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Thursday, March 31, 2011

EL VALOR : Supporting People with Disabilities | Building Stronger, More Inclusive Communites

Supporting People with Disabilities El Valor (link)
 The goal of the Adult Programs is to provide opportunities and choices for people with disabilities and their families; to be a part of a community that embraces diversity and supports individuals to reach their full potential.
El Valor received an “Exemplary Status” designation from the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for its high quality programs for persons with disabilities.
El Valor works with more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities and their families from diverse communities

City of Chicago :: Clinical Health Services - Chicago Department of Public Health comprehensive clinics, outreach centers, and mental health centers.

City of Chicago :: Services (link to webpage)

University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Resource Center:: Students with Disabilities | Student Resources

University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Resource Center Student Resources (link)
As reflected in the University of Illinois' Nondiscrimination Statement and the UIC Chancellor's Statement of Commitment to Persons with Disabilities, UIC strives to maintain a barrier-free environment so that students with disabilities can fully access classes, programs, services and other campus activities.

HUD ISSUES REPORT ON NUMBER OF VERY LOW-INCOME RENTERS WITH DISABILITIES WHO EXPERIENCED ‘WORST CASE HOUSING NEEDS’ - released March 24 2011

HUDNo.11-034  (link to report)
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued a report summarizing efforts to the measure the extent of “worst case housing needs” among very low-income renter households with disabilities.  HUD’s 2009 Worst Case Housing Needs of People with Disabilities finds that approximately 1 million households that included nonelderly people with disabilities had worst case needs. 

State of Illinois DHS: Disability & Rehabilitation : many programs & resources that are "offered"

DHS: Disability & Rehabilitation (link) State of Illinois programs for people with disabilities: Jobs, Independent Living, Education, Disability Benefits, Child Services, Advocacy & Customer Service, More Information & Resources...

ADA: Landmark Declaration of Equality - Justin Dart author - American Association of People with Disabilities

ADA: Landmark Declaration of Equality - American Association of People with Disabilities (link to article)

An article by Justin Dart titled ADA: Landmark Declaration of Equality, written shortly after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

City of Chicago: Mayors Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) : Mark your calendars! Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is October 14, 2011

On October 14, 2011, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and MOPD will host the 2011 DMD National Launch in Chicago.
The theme for the 2011 DMD National Launch is Transition to Independent Futures, focusing on the importance of education, employment, and independent living for people with disabilities.
MOPD is excited to partner with AAPD for the National DMD 2011 launch to showcase Chicago’s outstanding model and success in furthering the employment of youth with disabilities. 
DMD is the nation’s largest job-shadowing program designed for people with disabilities, which allows career exploration to take place outside of the hiring context so that job seekers can meet and learn about employers committed to hiring from this diverse and untapped workforce. 
In 2001, MOPD launched its first DMD Program with just 20 students in collaboration with the Office of Special Education and Supports in Chicago Public Schools. Since that time, the program has grown in size and scope and serves over 250 students annually.
Now, DMD is the first prong of a year-long employment program designed to connect academic learning to employment.  Each year, students with disabilities planning for life after high school take advantage of this event as a unique career building opportunity.

Arts of Lifes - Rock with a Mission - Artists with and without disabilities - Chicago, IL.


(video Uploaded by on Mar 1, 2011 )
 Bringing the creative joy of making music to people with disabilities, The Arts of Life Band is just one of the many arts programs offered by The Arts of Life.

The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program for people with disabilities - Chicago - info



The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program (JGASP) includes classroom and on-water instruction for the physically disabled. JGASP is a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District whereby the Foundation raises funds for instructor salaries, boats and maintenance costs while the Park District operates the Program on a day-to-day basis. The fleet consists of eight Freedom 20's, eight Sonars and four 2.4 meter sailboats. The Freedom 20's were built specifically for disabled sailors and have many safety features that make this boat the premier boat of choice for a disabled sailing program. The Sonar and the 2.4 meter boats are for more advanced racing sailors and are used in world disabled championships, such as the Paralympics. All boats are very stable and will not capsize.

While we want to serve all people who are mobility or visually impaired, participation in the instructional program requires:
A desire to attain sailing skills

An ability to float calmly in the water for five minutes while wearing a personal flotation device (life jacket)

Specially designed safety features at the dock and aboard the boats include:

Transfer-boarding benches that assist sailors as they move from
wheelchairs to seats aboard.

Counterweighted seats that provide support while enabling sailors to pivot from one side of the boat to the other
Chest and waist belts that add stability and safety

Lines, tillers, and rigging that are positioned to enable easy participation

Life jackets

Marine radios and outboard engines that allow close contact and maximum safety

Parking conveniently adjacent to the wheelchair-accessible docks
Judd Goldman Sailing Center
Burnham Harbor (one block West of Planetarium)
1362 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2470
Directions/Map

For reservations and more information, contact us at:

Seasonal phone number: (312) 747-7684

Or email us at jgasf@juddgoldmansailing.org

For the Judd Goldman Sailing Center homepage: CLICK HERE


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MAYOR DALEY INTRODUCES ORDINANCE TO INVEST $18 MILLION TO IMPROVE ADA ACCESSIBILITY IN 11 CPS HIGH SCHOOLS - Chicago, IL

On March 9, Mayor Richard M. Daley introduced an ordinance to the City Council to allocate approximately $18 million in TIF funds to support ADA accessibility renovations at 11 Chicago Public High Schools.
For the first year, the City and CPS committed to a total of nearly $40 million, with CPS committing to $23 million, and the City committing to $14.5 million. For each of the latter four fiscal years, CPS has committed at least $20 million annually, and the City has committed at least $5 million annually, or $20 million total. Under this ADA initiative, the City and CPS hope to renovate at least 30 schools.
Renovations generally include: adding wheelchair parking, installing ramps at building entrances, widening doorways, renovating restrooms, upgrading alarm systems, and, in some cases, installing elevators.
As a result, more youth with disabilities will be able to attend their neighborhood school, instead of being bused into unfamiliar neighborhoods, which will also serve to greatly increased access to before and after school programs near home. To that end, parents and grandparents with disabilities will also have far greater opportunities to participate in their children’s educations and recreational events.
Additionally, the renovations will allow the schools to enhance their use as community centers that can serve as polling places and emergency shelters and offer unique programming for students.
The ordinance marks the completion of a five-year, jointly funded, capital commitment, which began in 2008 to make more school buildings accessible to students, parents, employees and community members with disabilities.

Former Aurora IL. resident becomes a voice for the homeless - March 31 2011 - DailyHerald article

Former Aurora resident becomes a voice for the homeless - DailyHerald.com (link to article)
Nilan is the president and founder of Hear Us, a Naperville-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of homeless youth and families. She lived in Aurora for 40 years before trading in her residence for a motor home in 2005 to travel the country interviewing homeless families and children, with a goal of showcasing a side of homelessness in America that most people don't see.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guide To Wheelchairs And Assistive Technology : USA TechGuide

Guide To Wheelchairs And Assistive Technology : USA TechGuide (link to website)
USA TechGuide is a webguide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices. You can read and submit wheelchair reviews, mobility scooter reviews, wheelchair cushion reviews, standing device reviews, and search The TechGuide for all types of assistive equipment.

