Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Women and Stroke: Are You at Risk?

interesting information as posted by

Every 4 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a stroke.
Stroke—sometimes called a brain attack—happens when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. This serious health condition can also lead to life-changing complications and long-term disability. 
Although anyone can have a stroke at any age, women are more likely than men to have a stroke and to die from it. May is American Stroke Month exit disclaimer icon, a good time to raise awareness about the special challenges women face related to stroke.
Women and Stroke. 1 in 5 women will have a stroke. Learn the risks. Know the signs. Million Hearts.

Learn Your Risk

Women and men share stroke risk factors you can’t modify or control (family history, age, gender, ethnicity, previous stroke and heart disease) and many you can control (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and smoking).
However, some stroke risk factors are unique or stronger among females. Women who have a history of gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, use birth control pills, or use hormone therapy during or after menopause are at increased risk for stroke. Additionally, some risk factors like migraines with aura and atrial fibrillation are more prevalent among women.
Everyone can reduce their stroke risk through education and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Here are seven steps to follow:
  1. Manage blood pressure – normal blood pressure is under 120/80 mmHg for most people
  2. Control cholesterol – total cholesterol levels less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal
  3. Reduce blood sugar – normal blood glucose level is less than 100 mg/dL
  4. Be physically active – 30 minutes of moderate activity five days per week
  5. Eat right – eat fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains, limit processed foods and salt
  6. Maintain a healthy weight – body mass index between 18.5 and 25 generally indicates a healthy weight
  7. Quit smoking – quitting smoking can also reduce your risk for other life-threating diseases
Health professionals can help reduce stroke among women by:
  1. Screening women for high blood pressure before prescribing a birth control method.
  2. Screening for pregnancy risk factors such as preeclampsia.
  3. Advising women who experience migraine with aura to avoid smoking.
  4. Screening all women age 75 and up for atrial fibrillation.

Know the Signs

During a stroke, every minute counts.  It’s important to recognize the signs and act quickly. Signs of stroke include: sudden numbness, sudden confusion, sudden trouble seeing, sudden loss of balance/coordination, and sudden severe headache. 
Quick treatment can reduce the brain damage that stroke can cause. If you think you or someone you know may be having a stroke, think F.A.S.T.:
  • F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T—Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
One of the most important things to remember about stroke is that we can prevent many of these devastating events and also reduce the severity of a stroke when one occurs. This May, commit to educating the women – and men – in your life about stroke. Visit CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the Million Hearts and the American Stroke Association websites for more information.
CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention focuses on promoting cardiovascular health and improving quality of care for all and eliminating disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke, teaming with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke.
Million Hearts, an HHS initiative led by CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
The Department of Health and Human Services and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have just awarded grants to establish seven regional cooperatives across 12 states. All seven and the over 5000 clinicians with whom they work with help implement best-practice guidelines and the latest research to improve the heart health of millions of Americans.  Find out more here:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Illinois Veteran, service dog turned away from restaurant on Memorial Day weekend; Manager fired

as reported by WGN9 News Chicago; by Tom Negovan | April 26, 2015

ALGONQUIN, Ill. — Memorial Day is a time to remember our nation’s veterans, those who have gone to war to help keep the country free.
But Sunday, a north suburban vet had an experience that shows not everyone remembers. And what happened to him at an Algonquin restaurant should serves a reminder to us all.
Garrett Loughran (photo) of Huntley has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And like a lot of veterans, Garrett uses a service dog to help with his PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hershey, a 5-year-old labradoodle, helps keep him calm in crowds and adjust to civilian life. He’s no ordinary canine. In fact, he’s specially trained for this. By law, he’s allowed to go where Garrett does— no questions asked.
But yesterday, Garrett’s mom wanted to take him to a pre-Memorial Day lunch at the Houlihan’s in nearby Algonquin.. And that’s when things got a little touchy. The veteran, his mom and his dog were turned away.
“He had his red cape on that said he was a ‘service dog,’” said Laura Wills, Garret’s mother. “We have the papers with us but she just said ‘Well, we don’t allow dogs in the restaurant. What type of service does he provide?’ And my son said ‘You’re not allowed to ask that.’”
“I expected that by this day and age that everybody knows what service dogs are and they should be more accepting of veterans like me who have to have a service dog to acclimate themselves to this new world again,” Garrett said.
When the family complained about the treatment they received, the restaurant chain wasted no time in responding. They apologized profusely. And, in a letter to the family, a senior manager writes,
There is no apology that is sufficient in this circumstance. This is inexcusable. I will ensure this is addressed and that no other person has to endure what you and your son did today.
Then later today, an official corporate statement said,
To be perfectly clear:  Houlihan’s supports and appreciates all veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for this country.  We have and will always allow service dogs in our restaurants.
Houlihan’s says the manager involved in turning Laura, Garrett and Hershey away has been fired and it’s donating $2,000 dollars to the organization Pets for Vets. That’s the cost of training one service dog for a veteran who needs one.
Garrett says he considers that extremely generous and the amount of awareness raised by all this to be priceless.
Questions: While the corporation acted fast and appropriately, what type of training program is in effect at Houlihan's Restaurants concerning People with Disabilities?

