ACCESS LIVING OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO PROGRAMS

8 8 8 Ways to (MIS) Handle Asian Americans with Disabilities a performance celebrating ADA 25

Join us in community, while we raise visibility and education; lessen stigma and ignorance through this original performance. Light refreshments provided.

ACCESS FOR ALL PREVIEW

The Chicago History Museum is hosting an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The public is invited to a special free exhibition preview from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

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.

AN EVENING OF STORYTELLING WITH AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS

Join After School Matters Photostories for an evening of storytelling that celebrates the extraordinary change makers of Access Living and the Disability Community.

BECOMING REAL IN 24 DAYS

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.

COUNTER BALANCE

An Integrated Dance concert celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

JAPAN – U.S. DISCUSSION ON DISABILITY RIGHTS

In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CSCI and Access Living will co-host a panel and reception to celebrate the anniversary and its impact on people with disabilities around the world, featuring Ms. Emi Uchimura from Muchu CIL (Osaka) and Kathleen Borland, Chair of the Social Services Committee of CSCI.

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.

SPECIAL RECEPTION FOR THE LEGAL COMMUNITY WITH SENATOR TOM HARKIN

By invitation only:

Please join us for cocktails and conversation as we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with original co-sponsor Senator Tom Harkin (ret., D - IA).

THE ACCESS LIVING “LEAD ON!” GALA

Join Access Living and Honorees President Bill Clinton and Shirley Welsh Ryan on June 1 as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Access Living's 35th Anniversary.

THE DISABILITY VISIBILITY PROJECT LISTENING EVENT

Join The Disability Visibility Project, StoryCorps, ADA 25 Chicago, and Access Living on October 14 for the Disability Visibility Project Listening Event. The event will be an opportunity to share stories, thank all those who participated in the Disability Visibility Project, and celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

THE READY PROGRAM

In 2015, Access Living will implement the READY (Realizing Education and Advancement for Disabled Youth) program to support low-income youth with disabilities transitioning out of high school to gain college access or employment. Since the needs of these individuals vary, READY will be a two-track program focusing on employment and college access in an innovative, person-centered model. The target population is low-income individuals with disabilities in Chicago preparing to transition out of high school. As an organization governed and staffed by people with disabilities, Access Living has a unique ability to identify and eliminate barriers faced by consumers.

The READY program is created to be easily adaptable and scalable so other institutions and organizations around the country could use READY as a model. For this program, Access Living will partner and collaborate with employment-focused organizations, community colleges and the City of Chicago. Access Living will be the hub that brings these organizations together to create a cohesive support service for these youth so they don’t slip through the cracks during their transition. This program will begin with the READY Program Director researching and mapping services in the Chicago area that connects high school graduates with employment and college preparedness programs. Access Living will receive referrals and recruit youth by partnering with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Chicago Public Schools, along with partnering with local colleges and universities that are employment focused as well as organizations offering mentorships, internships, and employment opportunities. Access Living will offer accommodation training and disability awareness for employers and educators. Not only will the READY program help Chicago youth with disabilities lead independent and fulfilling lives, but our efforts and partnerships will help usher in a systems change leading us to a more inclusive society.

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ACCESS LIVING EVENTS

Access Living will offer public facing events that include:

• Producing a video on the history and impact of the ADA through a Chicago lens.

• Hanging ADA 25 banners on street poles to be co-branded with ADA 25 Chicago.

• Loaning the historic collection of ADA photographs by Tom Olin to the Chicago History Museum.

• Hosting a traveling art exhibit of artwork by young artists with disabilities called The Journey via the Kennedy Center, VSA.