DRC News & Community Events

Updated 5/20/2010


Window-Eyes Training

If you are a teacher that needs to know how to use the latest screen reading technology, an IT professional that needs to support blind clients, a student or current Window-Eyes customer who needs to know how to get the most out of Window-Eyes, then Window-Eyes training is just for you.

GW Micro and Handy Tech North America are proud to announce Window-Eyes training in Chicago, IL on Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18, 2010. The training will be located at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Science and Engineering Labs, room 2249f.

For directions on how to get the Science and Engineering Labs, please go to http://www.cs.uic.edu/~mcpc/UIC_Directions.html or contact Kevin Price at (312) 413-0886 or via email at:pricek@uic.edu.

What do you get when you sign up for Window-Eyes training?

You get:

  • Hands-on training with a GW Micro certified trainer
  • The entire two-day curriculum on CD
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook using Window-Eyes advanced Office technology features
  • Knowledge of the Internet and how to use it to its full advantage with Window-Eyes
  • Knowledge of how to customize your computer, making graphics, words, and colors speak the way you want them to
  • CEUs (for an additional fee)
  • Many more skills. Check out www.gwmicro.com/training for more information

Unlike other training courses that can cost up to $1000 per day, Window-Eyes training is only $325 per day per student. Remember that GW Micro accepts most major credit cards, checks, money orders, and almost all state authorizations. To sign up for the training, please register at www.gwmicro.com/training. Make sure to select Chicago, IL as the location for training.

If you have any questions regarding the training, please contact Dave Wright at: 651-636-5184 extension 803 or email info@handytech.us for more information.



Share Your Story!

LifeMyWay is an exciting web site dedicated to showing what people with developmental disabilities and their families can do. The campaign is collecting stories from every corner of Illinois so that our voices can be heard. We want all of Illinois to look at who we are, what we like and where we want to go in life.


LifeMyWay believes in the importance of advocating for your needs, rights and opportunities; that the best quality of life for all persons with developmental disabilities can be achieved in the community with the right supports and services; and in the infinite power of sharing your story.

By promoting advocacy, community and life, LifeMyWay is our voice.

Submit your stories, photos and experiences www.LifeMyWay.org/tellus


Kelly King

Serafin & Associates, Inc.

 409 W. Huron St., Suite 600

 Chicago, IL 60654

 312-943-1955 office

 312-943-8397 fax

2010 Scholarship and Career Awards - Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International is now receiving applications for our 2010 Scholarship and Career Awards.  These scholarships reward excellence, recognize accomplishments and help students who are blind or partially sighted pursue their academic and career goals.  Please note that applications must be submitted online by Sunday, March 14, 2010

The SCA program offers five $5,000 scholarships in three award categories:

  • College-bound Award: for high school seniors or recent high school graduates who will attend college in the upcoming school year.
  • Undergraduate Award: for college students in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year.
  • Graduate Award: for 1st or 2nd year master’s level students or college seniors who will pursue a graduate-level education. Candidates may apply at any time immediately, prior to, or during, their course of study.

Applicant Criteria

·         Applicants must be legally blind (i.e., have a best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye).

·         Scholarships are based on academic and personal achievements. Therefore, candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.

·         Applicants must be US citizens, and reside in the United States or a US Territory.

·         Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or a US Territory. Proof of citizenship will be required of all award recipients.

·         Previous SCA recipients and current Lighthouse employees and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

To learn more about the Lighthouse Scholarship and Career Awards program and to submit an online application, please visit our web site at


The application and all requested documentation must be submitted online no later than Sunday, March 14, 2010 by 11:59pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship and Career Awards program, please contact Danielle Penabad at 212-821-9225 or email her at dpenabad@lighthouse.org


Celebrate International Day of Acceptance- January 20, 2010

Wear your heart on your sleeve January 20th. The goals of the day include achieving social acceptance of disability. Also it is a day to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance.

Start the conversation of acceptance on January 20th with the International Symbol of Acceptance: Wear a t-shirt,  sweatshirt or hoodie,  use a bag. Pin a button to your jacket, chair strap or backpack, ink a temporary tattoo onto your hand, draw it on if you have to! Ask your friends to join us as well. For a final touch change your profile picture on Facebook to the symbol. Get people talking!

The Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Seeking Student Participation

Students With and Without Disabilities ARE YOU INTERESTED IN:

HELPING Asian immigrants and refugees in the Chicago metropolitan area?


WORKING With a research team?


LEARNING About cross-cultural disability issues?


The Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project is Seeking Students With and Without Disabilities to Join UIC Center Staff at the Department of Disability and Human Development.

What Are the Benefits of Participating?

  • Exposure to community-based research, advocacy, service delivery, and policy development
  • Opportunities to work with immigrant and refugee communities and the Illinois human service system
  • Satisfaction of promoting a social justice perspective with Asians with disabilities, families, communities, and systems
  • Experience in developing independent projects that can help advance your educational and career growth

Contact: Dr. Rooshey Hasnain, Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research, roosheyh@uic.edu, (312) 413-0416 (phone), 312-413-0453 (tty) 

"The Red Kite Project" Documentary - Every Child with Autism Has a Spirit Inside Ready to Take Off

In this feature length documentary, award-winning filmmaker Kerry Shaw Brown spends two years following the efforts of Jacqueline Russell and Chicago Children's Theatre to create a new theatre initiative for children with austim and their families.

For more than a decade, Jacqui Russell has brought new teaching techniques to children with autism. As co-founder of the Chicago Children's Theatre, Russell's dream was to turn that knowledge and experience into multi-sensory live theatre shows specifically for children with autism. In her effort to bring it to life, she partnered with London's Oily Cart theatre which also had experience in working with children who had a variety of disabilities.

Together, they spent nearly a year developing and testing a new, immersive form of theatre, by teaming up with educators, actors, designers and doctors. But most importantly, with the children in the autism classes at Agassiz School in Chicago. The result was the first of it's kind production, which saw more than 300 children with autism, their families and caregivers experience the elusive joys of live theatre.

The film is set for public release in 2010, at which time DVDs with additional special features will be available for individuals and large audience institutional screening copies as well.

For more Red Kite information contact Julia Beck (773) 227-0180 Chicago Children's Theatre - Red Kite 1464 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Il 60642 773-227-0180

AAPD's summer internships in Washington D.C.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is searching for college students with disabilities to apply for the:

2010 AAPD Summer Internships in Washington, D.C.

Each year, AAPD coordinates two summer internship programs for college students with disabilities wanting to spend a summer working in Washington, DC.  AAPD summer interns receive a living stipend, accessible housing, and travel to and from Washington, DC.  Currently-enrolled undergraduate college students with any type of disability pursuing any type of undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply.

Hosted by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the AAPD-MEAF Congressional Internship Program provides students interested in government, politics, law, or leadership the unique opportunity to intern on Capital Hill for members of Congress.  Previous AAPD-MEAF Congressional intern placements have included:


 *   Senator Barak Obama (D-IL)

 *   Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton (D-NY)

 *   Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)

 *   Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

 *   House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

 *   Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)


Hosted by AAPD and sponsored by Microsoft, the AAPD-Microsoft Federal IT Internship Program provides students pursuing careers in Information Technology the unique opportunity to intern in the IT divisions of federal agencies.  Previous IT placements have included:


 *   US Coast Guard

 *   Department of Homeland Security

 *   US Patent and Trade Office

 *   National Science Foundation

 *   US Department of Transportation

 *   Transportation Security Administration

 *   Federal Aviation Administration


To apply for the AAPD Summer Internship programs, please visit http://www.aapd.com/AAPDInternship.  For additional information or for questions, please contact the AAPD program staff at internship@aapd.com

Your Vision Your Talent: The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship

Thanks to a special partnership between the Acadamy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and the Loreen Arbus Foundation a $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to recognize student producers who:

  • shed light on people with disabilities, the nation's largest minority group
  • help emerging artists within this community gain recognition
  • increase visibility for artists with disabilities

This award will be given to a writer, producer or director who is disabled, to a producer whose piece focuses on people disabilities, or to a piece that features a person with a disability as one of the main characters.

The deadline is January 13, 2010.  For more information go to the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship Web site .