Alzheimer's Association - Chicago, IL. : Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease ; information, news, events, advococy...

Alzheimer's Association (link)
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research.

NAMI of McHenry County Illinois : National Alliance on Mental Illiness of McHenry County; resources, education, events...

Welcome to NAMI of McHenry County (link to wbsite) 
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of McHenry County (NAMI-MC) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who are affected by mental illness. We offer an array of free programs and services, including self-help groups, family and community education, and advocacy.

Darius Rucker, young adults with developmental disabilities to perform new song at ACM Awards on Sunday April 3 2011- The Washington Post

Metra's UP North plan called 'an improvement' - Accessibility will be Ramps - But Not Included Are Escalaors & Elevators in Plans: ChicagoTribune

Metra's UP North plan called 'an improvement' - chicagotribune.com (link to article) March 29 2011 - Richard Wronski: Tribune reporter
 "the new station would have ramps making it compliant with federal disability law. But concerns about maintenance and vandalism prevented Metra from installing elevators and escalators"

Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K - May 14th 2011 - DonorDrive® / information & link to website

Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K - DonorDrive® (link for info)
Join us for the 2011 Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K! This year we are hosting two special 5K events - the Wheaton Walk & Fun Run at the Danada Forest Preserve on May 14th and the Montrose Harbor Walk/Run in Chicago on May 21st! This is our first year at Chicago’s Montrose Harbor and we couldn’t be more excited! Along with the change of scenery (and better parking) runners will now have the opportunity to be officially timed at Montrose Harbor. Whether you are coming out for a fun stroll with friends, or choose to run; The Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K is the perfect event for you!

Unfit inmates costing local property taxpayers - mentally ill inmates - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times

Unfit inmates costing local property taxpayers - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times (read full article) In the past three years, the Tazewell County Illinois Sheriff’s Department has housed mentally ill inmates while waiting weeks or months for a bed to open up at a psychiatric facility where the inmates can get the proper care to address their illnesses and fitness for trial.

The Arc of Illinois - Arc Capital Insider newsletter - March 29 2011

The Arc of Illinois (link) The Arc and other advocates are fearful that spending caps and block grants for Medicaid may result in the House discussions on budget cuts; plus much more..

President Obama & Sec. Clinton Speak on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities - video..

(video) On the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the President and Secretary of State laud the signing of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Proclamation. July 24, 2009.(public domain)

Association for Individual Development!: Empower individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs to achieve indepence - Aurora, IL.

Welcome to the Association for Individual Development (AID). Here you'll find everything you need to know about AID. Learn about over 20 programs we offer to over 5,400 individuals across the Fox Valley. Learn the history of AID and how you can contribute to its future. Also be sure to check out all the latest news and events going on at AID.

State of Illinois::Healthy counties? Kendall, DuPage yes; Cook no - DailyHerald. report

Healthy counties? Kendall, DuPage yes; Cook no - DailyHerald.com (read more) DuPage County was right under Kendall. Lake and McHenry counties ranked well. Cook County was low on the list, but Chicago and the suburbs were not separated.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pain management - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - link for info, website

Pain management - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (link)

Welcome to Easy Access Chicago - Your Guide to A Great, Accessible Destination - People with Disabilities -Information, events, travel tips....

Welcome to Easy Access Chicago (link to website) Information for Visitors and Residents with A Wide Range of Disabilities, as well as for Older Travelers/ Detailed Access Reports for Over 100 Attractions/ Access Information on Midway and O'Hare Airports/ Listings of Accessible Tours of All Types/ A Guide to Local Accessible Transportation, Public and Private/ Chicago Insider Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Stay/A Database of Accessible Hotels and Restaurants Searchable by Specific Access Features, Location and Price/ Listings of Key Disability-Related Services and Resources..

Federal Transit Administration - Civil Rights Education - 2011 Webinar Dates & Times

Federal Transit Administration - Civil Rights Education - 0726CB3D4779478E8B60DA001A4ABF47 The FTA Office of Civil Rights will be offering webinars on the principles and DOT Regulations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The training will cover Title VI Guidelines for FTA Recipients, Service and Fare Equity Analysis and Limited English Proficiency.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - March 2011 | Special Focus: Welcoming Our New Director

March 2011 Special Focus: Welcoming Our New Director (link) Many resources...

Access to 9-1-1 for People with Disabilities - Online Survey open til April 24 2011 - FCC Emergency Advisory Access Committee

Access to 9-1-1 for People with Disabilities (link)
 On March 16, 2011, the FCC's Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) released a national on-line survey to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which persons with disabilities may access Next Generation 9-1-1 emergency services systems. Among other things, the survey asks about accessing emergency services via video, text, and voice. The results of the survey will inform the EAAC as it develops recommendations for the FCC to draft rules to ensure that people with disabilities can access NG 9-1-1 services. The survey is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) video).

Ability Links Job Fair - People with Disabilities - Online - Monday April 18 - Friday April 22 2011 - link to Information and Registration

AbilityLinks.org (link)
The AbilityLinks Virtual Job Fair is week-long online recruiting event where talented job seekers with disabilities showcase their skills and inclusive employers highlight their employment opportunities - from entry level to technical and management.Accessible 24 hours a day April 18-22, this easy-to-use online recruiting event is free to both job seekers and employers.

More evidence ties cholesterol drug, diabetes | March 28 2011 - Reuters

More evidence ties cholesterol drug, diabetes Reuters (link to article) A number of studies have linked Lipitor (known generically as atorvastatin) and other cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to a small increase in users' risk of diabetes.

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News - March 29 2011 edition

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News Medicaid Waiver Waiting List Triggers Federal Lawsuit: plus much more news

The Nonprofit Quarterly | State of Illinos Kept Mum on Conditions in Nonprofit Group Homes: March 29 2011 - The Nonprofit Quarterly

state-kept-mum-on-conditions-in-nonprofit-group-homes: nonprofit-newswire 
 Questions are being asked in Illinois about whether a 42-year-old man would still be alive today if state officials had acted sooner on evidence it had for two years that developmentally disabled adults living in a network of nonprofit group homes were being abused.

How to Build a More Effective Nonprofit Sector by Transforming Boards | LinkedIn

How to Build a More Effective Nonprofit Sector by Transforming Boards LinkedIn (link to article) Boards of directors, comprised of volunteers, have the decision-making authority and power over the direction and finances of nonprofit organizations. Although there are boards that are disappointingly ineffective, I have seen many boards rise to the occasion to lead their organizations to success in service to the community.

State of Illinois - Governor's e-Newsletter - March 30 2011

State of Illinois - Governor's e-Newsletter (link) Hello!This electronic newsletter is an opportunity for you to learn more about what we’ve accomplished in Illinois government, and how you can get involved. Whether it’s volunteering in a Serve Illinois volunteer project, receiving state services, or learning about new laws and programs, I want to ensure that you know what’s happening in your government.

Top American Hospitals - 2011 - US News Best Hospitals report

Top American Hospitals - US News Best Hospitals (link) We combed through data for nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties to help you find the one that's best for you and your family.

