Daily Digest: Disability Issues

As part of its ongoing commitment to the mission and objectives of ADA 25 Chicago, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications will continue to produce and distribute a daily e-blast highlighting local and national disability-related news. Those interested in receiving this daily news aggregation on disability issues can sign up by clicking here.

“Famous Violinist Itzhak Perlman Breaks Societal Stigma”

Rows and rows of cushioned seats at the Harris Theater filled with spectators with and without disabilities last Wednesday to hear a moderated afternoon talk featuring Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist confidently zipped onstage in his scooter to share his experiences as a musician with a disability to the eager crowd.

Medill Reports Chicago January 12, 2016

“CTA Announces Next Step Making Rail System 100% Accessible”

As part of Mayor Emanuel’s ongoing commitment to improve accessibility throughout the city of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on Jan. 7, announced a new initiative that will establish a blueprint for making the nation’s second largest transit agency 100 percent accessible over the next 20 years.

Mass Transit January 7, 2016

“Master “fiddler” Itzhak Perlman Talks About Access”

Few would deny that Itzhak Perlman speaks most eloquently through his violin, from which he coaxes some of the most golden sounds ever to emerge from that instrument.

Chicago Sun-Times January 6, 2016

Release: AbilityLinks Participates in ADA 25 Chicago’s Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit

WHEATON, Ill. – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Chicago chapter of ADA 25, in collaboration with the Chicago Business Leaders Network (CBLN), launched the first annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit. The event was geared towards civic, business, and nonprofit organization leaders to examine successes and opportunities in implementation of the historic law—in short, how to make the environment and opportunities more accessible for people with disabilities.

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“Disability Summit sets sights on workplace inclusion”

A partnership between the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation and ADA 25 Chicago spawned the city’s first Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit, held Nov. 16–17 at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Building, 300 E. Randolph St.

The Columbia Chronicle November 23, 2015

“Duckworth celebrates ADA’s impact, calls for more measures to aid disabled”

Earlier this week, a quarter of a century after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was originally signed into law, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke to hundreds of government and business leaders during the opening session of ADA 25 Chicago’s Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit.

DuPage Policy Journal November 20, 2015

“The State of Americans with Disabilities”

In 1999, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling for citizens with disabilities in Olmstead v. L.C.

The Takeaway November 20, 2015


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