ADA 25 CHICAGO PROGRAMS

ACCESSIBLE SEATING & TICKETING

What do you do if a patron requests an accessible seat plus 3 adjacent companion seats at your performance space? Are your polices and practices current? Join us as we explore this topic and others to learn how the recent changes to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations impact your seating and ticketing policies.

ADA 25 CHICAGO HACKATHON

The Motorola Mobility Foundation, along with ADA 25 Chicago, is challenging designers, developers, and entrepreneurs of all skill sets to come together on the anniversary of the ADA to share, collaborate and create a better future for individuals with disabilities in the greater Chicagoland area and beyond.

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present a performer with a disability as part of the 2015 Blues Festival. Clarence Carter will play from 7:05-8:05pm, on the Petrillo Stage at the Blues Festival.

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present two main stage performers with disabilities as part of the 2015 Jazz Festival. Fred Hersch will play from 7:10-8:10pm on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park at the Jazz Festival.

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present two main stage performers with disabilities as part of the 2015 Jazz Festival. Henry Butler will play from 8:00 – 9:00pm on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.

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.

GETTING STARTED WITH ACCESS

We recognize there are challenges to begin making your cultural space more accessible. Join us to learn how you can make incremental improvements to ensure ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors with disabilities.

GREATER TOGETHER CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY SUMMIT

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Shawn Donnelley and Nora Daley have created Chicago’s first Cultural Accessibility Summit geared towards the leaders of cultural institutions. The summit will empower and motivate top level officials to make their cultural institutions accessible to visitors with disabilities.

IN CONVERSATION WITH FRED HERSCH

Join Center on Halsted and Jazz Institute of Chicago for a preview of the upcoming Chicago Jazz Festival performance of Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch in collaboration with ADA 25 Chicago in commemoration of this year's 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fred Hersch will discuss his trailblazing career, life as a gay man living with AIDS, and his HIV/AIDS advocacy.

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.

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.

PHILANTHROPY, DISABILITY AND DIVERSITY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP

Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, how inclusive is philanthropy in the Chicago region?

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 ADA AT 25: PROMISE, PROGRESS, OPPORTUNITY

Former Senator Tom Harkin will speak at the City Club of Chicago for a public policy luncheon discussing the 25th anniversary of the ADA.

THE ADA AT 25: WHAT’S THE NEWS?

If you are in TV, radio, newspapers, online news outlets—if you are a student or community activist who covers issues—this is one-stop shopping to better understand the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary.

25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PLANS

ADA 25 Chicago, along with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, Arts Alliance Illinois and the City of Chicago Mayors Office for People with Disabilities challenge 25 cultural institutions to complete audits, increase inclusion programs and launch long-term accessibility plans to reach new audiences.

CHICAGO BUSINESS LEADERS NETWORK

With the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ADA 25 Chicago is helping to build a vibrant, nationally affiliated business-to-business organization designed to expand disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

ADA 25 Chicago will create a Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities to expand the number of people with disabilities who serve on private and public sector boards, commissions, in appointed office and in professional leadership capacities. Exelon has generously provided seed money, and multiple partners will participate to move forward a pilot in late fall 2015. During the ADA 25th anniversary year, we will test curriculum, recruitment and network-building strategies, forge partnerships and develop a long-term plan to create an Institute that will create a pipeline of individuals who increase the diversity of metropolitan Chicago's civic leadership.