Site Unseen 2009: (Dis)abling Conditions

For one night only on Monday, November 9, 2009, from 6-9 p.m., the Chicago Cultural Center will host Site Unseen, a site-specific performance event featuring theater, dance, music, and visual art by individual artists and ensembles of local and international acclaim. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the performances, installations, and video works will all consider issues around disability. Works will be created specifically for the architectural spaces of the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 78 E. Washington Street.

Admission is free.
Now in its sixth annual edition, Site Unseen 2009 will feature works by local artists that bring visibility to a broad range of disabilities. The theme emerged because Julie Laffin, the project’s ongoing curator, has become increasingly disabled by environmental illness and complications from chronic Lyme Disease. This year’s presentation reflects her own struggles with new disabilities and the effects on her artistic collaboration with Chicago DCA Theater Director Claire Geall Sutton. Along with this year’s assistant curator, Clover Morrell, Laffin is presenting a piece that will bring her virtual presence to the Cultural Center.
Participating artists creating audio, performance, spoken word, movement-based, and media installation art include Mike Ervin and Rahnee Patrick, Judith Harding in collaboration with Still Point Theatre Collective, James Kubie and Katrina Chamberlin, Marissa Perel and Madeleine Bailey, Debra Tolchinsky, Unreal-estates (Annette Barbier and Drew Browning), and Project Onward.

Performances will take place concurrently throughout the galleries, halls, rooms, and even elevators of the Chicago Cultural Center and need not be viewed in any particular order.

For more information about Site Unseen and Chicago DCA Theater, call 312.742.TIXS (8497) or visit www.dcatheater.org. The enhanced website features more information about DCA Theater

AbilityLinks Virtual Job Fair - Welcome

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and AbilityLinks is hosting a 24/7 Virtual Job Fair Monday, October 12th through Friday, October 16th. As an employer, job seeker with a disability or service provider, you are invited to participate in this timely and important diversity recruiting event.                                              


How to participate in the Virtual Job Fair:


1. Post jobs or resumes on AbilityLinks.org


2. Register for the Virtual Job Fair and select jobs/resumes


Job Seekers Register Today!


Employers Register Today!


3. Return to AbilityLinks.org October 12th-16th and:

  • Visit Exhibitor Booths
  • Search for a job posted especially for the Virtual Job Fair
  • Search resumes posted especially for the Virtual Job Fair
  • Consult a disability and employment expert
  • Chat with employers
  • Join a webinar and more 

The Virtual Job Fair is FREE including exhibit booth set up, posting jobs, resume searches, webinars and live chat sessions. Learn about sponsorship opportunities.


Update: ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The definition of Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act has changed as a result of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.  Join us as we learn how these changes will impact employees/employers and students/universities and colleges.  This presentation will include useful information for human resources personnel, supervisors and faculty, staff and students with disabilities.  Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session following the presentation.

Speaker: Robin A. Jones, Director and Principal Investigator, DBTAC Great Lakes ADA Center


October, 5, 2009 1:00-3:00 PM


Student Services Building (SSB

Conference Rooms A, B and C

1200 W. Harrison

Light refreshmennts will be served.  Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided.  Please contact Sean Plomann, CCSPD Graduate Assistant, at smichaelplomann@yahoo.com with any questions. 

Diversity Forum for UIC Students: Be the change you want to see

Want to share your perspective on the climate of diversity at UIC?

The UIC Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Student Advisory Committee is a student group interested in learning about student perspectives of campus diversity and working toward initiatives that promote inclusiveness at UIC.

Please join us for an Open Forum Diversity Discussion where students from all social backgrounds, including allies of diversity are invited to speak.

When: Thursday, October 1, 3-5 pm

Where: Student Center East, Room 613

Who: For Students Only!

Refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there.

Event Flyer:


Got Talent? We want it.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Target, Goldman Sachs and Google are recruiting University of Illinois students with disabilities.

