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ACCESS FOR ALL: TOM OLIN’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT
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.
APHA CHAIR’S FORUM
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.”
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.
PANEL DISCUSSION: YOUNG, DISABLED, LOOKING FOR WORK
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.
COSD 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The COSD 16th Annual National Conference brings together employers and higher education institutions to discuss disability-inclusive diversity topics.
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.
FULL ACCESS STUDENT SUMMIT FOR CAREER EXPLORATION
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.
CELEBRATE ABILITY GALA
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.
TOUCH TOUR AT THE ROOKERY BUILDING LOBBY
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
SIX STORIES UP
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.
MUST-HEAR CHICAGO: A TOUR FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED NOV 7
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.
AWARDS CEREMONY & CELEBRATION CONCERT
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.
BEHAVIORAL, MEMORY AND COGNITIVE DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
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.
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.
INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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.
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.
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.
RIBBON CUTTING EVENT
Join Search, Inc & Planet Access Company for a ribbon cutting ceremony & open house at their new location!
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.