Action Alert: State of Illinois Medicaid Power Chairs, Seating Systems Delivery and Repair Suspended

as shared from our colleagues at Access Living (cil)

Dear Access Living friends and allies,
Today, we wanted to alert you to a critical problem facing Illinoisans who use Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). Complex Rehab Technology, or CRT, includes specialized wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment for people with significant disabilities. Providing CRT involves evaluation, equipment trials, assembly, delivery, fitting, adjustment, and training. Once the equipment is delivered it must then be supported with ongoing maintenance, repairs, and modifications. CRT is a part of a larger category of equipment called Durable Medical Equipment (DME), which may be more familiar to some of you.
Due to the state’s fiscal crisis and cuts to Medicaid, the two major Illinois CRT providers, National Seating and Mobility and NuMotion, have suspended equipment deliveries and repairs until at leastJune 30.  According to the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS), the status of requests for Medicaid funded CRT service statewide are as follows:
New requests:  93
Repair requests:  100
Modification requests:  38
Another 149 are in the queue, but have not been processed.
Why is this happening? This spring, a budget bill was passed to finish state funding through June 30.  That bill contained a 2.25% cut to CRT and to many other Medicaid services. However, the cut is retroactive to July 1, 2014.  This meant that the total overall amount of the cut has to be squeezed into the last couple of months of the fiscal year. This meant that for the remainder of the year, the CRT companies in reality experienced a 16.75% cut, which was not enough to keep serving people.  NuMotion has stressed they will keep working on situations that are “life threatening”; National Seating and Mobility has not drawn that line as far as we know.
Our reaction at Access Living of course has been great dismay since so many people in our community use CRT.  We have been actively communicating with HFS and with legislators to ask what can be done until June 30.  The problem is, it appears that very little can be done until June 30, except for two things we would like to ask for your help with.
First, if you have Medicaid and you are expecting a delivery or repair sometime between now and June 30, please contact Amber Smock at ASAP.  Access Living staff will help to bring your case to the attention of people who can help. You can also call HFS at 800-226-0768 and select option 5 (HFS Recipient Help Line).
Second, we need all disability advocates to help take action at this link to let state officials and key legislators know that we are concerned about Medicaid-funded CRT services and we need them to fight for full funding.  Please do this asap and ask your friends to help.
Please feel free to share this widely. Let’s go Illinois!



Administrator and Biller of Illinois Physician Group Convicted in $4.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

Monday, May 18, 2015
Administrator and Biller of Illinois Physician Group Convicted in $4.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A federal jury in Chicago on May 15, 2015, convicted the administrator and biller of a Schaumburg, Illinois, in-home visiting physician group for their participation in a $4.5 million health care fraud scheme that included billing Medicare for services rendered to patients who were dead and services rendered by medical professionals who worked over 24 hours in a day.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois, Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Holley of the FBI’s Chicago Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.
According to evidence presented at trial, Rick E. Brown, 58, of Rockford, Illinois, the President of Home Care America Inc., controlled the daily operations of a physician practice, Medicall Physicians Group Ltd.  Mary C. Talaga, 54, of Elmwood Park, Illinois, was the company’s biller who submitted Medicall’s Medicare claims and was employed by Home Care America.  Brown and Talaga falsely billed Medicare for services that were never provided to patients.  The services fraudulently billed included services rendered to patients who were actually dead, as well as services purportedly provided by medical professionals after they had ended their employment and by medical professionals who worked over 24 hours per day.  Evidence showed that Brown forged physician signatures on medical documents, and Talaga directed physicians to create false documentation after she had billed for services that had not been documented or provided.
Brown and Talaga were each found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud and three counts of false statements relating to a health care matter.  They were charged in a superseding indictment returned on March 25, 2015.  Medicall submitted approximately $12 million in claims to Medicare, approximately $4.5 million of which were shown to be fraudulent at trial.
The sentencing hearing for Brown is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2015, and the sentencing hearing for Talaga is scheduled for Aug. 7, 2015. 
The investigation was conducted jointly by the FBI and HHS-OIG and brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois.  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Brooke Harper and Senior Trial Attorney Jon Juenger of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged nearly 2,100 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $6.5 billion.  In addition, the HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to:

