CITY OF CHICAGO, MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (MOPD) 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.

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.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

This year, MOPD in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and One Summer Chicago implemented a pilot program that provided paid summer internships to 25 high school students with disabilities. The program was supplemented by an enrichment program for students that focusing on money management, understanding the impact of their disability benefits on employment wages and disability resources. In 2016 MOPD intends to double the program to place 50 students into paid internships.

ADA 25 CHICAGO LEADERSHIP

In honor of the anniversary the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is coordinating with all City of Chicago Departments and Sister Agencies to develop legacies and long-term commitments to increase accessibility and inclusion. In addition, MOPD Commissioner Karen Tamley is providing leadership on the steering committee of ADA 25 Chicago and co-chairing the work group charged with creating a Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities. The Institute will serve as a legacy to this year’s commemoration of the ADA as an ongoing civic leadership training program.

ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT

MOPD is proud to be a partner in the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, which seeks 25 or more cultural partner organizations who will commit to increase accessible programs and services in 2015, learn about best practices and announce accessibility plans for the future. The program is led by ADA 25 Chicago, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Arts Alliance Illinois, Equip for Equality and the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC).