To understand the history of the disability rights movement, learn more about the issues involved in hiring people with disabilities and gain insights as to how other employers and organizations are becoming inclusive, check out a few of these events around the state and in Chicago during October and November. Try and attend or send one of your staff to go and report back. Your actions do send a message. Nanette Cohen, Director of Employment Development, agreed that companies are responding more positively to the concept of hiring people with disabilities, “especially when that message comes from the top down.”
- October 1 – 31 ACCESS FOR ALL: Tom Olin’s Photographs of the Disability Rights Movement, Chicago History Museum, an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.
- October 28 IDHS-DRS Job Fair/Health & Disabilities Fair, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 11:30 pm – 4 pm
- October 29-30 11th Annual Transition Conference, “Stepping Stones of Transition,” for high school aged students and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held in Chicago at the McCormick Place Hyatt Regency.
- November 5 16th Annual National Conference: Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD), brings together employers and higher education institutions to discuss disability-inclusive diversity topics.
- A November 9 Disability Mentoring Day at Malcolm X College
- November 16 – 17 Opportunity Summit, More than 800,000 people in the Chicago region live with disabilities, representing a largely untapped talent pool and a significant consumer market. Yet, 25 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), too many people with disabilities continue to face lives of poverty rather than opportunity. The ADA 25 Chicago Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to break the poverty cycle and increase access and inclusion in the areas of greatest need — education and employment.