Category: Student Interest

Global Perspectives on the Disability Rights Movement: A conversation with Marca Bristo and Dan Goodley

Join Access Living for their Disability Culture Project event, Global Perspectives on the Disability Rights Movement: A conversation with Marca Bristo and Dan Goodley. The event is Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30pm at Access Living, 115 West Chicago Avenue. The event features British Disability Studies scholar Dan Goodley who has written extensively and widely on disability politics, activism and theory. He will be joined by Marca Bristo.

This event is part of the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development’s (DHD) Inaugural Albrecht Global Lecture on Disability and one year anniversary celebration of its undergraduate major in disability and human development.

Global Perspectives on the Disability Rights Movement: A conversation with Marca Bristo and Dan Goodley Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave., 4th Floor

Tellin’ Tales Theatre and Bodies of Work Presents Divercity at St. Martin’s, July 30

On Sunday, July 30 Tellin’ Tales Theatre and Bodies of Work will present Divercity, a series of solo performances – some funny, some serious, all engaging – by people with disabilities. There will be a reception at 12 noon with food and refreshments, performances at 1:00pm and a talk back with the actors at 2:15. Tickets are $10 for adults $7 for students, seniors, and people with disabilities. Order tickets on line at or contact Theresa Pacione at 773 946-7540. St. Martin’s, located at 5700 W. Midway Park, is wheelchair accessible. The performances will be sign language interpreted and audio described. Free parking is available in an open lot at the northeast corner of Race and Waller located across from the church. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

The full flyer is at:

New Elective Course: “Wellbeing”

A new pilot course will be offered here at UIC this fall!
The elective course, “Wellbeing”, will address mental health and wellness for university students. If you are interested in learning and practicing strategies to help you better manage the responsibilities of the student role, advocating for your needs, and developing new behaviors for a healthy lifestyle, this class may be for you!

This 2-credit course is 8-weeks long and will be offered at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. It will meet twice per week for about 90 mins. Course topics include: balance, effective goal setting and action planning, mindfulness, prioritizing mental health and wellness, self-advocacy, identity, emotional regulation, relaxation, preventing burnout, effective communication, yoga and more!

We recognize that navigating the student role can lead to burnout and feeling overwhelmed. This course is designed to help you build strategies for wellness that will support you through your education and beyond.

Wellbeing is part of a doctoral (OTD) project that seeks to identify the unmet needs of students in higher education and develop programs to better support them. If you’re interested in taking the course, you will have the opportunity to participate in the research evaluation of the course. Participation includes a brief pre-post survey, standard course evaluations, and the option to participate in a focus group. You are not required to participate in the research element to register for the course.

If you’re interested in registering for Wellbeing and/or participating in research that aims to change the priorities and available supports in higher education, please contact for more information. See the flyer of the course at: .

Leah Goodman

Leah Goodman, MA, OTR/L, CYT200
Clinical Doctoral Student | Graduate Research Assistant Department of Occupational Therapy University of Illinois at Chicago

State of IL 27th ADA Anniversary Celebration, July 20th, 10am-3pm, James Thompson Center

ADA Celebration Event
“ADA: Pathway to Work Opportunities”
27th Anniversary Celebration

Event Background and Purpose
Every other year, the Illinois Department of Human Services along with other state agencies and councils sponsor a statewide event to commemorate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) of 1990. The anniversary celebration will highlight the accomplishments of people with disabilities. At the same time, the event seeks to recognize how state agencies and other organizations have worked to comply with this law, improving access to environments, programs, services and opportunities for people with disabilities. The entire event is free and accessible.

Event Date, Location & Time
The 27th ADA Anniversary Celebration, “ADA: Pathway to Work Opportunities” is tentatively scheduled for July 20, 2017, at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, (between Randolph & Lake/Clark & LaSalle Streets) in Chicago, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Event Components Overview
. Interactive and informational workshops on ADA issues . Art Exhibit and Hands-On Arts activities featuring artists with disabilities . Three-on-Three Wheelchair Tournament / Sports Activities . ADA Help Table . Exhibits from a variety of federal, state and local organizations . Entertainment provided by performers with disabilities . The entire event is free and accessible

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Signed into law by President Bush on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA provides civil rights protections and equal access to environments, programs and opportunities for people with disabilities. Key areas covered by the act include employment (Title I); state and local governments (Title II); public accommodations including transportation (Title III); and telecommunications (Title IV). Title V covers “miscellaneous” situations. In 2008, the ADA Amendments Act passed the U.S. Congress as an effort to restore the civil rights protections originally intended under the ADA.

