Applications for The Leadership Retreat Close Soon


Applications close soon for the next leadership retreat to be held in early 2017. The retreat is open to emerging leaders with disabilities in the Chicago region. Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2016. COMPLETE AN APPLICATION OR NOMINATION HERE

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Video

This video uses closed-captions only. An Audio Described version can be accessed by clicking here.

Leaders In Action!

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We are thrilled to highlight some of our inaugural Fellows who are already creating an impact! Tanya Friese and Jose Mendez have partnered with The Center on Halsted to host an On The Table conversation on May 10th on disability and the LGBTQ community. For more information, click here.

Also of note are the new civic positions and ongoing work our Members are doing to advance disability, inclusion and leadership in Chicago. An example of new roles include: Kaney O'Neill's appointment to the Open Communities board, Stephanie Anderson's new position as Assistant Principal of Vaughn Occupational High School. Sam Knight and Clark Craig have joined Work Groups for the Illinois Department of Human Rights on housing issues, and Kevin Knabe is working on a partnership with DeafTEC, to introduce deaf students to STEM careers.

We are proud to introduce: ADA 25 Advancing Leadership!

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the first of initiative of its kind in the nation designed specifically to ensure that Chicago’s vibrant civic and professional life fully includes leaders with disabilities. The initiative is composed of three facets:

  • Competitively selected Members
  • An annual leadership institute
  • Civic Connections project

It directly addresses two critical needs: the desire of public officials, non-profit boards and other appointed civic leaders for a pipeline of qualified people with disabilities; and the perception of many people with disabilities that they lack access to the networks that facilitate entry to leadership positions.

Civic Connections

The Civic Connections project works to actively connect ADA 25 Advancing Leadership members with opportunities for civic leadership throughout the Chicago region. The connections provide members with multiple avenues for activating service and leadership, reflecting the diversity of the region. Click here for more information