Housing Matters-State of Illinois- Sign the Affordable Housing Month Petition on Illinois State Budget Cuts - March 2011

Housing Matters (link to online petition) Housing Action Illinois organizes Affordable Housing Month to provide the opportunity for organizations and individuals to raise public awareness about the importance of affordable, accessible and fair housing.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) - Hope through Research, Education and Advocacy

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) - Hope through Research, Education and Advocacy The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson's, while supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Chicago - June 4-5, 2011: (link to information)

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Chicago (link) Noted for its Lake Michigan shoreline and downtown skyline (considered by many as the most picturesque skyline in the world), America's third-largest city plays host to the Avon Walk Chicago, June 4-5, 2011. You will travel along the vast lakefront, past stunning architecture and through vibrant multi-cultural neighborhoods. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, you'll come face-to-face with the Midwest warmth, friendliness and sophistication of Chicagoland-all the while helping the city's breast cancer community gain momentum and take one step closer to a cure.

DuPage County Board chairman seeks resignation of Housing Authority board - March 28 2011-Chicago Breaking News - Chicago Tribune

DuPage County Board chairman seeks resignation of Housing Authority board - Chicago Breaking News (link)

'Politics, ego and money': East St Louis IL - District 189 could face state takeover-properly evaluting students with disabilities-Mar 24 2011-BND. .

'Politics, ego and money': District 189 could face state takeover - .Your life - bnd.com (link) Reacting to an ultimatum by the Illinois State Board of Education to correct numerous problems in the way the district deals with about 1,500 special education students or face sanctions, including dismantling the district, Officer said, "We may have to consider more oversight.

Beyondmedia Education - Why They Gotta Do Me Like That? - (The Empowered Fe Fes Take on Bullying) young people with disabilities - video


(video) (The Empowered Fe Fes Take On Bullying) was produced in a workshop with the junior group of the Empowered Fe Fes, a project of Access Living in Chicago. In this film, 13 young women with disabilities explore school-based bullying by interviewing people on why bullying happens and how they respond, then acting out common experiences with new solutions. The Empowered Fe Fes demand viewers to consider bullying as a serious issue of discrimination, letting us know that we can work together to both understand the stop the problem.

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired faces the challenge of budget cuts - March 29 2011 - Chicago Tribune

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired faces the challenge of budget cuts - chicagotribune.com (link)

More deaths at kids facility - Alden Village North - March 28 2011 -Chicago Breaking News-Chicago Tribune

More deaths at kids facility - Chicago Breaking News (link to article)
Equip for Equality investigation details pattern of neglect at Alden Village North, now slated for shutdown by state...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Medicare rise could mean no Social Security COLA -March 28 2011- AP News | AccessNorthGa.com

AP News AccessNorthGa.com (link to article)
The government is projecting a slight cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits next year, the first increase since 2009. But for most beneficiaries, rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out any increase in payments, leaving them without a raise for a third straight year.

AP News | AccessNorthGa.com

AP News AccessNorthGa.com

American Diabetes Association Home Page - American Diabetes Association - many resources

American Diabetes Association Home Page - American Diabetes Association (link) It's not easy to hear you have diabetes. But for millions of Americans, learning about their diabetes is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer, healthier life. Here's what you need to get started on the path toward improved health and wellbeing.

The ChicagoRehabilitation, Clinical and Research Services | The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Rehabilitation, Clinical and Research Services The Chicago Lighthouse (link) The Chicago Lighthouse’s rehabilitation, clinical and research services are striving to better meet the needs of people experiencing vision loss by expanding the breadth of services offered. Our concept of comprehensive low vision services of the 21st century is a multidisciplinary one. In this model, the patient benefits from the input of the low vision optometrist and ophthalmologist working with other professionals including an occupational therapist, rehabilitation therapist, a psychologist and a social worker. In addition, the team engages in cutting edge research to develop new methods of vision rehabilitation. It is important for us to be involved in research, and thus contribute to the field of rehabilitation to be perceived as a leader.

Designing Accessible Communities - providing information & education about accessibility design..

Designing Accessible Communities "Designing Accessible Communities" was formed in 2006. The organization's MISSION is to promote, facilitate, and support the use of policies, accessible design, and use of accessible manufactured products to ensure that all individuals, regardless of disability or age, are able to live within and participate fully in all aspects of their community and our society

Marlee Matlin's Remarks at FCC Hearing on Broadband Access for People With Disabilities - video...


Uploaded by on Nov 13, 2009 The FCC held this field hearing at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2009 as part of its effort to gather information from experts and consumers for the development of a National Broadband Plan. Among those on the first panel was Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is the spokesperson for the National Association of the Deaf for accessible broadband services and Internet media.(Public Domain)

UCP - United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago - resources, programs, events - explore the many services available

UCP - United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago (link) The mission of United Cerebral Palsy is to advance the independence of people with disabilities, enrich their lives, provide support to their families, and advocate for their inclusion in every facet of community life.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality - resources, information, events, travel tips....

HOME PAGE: Home: Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (link to website) The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission.

People With Disabilities Ride Free Program - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois: program information

People With Disabilities Ride Free Program - Regional Transportation Authority (link) To help people with disabilities maintain their independence, the RTA has partnered with the Illinois Department on Aging to offer the People with Disabilities Ride Free program. New legislation now provides free rides on fixed-route transit (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra, and Pace buses and trains) for any Illinois resident over the age of 16 who has been enrolled as a person with a disability in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program.Individuals who are enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program with a disability must still apply for the RTA-issued “Circuit Permit” that will allow them to ride free on fixed-route transit in the RTA service region.I am not enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program. Now what?To ride free on RTA systems, you must first qualify and be enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program. This program is administered by the Illinois Department on Aging. As of January 1, the income levels for eligibility into the Circuit Breaker program has increased. The new income limit ranges from $27,610 to $45,657, depending on household size. Learn more about the Illinois Circuit Breaker program or call 1-800-252-8966 [TTY: 1-888-206-1327]. Information is also available at senior citizen centers, the Mayor’s Office on Disabilities in the City of Chicago, and Independent Living Centers.I am enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program. How do I qualify for RTA’s People with Disabilities Ride Free program?If you are already enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program, you can complete an application for an RTA-issued Circuit Breaker permit at any RTA Customer Service Center. The main center is located at 165 N. Jefferson in Chicago and there are over 200 registration centers located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

Nick Jonas Lives Large, Despite Diabetes - March 25 2011 - Bloomberg News

Nick Jonas Lives Large, Despite Diabetes (link to article) FRIDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Teen superstar Nick Jonas may be the picture of health today, but five years ago his body was wasting away. Even at 13, Jonas knew something was wrong. He just didn't know what.

Memo: State of Illinois knew of group home abuses before death - March 27 2011 - Chicago Tribune - PLEASE READ....

Memo: Ill. knew of group home abuses before death - chicagotribune.com (link to article) CHICAGO— "Illinois officials knew developmentally disabled residents had been abused at a network of group homes in eastern Illinois two years before Paul McCann died following an alleged assault by staff members, according to government documents obtained by The Associated Press. "

INCIL Services = Illinois Networks of Centers for Independent Living - Counseling-Advocacy-Independent living skills: info, center locations...

INCIL Services OUR MISSION: The purpose of INCIL is to facilitate the collaboration of all Centers for Independent Living in Illinois for promoting, through the Independent Living Movement, equal opportunities and civil rights for all persons with disabilities.

