Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) MOPD works to meet the rights and needs of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live in and visit the City of Chicago. MOPD works to meet the diverse needs and rights of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live, work and visit in ChicagoMOPD promotes total access, full participation and equal opportunity for people with disabilities of all ages in all aspects of life.

It seeks to accomplish this mission through a multi-faceted approach that includes systemic change, education and training, advocacy and direct services.

Operating as usual

01/10/2022
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

01/07/2022
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

12/27/2021
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those aroun...
12/23/2021

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.

In that spirit, generous donations from co-workers allowed MOPD to create eight festive gift baskets, which will be delivered to senior citizens, plus a meal from Open Kitchens. MOPD elves, Sarah and Tyra, are all smiles as they deliver the gift baskets.

Image ID #1: A photo of a MOPD blue cart and chair containing a variety of wrapped gift boxes, bags, and baskets.

Image ID #2: A photo of MOPD staff, Sarah and Tyra wearing Elves headbands, standing in from the MOPD van, holding gift bags, standing behind a pallet of gifts.

Photos from Chicago Department of Public Health's post
12/21/2021

Photos from Chicago Department of Public Health's post

12/20/2021
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

12/14/2021
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

In 2022 we are launching an Employment Center to serve people with disabilities. It will offer career counseling & place...
12/13/2021
Human Resources

In 2022 we are launching an Employment Center to serve people with disabilities. It will offer career counseling & placement resources for employment opportunities Go to http://ow.ly/2iWt50GYU1i click on the “ Jobs” icon & search for "Program Director", Job Number: 3092-MOPD-2022.

Employment opportunities and Job openings at the City of Chicago

City of Chicago and State of Illinois reopen Rent Assistance ProgramsThe City of Chicago's Department of Housing and the...
12/06/2021
Illinois Housing Help is Here!

City of Chicago and State of Illinois reopen Rent Assistance Programs

The City of Chicago's Department of Housing and the Illinois Rental Payment Program have both begun accepting applications for rental assistance, but both programs have a limited application period, so it is worth alerting clients who might be helped by these programs as soon as possible.

The Chicago Illinois Department of Housing is accepting applications through December 18 from Chicago tenants and landlords. For more information, go to the City's Emergency Rental Assistance Program webpage.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doh/provdrs/renters/svcs/emergency-rental-assistance-program.html

The Illinois Rental Payment Program is accepting applications through January 9. The application and more information are available at http://ow.ly/RjbB50H4FgW or through a service provider that can provide application help. A list of service providers throughout the city and their contact info is available at the IDHS website:
llinoisrentalassistance.org/providers#city-of-chicago_ID.

Find out if you qualify for emergency housing assistance in Illinois due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/03/2021
Microsoft Forms

The City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, MOPD is looking to grow our Accessible Airport Advisory Committee in 2022! This committee meets quarterly with MOPD, The Chicago Department of Aviation, CDA and disability advocates to discuss issues that face travelers with disabilities throughout the airport and flying experience. If you are an individual with a disability who has experience flying through Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports and would like to learn more about this committee, please complete the below form and MOPD will reach out to you in mid-January to discuss this opportunity further!

http://ow.ly/50yh50H0VmS

Job Alert! We are hiring for two Accessibility Inspectors, who will work in the Accessibility Compliance Unit.  The Acce...
11/29/2021
Human Resources

Job Alert! We are hiring for two Accessibility Inspectors, who will work in the Accessibility Compliance Unit. The Accessibility Inspectors will assess a variety of sites for accessibility including facilities, housing and more. Great job for those with a background in architecture, construction management or construction related engineering. Applications due 12/23/21. Apply by going to http://ow.ly/2iWt50GYU1i click on the “ Jobs” icon and search for “Accessibility Inspector”. Job number #348675. Salary is $73,788. Please share with your networks.

Employment opportunities and Job openings at the City of Chicago

Congratulations, Anthony Zuniga! The winner of MOPD – SUPPD's sponsored Red Ribbon Week Coloring Contest!!  Anthony is a...
11/23/2021

Congratulations, Anthony Zuniga! The winner of MOPD – SUPPD's sponsored Red Ribbon Week Coloring Contest!! Anthony is an 8th-grade student at Children of Peace School. He hopes to attend Whitney Young High School this Fall. His message: "It's important to live a drug-free life by not abusing your body with too much alcohol and ...drugs that will destroy your brain as well as your body."

A special thank you to the judges:

Karla Geise, Chicago Hearing Society

Daileen M. Figuero, Chicago Public Schools

Cheri S. Springer, Illinois Service Resource Center

And a shout out to Sorenson for donating Champ stickers in ASL to all the contestants.