• undergraduate, graduate and doctorate opportunities • internships and full-time positions in accounting, business analysis, compliance, computer design, engineering & technology, finance, global markets, human resources, investment banking, investment management, legal, marketing, merchandising, operations, pharmacy, research, sales, securities, strategy, supply chain, wealth management and more

Lime represents a fresh approach in the disability talent space. Students with all disabilities are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what your future can hold, and network in a more intimate setting with business lines, recruiters and Lime.  You’ll also hear first-hand from others who have been in your place and realized success.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (registration begins at 5:30) PepsiCo’s Chicago Headquarters - 555 West Monroe Street (at Clinton Street)

For more info, and to RSVP: www.limeconnect.com/upcoming-events.html

Be sure to request any accommodation with your RSVP. A light dinner will be provided.

co-sponsored by Lime and the University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Career Services and the Disability Resource Center


Surviving and Succeeding in College with ADHD/ADD

“Surviving and Succeeding in College with ADHD/ADD” is a workshop designed to help college students determine if the challenges they are experiencing are more than the normal ups-and-downs of college life, and are instead caused by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The workshop will help students learn effective coping skills and strategies to manage the challenges of ADHD in academic performance, relationships, and tasks of daily living.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Where: ADHD Centers, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Conference Room 1015, Chicago, IL 60602 (Please bring Photo I.D. for ground-floor security desk)

Building Location: Michigan Avenue & Washington Street; across from Millennium Park


· Dr. Peter Jaksa, Clinical Psychologist and ADHD Specialist “ADHD Strategies For College Success”

· Kyle Feuerbach, graduate student, former college and pro basketball player “How To Bring Your A-Game To Class”


Students attending will learn: How ADHD affects you as a person – not just in the classroom but also in your daily life. Strategies to improve organization and time management skills. Strategies to decrease procrastination. Information about proven traditional treatments (behavioral strategies, medication) as well as non-traditional interventions including exercise, nutrition, meditation, yoga, and more. When and how to effectively use ADHD-related academic accommodations.

Details available at: www.addcenters.com

Registration encouraged. Please e-mail or call to register (and receive confirmation):

E-mail: mail@addcenters.com Phone: 312.372.4824

ADHD Centers, 30 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 814, Chicago, IL 60602 P: 312.372.4824


Annie's Wedding - Fundraiser Event Benefiting the Anne Hopkins Foundation, October 3rd, 2009, 6pm - 12am


"Annie's Wedding" is a wedding reception like fundraiser event on October 3rd, right off of the highway in Aurora, Illinois.  Tickets are $75 each and entry price includes steak & chicken dinner with appetizers and dessert, 4 hour open bar, 4 hours of live music, and access to a free shuttle to a hotel.  It is planned to be an amazing event, open to the public, and all supporting Annie's Foundation.

Tickets must be reserved in advance through the website.



The Anne Hopkins Scholarship Fund, Inc. d/b/a Anne Hopkins Foundation is a non-profit corporation in the state of Illinois founded to raise money in memory of Anne Marie Hopkins and continue her life's work to advance the rights of people with disabilities and educate the community.  Money raised will be used for scholarships granted to students who share her interests and demonstrate a similar passion, work ethic, and altruism.


Out All Night and Lost My Shoes-Bluntly Comic

Written and Performed by
Terry Galloway
November 15, 2009, 7:30pm

Not quite blind as a bat but definitely Deaf as a doornail, *Terry Galloway*is a modern medical accident who makes wild sport of her own disabilities in defense of the defenseless. Side-splitting funny and shocking, she’s brimful of ideas for shaking an audience out of its gosh-aren’t-we-enlightened complacency and onto that uncomfortable narrow ledge where they’re not sure whether they should be laughing or crying.

“…Galloway is a performer of bone-rattling force, mind-bending insight.”
­ *Austin American-Statesman*

**“[She] alternate[s] between addressing the audience as if talking to a
friend, and turning away from the spectators, indulging instead in private
reveries and poetic passages. The combination is completely satisfying and
sometimes shocking.”
­ *San Diego Tribune*

**“…an adroit mix of dark humor, confession.”
­ *San Francisco Examiner*

*For more information on Terry Galloway, visit her website at

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Victory Gardens

Chicago Cited as one of the Top "Deaf Friendly Cities"

Deaf411, a deaf-oriented marketing and public relations company, released the final report and results of a year-long survey on which cities are considered “deaf friendly." The “Deaf Friendly Cities” report, which includes 20 US cities and a narrative of a selected city from each of four US regions, lists community resources and photos representing situations that are considered “deaf friendly” to deaf consumers and travelers. 