#Please click headline for website or go to:http://incil.org/services.asp

Sports and Recreational Activities for Children with Physical Disabilities - resources, events, contact information

Sports and Recreational Activities for Children with Physical Disabilities (link to website) There are a vast wealth of activities and organizations...

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News - March 27 2011 edition

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News Housing Increasingly A Struggle For Those With Special Needs: plus many more articles..

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - a wealth of information

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (link) NICHCY is very pleased to offer you a wealth of information on disabilities! NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information:

National Association of the Deaf - Issues, Resources, Events - explore the website for information

National Association of the Deaf (link) The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Robby Stephens "I can be independent"- video- LifeMyWay org - People with Disabilities in Illinois

LIfeMyWay by Robby Stephens.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago : Events Benefiting Individuals with Disabilities! Alpha Doggs Autism Ride - April 30 2011

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago : Events Benefiting Individuals with Disabilities! (link for information) Alpha Doggs 2011 Autism Awareness Ride - Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mayoral Canidates - Houston, Stocks-Smith approach disabilities compliance differently - Springfield, IL - March 26 2011 - The State Journal-Register

Houston, Stocks-Smith approach disabilities compliance differently - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register (link to article)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Epilepsy-Linked Memory Loss Worries More Patients Than Doctors - research news - Ohio State University

Epilepsy-Linked Memory Loss Worries More Patients Than Doctors (link to article)
In a survey, patients with epilepsy as a group ranked memory loss as their second-most important concern on a list of 20 potential medical or social concerns. Memory loss as a concern came in 12th in the frequency of responses among concerns recorded by physicians and nurse practitioners who completed the same survey.

Progress Center for Independent Living - Services - Suburban Cook County Illinois

Progress Center for Independent Living - Services (link)
Progress Center directly assists persons with disabilities to establish lives in the community. We serve and support people with disabilities of all ages to increase and maintain independence. We also assist families and communities.

The Arc of Illinois - TESTIMONY HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES APPROPRIATION HEARING - March 21, 2011

The Arc of Illinois
The Arc of Illinois opposes the proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. ... A Quest for Equality: Breaking the Barriers for People with Disabilities – A ...
www.thearcofil.org/.../House%20Budget%20Testimony%2003... (link to full testimony)


"It is time to rebalance the Developmental Disability System in Illinois. The Arc recommends closing all state institutions within the next five years and redirecting those resources into the community system. "

Gov. Pat Quinn Gives Illinois Health Care Reform a Big, Fat Push Forward - March 24 2011 -Huffington Post article

David Ormsby: Gov. Pat Quinn Gives Illinois Health Care Reform a Big, Fat Push Forward (link to article)
In Illinois, however, on the one-year anniversary of the new federal health law, Governor Pat Quinn has been blazing forward to implement its provisions. In fact, since taking office, Quinn has been on tear to reform Illinois health care more broadly.

Woman sues over use of psychiatric service dog - March 25 2011 - Chicago Tribune

Woman sues over use of psychiatric service dog - Chicago Breaking News (link to article)
Woman allowed to keep toy spaniel, but balks at building's restrictions....

Pace Bus - Dial-a-Ride Service Directory for Suburban Cook County; Dupage County; Lake County; Kane County; McHenry County; Will County

Pace Bus - Dial-a-Ride Service Directory (link to Pace)
Note: Many Dial-A-Ride projects are open to the general public (GP).Others provide service only to senior citizens (Sr) or persons who have a disability (D).

Explore Thresholds - Bright Futures for People with Mental Illness - many resources - Chicago, Illinois

Explore Thresholds (link)
Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illnesses to reclaim their lives by providing the supports, skills and the respectful encouragement that they need to achieve hopeful and successful futures.

Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities And The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide For Employers

Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities And The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide For Employers (link)

Major depressive disorder - article - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Major depressive disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (link)

CHARLES SCHWAB BANK TO PAY $30,000 TO SETTLE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT:: March 17 2011 - HUD.GOV

HUDNo.11-031 (link for full press release)
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that Charles Schwab Bank has agreed to pay $30,000 settling allegations that the bank refused to accept a loan application from the adult son of a Metairie, Louisiana woman with disabilities. The son, who was acting with his mother’s power of attorney, tried to apply for a loan on his mother’s behalf, but was told that the bank did not accept powers of attorney for “incapacitated borrowers.”

"It's hurtful" - The "R" Word - video: Take the Social Challenge


Take the Social Challenge at http://www.thesocialchallenge.org/
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Friday, March 25, 2011

WID celebrates the first Ed Roberts Day in California — World Institute on Disability

WID celebrates the first Ed Roberts Day in California — World Institute on Disability (link)
Please read the full article on this remarkable man, this is people with disabilities history...

Housing Increasingly A Struggle For Those With Special Needs:: HUD findings- March 25 2011 - Disability Scoop article

Housing Increasingly A Struggle For Those With Special Needs - Disability Scoop (link to article)
For the first time in 2009, government officials asked about disability status when collecting housing data. Compared with estimates from previous years, HUD officials say the number of people with disabilities living in “worst case” situations grew by 140,000 between 2007 and 2009.

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Home Page - events, resources, info:: University of Illinois at Chicago - UIC

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Home Page (link)
The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.

National MS Society: Walk MS 2011: Chicago Lakefront Sunday May 1 2011:: Info & link

National MS Society: (link)
Join more than 5,000 walkers and volunteers at Walk MS Chicago Lakefront. Your support helps the National MS Society fund cutting-edge research and programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis right here in Illinois.

City of Chicago :: Chicago Tax Assistance Center 2011: information & link to webpage

City of Chicago :: Chicago Tax Assistance Center (link)
The City of Chicago helps eligible residents file for the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). With the EITC, you could owe less tax and get cash back from the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Illinois. Even if you don't owe income tax, you can get the credit and cash. In 2010 the City's assistance sites returned $35 million in refunds for more than 20,500 families.

Thresholds:: Bright Futures for people with mental illness ::Chicago, Illinois

Explore Thresholds (link)
Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illnesses to reclaim their lives by providing the supports, skills and the respectful encouragement that they need to achieve hopeful and successful futures.

Former New Hampshire State Rep. Harty apologizes for 'Siberia' comment - March 22 2011 - Fosters Daily Democrat

Former state Rep. Harty apologizes for 'Siberia' comment - Fosters
A former New Hampshire State Legislator who made national headlines for suggesting the state send people with disabilities to Siberia is apologizing, at least to one resident.

City of Chicago :: City Hosts 5th Annual Transition Summit for High School and College Students with Disabilities April 30th 2011

City of Chicago :: City Hosts 5th Annual Transition Summit for High School and College Students with Disabilities April 30th (link for full info)
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) will host its annual Transition Summit for students with disabilities who attend the Chicago City Colleges and graduating seniors from the Chicago Public Schools on Saturday, April 30th at the MOPD Field Office, 2102 W. Ogden, Chicago. Pre-registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Disability Studies Quarterly - the first journal in the field of disability studies - no1(2011)

Disability Studies Quarterly - (link to webpage)
Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities. It represents the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the multidisciplinary field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society.

