On The Table 2018

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Did you know that almost half of people with disabilities in the Chicago region are people of color? Did you know that students with disabilities in the region are suspended at twice the rate of students without disabilities? Did you know that your voice matters in spreading a disability lens?

On the Table 2018 is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region. ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and The Disabilities Fund are using On the Table to start a dialogue around how success in tackling our region’s greatest challenges requires taking disability into account.

The Disabilities Fund has created an Inform and Act series of fact sheets highlighting the intersection of disability to inform and transform our region’s public work to be used at each table. This year, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership members and 2018 Fellows, along with The Disabilities Fund Advisory Board, will attend and host conversations on multiple topics to expand the understanding that disability belongs at all of our region’s tables. Together, we hope to use this platform to spur conversation and action in our communities.

When:

May 8, 2018, anytime you can gather that week.

Who:

Anyone. Individuals, groups, organizations.

Where:

Anywhere. Any location where you can gather people for a discussion is the perfect place to host On the Table.

Why should you participate?

Our stories and lived experiences matter – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.

Resources:

Disability in the Chicago Region Fact Sheet:
Learn more about the intersection of disability in your community and our region in this Disability in the Chicago Region Fact Sheet.

Also available here: bit.ly/chiregion

Youth and Disability Fact Sheet:
Learn more about the challenges facing youth with disabilities in our region in this Youth and Disability Fact Sheet.

Also available here: bit.ly/chiyouth

We want to help you make an impact. The Chicago Community Trust has created a host toolkit, available here, to help you organize and invite your own guests.

Spread the word by using our fact sheets at your table and use the hashtags #DisabilityLens, #KeepADvAncingTogether, and #OnTheTable2018 to create conversation on social media. You can also join the On The Table Facebook Host Group to get ideas of what others are doing in your community. Use the sample social media posts below to get started today.

Facebook:

  • Let’s put disability #OnTheTable! A stronger region requires the full inclusion and participation of all its residents. And it’s up to all of us to make sure we apply a #DisabilityLens to our work. Host an On The Table conversation using The Disabilities Fund’s Inform and Act fact sheets because we are greater together when we stay informed: visit bit.ly/disabilityonthetable.
  • Did you know that almost half of people with disabilities in the Chicago region are people of color? Did you know that students with disabilities in the region are suspended at twice the rate of students without disabilities? If you’re hosting an On The Table conversation, make sure to include a #DisabilityLens. Check out The Disabilities Fund’s Inform and Act series for materials to use at your table: visit bit.ly/disabilityonthetable.

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Twitter:

  • Put disability #OnTheTable! Use The Disabilities Fund’s Inform and Act fact sheets at your #OnTheTable2018 to include a #DisabilityLens because #YourVoiceMatters: bit.ly/disabilityonthetable
  • DYK almost half of people with disabilities in the Chicago region are people of color? Use The Disabilities Fund’s Inform and Act fact sheets at your #OnTheTable2018 to include a #DisabilityLens because #YourVoiceMatters: bit.ly/disabilityonthetable

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Title: Let’s put disability on the table. Description: An image banner with the text, Let’s put disability on the table. Two separate comment bubbles include the logo for ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and the Disabilities Fund Advisory Board.

LinkedIn:

  • A stronger region requires the full inclusion and participation of all its residents. If you’re hosting or joining an On The Table conversation this year, consider including The Disabilities Fund’s Inform and Act fact sheets as part of your conversation. Learn more about the intersection of disability in your community and our region in this Disability in the Chicago Region Fact Sheet: http://bit.ly/chiregion. Visit bit.ly/disabilityonthetable for more info.
  • We are greater together when we learn together. If you are participating in On The Table 2018 as a host or guest on a topic related to youth, consider including The Disabilities Fund’s Youth and Disability fact sheet as part of your materials: http://bit.ly/chiyouth. Visit bit.ly/disabilityonthetable for more info.

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Acting Up Awards

Each year following On the Table, The Chicago Community Trust hears from excited and passionate community members about the conversations they had and the ways they want to make a difference on a local level. Through the Acting Up awards, the Trust has distributed nearly $200,000 to help these and more than 130 other creative ideas come to fruition. Projects big and small have made a real difference in communities across the region.

After you meet for On the Table conversations, share your ideas with us in a video and then let us help you create change in your community. Learn more HERE.