Image description: A solid red ribbon arranged with a loop on the top and the ends crossing in front like an “X”. The words “Living Drug-Free” can be seen arched over the ribbon loop. There are sprinkles of flower shapes around the letters. Blue, green, orange, purple markers were used to color in the letters and flower shapes.

Congratulations, Anthony Zuniga! The winner of MOPD – SUPPD's sponsored Red Ribbon Week Coloring Contest!! Anthony is an 8th-grade student at Children of Peace School. He hopes to attend Whitney Young High School this Fall. His message: "It's important to live a drug-free life by not abusing your body with too much alcohol and ...drugs that will destroy your brain as well as your body."

A special thank you to the judges:

Karla Geise, Chicago Hearing Society

Daileen M. Figuero, Chicago Public Schools

Cheri S. Springer, Illinois Service Resource Center

And a shout out to Sorenson for donating Champ stickers in ASL to all the contestants.

Image description: A solid red ribbon arranged with a loop on the top and the ends crossing in front like an “X”. The words “Living Drug-Free” can be seen arched over the ribbon loop. There are sprinkles of flower shapes around the letters. Blue, green, orange, purple markers were used to color in the letters and flower shapes.

FYI - HomeMod is now open for 2022 applications and that our applications and brochures now also come in English, Spanis...
11/15/2021
HomeMod - Program

FYI - HomeMod is now open for 2022 applications and that our applications and brochures now also come in English, Spanish and Chinese

Click on the link below for more information

http://ow.ly/KhHQ50GO2by

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines protect you and the people around you, reducing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDVax.

11/09/2021

@ChicagoParks will offer in-person ceramics classes this winter for adult who are blind/visually impaired. The program will be offered on Wednesdays from 10am-11:30am at Athletic Field Park. For additional questions about the program please contact Dan Hermle at [email protected].

Chicago recently launched the Chi Biz Strong Grant Program for critical year-end grants of $5k-10k for small businesses ...
11/04/2021
Home

Chicago recently launched the Chi Biz Strong Grant Program for critical year-end grants of $5k-10k for small businesses and nonprofits financially impacted by COVID-19. Spread the word & apply by Nov. 12: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chi-biz-strong-grants/home.html Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection

The City of Chicago is proud to announce ais $20 million Chi Biz Strong Revitalization Grant Program Fund grant program is targeted towards Chicago’s small businesses and nonprofit organization who continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This year, Lincoln Park Zoo offering two sensory-friendly visit times during ZooLights. During these special event times...
10/28/2021
ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ - Lincoln Park Zoo

This year, Lincoln Park Zoo offering two sensory-friendly visit times during ZooLights. During these special event times, all blinking or moving lights will remain static or turned off. Music will be turned off, as well.

Please spread the word....

http://ow.ly/9MEh50GAxmm

3.6 million people visit the zoo every year. Here’s everything you need to make your visit the best it can be, including our self-guided tours. 

Thank you to the over 1300 students, #Educators, #Agencies, #Schools #Employers #Volunteers, & #Parents who came out to ...
10/27/2021

Thank you to the over 1300 students, #Educators, #Agencies, #Schools #Employers #Volunteers, & #Parents who came out to @MX_College for our annual #TransitionFair co-hosted with @ChiPubSchools - Office of #DiverseLearners, #ChicagoRoadmap & @CityCollegesChi @TheChiFirstLady

Halloweek On the Block! Spooky fun and Halloween treats for kids of — costumes encouraged! All events are 3:30-5:30PM.#C...
10/21/2021
Halloweek On the Block

Halloweek On the Block! Spooky fun and Halloween treats for kids of — costumes encouraged! All events are 3:30-5:30PM.
#ChicagoHalloweek2021

http://ow.ly/6aTa50GvG5k

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines protect you and the people around you, reducing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDVax.

Celebrate the Chicago Sky tomorrow!  Details: 11am parade on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt to Randolph, ending at Jay P...
10/18/2021

Celebrate the Chicago Sky tomorrow! Details: 11am parade on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt to Randolph, ending at Jay Pritzker Pavilion for a rally at 12 noon.

Access info:
**Chicago-based ASL interpreters
**Access drop off: Michigan and Washington
**Reserved accessible seating at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in seated area

Image description of icons:
Picture 1: Chicago Sky, Rally and Parade Oct. 19 (in light blue font), on a photo of the Chicago Blue Sky Championship team - the Chicago Sky players are wearing Championship teams on a basketball court just after winning. They are smiling and overjoyed, while looking at the camera.