Rally against cuts to services for those with disabilities: State of Illinois : Feb 2011 Rally in Chicago - video


Uploaded by on Feb 28, 2011

University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Resource Center | April 11 2011 UIC Digital Accessibility Expo

University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Resource Center 2011 UIC Digital Accessibility Expo
The UIC Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, the UIC Office of the Chancellor, the Great Lakes ADA Center, and the Disability Resource Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Digital Accessibility Expo to be held on Monday, April 11, 2011 from 8:45 am to 4:15 pm at the UIC Forum (on the corner of Roosevelt Road and Halsted Street) in Chicago. (link to website)

Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living - Programs, Services, Advocacy, Resources for people with disabilities

Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living
Our Mission Statement As people with disabilities and their advocates, the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living strives for equality and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the Will and Grundy County areas in Illinois. (link to wedsite)

Disabled Person's Homestead Exemption - Lake County, IL - Information & link to webpage

Disabled Person's Homestead Exemption - Lake County, IL
This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of your property by $2,000 starting in tax year 2007, and may be claimed in addition to the Homestead Limited Exemption and the Senior Citizen's Homestead Exemptions, if applicable. This exemption cannot be claimed in addition to the Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption or the Disabled Veterans' Exemption of $70,000; you can only receive one of these exemptions and, if you are a veteran, you should choose to apply for the one most beneficial to you. (link to Lake County webpage)

The Illinois Council of the Blind - an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. - News, Information, Contact Info...

About Us
The Illinois Council of the Blind is a not for profit charitable corporation organized in 1933.The purpose of the Illinois Council of the Blind is to promote the general welfare of citizens in Illinois who are blind. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all blind and visually impaired citizens of Illinois. Our objectives include protecting the rights and privileges of visually impaired Illinois citizens by monitoring legislation, agencies, and organizations that provide services for them. We also provide mutual encouragement and support through social change. The Illinois Council of the Blind is an autonomous state organization. It is affiliated with the American Council of the Blind which benefit the blind and visually impaired people of the United States. (Link to website)

Middle schooler postpones amputation to fulfill basketball dream - Prep Rally - High School Blog - article & video - Yahoo! Sports

Middle schooler postpones amputation to fulfill basketball dream - Prep Rally - High School Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Everyone has a dream. Some pine for wild professional success. Others wish for perennial good health. Alyssia Crook's dream was much more simple: She just wanted to play on her school's girls basketball team, at least once. (link to article & video)

Diabetes and Actos: Actos reduces risk of developing Type 2 diabetes - March 24 2011 - latimes.com

Diabetes and Actos: Actos reduces risk of developing Type 2 diabetes - latimes.com
link to full L A Times article

Thursday, March 24, 2011

U.S. Department of Labor -- ODEP - Office of Disability: Federal Hiring Toolkit

U.S. Department of Labor -- ODEP - Office of Disability: Federal Hiring Toolkit
In July 2010, President Obama marked the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by signing Executive Order 13548, which aims to transform the disability employment landscape within the federal government. This directive calls on federal departments and agencies to increase the recruitment, hiring and retention of people with disabilities in coming years, and ODEP is proud to have been charged to assist the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in implementing it. (Link to full inf0)

Kate Winslet To Pen Autism Book - March 24 2011 - Disability Scoop article

Kate Winslet To Pen Autism Book - Disability Scoop
Actress Kate Winslet is writing a book to promote autism awareness that will feature a series of celebrity self-portraits. (click link for article)

The Arc of Illinois and The Autism Program 61st Annual Convention - GREAT EXPECTATIONS, GREAT SUPPORTS, GREAT SUCCESS! April 27 - 28 2011, Lisle

The Arc of Illinois
Join The Arc of Illinois and The Autism Program for an information-packed two day event! Featured speakers include Chantal Sicile-Kira - author, parent, and autism professional, Dennis Harkins, and Pe. . .
(link to info)

Marijuana called pot, grass, weed -- and now investment? | March 24 2011 - Reuters

Marijuana called pot, grass, weed -- and now investment? Reuters
A report out this week on the U.S. medical marijuana market estimates the unconventional business already generates $1.7 billion in economic activity a year. But that market could grow fivefold in short order, researchers say, as the list of states that legalize pot for treating a variety of illnesses grows and as more patients try it -- and switch. (link to full article)

Law makes a statement on language -"The R Word" - March 24 2011- DailyHerald.Editorial - State of Illinois

Law makes a statement on language - DailyHerald.com
State of Illinois::
Lavelle is promoting a revision of state statutes that eliminates outdated terms like “retarded” or “crippled” and replaces them with terms that are more descriptive, focusing on intellectual or physical disability. Read more - link to March 23 2011 Daily Herald Editoril

March of Dimes Illinois Chapter: Chicago Walk - Sunday April 17 2011 - Link for information

Illinois Chapter: View All Events
March of Dimes Chicago Walk:: Sunday April 17 2011:: Chicago Lakefront March for BabiesGrant Park The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in your community and across the nation. The money raised through March for Babies will support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.Join us in March for Babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies! (Link to website)

Lake County Center for Independent Living | Independence is Freedom: Illinois

Lake County Center for Independent Living Independence is Freedom
LCCIL's mission is to empower people with disabilities to lead self directed lives as valued members of the community. (link to website)

Have a Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia -Chicago - The University of Illinois Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center will be fighting to keep its doors open if

Have a Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia
The University of Illinois Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center will be fighting to keep its doors open if Governor Quinn gets his way! (link to website)

Access Living: Action Alert! March 23 2011 - Contact Illinois legislators and Governor -Stop cuts to services that support people with disabilities

Access Living: Action Alert!- Contact Illinois legislators and Governor
March 23 2011: Stop cuts to services that support people with disabilities (link to full Alert)

Mya and Noah Ban the R-word! - video - Please watch


(video)

Seguin Penguins Bring Home Silver in State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament — Oak Brook news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Seguin Penguins Bring Home Silver in State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament — Oak Brook news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inclusion Europe: Respect, Solidarity, Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities - People with Disabilities around the world...

Inclusion Europe: Respect, Solidarity, Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The European Association of Societies of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families.
People with Disabilities around the world information....

DREDF: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund - explore the information, resources, available thru DREDF

DREDF: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
DREDF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Your gift makes DREDF's work to protect and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities possible. Thank you!

Lost In The Noise: The Benefits Of Health Care Reform | March 23 2011 - Progress Illinois

Lost In The Noise: The Benefits Of Health Care Reform Progress Illinois
The folks at Think Progress put together their own national roundup of the numbers showing the success of the bill in its first year. Here are some highlights: (link to full article)

Message to 'Retard' Users - You Will Be Found -- CHICAGO, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Message to 'Retard' Users - You Will Be Found -- CHICAGO, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
CHICAGO, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Retard." You've certainly heard it. Chances are you've even used it yourself. You're not alone. The word "retard" is used more than 24,000 times daily on Twitter. For the 200,000 people in Illinois living with developmental disabilities and their families, this is a matter that goes far beyond words. (link to full story)

The Arc of Illinois -March 23 2011 - call your State Legislators DAY- there are SEVERE CUTS for 2012 for Disability programs in Illinois Budget

The Arc of Illinois 
Illinois 2012 Budget Cuts::Those cuts are eliminating the Family Assistance Program, eliminating all Respite Services, eliminating the Epilepsy Grants, eliminating the UIC Family Clinic and a 10% cut to the Children and Adult Home-Based Services Program and a 6% cut to all other community based services including CILA, ICFDDs, SNFPeds, Day Services, etc. (link to full info)

