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Lyric Opera Gets Disability Aware Trained

Yesterday, our Disability Awareness Players visited the Lyric Opera in Chicago to train their staff on how to be Disability Aware. Here’s what one of the audience members had to say of the Training:

“So engaging! I’m so inspired by your work and assistance!”

We’re looking forward to…

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Gets Disability Awareness Trained

The Disability Awareness Players visited the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events the other day to successfully train its staff members to be Disability Aware. Everyone enjoyed the Training, and we received a lot of positive feedback. Here’s what one audience member had to…

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Goodman Theatre Gets Disability Trained

Our Disability Awareness Players completed yet another successful Disability Awareness Training at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Everyone was actively involved, and we received a lot of positive feedback, such as this quote from one of the audience members:

“This takes away some of the concerns…

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I Started Taking the Public Bus…

…instead of Paratransit
By Alex Tello, No Boundaries Participant

Alex with timetable

I decided to start taking the public bus instead of Paratransit or a ride from my family because I knew I could learn and I wanted to be more independent.  It makes me happy!

Before I started…

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“It Opened My Eyes.”

Municipal Employees get Trained

Officer in training

Asked how a Disability Awareness Training would help others in business, employees of the Village of Northfield, IL said the experience would be, “good for first responders,” and “at restaurants and stores for better customer service.”

And they should know because they…

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The Art of Disability-Aware Customer Service

The Art Institute of Chicago gets Trained

Disability-aware customer service and the Art Institute of Chicago are like paint and canvas when we think about accessible art museums.  The Grand Dame of Chicago cultural institutions may be a little maze-like in physical accessibility to get into the…

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How an Educator and Pace Made Good Things Happen

Ed Madden leading a Hop on the Bus Workshop

We often hear that transportation – or lack thereof – is a barrier for teens and young adults with disabilities when it comes to getting and keeping employment.  We know it can be very tricky to get…

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Disability Awareness Players Return to the Field Museum

On December 19, the Disability Awareness Players did another Field Museum Disability Awareness Training. Here’s what one of the audience members had to say on the presentation:

“Excellent reminder of how to treat people with disabilities-like everyone else. It really makes a difference.”

Disability Awareness Players with…

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Service Provider is Person-Centered

Latasha with colleague Elisabetta

For many service providers, when it comes to transportation for adults with developmental disabilities, ADA Paratransit appears to be the only option. But it’s not a person-centered or integrated experience for riders. So when Latasha Grant, Adult Learning Program Manager for Chicago-area…

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JJsList.com Receives Grant from Synchrony Financial

Yesterday, the Disability Awareness Players went to Synchrony Financial in Chicago to train its staff. Not only was everyone actively engaged, but we also received a $2000 grant check to support our work!  Staff learned about sighted guiding, person-first language and best practices for engaging…

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