Picture 2: Light blue background with white text.
Header: Tuesday October 19. Map of Parade route going from Roosevelt to Randolph down Michigan Avenue.
Text:
11am parade: People are encouraged to watch the parade as it travels down Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt to Randolph, ending at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in honor of the Sky!
12 pm Rally: Join us in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for a rally that's free and open to the public.

Picture 3: Light blue background with white text
Header: Additional info (in yellow font)
*Stay home if you do not feel well OR recently tested positive for Covid-19
*Millennium Park opens at 8 a.m.
*Pritzker Pavilion seating opens at 10 a.m.
*First come, first served. No pre-registration is required.
*All attendees must pass security screening at entrance. Leave bags at home.
*Masks are encouraged.
*Can't make it? Festivities will be livestreamed on all @chicagosmayor's social.
*Plan your visit: millenniumpark.org

Sunday October 3rd the State of Illinois’ moratorium on COVID-related evictions ends. It is important for community memb...
10/01/2021
Know Your Rights: Eviction and Lockout Resources

Sunday October 3rd the State of Illinois’ moratorium on COVID-related evictions ends. It is important for community members to know that renters still have options to help them stay safely housed Please share to allow the community to exercise their rights
http://ow.ly/Jc5z50GkxYf

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines protect you and the people around you, reducing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDVax.

MOPD Job Announcements (1 of 3) We are hiring two individuals to fill a brand new role as Accessibility Inspector.  To a...
09/30/2021
Human Resources

MOPD Job Announcements (1 of 3) We are hiring two individuals to fill a brand new role as Accessibility Inspector.
To access job posting: go to the link - https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dhr.html

And then the job ID is: 348675

Employment opportunities and Job openings at the City of Chicago

09/21/2021
Mission

Please Share and come out to the 32nd Annual Recovery Walk and Olympics!

When: September 25, 2021

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Garfield Park at West Jackson & Central Park Ave
(3628 West Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60644)

www.chicagorecovery.org

Here is a "Feel Good" post for your Friday Featuring MOPD Leader's  Commissioner Arfa and Deputy Commissioner McGleam! C...
09/17/2021
“Advancing ALL Women” with Sarah Alter | NEW Online

Here is a "Feel Good" post for your Friday Featuring MOPD Leader's Commissioner Arfa and Deputy Commissioner McGleam! Check out The Network of Executive Woman, Advancing All Woman Podcast. Click on Episode 15 for ASL & captioning.

https://www.newonline.org/aawshow

Welcome to “Advancing ALL Women”! In this podcast, host Sarah Alter, President and CEO of Network of Executive Women, gets deep with CEOs and experts on the toughest subjects facing women and our allies in the workplace. From advancing women of color to developing and engaging male allies, to ho...

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121 N La Salle St, Rm 905
Chicago, IL
60602

General information

MOPD serves five major constituencies: people with disabilities, city departments, various county and state government agencies, disability-related agaencies and organizations and the private sector. MOPD's services and programs include: Disability Resources, Employment Services, Training, Accessibility Compliance, Public Information and Education and Youth Programs.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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+13127444602

