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.


As part of their 60th anniversary, the McCormick Foundation is hosting a number of documentary screenings in partnership with WTTW Channel 11. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, they will screen the documentary, My Way to Olympia at the Chicago History Museum in the newly renovated McCormick Theater on November 16. The documentary follows disabled athletes and their preparations to compete in the 2012 Paralympics. This screening nicely correlates to the Chicago History Museum’s 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.


McCormick Foundation is proud to support the Leadership Institute’s inaugural year with a $50,000 sponsorship. The Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities is designed to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities in all facets of Chicago’s civic leadership. This Leadership Institute will be the first of its kind in the nation to directly address two needs: the desire of public officials, non-profit boards and others for a pipeline of qualified people with disabilities; and the perception of many people with disabilities that they lack access to the networks that can facilitate entry to leadership positions.


McCormick Foundation proudly supports veterans and understands that veterans are part of the larger disability community. As such, they’ve made several large grants for veterans with a disability, specifically targeting mental health and physical injuries to Thresholds, National Able, Lighthouse, Rush University and Medical Center, and the Rehab Institute of Chicago totaling $3 million this year the in Chicago area.


McCormick Foundation is committed to ensuring that Captain Lovell’s Gemini capsule at the Adler Planetarium is accessible to all, including people with disabilities. Through a capital grant Captain Lovell’s Gemini capsule will be adapted to create a more accessible exhibit and learning opportunity.


Cantigny Park is the 500-acre former estate of Col. Robert R. McCormick. The Cantigny Park Master Plan project is a comprehensive upgrade to the estate that includes improving way-finding, visitor experience, environmental sustainability, and accessibility. One of the plan’s goals is to enhance the park’s ability to serve people with varying disabilities who are members of these and other communities so that they will be able to fully participate in the social interaction and enjoyment of the facility and its offerings.


McCormick Foundation was thrilled to be part of conversations at Forefront that were generated due to the 25th anniversary of the ADA on how funders can better support accessibility. They are committed to ensuring that this conversation continues after this year and to implementing change that will achieve this goal.