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Events 2009 - 2010

CCSPD conducted and co-sponsored six events during 2009-10. The following are a listing of the events and brief description.

CCSPD co-sponsored the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade, “DISABLED AND PROUD 2009: Changing to Pride,” on July 25, 2009, held in downtown Chicago.

Over 50 students, staff, faculty, and friends joined CCSPD and marched in the 6th annual Disability Pride Parade.  Following the parade, CCSPD, along with the Department on Disability and Human Development and the Great Lakes ADA Center, distributed information at the exhibit area.  CCSPD collaborated with the Department on Disability and Human Development and the Great Lakes ADA Center on this event.

CCSPD and the DBTAC Great Lakes ADA Center presented “Update: ADA Amendments Act of 2008” on October 5, 2009 in the Student Services Building.  Featured Speaker: Robin A. Jones, Director and Principal Investigator, DBTAC Great Lakes ADA Center.  Caryn Bills, Office of Access and Equity, and Roxanna Stupp, Disability Resource Center, also presented at the event. CCSPD collaborated with the Office of Access and Equity on this training event.
The definition of Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act has changed as a result of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.  The presentation highlighted changes impacting employees/employers and students/universities and colleges.  Over 75 participants attended the presentation and included human resources personnel, supervisors and faculty, staff, and students with disabilities.

CCSPD co-sponsored the Department of Disability and Human Development’s presentation of “An Afternoon with Terry Galloway” on November 16, 2009, in the DHSP Auditorium.

Terry Galloway, funny, deaf, queer performance artist and writer, gave a reading from her memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer, a showing of video parodies of beloved disability icons, and performance selections from her comic repertoire.  Over 50 individuals attended this event.

CCSPD collaborated with the Department on Disability and Human Development, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, and the Disability Resource Center.

CCSPD and the Department on Disability and Human Development co-sponsored a “Workshop with Kenny Fries,” on March 18 in the auditorium in DHSP. 

Kenny Fries, author of, The History of My Shoes, and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, and Body, Remember: A Memoir, as well as editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out.

Over fifty participants attended the workshops that explored and engaged critical discussion on individual and societal assumptions and expectations around disability and sexuality. Kenny’s workshops highlighted the use of humor and multicultural awareness in order to foster cross-culture communication and understanding of perceived differences. Kenny shared his knowledge as an acclaimed author and poet, his personal experience as a gay, disabled man, and his skill at instructive writing to help graduate students, staff and faculty think through and write about issues relating to disability, identity, embodiment, sexuality, policy, social theory, and more.

CCSPD collaborated with the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Graduate Student Council, Disability Studies Student Council, Disability Resource Center, and Geraldine Gorman and Carol Smith from the College of Nursing.

CCSPD and Rascals & Rogues presented a documentary film, “The Red Kite Project,” by filmmaker Kerry Shaw Brown on April 12, 2010, in the auditorium of DHSP.

In this feature-length documentary, award-winning filmmaker Kerry Shaw Brown spent two years following the efforts of Jacqueline Russell and Chicago Children’s Theatre to create a new theatre initiative for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. For more than a decade, Jacqui Russell has brought new teaching techniques to children with autism. As co-founder of Chicago Children's Theatre, Russell’s dream was to turn that passion and experience into live theatre specifically for children with autism. In her effort to bring it to life, she partnered with London’s Oily Cart theatre, an international leader in bringing theatre to children with disabilities.  Together, they spent a year developing and rehearsing a new, immersive form of theatre for children with ASD, by teaming up with educators, actors, designers and doctors. Most importantly, the project worked with the children in the autism classes at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago. The result was the first of its kind production in the United States, which saw more than 300 children with autism, their families and caregivers experience the unbelievable joy of live theatre.

"Every child with autism has a spirit ready to take flight."

The screening of the Red Kite documentary was viewed by over 60 attendees. 

CCSPD, the Great Lakes ADA Center, and the Disability Resource Center sponsored the 2nd Annual Digital Accessibility Expo ( on  April 19, 2010, at the UIC Forum.

The Digital Accessibility Expo focused on improving access to digital materials both for people with disabilities and for those without.  Information and instructional materials that are developed with accessibility in mind are universally designed for everyone to access.

Keynote speakers included Shawn Henry from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Christopher Schmitt , CSS Author, and Bill Reif from the National Federation of the Blind.

An exhibit hall held demonstrations on assistive technology and accessible information technology and provided training opportunities on how digital information can be developed to be accessible.

In addition to CCSPD, Great Lakes ADA Center, and Disability Resource Center, other sponsors included Illinois Board of Higher Education, UIC Office for Access and Equity, City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the Department of Innovation and Technology, Dell, UIC Institute of Disability and Human Development, Disability and Human Development Department, University Library, and the UIC Web Accessibility Committee.

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