CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS PROGRAMS

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.

CCHR PRESENTATIONS

Throughout 2015 to recognize the 25th anniversary of the ADA, CCHR has scheduled a series of presentations covering the protections afforded to individuals under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the accessibility obligations of businesses whose facilities, services, or products available to the public are considered a public accommodation. The goal of this educational initiative is to raise awareness in the business community about its accessibility obligations, particularly as they relate to the new CCHR regulations projected to go into effective in 2016 and whose provisions approximate many of the existing obligations under Title III of the ADA.

The following presentations already occurred:
- February 25, 2015: Small Business Center at City Hall, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
- May 28, 2015: Co-presented with MOPD at the Disability Rights Consortium hosted by Equip for Equality. 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
- July 31, 2015: Small Business Center at City Hall, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. 9:30 am – 11:00 am.
- August 20, 2015: Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

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September 29, 2015: Eighteenth Street Development Corporation. Benito Juarez Community Academy (Cafeteria), 1450 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP by September 23, 2015 by calling the 25th Ward Office at (773) 523-4100. Seating is limited and the venue is wheelchair accessible. This presentation will be provided in Spanish. If you need a foreign or sign language interpreter or special accommodations, please call the CCHR at (312) 744-4101 (voice) or (312) 744-1088 (TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.