More than 3,700 people from all 50 states and territories completed the intensive survey. Based on the responses received during the 1-year project, Deaf411 selected five cities in each of four regions and continued research. Chicago is listed among the top twenty deaf friendly cities.  The report can be accessed here and is free: http://www.deaf411online.com/dfc.php.

Help Us Celebrate Disability Pride on July 25!

Join us for Disabled & Proud 2009: “Changing to Pride". The 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25.  Participants will meet at the staging area at Van Buren and Plymouth Court, between Dearborn and State, at 10:45. The parade will end with a rally at the Daley Plaza at Washington and Dearborn at 12:30 p.m.

The Grand Marshal is Youth and Feminist Disability Rights Organizer, Amber Smock.

Brought to you by the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD), and the Great Lakes ADA Center.

For more information on Chicago's 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade, go tothe link below:


Questions? Want to help plan or volunteer? Contact Kate Caldwell kcaldw3@uic.edu


The 2009 Disability Pride Parade Open Mic

One day before the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade, come out for an evening of poetry, essays and stories that illuminate the disability experience. 

Friday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at:

The First United Methodist Church

77 W. Washington Street

James Parlor, 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60602


Location:  First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple is located near elevated, subway and Metra trains and Chicago Transit Authority buses. Schedules, routes and fares are available from the CTA.  The closest self-park garage is located at 172 West Madison Street.

Do you want to read at the Open Mic?

If  you’d like to read at the event, advance registration is required.  To get your name on the program, contact Gary Arnold: garnold@accessliving.org, 312-640-2199 (voice), 312-640-2102 (TTY). 

For accommodation requests, please contact Gary Arnold at 312-640-2199 (voice), 312-640-2102 (TTY), garnold@accessliving.org

Abilities Expo: One Man’s Vision of Progress Becomes a Community’s Reality, June 25-27, 2009

Thirty years ago, Richard Wooten, motivated by his own physical challenges, dreamed of an event that would help to forge a better life for others with disabilities. This inspired vision became Abilities Expo, a trade show which resonated with the community of people with disabilities and whose effects would be felt for decades to come.

Now, Abilities Expo is the leading event for 54 million Americans with disabilities, their caregivers, healthcare professionals and corporate ADA/HR administrators to receive education and view the latest, life-altering technologies, products and services. Under new management in 2009, these 3-day expos will now have even more to offer the Community.

The Abilities Expo has a web site for more information

It willl be June 25-27th in the Schaumburg Convention Center, Thurs 11 am - 4pm, Friday 11 am - 4 pm, and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.

Love Person By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Sandy Shinner
A Chicago Premiere

One of the hottest new plays among regional theaters devoted to new work, Love Person is an intellectually intriguing love story about language as a portal and a barrier to human connection. Can love transcend sexual orientation, physical attraction, and social structure, and rely instead on the ways in which people communicate? Two couples, three cultures, and four languages blossom, break, sustain, repair, and flourish in this language laden love mystery, performed in American Sign Language, Sanskrit, English, and projected e-mail. “A fascinating brew of emotion, wit and intellect,” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

Venue: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater Zacek McVay Mainstage
Run time: 2 hours with intermission - bilingual play and anyone needing ASL can come to any performance
Opening: May 15, 2009
Closing: June 14, 2009

Access Performances: Audio Description, June 5th, 8 pm, June 14th, 3 pm

Closed Captioning: June 3rd, 2 pm, June 12th, 8 pm, and June 13th, 5 pm

Go to the Victory Garden Web Site for more information.

Landmark College offers AHEAD Scholarships for Summer Session for Visiting Students

The five-week summer session features morning and afternoon classes each weekday as well as many opportunities for outings and athletics.  This program is for bright students who come from a variety of colleges to learn new strategies and share their experiences with classmates from all over the country.  Visiting students work with an advisor with whom they set goals and plan a fresh start as they return to college in the fall. For the past few years, this program has had a waiting list but preferential treatment will be given to any student recommended for the AHEAD Scholarship.

