ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
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:
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. Click any of the links above to learn more about our program. Want to learn more about how to get involved and support people with disabilities? Check out this Microsoft blog post written by Shelley Stern Grach from our Executive Committee. Special thanks to our contributors and partners: lead supporter The Chicago Community Trust, legacy supporter Exelon, and contributors BMO Harris Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Microsoft, and Hyatt Hotels Foundation.
Meet Our Members
ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is thrilled to report a significant increase in membership in its first year. A new class of Fellows was officially announced at the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit on October 21st, 2016. The summit was hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. In 2017, 16 new emerging leaders with disabilities will participate in our program's second Leadership Institute retreat. An additional 19 Members were invited to join the Members Network in 2016. For the complete list of program Fellows and Members visit the Members page.
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.