U.S Supreme Court Decision is Step Forward for Victims of Employment Discrimination

PRESS RELEASE | April 29, 2015
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that courts may only conduct a "relatively bare-bones review" of the EEOC's conciliation efforts.
"Today's decision puts the focus of the EEOC and the courts squarely on the merits of the discrimination claim," said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang.  "The EEOC remains committed to its successful conciliation efforts as a means of voluntarily resolving charges of workplace discrimination and this decision supports that process."
EEOC General Counsel David Lopez emphasized, "This unanimous decision is great news for victims of discrimination on whose behalf we are seeking relief -- and for the public, which ultimately benefits from our work.  As the court noted, Title VII is about substantive outcomes.  We are pleased the court rejected the intrusive review proposed by the company and its supporters.  The court recognized that the scope of review is narrow and a sworn affidavit is generally sufficient to meet the statutory requirements.  If the employer has concrete evidence that such efforts were not made and the court finds in favor of the employer, the remedy is further conciliation."
Chicago District Regional Attorney John Hendrickson, whose office handled the suit against Mach Mining in the district court, said, "The Supreme Court's decision brings to an end an era in which employers charged with discrimination could too often defend EEOC lawsuits by fighting about conciliation.  This is a step forward for civil rights on the job and common sense in the administration of justice."
The decision today stems from the EEOC's lawsuit against Mach Mining, LLC, headquartered in Marion, Ill.  The Commission sued Mach Mining in September 2011, alleging that the company violated Title VII by failing to hire any female miners since beginning operations in 2006, despite having received applications from many highly qualified women.
Mach Mining chose to defend against these allegations in part by criticizing the EEOC for inadequately conciliating the matter before suing. The EEOC moved for partial summary judgment with respect to Mach Mining's so-called affirmative defense that the Commission had failed to properly conciliate before filing its complaint.
The Supreme Court's decision today adopts a standard that requires only that the EEOC "afford the employer a chance to discuss and rectify a specified discriminatory practice."  The court emphasized that "such limited review respects the expansive discretion that Title VII gives the EEOC over the conciliation process" but ensures that the Commission fulfills its obligation to conciliate.  The court also highlighted that intrusive judicial review of conciliation would flout the confidentiality requirements in the statute and ultimately would undermine conciliation itself.  The court concluded that courts reviewing conciliation efforts must not "impinge" on the Commission's latitude to conduct the type of conciliation it thinks reasonable in a particular case, or on its "responsibility to eliminate unlawful workplace discrimination."
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. Further information is available at

Source One Staffing to Pay to Settle Multiple EEOC Discrimination Claims of Civil Rights Act & Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

PRESS RELEASE | May 11, 2015
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Source One Staffing to Pay $800,000 to Settle Multiple EEOC Discrimination Claims

Among Many Violations, Chicago-Area Staffing Company Assigned Temporary Employees To Clients on the Basis of Sex, Federal Agency Charged.
CHICAGO - A Chicago-area staffing agency will pay $800,000 under a consent decree resolving two discrimination lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
The EEOC's two lawsuits alleged multiple violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Specifically, the EEOC charged that Source One Staffing, Inc. engaged in the following unlawful conduct: the company 1) assigned female employees to a known hostile work environment; 2) retaliated against two female employees who reported that their supervisor was making sexual advances toward them; 3) categorized jobs as "men's work" or "women's work" and assigned employees accordingly; 4) asked impermissible pre-employment medical questions in violation of the ADA; and 5) failed or refused to assign employees to certain jobs because of their race and/or national origin.
The EEOC filed the suits in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (EEOC v. Source One Staffing, Inc., Civil Action Nos. 11-cv-06754 & 15-cv-01958) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process in both cases. 
The consent decree settling the suits, entered by U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis on May 6, provides $800,000 in monetary relief.  Of that, $70,000 will go to the sexual harassment and retali­ation victims. The remaining $730,000 will be distributed evenly to a class of female employees who were not considered for certain work on the basis of their sex.  
The decree also requires Source One to take the following affirmative steps: 1) train its employees on employees' rights under Title VII and the ADA; 2) report complaints of discrimination during the decree's three-year term; 3) change its employment policies and practices to conform to the ADA and Title VII; and 4) post a notice of the decree at all of its locations.  Finally, Source One's compliance with decree will overseen by an independent monitor, Chris Wilmes of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
"While the consent decree puts an end to four-years of litigation between EEOC and Source One, the matter is far from over," said John Hendrickson, regional attorney for the EEOC's Chicago District.  "The EEOC - through the appointment of an independent monitor - will keep a watchful eye on Source One to make sure it fulfills all of its obligations under the decree for the next three years.  If Source One fails to adhere to the decree, the EEOC will do everything in its power to ensure compliance."
Julianne Bowman, director of the EEOC's Chicago District Office, added, "The EEOC determined that Source One violated federal anti-discrimination law in multiple ways, which was  alarming, and clearly required serious EEOC action.  Further, staffing agencies must understand that they are not immune from enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws.  This decree sends a strong signal to other staffing agencies that if they engage in discrimination - especially several different kinds of it -- it will come at a high cost."
The EEOC's Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at