For more information go to the Landmark College Web site. Contact the DRC if you are interested in a scholarship.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Launches Scholarship Fund in 2009

The AAHD Scholarship Fund will support students with disabilities who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate work in the field of disability research, disability policy, health promotion or public health. The scholarships will initially be funded by royalties from the Disability and Health Journal. Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000 per student.

Check AAHD's website (www.aahd.us) for information about the application process, selection criteria and other important details.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Access to knowledge is Google’s thing.  When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, they don’t want anything to stand in the way.  That’s why they’re proud to partner with Lime, and we’re both excited to share the news of this outstanding opportunity.  Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing both scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities.  US university recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship will receive a scholarship of $10,000 for the 2009–2010 academic year, and selected students will also be invited to attend the all-expenses-paid retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, in 2010. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated passion. 
Eligibility Requirements
Candidates must be:
  • A student entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in the 2009–2010 academic year at a university in the United States or Canada (in addition to US and Canada citizens, international students with disabilities studying at universities in the US or Canada are also encouraged to apply)
  • Enrolled in a Computer Science or Computer Engineering program, or a closely related technical field as a full-time student for the 2009–2010 academic year
  • A person with a disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more activities that others may consider a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists.  We know that many disabilities are “invisible,” and candidates do not have to be registered with disability services on campus to apply

For more information, and to apply, go to www.limeconnect.com, and don’t delay - applications must be received by June 1, 2009.
As always, please feel free to reach out if you should have any questions.

Pat Holt
Lime Connect, Inc.
Executive Vice President
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10022
212-521-4469 Phone
813-335-3816 Cell

Health Empowerment Zone study at UIC: Become a Community Accessibility Specialist

By becoming involved in this study, you can help identify changes that need to be made in your community and that may lead to improvements in your health. This study is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard and to help your community.  

To be eligible for this study, you must:

·        Be 18 years of age or older
·        Have difficulty walking one block without an assistive   device, e.g., use of a wheelchair, cane or walker
·        Read & understand English
·        Live within the area of North Ave, Pulaski Rd., Pershing Rd. and the Lakefront.
·        Able and willing to be active in the community

Participants will be asked to:

·        Attend a training session on disability rights, nutrition, and community accessibility
·        Assess the accessibility of facilities and services within your community
·        Participate in a 6 week program involving being more active in the community

Participants Will Receive For 6 weeks:

·        CTA pass
·        Fitness center membership
·        Coupons for healthy foods

·        $100 for completing the entire study

Why Are We Conducting This Study?

Obesity is becoming a national epidemic that is greatly affecting people with disabilities. Due to barriers in the environment, people with disabilities are often excluded from activities that promote health and physical activity. This study is a chance to see how the environment that we work, shop and live in really does impact one’s health.

For more information contact:

Yochai Eisenberg
Project Coordinator
Phone: (312) 413-9410
E-Mail: yeisen2@uic.ed

Anne Hopkins Memorial Service

Dear Everyone,

Anne Hopkins has been the DRC's Community Access Consultant since 2007. It is with a heavy heart that we write this email to inform you that Anne passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.   Anne was an important part of the DRC staff and will be missed by all who knew her. She worked with many DRC students on advocacy, outreach, and independent living skills. She also planned disability awareness events on campus and in the community. Her advocacy efforts will live on in those she has worked with, encouraged, and inspired throughout the years.

Internships Available: Want to work at NASA or a Fortune-500 company?

ENTRY POINT!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), offers outstanding paid, 10-week internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States, including NASA, IBM, Merck, Google, Pfizer, NAVAIR, Lockheed Martin, P&G and Infosys.

ENTRY POINT! is available to STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES majoring in life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and some social science and business fields.

Qualifying students must:

·Be full-time undergraduate or graduate students ·Be a Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Business, or Computer Science or Finance major ·Have a B average GPA (or higher) ·Be a U.S. citizen

If you meet the above criteria, you might be selected for a position next summer where you will benefit from a mentor and receive competitive pay. There is no charge for students to apply or participate.

For more information, check out our web site and Apply Online at


Also, If you are interested in having an interview, please contact Betty Kain by email (kainbetty@yahoo.com) or phone. Her phone numbers are: 972-304-2173 and she also gave me her cell phone: 214-763-6270.


