-depth workshop “Disability Reports: Fresh Angles — Covering Disability within Education, Employment, Healthcare and Housing”

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25, this two-day workshop is designed to provide journalists with the knowledge, tools and skills they need to describe the impact of the law and document where people with disabilities still continue to be excluded.

November 04, 2015

PANEL DISCUSSION: YOUNG, DISABLED, LOOKING FOR WORK

ACCESS LIVING

Join Access Living and ADA 25 Chicago for a panel discussion what it means for young people with disabilities to look for work. Participants will share their experiences and expertise in a conversation about navigating employment barriers and opportunities as a young person with a disability.

November 05, 2015

COSD 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (COSD)

The COSD 16th Annual National Conference brings together employers and higher education institutions to discuss disability-inclusive diversity topics.

November 05, 2015

BUSINESS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS REGULATION OF THE CHICAGO HUMAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will be implementing new disability rights regulations associated with the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance. The Ordinance protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of 16 different protected categories including disability. Through the Ordinance, businesses open to the public must make their facilities, products and services accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. This presentation will cover a review of the rights of the obligations of businesses with respect to the updated disability access standards in the new regulations, projected to go into effect in 2016.

November 06, 2015 - November 07, 2015

FULL ACCESS STUDENT SUMMIT FOR CAREER EXPLORATION

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (COSD)

The FULL ACCESS Student Summit is a semiannual regional event that brings together up to 60 students / graduates with disabilities to meet with 11 major national employers for two half-days of networking.

November 06, 2015

CELEBRATE ABILITY GALA

NORTHWEST SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (NWSRA)

The Celebrate Ability Gala will be hosted by Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF), the fundraising arm of Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA). This event will focus on the ADA 25th anniversary as a tool to promote community integration, health & wellness, independence, social & emotional skills, while recognizing the great impact that the ADA has had on local communities.

November 06, 2015

TOUCH TOUR AT THE ROOKERY BUILDING LOBBY

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to introduce American Sign Language tours and Touch Tours at its historic sites:

Touch Tour Friday, November 6 at 12:30 pm – The Rookery Building Lobby

November 06, 2015 - November 15, 2015

SIX STORIES UP

TELLIN’ TALES THEATRE

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Tellin’ Tales Theatre will expand their Six Stories Up mentoring program to include visual artists with disabilities from Project Onward along with disabled and able-bodied storytelling mentors and middle school apprentices.

November 06, 2015

BECOMING REAL IN 24 DAYS

ACCESS LIVING

Come hear author HolLynn D’Lin, as she shares insights related to her first book: Becoming Real in 24 Days – One Participant’s Story of the 1977 504 Demonstrations.

November 07, 2015

BODIES AT THE CENTER

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CHF commissioned an original performance with two artists who are at the heart of the conversation – Gregg Bordowitz and Marissa Perel.

November 07, 2015

MUST-HEAR CHICAGO: A TOUR FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED NOV 7

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

On September 12, October 10, and November 7, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will offer special architecture walking tours for visually impaired or blind adults and their companions/friends.

November 07, 2015

AWARDS CEREMONY & CELEBRATION CONCERT

OVER THE RAINBOW ASSOCIATION

Over The Rainbow Association will be holding its 26th Annual Celebration Concert and Benefit at Pick Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston. At this year’s event, they will honor an individual with a special award who has played an instrumental role in carrying out the promise of the landmark ADA legislation and whose efforts inspire others to renew their commitment to the full scope of the legislation.

November 09, 2015

BEHAVIORAL, MEMORY AND COGNITIVE DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

DONORS FORUM & GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER

People with behavioral, memory and cognitive disabilities and their families increasingly are aware of their civil rights, interested in self-determination and expecting organizations to serve them. Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, will provide examples of best practices and practical suggestions for how your organization can best serve this demographic.

November 11, 2015

THE KENNEDY FORUM ILLINOIS 2ND ANNUAL FORUM AND GALA

The Kennedy Forum Illinois Annual Forum and Gala serves as tool to inspire, elevate and expand our vision of what is possible in mental health and addiction. We convene leaders from across business, government, academia and civil society for strategic dialogues which help map transformation and create a new future where all persons are treated with dignity, inclusion, and receive the person-centered mental and physical care and support they need to thrive and achieve their goals.

November 12, 2015

INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

REACHING ACROSS ILLINOIS LIBRARY SYSTEM (RAILS)

The majority of library visitors are comfortable navigating their way through the library, approaching staff with questions and using available resources. But for some, these basic library experiences can be intimidating.

November 12, 2015

“THEORY OF EVERYTHING” FILM SCREENING

AARP ILLINOIS

Join AARP Movies for Grownups® program for a screening of “Theory of Everything” on November 12.

November 16, 2015 - November 17, 2015

OPPORTUNITY SUMMIT

More than 800,000 people in the Chicago region live with disabilities, representing a largely untapped talent pool and a significant consumer market. Yet, 25 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), too many people with disabilities continue to face lives of poverty rather than opportunity. The ADA 25 Chicago Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to break the poverty cycle and increase access and inclusion in the areas of greatest need — education and employment.

November 16, 2015

MY WAY TO OLYMPIA

As part of their 60th anniversary, the McCormick Foundation is hosting a number of documentary screenings in partnership with WTTW Channel 11. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, they will screen the documentary, My Way to Olympia at the Chicago History Museum in the newly renovated McCormick Theater on November 16. The documentary follows disabled athletes and their preparations to compete in the 2012 Paralympics. This screening nicely correlates to the Chicago History Museum’s exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen-framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.

November 18, 2015

RIBBON CUTTING EVENT

Join Search, Inc & Planet Access Company for a ribbon cutting ceremony & open house at their new location!

November 18, 2015

BUILDING AN ACCESSIBLE METROPOLITAN CHICAGO: “LISTEN AND LEARN” FOR DESIGNERS

On November 18, 2015, Terry Guen Design Associates (TGDA), a Chicago-based Landscape Architecture Studio, as a proud program partner with ADA 25 Chicago, will present “Listen and Learn” for Designers. This event features our special guest, Joe Russo, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), in direct discussion with leading designers from Chicago’s landscape architecture, architecture, and civil engineering community.