Panic Disorder, March 23/30, 2011 — JAMA article

Panic Disorder, March 23/30, 2011, Torpy et al. 305 (12): 1256 — JAMA
Information about panic disorder. Past JAMA Patient Pages are also freely available in English and Spanish. » Free Full text

2011 Arthritis Walk - May 21 - Chicago, IL - information-link to webpage

2011 Arthritis Walk - Chicago, IL - Home
Saturday, May 21st, 10:00amRegistration and Expo begins at 9:00amGrant's Statue(located near the South entrance to Lincoln Park,overlooking the pond to the West and a parking lot to the East)1950 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago ILSign up now and we'll send you updates on our progress! (click link for website)

The Arts of Life-People with and without disabilities -explore website for wonderful program in Chicago

The Arts of Life

Rowing for People with Disabilities -Chicago, Illinois


(video)

Chicago boy heads to Washington to advocate for epilepsy awareness, research - March 2011- Web only | ChicagoParent.com

Chicago boy heads to Washington to advocate for epilepsy awareness, research - March 2011 - Web only ChicagoParent.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Programs that were cut in 2012 California State budget -March 19 2011- San Francisco Chronicle

Programs that were cut in state budget
March 19 2011: California Budget cuts for 2012 programs

ADA Standards for Accessible Design: U.S. Dept of Justice homepage link

ADA Standards for Accessible Design
The Department of Justice published revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design "2010 Standards". (link to DOJ)

Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic.Advocate wants more resources for the hardest hit communities.

Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic
Advocate wants more resources for the hardest hit communities.by Robin Amer Mar. 21, 2011

Housing Action Illinois - March 2011 - Sign The Affordable Housing Petition on Illinois State Budget Cuts

Housing Matters Sign the Affordable Housing Month Petition on State Budget Cuts
March 2011: State of Illinois

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News - March 22 2011 - Single-Gene Study Could Lead To Autism Treatments; more news

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News
March 22 2011: Single-Gene Study Could Lead To New Autism Treatments; plus more news

Rules & Restrictions for Medicaid in Illinois | March 21 2011 - eHow Health article

Rules & Restrictions for Medicaid in Illinois eHow.com
By Amber D. Walker, eHow Contributor updated: March 21, 2011Read more:

Incentives for Business to Hire Workers with Disabilities - March 11 2011 - Illinois Dept of Human Services

DHS: Incentives for Business to Hire Workers with Disabilities
March 11 2011: Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced a federally funded program to help employers hire workers with disabilities. The Employer Training Initiative is an initiative of the IDHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to help individuals with disabilities become employed by providing a financial incentive to employers. (read full report)

Evacuation - Transportation -People with Disabilities | U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

Evacuation - Transportation HHS.gov
Evacuations depend on mobility. People with physical, sensory, chronic, behavioral, or cognitive disabilities may not be mobile enough for evacuations. Planners must consider the transportation needs of the community in evacuation plans. Those with disabilities that decrease mobility may need additional help evacuating.

DanceDetour Overview - people with and without disabilities dance troop in Chicago- video


As an arts/advocacy performance company, our goal is to promote full participation, equal access, expert training, and inclusive dance opportunities for performers with disabilities.

What are hidden disabilities? -The Open University

What are hidden disabilities?
The Open University

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure: Register - 2011 dates and cities -

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure: Register
2011 dates and cities: Step up and get ready to walk the walk! Choose your Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ below to register today. Or call 800-996-3DAY to register over the phone.

The Social Challenge- Retard. More than a word to people with developmental disabilities. Challenge yourself, challenge others. Join us in creating..



Retard. More than a word to people with developmental disabilities. Challenge yourself, challenge others. Join us in creating a community rooted in equality. (this will be re-posted)

The Arc of Illinois - 2011 Calendar of Events

The Arc of Illinois
2011 Calendar of Events

Monday, March 21, 2011

State of Illinois Ignored Evidence Vs. Group Home Before Resident’s Death « March 21 2011 - CBS Chicago

State Ignored Evidence Vs. Group Home Before Resident’s Death « CBS Chicago
Dave Savini reports: JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) –- A multimillion-dollar operation under state contract was supposed to be taking care of people with special needs. Instead, its employees are accused of fatally beating two residents and several incidents of abuse.

American Idol Finalist James Durbin Defies Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's -Healthline article

American Idol Finalist James Durbin Defies Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's
Healthline article Mar 18 2011

Affordable Care Act: Some health care reform changes already on the books - March 21 2011 - Chicago Sun-Times

Some health care reform changes already on the books - Chicago Sun-Times
March 21 2011: Nearly one year after federal health care reform was signed into law, the Affordable Care Act has introduced a number of consumer-friendly reforms to the insurance market. (read full story)

SURVEY: FCC Access to 9-1-1 for People with Disabilities - information - open till April 24 2011

Access to 9-1-1 for People with Disabilities
On March 16, 2011, the FCC's Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) released a national on-line survey to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which persons with disabilities may access Next Generation 9-1-1 emergency services systems. Among other things, the survey asks about accessing emergency services via video, text, and voice. The results of the survey will inform the EAAC as it develops recommendations for the FCC to draft rules to ensure that people with disabilities can access NG 9-1-1 services. The survey is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) video).

Learning Disabilities Association of America - information, resources, and support...

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Getting Illinois Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities Online - Program Overview 2011 - video


BTOP Program Overview - March 2011
Getting Illinois Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities Online

Lake County Illinois looks to improve transit options for elderly, disabled ::March 21 2011 News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Highland Park News

County looks to improve transit options for elderly, disabled :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Highland Park News
Lake County transportation and social service agencies and many townships are combining efforts to develop a borderless paratransit transportation system for senior citizens and disabled residents. ...read full story...

David Ormsby: Bipartisan Budget Cut Fantasies: Illinois Mental Health Care Decline Is No Fairy Tale - March 21 2011; The Huffington Post

David Ormsby: Bipartisan Budget Cut Fantasies: Illinois Mental Health Care Decline Is No Fairy Tale
"It'll be another impact on consumers importantly," Anselmo stated. "Between 10,000 to 30,000 people may lose care additionally, on top of the 70,000 who have already lost care." - (please read the full article)

The Politics of Polio | Feature | Chicago Reader

The Politics of Polio Feature Chicago Reader

Neumann Family Services - A leader for Individuals with developmental disabilities - short documentary video



We are so proud to present this short documentary video about Neumann Family Services created and produced by Emmy Award winners Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs of Siskel/Jacobs productions.

Blind Service Association, Inc. - 2011 calendar of events - Chicago

Blind Service Association, Inc. - calendar of events
2011- Explore the many daily Events at this wonderful Org. in Chicago...