The Harris poll (2004) revealed that 54 million Americans — more than 20% of the population — have some form of disability. And, of that number, many individuals may have multiple disabilities, which can include physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Although some areas of access have improved, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is the highest of all minorities reaching over 70%.

The essence of the ADA and other disability-related legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to ensure that people with all types of disabilities enjoy an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. Although progress has been slow, recognition of the ADA, as well as the potentials of people with disabilities, has improved. Events like this bring to life this progress.

Accessibility Features
In order to facilitate equal access to all event activities, the Illinois Department of Human Services will provide such reasonable accommodations as sign language interpreters, wheelchair access throughout the event space, on-site personal assistants (PAs), audio description of stage performances, informational materials in alternative formats such as Braille or large print and other accommodations upon advance request. Exhibitors are also asked to provide printed materials in alternative formats.

Workshops are typically hosted at the ADA Celebration event focusing on various subjects related to the Americans with Disabilities Act to include:
. ADA Legal Update to include the provisions of the ADA Amendments Act and recent regulations on Titles I, II and III in partnership with Equip for Equality and the Illinois ADA Project.
. Employment Panel to discuss resources for identifying employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Some of the workshops are typically broadcasted, via videoconference hookup to Springfield, IL.

Arts & Access
An art exhibit featuring visual and literary artworks created by professional and non-professional artists with disabilities is typically be on display. The exhibit celebrates the artistic vision of people with disabilities providing an opportunity for them to express how the ADA has impacted upon their lives. Exhibitors include both independent artists, as well as artists participating through organizations which serve people with disabilities. Most art work is for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artists. Also, in past years, there was a hands-on component on the day of the Celebration to allow individuals to create artwork.

Live Entertainment
In addition to its visual arts display, there are live entertainers featuring cross-cultural and cross-disability performers in an outdoor arena near the large sculpture in front of the Thompson Center. The show features both dance and music.

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
A three-on-three Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, made possible through a partnership with the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) and the Chicago Park District, will take place in the outdoor arena near the large sculpture.

Organizational Exhibitors
Approximately 40 exhibitors offering programs and services for people with disabilities share information with event attendees, as well as illustrate how they continue to comply with ADA legislation. State and local government offices, as well as non-profit and other independent organizations, will be represented.

ADA Help Table
A variety of resources and information related to the ADA are available to event participants and guests compliments of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Here are the flyers for the event:



STEM Accessibility Survey – Univ. of Pittsburgh

There is a survey for those who have physical disabilities.
To access the web-based survey

My name is Alden Lewis. I am currently attending Mississippi State University majoring in biomedical engineering, and a resident of Huntsville, AL. This summer I am interning under a PhD candidate, Hervens Jeannis, at the University of Pittsburgh. I am speaking on behalf of him. Please continue reading to inquire information about the project he and I are working on:

My name is Hervens Jeannis and I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, working in the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) under the guidance of Dr. Rory Cooper, the director of HERL.

I am seeking your assistance in disseminating a survey to people who self-identify as having a physical disability. The purpose of the survey aims to measure full participation in college science and engineering laboratories by identifying the barriers and accommodations past students with physical disabilities experience. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and survey respondents will be eligible to receive up to $35.

This study is important; it will not only help our research team understand the barriers and facilitators to full participation in order to help students with physical disabilities but the information from the surveys will also be used to help inform instructors on how to best accommodate these students.

To access the web-based survey

Thank you for your assistance.

Safe Space Study Session – Monday, May 1, 8 PM-11 PM

Safe Space Study Session For Students with Disabilities & Allies

This Safe Space Study Session is an opportunity for students with disabilities and our allies to come together and support each other as we prepare for finals. All are welcome, stop by anytime!

Monday, May 1
8 PM – 11 PM
Daley Library 1-470

Space, Coffee, Tea, and Snacks Provided!
Wheelchair Accessible
Please Refrain from Wearing Scented Products

To RSVP (Recommended not Required), Ask Questions, or Request Accommodations:

Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and The Disability Resource Center

Know Your Rights & Your Power, April 26, 3pm, Arab American Cultural Center, Stevenson Hall

Know Your Rights & Your Power
Taking an intersectional approach, the Center for Cultural Understanding and Social Change present the third program in this series, to help members of the campus community better understanding their civil liberties.

