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Top 5 Businesses at Access Chicago Expo

Posted by on July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments

Access Chicago ExpoOn Thursday, July 17th, I attended the Access Chicago Expo hosted by Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities at Navy Pier in Chicago.  Philister Sidigu and I represented the team at the Search, Inc. booth with Jessica Leighton and Ken Bellis. We shared our message of disability awareness and self-advocacy.  Thursday night when I went home I felt pure joy. As a person with a disability I have never felt more welcomed at an expo.  I was very impressed by how each business interacted with people with disabilities.

Below is a list of the top five businesses that I was most impressed by:

  • Sound Works Production – Sound Works provides lighting, sound, video and staging solutions for events throughout the country. They help make events engaging and they have assistive technology.
  • LightSaver Technology, Inc. – LightSaver Technology, Inc. was displaying their new product.  This product illuminates doorways when the smoke detector is activated.  I thought this was a brilliant idea!
  • Travelers Aid Chicago –They help travelers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, providing referrals, resources, and crisis intervention and protective travel services.  I think traveling can be very stressful for many people and having this program may ease their anxiety.
  • The Arc of Illinois – They help empower people with disabilities to achieve full participant in the community. The Arc writes legislation and provides education in the state of Illinois. We at also believe that people with disabilities should be intergraded into the community.
  • Pace Suburban Bus – They are a public transit agency, providing Pace Ridership vanpools, and paratransit throughout Chicago’s six-county region. At the Access Chicago Expo, Pace provided a bus they use to teach people to be confident and comfortable taking Pace.  I’m glad they have different options for people with disabilities.

I really enjoyed myself at the Access Chicago Expo.  Everyone there was excited to share how their business could help people with disabilities and understood the importance of being disability-aware.

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Sarah Armour is the Business Assistant at  She enjoys managing the website, bookkeeping, coordinating the Disability-Awareness Trainings and organizing the Hop on the Bus to Independence Program. She graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, in 2008 with a BA in Sociology. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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