Devil’s Advocates - ART CULTURE DISABILITY PROJECT - Chicago Free Performance June 5th

ACCESS LIVING and BODIES OF WORK invite you to enjoy an evening of sparkling wit and audacious humor with two of the disability community’s most celebrated storytellers, TEKKI LOMNICKI and MIKE ERVIN. They’ll make you laugh, they may even make you cry, but they’ll always make you think. Mike spins the adventurous tales from his blog “The Smart Ass Cripple,” and Tekki presents her new, one-woman solo performance “Speak of the Devil.” 
Tekki Lomnicki is the Artistic Director of Tellin' Tales Theatre, a not-for-profit company whose mission is to shatter barriers between the disabled and able-bodied worlds through the transformative power of story. She has performed her solo works throughout the US and Canada.
Mike Ervin is a writer and disability rights activist with many years of experience as a cultural administrator at Victory Gardens Theatre where he presents Crip Slam, a series of performances, readings, movies and other events that promote, explore and celebrate disability culture.

Snacks and Sign Language Interpreters and narrative description will be provided. This event is accessible for wheelchair users and those who want to avoid stairs. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

WHEN: FRI, JUN 5, 2015
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Access Living
115 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60654

Sandie Yi

This event is brought to you by the following organizations:

Town Hall on Sustaining Support for People with Disabilities - Chicago June 5th

Where: Mooh Dulce
2602 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL,60647,
Event is Free
June 5, 2015 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Organizer: Rooshey HasnainEmail:

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Monday, May 25, 2015

"ADA National Network" Webinar June 11th: Understanding with the City of New York Emergency Situations - Shelter, Communications, Evacuations, and Power Outages

Announcing a new webinar - "ADA National Network Learning Session: Memorandums of Understanding with the City of New York regarding Shelter, Communications, Canvassing, High Rise Evacuation, and Power Outages"

June 11th, 2015

Webinars begin at 2.30pm ET/1.30pm CT/12.30 pm MT/11.30am PT/8.30am Hawaii.
Registration: Free on-line at
This 90-minute webinar will describe the civil rights violations in NYC's emergency planning and disaster response by the federal court in recent litigation. It will provide an overview of agreements negotiated by the parties to remedy those violations dealing with: Shelter; Transportation; Evacuation; Canvassing; Communications; Power Outages; and Reporting and Monitoring. The webinar will identify key components in emergency planning that promote and support inclusion, integration and equal access. This webinar will allow participants to explore how New York's experience can apply to their situations; the importance of developing solutions that are cross-disability; strategies for crafting agreements; and making the case for inclusion.
Margi Trapani, Director of Communications & Education. CIDNY's Director of Communications & Education Margi Trapani is a communications and education program specialist who has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations for over 30 years. Ms. Trapani has been with CIDNY since 2003 and in 2007 Ms. Trapani took over supervision of CIDNY's Emergency Preparedness activities and acted as CIDNY's liaison to New York City's Office of Emergency Management.
Susan Dooha J.D. Ms. Dooha became Executive Director of CIDNY in early 2002. Ms. Dooha designed and implemented a research project documenting civil rights violations related to emergency preparedness and disaster response in 2011 and 2012 that contributed to the federal district court's conclusion that New York City had violated federal disability rights laws in 2013. Dooha obtained her law degree at Yeshiva University, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law in 1990 where she was twice awarded the Belkin Scholars Award. Dooha is herself a person with a disability.
These 90 minute webinars are delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Collaborate downloads files to your machine in order to run. We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the start of the session. You may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files.
To view all of the sessions for the coming year, or to see previous sessions, go to
Pacific ADA Center
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Suite 1030
Oakland, CA 94607
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Accessible Chicago Theatre Spring/Summer 2015 performances

The information for Theatres and Performances are for various venues. The listings will be updated as information becomes available. If their are Theatres in the Chicago area offering live accessibile performances - Please share the information so we can post info. TY

Victory Gardens upcoming performances:
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Box Office at  773-871-3000



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Check out a list of Access dates below! 

