ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
Disability is a natural part of the human experience and more than 56 million Americans have disabilities. Yet, people with disabilities have the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the nation. We are guided by the equal opportunity principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that pointed to a future where people with disabilities fully participate in American society. Changing the paradigm means including people with disabilities in leadership
- and it starts in Chicago.
ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, a signature initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, is the first program 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:
Meet Our Members
Over the last two years, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership has seen huge growth. In this blog post, Executive Director, Emily Harris, highlights the impressive evolution of this one of a kind program. Be sure to continue to check back in the coming weeks for new updates to the Leadership Institute, the Members Network, and the Civic Connections Project.
Special thanks to our contributors and partners: lead supporter The Chicago Community Trust, legacy supporter Exelon, and contributors BMO Harris Bank, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Hyatt Hotels Foundation, and Microsoft.
More than 1 in 10 People in Illinois have some kind of disability
What will YOU do to help make the Chicago region the most inclusive in the nation?
- Increase Civic Engagement of People with Disabilities: Encourage emerging leaders with disabilities in your network to apply to ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.
- Advance Employment: Employers can join the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network to make disability inclusion a competitive advantage.
- Expand Access: Cultural organizations can join the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium to help make exhibits, events and performances accessible to all. To attend an event, visit CCAC’s calendar page.
- Self-Evaluate: Download The Chicago Community Trust’s “Renewing the Commitment” guide to help your organization become more accessible and inclusive.