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A Summary of Discussion and How to Get involved today:

Disability Counts: the Power of the 2020 Census
Led by Adam Ballard (Advocacy Manager, Access Living), Anita Banerji (Democracy Initiative Director, Forefront) and Karen Tamley (Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Executive Committee Member, Advancing Leadership).

JOIN the Disability Complete Count Committee, by contacting 2018 Fellow Christina McGleam: christinamcgleam@cityofchicago.org

Inform and Act Conversations
You came together to meet with leaders on the ground making change in three areas of Healthcare, Criminal Justice Reform and Policing and Public sector service. Here are actions from your conversations:

Healthcare Policy
> Self-advocate in the moment: Resources: CILs, Access Living
> Volunteer on Advisory council/focus group.
> Advocate at national level: Change.org, AAPD, Equal Rights Center, United/National Disability Organizations
> Join Protect Our Care IL, go to: http://protectourcareil.org/

Criminal Justice Reform and Policing
Police Accountability and Reform
> Attend public hearings Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th 9:30am – 3pm in the James B. Parsons Ceremonial Courtroom, 25th Floor, Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn
> For more information: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2018_09/20180926.html
> Written comments accepted until October 12th.
> Support Communities United recommendations by using the template letter provided.

Crisis Response
> If you notice police misconduct, ask for the star number of that officer and report what you see.
> At your work, leverage power of business resource groups on mental illness.
> What to say on the phone when calling for help: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Calling-911-and-Talking-with-Police

Public Sector Service
Attend council meetings, advisory boards and ask questions
> City council meetings: http://chicityclerk.com/
> Local neighborhood CAPS meeting: https://home.chicagopolice.org/get-involved-with-caps/how-can-i-get-involved/
> Chicago Public School councils: https://www.cps.edu/Pages/Localschoolcouncils.aspx
> Help our program members create an accessibility toolkit for campaigns