BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS (BCBSIL) PROGRAMS

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.

DISABILITY INCLUSION OPPORTUNITY SUMMIT SIGNATURE SPONSOR & HOST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is the Signature Sponsor and Host of the Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit November 16-17, presented by ADA 25 Chicago and with the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN). The Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of greatest need -- education and employment.

ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ building was lit with the message, “ADA 25” on the weekend of July 24-26, to celebrate the historic legislation’s anniversary on the 26th.

Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Chicago lit with

DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois hosted a float in the annual Disability Pride Parade on July 18th. Employees with and without disabilities staffed it as an expression of their unified message and mission of inclusion.

IN-ABLED BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS BUSINESS RESOURCE GROUP

In-Abled is planning many events and initiatives in recognition of the anniversary year and beyond. This includes hosting students with physical disabilities at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; coordinating a campaign to address the special health care needs of the families of customer service teams; and offering closed-captioning services for meetings enterprise wide.