By Roy Williams
Directed by Dexter Bullard

Oct 2 | Fri | 7:30
Audio Description and Touch Tour/ASL/Word for Word
Oct 3 | Sat |4:00
Word for Word
Oct 7 | Wed | 2:30
Word for Word

Oct 11 | Sun | 3:00
Audio Description
Touch Tour

Learn more here

By Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan
Directed by Gary Griffin
Nov 20 | Fri | 7:30
Audio Description and Touch Tour/ASL/Word for Word
Nov 21 | Sat | 4:00
Word for Word
Nov 25 | Wed | 2:30
Word for Word
Nov 29 | Sun | 3:00
Audio Description and Touch Tour

Learn more here

By Sarah Gubbins
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Feb 26 | Fri | 7:30
Audio Description and Touch Tour/ASL/Word for Word

Feb 27 | Sat | 4:00
Word for Word
Mar 2 | Wed | 2:30
Word for Word
Mar 6 | Sun | 3:00
Audio Description and Touch Tour

Learn more here
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Chay Yew

April 15 | Fri | 7:30
Audio Description and Touch Tour/ASL/Word for Word
April 16 | Sat | 4:00
Word for Word
April 20 | Wed | 2:30
Word for Word
April 24 | Sun | 3:00
Audio Description and Touch Tour

Learn more here
By Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley
Directed by Chay Yew

June 24 | Fri | 7:30
Audio Description and Touch Tour/ASL/Word for Word
June 25 | Sat | 4:00
Word for Word
June 29 | Wed | 2:30
Word for Word
July 3 | Sun | 3:00 
Audio Description and Touch Tour

Learn more here

Victory Gardens is pleased to invite you to Access Project performances of our upcoming main stage show, The Who & The What, directed by Jeff Award nominee Ron OJ Parson and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akthar. Here are the dates for Access Performances for this production: 

July 3 | Fri | 7:30                                                              July 10 | Fri | 7:30                                                    
Audio Description                                                            
ASL Interpreted performance 
(Touch Tour at 6:00pm)

July 11 | Sat | 4:00                                                          July 12 | Sun | 3:00
Word for Word (Open Captioning)                               Audio Description                                                                                                                                                            (Touch Tour at 1:30pm)
With our previous production of An Issue of Blood, we were excited try live captioning our post-show Afterwords discussions. We are pleased to announce that we will continue this service with The Who & The What. We hope you'll take advantage of this brand new service on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 1 at 2:00pm and Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm

All Access tickets are $20
use code: ACCESS

Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar examines the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.

Strawdog Theatre Presents: Pied Piper
Thurs | June 18 | 8:00 PM

Victory Gardens is happy to welcome back Strawdog Theatre Company for their 5th accessible performance in our space with Pied Piper.

The creators of Strawdog's hit The Hunting of the Snark and The Just-So Stories, The Forks & Hope Ensemble, led by Strawdog Ensemble Member Josh Sobel, bring their innovative, physical, DIY aesthetic to the haunting tunes of Browning's Pied Piper of Hamelin.
This special one night only presentation includes Wheelchair Accessibility, Audio Description, Open Captioning, and a Touch Tour.

Accessible Chicago Theatre
The Little Foxes
170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800
Audio Description: Wed | May 20 | 7:30PM

Sense and Sensibility
800 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600
Captioning: Fri | May 15| 7:30PM
ASL Interpretation: Fri | May 29 | 7:30PM
Audio Description/Touch Tour:
Sun | May 31 | 2:00PM

1650 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650
Captioning: Sat | May 23 | 3:00PM
Audio Description/Touch Tour:
Sun | May 24 | 1:30PM

1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 227-0180
Autism-Friendly: Thu | May 14 | 12:00PM
Touch Tour: Fri | May 15 | 12:00PM
1115 W Berwyn Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 649-3186
Audio Description/Touch Tour:
Sat | May 16 | 8:00PM
151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 384-1502
ASL Interpretation: Sun | May 17 | 2:00PM