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc. - Letters to the Editor: Illinois State Budget Cuts - Requests U. S. DOJ to Investigate Civil Rights Violations

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc. - Letters to the Editor: Illinois State Budget Cuts
This is no longer a budget issue. It’s a civil rights issue. I have made a request to the United States Department of Justice calling for an investigation of the denial by Governor Quinn and the state of Illinois of the civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

KNIGHT: Jackie Speir (D-Ca) is on a crusade on Bullying Incidents against special-needs children - March 18 2011-Washington Times

KNIGHT: The bullies' many pulpits - Washington Times
Rep. Jackie Speier is on a crusade to use the U.S. government to stamp out bullying in America. The Northern California Democrat wants to deny federal funds to schools that won’t keep a tally of bullying incidents against special-needs children. In other words, the federal government is going to whip local schools into line using its vast fiscal powers. It’s a politically correct form of bullying. To oppose this abuse of power implies you actually want these poor kids to be harassed..read full story...

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities - 2011 Disability Policy Seminar

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities
With over 100 new members in the 112th Congress, attendees at the 2011 Disability Policy Seminar had the important task of educating members of Congress on the issues impacting persons with disabilities.

National MS Society: MS activists in action. Join the Movement (w/Barack Obama) - video


(video)

U.S. Department of Labor -- ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy

U.S. Department of Labor -- ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Justice Department's New ADA Rules Go into Effect on March 15, 2011

Statistics 2010- American Association of People with Disabilities - Statistical Data and Reports

Statistics - American Association of People with Disabilities
2010 AAPD Statistical Data and Reports for People with Disabilities...

State of Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilites - Welcome - Dedicated to leading change in Illinois...

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilites - Welcome
Explore resources, ICDD news, Initiatives, Council Policies...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Inflation hurting you more these days? You're not alone - March 19 2011 - DailyHerald. article

Inflation hurting you more these days? You're not alone - DailyHerald.com
March 19 2011 article...

Human services advocates rally in Springfield for responsible budget cuts | The Daily Illini - March 15 2011

Human services advocates rally in Springfield for responsible budget cuts The Daily Illini - March 15 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Shouts of “common sense” and “freedom now” echoed through the lobby of the Illinois Capitol Building Tuesday as a crowd of about 300 people held a rally in the name of protesting budget cuts for independent living centers in Illinois. Around 25 members representing PACE Center for Independent Living in Urbana were among the crowd, fighting for the funding they believe is unfairly being taken away. - read full article-

New Mobility: The magazine for active wheelchair users - March 2011

New Mobility: The magazine for active wheelchair users
March 2011

Rheumatoid Arthritis - The basics about this disease that affects 1.3 million Americans - Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation

Rheumatoid Arthritis
The basics about this disease that affects 1.3 million Americans
Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation

Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with disabilities - U.S. DOT

Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with disabilities

Friday, March 18, 2011

Feds yank funding from North Side nursing home - March 18 2011 - Chicago Tribune

Feds yank funding from North Side nursing home - Chicago Breaking News - full story link
A 2009 Tribune article showed that Wincrest — located in the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue — had failed to notify state officials of numerous felons living in the facility, as required by state law, and reported that some residents used illegal drugs and committed crimes in the neighborhood.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivers a speech to AAPD - video


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledges need to do more for kids with disabilities -video-2011 -Link to written story

Washington DC District investigates special-ed school - March 17 2011 - The Washington Post

District investigates special-ed school - The Washington Post
March 17 2011: A Northwest Washington DC private school that has collected more than $16 million in tuition from the District over the past two years to serve special education students is under investigation for lax security, high rates of truancy and inadequate academic programs.

Hungary::ECDL for People with Visual Disabilities in Hungary | ePractice - People with Disabilities around the World

ECDL for People with Visual Disabilities in Hungary ePractice
Hungary: People with Disabilities around the World

The Arc of Illinois - Legislative Update - March 18 2011

The Arc of Illinois
March 18 2011: Arc Legislative Update

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News -March 18 2011-Disability Advocates At Odds Over ‘Wandering’ Proposal

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News
March 18 2011: Disability Advocates At Odds Over ‘Wandering’ Proposal: much more news...

Time to make an appeal - By Pam Heavens — Executive Director, Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living : March 18 2011 - Morris Daily Herald

morrisdailyherald.com Time to make an appeal
On behalf of the staff, board members and consumers of the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living, this is one of those editorials with which every Executive Director of any human service agency struggles.

The unabridged experience - Services help disabled theater-goers get the full experience - Chicago Tribune

The unabridged experience - Chicago Tribune
As the theater lights dim, Marcia Trawinski prepares to become engrossed. Although she is legally blind, Trawinski is able to "fully" experience plays with the help of assisted services.

Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS)- Chicago area & Northeastern Indiana | The Chicago Lighthouse

Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS) The Chicago Lighthouse
Provides Daily Readings of Newspapers, Periodicals, etc: wide range of disabilities; Chicago area & Northeastern Indiana...

RTA (Illinois) Announces Upcoming Changes for Seniors Ride Free Program - Regional Transportation Authority

RTA Announces Upcoming Changes for Seniors Ride Free Program - Regional Transportation Authority
RTA- Illinois - 2011

Darien Woman Teaches Others to Open their Hearts to People with Disabilities - Darien, IL Patch

Darien Woman Teaches Others to Open their Hearts to People with Disabilities - Darien, IL Patch

How We Make Each Other Exhibit - The Arts for Life- People with and without disabilities artists

'The King's Speech' raises stuttering awareness- story & video | abc7chicago.

'The King's Speech' raises stuttering awareness abc7chicago
Story & Video - ABC 7 - Karen Meyers reports

Springfield, Illinois. State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) has declared his outmost opposition to the funding cuts for proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn.- (programs for People with Disabilities)

“These cuts would not allow these citizens (People with Disabilities) the DIGNITY and SELF-ASSURANCE to participate fully and equally in their communities”, said Illinois Senator Sandoval” - March 16 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sisters battle breast cancer together and win - March 17 2011 -Chicago Sun-Times

Sisters battle breast cancer together and win - March 17 2011 -Chicago Sun-Times

House Panel Approves Illinois Medical Marijuana Legislation - March 9, 2011 « THE ILLINOIS OBSERVER

House Panel Approves Illinois Medical Marijuana Legislation « THE ILLINOIS OBSERVER

Illinois ADA Project ·2011- Your Resource for ADA Information - Great Lakes ADA Center

Illinois ADA Project · 2011- Your Resource for ADA Information
Great Lakes ADA Center-Educate, Enrich, and Enlighten the people, businesses,
and organizations of Illinois regarding the ADA...

Ill. Republicans want $5 billion in cuts to education, health care, pensions - March 17 2011 - Chicago Sun-Times

Ill. Republicans want $5 billion in cuts to education, health care, pensions - Chicago Sun-Times
March 17 2011: There at it again....

Bipolar disorder rates higher in U.S.: Why? - March 2011-HealthWatch-CBS News

St. Patrick's Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts - March 17: Enjoy the Day...

St. Patrick's Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
March 17 - Enjoy the Day ....

Access Living: Arts & Culture Project: People with Disabilities: Chicago

Access Living: Arts & Culture Project
Is an International movement that includes visual art, music, dance, theater, literature, and sports.

AMDF: American Macular Degeneration Foundation - What Is Macular Degeneration?

AMDF: American Macular Degeneration Foundation - What Is Macular Degeneration?

