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Rows and rows of cushioned seats at the Harris Theater filled with spectators with and without disabilities last Wednesday to hear a moderated afternoon talk featuring Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist confidently zipped onstage in his scooter to share his experiences as a musician with a disability to the eager crowd.
As part of Mayor Emanuel’s ongoing commitment to improve accessibility throughout the city of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on Jan. 7, announced a new initiative that will establish a blueprint for making the nation’s second largest transit agency 100 percent accessible over the next 20 years.
Few would deny that Itzhak Perlman speaks most eloquently through his violin, from which he coaxes some of the most golden sounds ever to emerge from that instrument.
WHEATON, Ill. – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Chicago chapter of ADA 25, in collaboration with the Chicago Business Leaders Network (CBLN), launched the first annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit. The event was geared towards civic, business, and nonprofit organization leaders to examine successes and opportunities in implementation of the historic law—in short, how to make the environment and opportunities more accessible for people with disabilities.
A partnership between the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation and ADA 25 Chicago spawned the city’s first Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit, held Nov. 16–17 at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Building, 300 E. Randolph St.
Earlier this week, a quarter of a century after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was originally signed into law, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke to hundreds of government and business leaders during the opening session of ADA 25 Chicago’s Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit.
In 1999, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling for citizens with disabilities in Olmstead v. L.C.
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The national “Disabilities Inclusion Opportunity Summit” is being held at the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Chicago Monday and Tuesday. Leaders from across the country will meet to develop new ways to give people with disabilities better access to education, the job market and technology.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Former Congressman Tony Coelho, executives, experts and innovators will join a two-day summit to increase inclusion of people with disabilities in education and employment on Monday, Nov. 16
“AXIS Dance Company, Jessica Lang Dance, Miami City Ballet and More Set for Harris Theater’s 2015-16 Dance Series”
President and Managing Director of The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Michael Tiknis, recently announced the dance performances for the 2015-16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date. The Harris Theater is proud to have the support of The Northern Trust Company as its 2015-2016 season sponsor.
Executive Director Emily Harris joined “MIX Matters” with Susan Wiencek on The Mix 101.9 FM to discuss ADA 25 Chicago.
Jazz Artists Henry Butler and Fred Hersch participate in Jazz Fest and community programming in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CHICAGO (WLS) — They are topics that most people don’t easily connect: HIV/AIDS and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Experts describe how accessibility and inclusion is both good for the community—and good for business at Chicago’s first Cultural Accessibility Summit held in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On the eve of a performance before thousands of fans at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Fred Hersch told a more intimate audience at the Center on Halsted Sept. 3 that when he publishes his memoir, the title will be “Good Things Happen Slowly.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of the following individuals to key Administration posts:
The Harris Theater today announced the performances of its popular Exelon Family Series for the 2015-2016 season. Established in 2008, Exelon Family Series programs provide unique learning opportunities for families to experience world-class performances at the Harris, at affordable prices. This season’s series includes one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles for performers with and without disabilities, AXIS Dance Company; the Family Series premiere of the world renowned Kronos Quartet; and the Harris Theater debut of the fanciful C!RCA: Carnival of the Animals.
Twenty-five years after the landmark federal law, people with disabilities in Illinois still have trouble getting hired.
Bob Peterson wants to work in the community rather than in a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities. In that Aurora program, he spends five hours a day putting components for gutters into plastic bags. Rather than a set wage, he is paid by the piece.
Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians turned 50 in 2015, and celebrations of this influential collective have been popping off worldwide all year—here in town, exhibits honoring the AACM’s impact have opened at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival marks this auspicious anniverary with performances by four AACM-related groups: Douglas Ewart & Inventions, the Jeff Parker Trio, Steve & Iqua Colson, and Muhal Richard Abrams’s Experimental Band. The Experimental Band set—Sunday’s marquee event and the capstone of the festival—features most of the AACM’s greatest living figures, including Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, and Amina Claudine Myers.
The 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street), September 3-6, showcasing the very best of jazz music from noon to 9:30 pm daily. This free admission festival is produced by Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC). Culminating on Labor Day Weekend, the festival’s programming celebrates both the mainstream of the national jazz scene as well as Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. The Chicago Jazz Festival has historically made a special point of placing its own distinctly Chicago artistic stamp on the musical proceedings.
In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide comprehensive civil rights protection to people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including employment, state and local government services, public transportation and private businesses.
Ten years ago this week, the colossal New Orleans singer-pianist Henry Butler saw his life very nearly wrecked by Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil Bach House and the Rookery Building, which are both in the city, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, located west of the city, in Oak Park.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th birthday this July, during which the ADA Legacy Project has been teaming up with organizations and community leaders throughout the Chicago area to create discussion on the role ADA has had on thousands of lives since it’s start in 1990. The Harris Theater, one of many businesses working in conjunction with ADA25, plans to embark on a campaign over the next five years to raise funds for program expansion and structural updates to the theater.
When the lights dim and a play starts, all eyes are on the stage. But what if you can’t see it?
How do people who are blind experience a live theater show? A museum exhibit?
In Chicago, a network of more than 160 civic organizations, government agencies and businesses have come together to commemorate the American With Disabilities Act’s 25th anniversary by committing to new programs and initiatives within their organizations.
A quarter-century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, adults with disabilities still find it difficult to find employment, succeed in school, and rise above poverty. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, a new local initiative has emerged in Chicago to take the law’s successes a few steps further.
As we commemorate the law’s 25th birthday, we’re taking a look at some of the most integral cases that have allowed the law to evolve, and extend rights to people in the workplace. Barry Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation with the group Equip for Equality, joins us to discuss.
Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark legislation that set standards for everything from accessing buildings and public transportation to mandating equal access in employment.
As the Americans with Disabilities Act marked 25 years Sunday, a fellowship for an upcoming law school graduate with a disability has been established.
Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark legislation that set standards for everything from accessing buildings and public transportation to mandating equal access in employment. How has the world changed for the disabled in the last quarter century? Here to discuss that is Karen Tamley, commissioner of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities.
It’s been 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was put in place, and more than 160 Chicago-area advocacy groups, government agencies, cultural institutions and businesses have joined forces to develop new programs aimed at expanding opportunities for local residents with disabilities.
Release: McDermott Will & Emery Joins with Equal Justice Works to Sponsor First “ADA 25 Chicago” Fellowship
CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – Honoring the 25th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, McDermott Will & Emery announced today that it will be the first sponsor of a new fellowship for Chicago-area attorneys with disabilities.
CHICAGO (WLS) — “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” That was the declaration from President George HW Bush 25 years ago when he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CHICAGO (WLS) — The battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was long and hard, and it was critical. It outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But people with disabilities say it left them out. But that didn’t count them out.
CHICAGO (WLS) — Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Access Living has been at the forefront in that struggle for equality.
Chicago was a decidedly unfriendly town for people with disabilities before 1990.
When Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it provided protections to people based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion and age. The act did not include disability as a protected class, despite a long history of discrimination against people with disabilities.
One day when I was 23 years old, back in 1977, I was hanging out at Lake Michigan when my friend’s dog knocked my shoes in the lake. I dove in to retrieve them and broke my neck, leaving me paralyzed from the chest down.
Life can change in a second. Marca Bristo knows that.
Her second happened in 1977. The then-23-year-old world traveler and career woman inhaled deeply as she watched the waves on Lake Michigan. Next, she dove headfirst into the blue water and — suddenly — into life with a disability.
Disability rights activist and playwright Mike Ervin says he “was fortunate to be born in the nick of time” for someone who uses a wheelchair.
The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is bringing its Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), the country’s first disability rights mobile museum, to Chicago on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22 in celebration of the 25 anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Chicago is making sure people living with disabilities do not live in fear. The city is hosting its 12th annual Disability Pride Parade on Saturday, July 18.
A parade in downtown Chicago Saturday kicked off a week of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The legislation prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and sets standards that require accessibility in public places.
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace join the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 19.
On July 16, 2015, Mayor Emanuel hosted a breakfast to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During the breakfast held at City Hall, the Mayor met with the ADA 25 Chicago Steering Committee representing the disability community, business, philanthropy and civic leaders to discuss critical disability initiatives going forward.
At their 83rd Annual Meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Twenty-five years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the bill’s sponsor, former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), called on local business leaders to hire more individuals with disabilities.
Remember the old heartwarming classic about some handsome guy with scissors for hands, Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands? The one that makes you cry and laugh and reminds you that judging others by their physical disabilities is morally reprehensible? Wouldn’t you like to watch that flick in the park of one of America’s finest cities?
City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a special message for ADA 25 Chicago, which played at Blues Fest where we sponsored Clarence Carter’s performance on June 12. The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is increasing accessibility at public festivals and events throughout the summer.
(Chicago, IL) On May 19-20 people with disabilities joined designers, engineers, technologists and other professionals as part of the first annual “Innovation Lab” sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs Initiative. This intense two-day national competition is part of an overall effort to improve the lives of disabilities through development of innovative technology. Team Wheelhouse, comprised of individuals served by UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago alongside UCP Seguin staff, students and technology professionals, won bragging rights, taking first place in this inaugural contest.
He started off early wanting to be an attorney, but the college that Blues guitar great Clarence Carter attended didn’t offer that major. So, he pursued a degree in what has proven to be beneficial for himself and his fans—music. Carter was in Chicago recently to kick off the Chicago Blues Fest and, as well, to help spread awareness about the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 25-year anniversary.
Clarence Carter performance is sponsored by ADA 25 Chicago as part of an initiative to improve access and equality for people with disabilities. NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter reports.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Chicago History Museum (CHM), in partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, hosted a preview event for its newest exhibition “Access For All: Tom Olin’s Photographs of the Disabilities Rights Movement” June 5 at the museum.
“Miami City Ballet and Hamburg Ballet Among Major Dance Companies Headed to Harris Theater in 2015-2016 Season”
AXIS Dance Company (Oct. 8 – 10, 2015): Founded in 1987, AXIS emerged at a time when the Disabilities Rights and Independent Living Movement were gaining momentum and the dance community was just beginning to open its doors to people with disabilities. In partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, the Harris will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with these performances.
“AXIS Dance Company, Jessica Lang Dance, Miami City Ballet and More Set for Harris Theater’s 2015-16 Dance Series”
The 2015-2016 season at the Harris will begin with the Harris debut of AXIS Dance Company. Founded in 1987, AXIS emerged at a time when the Disabilities Rights and Independent Living Movement were gaining stride and the dance community was just beginning to open its doors to people with disabilities. In partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, the Harris is proud to present one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
AXIS Dance Company, Oct. 8 and 10: The Oakland-based “physically integrated” troupe makes its Harris debut in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), more than 200 people including elected officials, civic leaders, business leaders and members of disability organizations gathered to launch “ADA 25 Chicago: Greater > Together” April 17 at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters in Chicago.
City elected officials and business leaders gathered Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by launching a broad new initiative to promote physical access and employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
March 2015. ADA 25 Chicago Executive Director Emily Harris and Leadership Council Co-Chair Jack Catlin discuss universal design.