On July 26, the 26th anniversary of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was celebrated. The event increased disability awareness, and efforts to raise inclusion even more are still in effect, mostly due to many leaders such as the ones that participate in the ADA Advancing Leadership Program here in Chicago and its surrounding communities.
For those of you who don’t know about this program, it’s the new name of the Leadership for People with Disabilities program that was launched last year. It provides people with disabilities an opportunity to connect with people in the Chicago area and to spread the word about disability inclusion and its importance. The ADA 25 Advancing Leadership website further explains their main purpose. “Our Mission is to build a pipeline and network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region, consistent with the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” Members of the program participate in a multiple- day retreat called the Leadership Institute, which is a part of a larger program. This program includes a Members Network, in which participants work on attending and planning educational and networking events, and a Ciic Connection project that connects networks and contact members to civic opportunities throughout the Chicago area.
Interested in becoming a member of the program? Click here for more information and to apply. The deadline is August 31.