New Resource for Finding Employment

GettingHired is a national employment and social networking portal that uniquely connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.

GettingHired.com is designed to highlight an individual’s talents, skills, experience, interests and education and match them to specific jobs and internships posted by employers who expressly use our portal through paid annual subscriptions to hire people with disabilities.
They have adopted enabling technology that provides unrestricted access to a robust suite of job seeker tools created to prepare recent college graduates to enter the workplace, connect with peers and mentors, and find a multitude of career opportunities—regardless of disability type.

Students are encouraged to register on www.gettinghired.com so they can connect with thousands of jobs offered by our participating employer partners who are eager to hire them. There is no cost to any job seeker to register and take full advantage of our career building tools including:

Career Compatibility Assessments
Cover Letter and Resume Building Tools
Video Interview Training
Video Marketing Profiles
Peer Mentoring
Social Networking (Articles, Blogs, Forums and Networking)
National Service Accommodations Provider Network

Opportunities to Study Abroad

Have you considered participating in a study abroad program or an internship this summer? If you'd like to combine these experiences, we hope that you'll apply for a Washington Center intern abroad program in one of four exciting cities--London, England, Oxford, England, Quebec City, Canada or Sydney, Australia.

Students interning abroad through The Washington Center during summer 2009 will attend a brief seminar which introduces them to the U.S. capital and their destination city prior to flying off to the U.K., Australia or Canada. There they will intern full-time in a tailored placement, complete academic course work and participate in programming activities as well as have the opportunity to travel. They'll learn to appreciate another culture and expand their knowledge of our increasingly global world.

If you'd like to enroll in one of these programs, you should submit an application through our online system before our deadline of February 27. Prior to submitting your application you must receive approval from your campus liaison. If you aren't aware of who to be in touch with at your college or university, please email us at info@twc.edu.

Learn more by:

Visiting our website: www.twc.edu/internabroad
Emailing us: Internabroad@twc.edu
Chatting on AIM or G-Chat: twcinternabroad (Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 EST)
Calling: 202-238-7900 or 800-486-8921
Reading a summer 2008 student's blog: londonsummmer2008.blogspot.com

Feel free to contact the Washington Center at any time if you have questions about these opportunities.

The Washington Center
for Internships and Academic Seminars
Intern Abroad Programs

The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that has worked with over 1,000 colleges and universities and 40,000 students in the past 35 years, both domestically and internationally, and our program is open to all majors. Limited financial assistance is available; please contact us for more details.


The DRC would like to congratulate our Community Access Consultant, Annie Hopkins, for receiving Progress Center's 2008 Advocate of the Year Award.

Annie was chosen because of her "passion and creativity" and efforts to push society to "see disability in a new light."  The award also recognizes her philosophy, "Embrace diversity, educate your community, empower each other.  Love life," as well as her potential for future contributions to Disability Culture.  Congratulations Annie!

TechWorks Internship Program: Creating New Career Opportunities in Technology

TechWorks Internship Program:
Creating New Career Opportunities in Technology
2009 Summer Information

Technology Internships for Chicago’s High School and College Students with Disabilities 


For the first time, disabilityworks at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce,  and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities are proud to offer a summer internship program designed specifically for Chicago high school and college students with disabilities interested in careers in information technology, (I.T.). The School to Work Initiative will provide 20 students with the exclusive opportunity to participate in a 13 week I.T. internship with some of Chicago’s most prestigious corporations.

For more information go to: www.chicagotechworks.org

ATTN: The sidewalk by the UIC Forum along Halsted Street is under construction and is blocked for pedestrian traffic. You are advised to plan an alternative route if you need to get to south campus.

A deputy officer dumps a person with quadriplegia out of a wheelchair at a jail in Tampa, Florida.

The horrible incident was caught on tape and a captioned slide show is available describing the incident as well as a you tube video with more details of the incident is available online.

Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) 

The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) was passed August 2007 and requires the University of Illinois at Chicago to ensure that their web sites, systems, and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require the State to address accessibility in general, the IITAA requires the State to establish and follow specific, functional accessibility standards for information technology and to address accessibility proactively.

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