Community partners, Advancing Justice and Invisible to Invisible, will facilitate discussion around ways to protect and support one another, build safety plans, and role-pay interactions with law enforcement.

*Disclaimer: Discussion and roleplay will address possibly triggering situations. Facilitators are committed to creating a mindful space, but are not licensed mental health professionals. They can connect participants to further resources as needed.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
WHERE: Arab American Cultural Center, Stevenson Hall Asian American Advancing Justice Chicago: Civil rights organization working on racial, immigrant, & encounter justice through community education, coalition building, and roots organizing.
(i2i) Invisible to Invisible: Asian Pacific Pride of Chicago: Group that celebrates and affirms Asian/Pacific Islanders who identify as LGBTQ in the Chicago area, offering social events, support groups, community education, and community organizing.

FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

All audiences are welcome to join at this event. An ASL interpreter will be provided. If you need other accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Manako Yabe at

The full flyer for the event is at:

Tellin’ Tales Theatre, What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Tellin’ Tales Theatre uses the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between people with and without disabilities. Enriching and improving the lives of people is a goal we share so we are reaching out to you with information about two upcoming programs and productions.

“Metamorphosis” – is an insightful and sometime hilarious show about personal transformations. It will run for two weekends March 31 through April 9, at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Three solo performers with and without disabilities— Steve Glickman, Judi Lee Goshen and Tekki Lomnicki—reveal how they each broke out of difficult situations with courage and humor. Each night they will be joined by a different “caterpillar” from Chicago’s thriving Live Lit community who will read his or her story—ranging from an idealistic husband and father who woke up one day to understand the need for political activism, to a disabled woman who used a water slide dare to propel her into moving to Chicago. All tickets are available at All venues are always fully accessible and we offer sign language interpretation and audio description on Saturday, April 8.

EveryBody has a Story Workshop – This six-week class is for anyone with a disability who wants to learn how to write, present and perform in a nurturing workshop environment. From the written word to the stage, your story will be shared as part of the production DIVERCITY before an appreciative audience during the weekend of June 16,17 & 18 at the Prop Thtr.

Tellin’ Tales offers these unique opportunities for the disability community – and we ask for your help to build awareness so more people can participate and experience our transformative programs.

Please feel free to contact us for more information at 312-540-1330.


Molly Wiesman
Tellin’ Tales Theatre Marketing Committee Member

Know Your Rights! March 28, 2017, 12-1:30pm

Know Your Rights!

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 12PM-1:30PM
Location: DHSP Auditorium, Room 166, 1640 W Roosevelt

Taking an intersectional approach, the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change present the second of two moderated discussions intended to help members of the campus community better understand their civil liberties beyond a legal framework. Topics covered will include: disabilities rights, police brutality and hate violence, and immigrant rights. All audiences are welcome to join at this event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Participants Include speakers from:
The Legal Protection Fund Project
The People’s Response Team
The Arab American Action Network
Access Living

An ASL interpreter will be provided. If you need other accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Manako Yabe at

Organized by the CCUSC Know Your Rights Working Group Co-sponsored by Department of Disability and Human Development & Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change

Here is the link to full PDF flyer for the event:

2017 Lime Connect Fellowship Program

2017 Lime Connect Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is a highly selective program open to accomplished current sophomore/rising juniors with disabilities who are attending a U.S. 4-year university.

The Fellowship Program kicks off with an all-expense paid Leadership & Development Symposium in New York City this July, where selected Fellows will receive professional development training, access to our U.S. corporate partners (IBM, Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Unilever, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, and PwC), and potential Summer 2018 internships.

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will join the lifelong experience of the Lime Connect Fellows Community, where they will receive ongoing support such as group coaching, webinars, and mentoring, as well as continued professional development, community, and networking opportunities throughout their careers.

Applications are open now through April 2, 2017 (@11:59 PM)!

More information about applying is at:

To apply for the Fellowship Program candidates will join The Lime Network ( and provide the following:

Contact and education information
Current resume
Answers to three brief essay questions
Semi-Finalists will be asked to provide one letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor or supervisor