: Housing Action Illinois: 49 Organizations Sign Letter to Oppose Current Year Spending Cuts to Federal Housing Programs - March 2011 News & Alerts

.::.Housing Action Illinois .::.
March 2011 News and Alerts

Easter Seals Project ACTION: Survey on the Connections between Hospital & Rehabilitation Discharge Planning and Accessible Transportation Options

Easter Seals Project ACTION: Survey on the Connections between Hospital & Rehabilitation Discharge Planning and Accessible Transportation Options
March 2011

20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act-The White House - video


July 26, 2010 - Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary at the White House

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Seniors and Disabled object to elimination of prescription assistance -Illinois Circuit Breaker- Galva, IL - Galva News

Seniors and Disabled object to elimination of prescription assistance - Galva, IL - Galva News
March 16 2011: Opposition is building in Gov Quinn's proposed elimination of...

Nursing home safety: Troubled Chicago nursing home may lose Medicaid funding - Chicago Breaking News

Nursing home safety: Troubled Chicago nursing home may lose Medicaid funding - Chicago Breaking News
March 16 2011: Authorities have documented knife attacks, drug abuse at Wincrest Nursing Center- Chicago Tribune article

City of Chicago :: Mayors Office for People with Disabilities - 2011 Independent Living Program Orientation Dates

City of Chicago :: 2011 Independent Living Program Orientation Dates
Chicago Mayors Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) programs

4-H Member Helps The ARC of Illinois with Grants and Starts an ARC 4-H Club - Teutopolis, IL - Teutopolis Press-Dieterich Gazette

4-H Member Helps ARC with Grants and Starts an ARC 4-H Club - Teutopolis, IL - Teutopolis Press-Dieterich Gazette
Abby Wedtendoef, County Cousins/Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors found a way to help the local Arc of Illinois...

Alzheimer's Association - on the rise-Facts and Figures 2011

Alzheimer's Association - Facts and Figures
2011 Alzheimer's on the rise - video, story, charts..

AMDF: American Macular Degeneration Foundation - homepage link for information

AMDF: American Macular Degeneration Foundation
Explore Homepage link for information, resources...

Teresa: I'm there to help other parents- Illinois People with Disabilities - Life my Way video


Autism Society of America, Central Illinois Chapter: co-president

Feds: Northwestern University use of Google apps slights the blind - Chicago Tribune article

Feds: NU's use of Google apps slights the blind - Chicago Breaking News
March 16 2011: Northwestern University is targeted in Federal Complaint.. Chicago Tribune reports

Runner's Message - ADAPT Fun Run- Sunday May 1 2011

Runner's Message - ADAPT Fun Run
A Message from Mike Ervin - Chicago Adapt, founding member

For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens - NYTimes.com

For the Developmentally Disabled, Harm in Safe Havens - NYTimes.com
March 12 2011; Exposes significant abuse by direct care workers..

Budget cuts would hurt persons with disabilities - Progress Center for Independent Living

Budget cuts would hurt persons with disabilities
Progress Center highlights losses it would see - Forest Park Review article.

Press Release- BRU Complaint on Bus Service Cuts - Spurs Federal Civil Rights Investigation of the Los Angeles MTA | The Labor Community Strategy Center

Press Release- BRU Complaint on Bus Service Cuts - Spurs Federal Civil Rights Investigation of the Los Angeles MTA The Labor Community Strategy Center
March 15 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Arc of Illinois - The Capital Insider Newsletter: March 14 2011

The Arc of Illinois
March 14 2011: The Capital Insider Newsletter

Pace Bus - Paratransit Service - Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee Meetings-2011 Meeting Dates

Pace Bus - Paratransit Service - Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee Meetings
2011 Meeting Dates for: Pace Suburban ADA Advisory Committee; & Pace Chicago ADA Advisory Committee

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News: After Two Decades, Change coming to ADA; more news

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News
March 15 2011; After Two Decades, Change Coming To ADA..

Substance abuse, Illinois developmental disabilities agencies dodge cuts - Carmi, IL - The Carmi Times

Substance abuse, developmental disabilities agencies dodge cuts - Carmi, IL - The Carmi Times
March 15 2011: Major cuts in Illinois funding averted for fiscal year - The Carmi Times reports..

Report on Data-Enabled Accessible Travel | GeoAccess

Report on Data-Enabled Travel GeoAccess
Accessible Travel report from GeoAccess

NFB - Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind

NFB - Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind
March 15 2011: National Federation of the Blind requested U.S. Dept of Justice investigate...

Legislator Who Suggested Siberia For 'Retarded' Resigns - Disability Scoop - March 14 2011

Legislator Who Suggested Siberia For 'Retarded' Resigns - Disability Scoop
March 14 2011: New Hampshire State Rep Lawmaker Resigns for comments made...

Blind Service Association, Inc.- Chicago

Blind Service Association, Inc. - welcome
Explore the website for the many wonderful services, programs, events offered..

The Arts of Life Band - Shark Attack: People with and without Disabilities Artists Program of the Arts -video


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Chicago: The Arts of Life Inc (non-profit) is committed to providing high quality, innovative services for developmentally disabled adults...

The Arts of Life Band makes danceable party music with a rock edge. It is an ongoing collaborative project between disabled and non-disabled artists in the Chicago area, based out of the Arts of Life community of artists.

The Arts of Life Band performs at local events and fundraisers, and does rock concerts at venues such as the Empty Bottle and the Double Door.

Artistic Director Ryan Shuquem has collaborated on artistic development with several performing groups including Mucca Pazza, the Parkas, and Circus Ridiculous. Local musicians join him from area favorites Lamajamal, and Mucca Pazza.

‎“Hey all,
Just wanted to tell you we love your CD. Your songs are
perfect for watching the trees pass by It was great meeting all of
you too.
your friends,
…Bear in Heaven”

“thanks for asking, i might be out of town that weekend, if i’m not i’ll do it as long as i don’t have to play after the arts of life band, no one should ever play after that band because y’all are too powerful, it’s like asking yo la tengo to play after elvis.”
- anonymous musician


Visit Arts for Life at: http://www.artsoflife.org/

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities: Institute Letter to DOJ

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities
Requesting DOJ review Illinois: Reduced Home Support Services, Increased funding of State Operated Institutional Facilities..

Monday, March 14, 2011

Access Living: Illinois Centers for Independent Living mobilize in Springfield against a 36% budget cut

Access Living: Centers for Independent Living mobilize in Springfield against budget cuts
March 14 2011: Illinois 2012 Budget includes a 36% cut to Centers for Independent Living.

Poll: Raise Social Security eligibility - UPI.com

Poll: Raise Social Security eligibility - UPI.com
March 14 2011: U S News - UPI published

ExpertClick News Release: $5 a Gallon Gas Could Spur Up to 1.5 Billion Additional Passenger Trips On U.S. Public Transportation Systems

ExpertClick News Release: $5 a Gallon Gas Could Spur Up to 1.5 Billion Additional Passenger Trips On U.S. Public Transportation Systems
Pace Bus & Paratransit, Arlington Heights, Ill: saw a 6.5% increase in Jan 2011: without PROPER Federal and State of Illinois Funding, expect fare increases for 2012 budget..

Federal Transit Administration - Americans with Disabilities Act - Technical Assistance & Compliance Guides

Concert for Life honors cancer survivors - Chicago Sun-Times

Concert for Life honors cancer survivors - Chicago Sun-Times
March 14 2011: Gurnee Illinois

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disabili