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"[P]eople with disabilities are the best problem solvers around because we experience access barriers every single day, and we apply those problem-solving skills to our work.” - Commissioner Rachel Arfa of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD).
Mighty thanks to the dancemakers who shared work and energies during the Chicago Dancemakers 4th Annual Greenroom Reunion! This year, we were literally in a green room thanks to the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD). We also want to express gratitude to Momenta Dance Company for partnering on this year's reunion and 2021 Digital Dance Grantees, ReinventAbility / studiothread / Ginger Lane, for sharing both the live and digital versions of "Jolie Lade." You can play with the software (toy/tool) that they have developed for free at https://jolie.la/ide/.
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Chicago Fire Dept., Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR), Office of Public Safety Administration are next in line today to defend their budgets today: https://bit.ly/3oIdEel Via Erin Hegarty
Parents: is your son or daughter with a disability looking to become more independent and involved in the community? Join us this Thursday, 10/7, to hear from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) on the programs and services they offer. Register today at (312) 391-9208. Padres de Familia: ¿Su hijo o hija con discapacidad busca ser más independiente e involucrado en la comunidad? Únase a nosotros este jueves 7 de octubre para escuchar al Departamento para Personas con Discapacidades de La oficina de la Alcaldesa Lori E. Lightfoot, hablar sobre los programas y servicios que ofrecen. Regístrese hoy llamando al (312) 391-9208. #ElValorChicago
JOB ALERT Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is hiring two people for a brand new role as Accessibility Inspector, to help evaluate our physical spaces for accessibility. Apply and be the first to serve in this role! Applications accepted through October 12. To access job posting, at this link, click on jobs (the first icon): https://lnkd.in/emHVmBNq and look for job ID # 348675. ACCESSIBILITY INSPECTOR JOB ANNOUNCEMENT MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (MOPD) Number of Vacancies: 2 Salary: $73,788.00 Under general supervision, the class will report to MOPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Compliance. This class inspects the accessibility of buildings, reviews building plans and construction specifications, and inspects new construction and alteration projects for accessibility compliance with the construction provisions of the building code; and performs related duties as required ESSENTIAL DUTIES Inspects the interior and exterior of multifamily residential and commercial buildings to ensure compliance with accessibility code requirements Reviews building plans and specifications to ensure compliance with accessibility code requirements Recommends changes to bring facilities into compliance with accessibility code requirements Works with relevant city departments to develop accessibility assessment surveys for different building occupancies Accompanies inspectors from the Department of Housing in the field to ensure dwelling units funded under the City of Chicago’s affordable housing program continue to meet accessibility requirements Conducts accessibility surveys and assessments necessary to update and maintain the City’s ADA Title II Transition Plan Conducts accessibility compliance surveys (i.e., photographing defects, taking measurements, using a level) of privately and publicly funded housing and commercial facilities Inspects structures to ensure compliance with appropriate ordinances, federal, local, state accessibility laws Documents survey findings and prepares reports Interprets and explains applicable sections of federal, state and local accessibility code requirements to contractors, developers and members of the public Stays abreast of applicable sections of federal, state, and local accessibility code requirements Responds to complaints and inquiries regarding inspections and permits Testifies at administrative hearings and in court regarding code violations and corresponding citations issued
In an op-ed, Commissioner Rachel Arfa of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) talks about the importance of considering the needs of people with disabilities and ensuring accessibility.
CASL was honored to welcome Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Rachel Arfa. As MOPD’s first Deaf commissioner, Arfa is breaking ground as the highest-ranking Deaf official to serve in a leadership role for Chicago’s city government. Commissioner Arfa has built her career fighting to provide independent living services to those with disabilities and to make Chicago’s culture spaces more accessible. CASL is grateful for MOPD's partnership and looks forward to working together in the fight for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. #DEIA #NonProfitLeadership
Check out the Arc staff (Rocio, Ruth and Nafia) celebrating the Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)! Stop by the The Arc of Illinois table and say "Hi." 2102 W. Ogden in Chicago. [Image Description in order of images: 1. One Latinx woman wearing a floral top and dark bottoms. Another Latinx woman wearing a black jumpsuit. South Asian woman wearing a black and white striped blouse. They are standing behind the orange The Arc of Illinois table runner with the organization logo on it. 2. One Latinx woman wearing a white mask. South Asian woman wearing a black and white striped blouse and a clear facemask hanging below her chin. White woman with a white MOPD shirt with the words Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities on the right breast. She is swearing a black cotton facemask.]
Public Service Announcement: 31st Anniversary of the ADA Celebration Come celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the ADA Americans with Disabilities Act and get vaccinated with the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Free pass to Six Flags or the Field Museum. No appointment needed. COVID-19 vaccines are offered at no cost, no insurance, and no ID required, for anyone 12 and older. Performers with disabilities include Tekki Lomnicki, The Black Oil Brothers, and Safiya Eshe Gyasi (aka Fya). With a food truck, Cynthia's Gumbo Express. ASL American Sign Language interpreters and captioning provided. To request any other accessibility, please contact Jocelyn at: 312-746-5743 or email: [email protected]. Happening on Monday, July 26th, 2021, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m, with remarks by Mayor Lori Lightfoot at 2:15 p.m., at the MOPD Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office, 2102 W. Ogden Avenue, in Chicago. Musical accompaniment by Dave Flippo, with "Too High" from the album Dedications https://youtu.be/MDYir7r7TJw
Thank to the Disability Pride Parade. Just anted to share and invite folks to the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) #ADA31 Celebration and #GetVaxed event that Commissioner Rachel Arfa mentioned. This Monday 7/26. Click link for details.
We are providing ice cream and popcorn for the free, no-appointment-needed vaccine clinic put on by Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and Chicago Department of Public Health this coming Monday, July 26.
We're so excited to announce the progress of the city's first Food Equity Council that will work to address the multifaceted issue of food access across the city of Chicago! "Allen, who is also a cofounder of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, noted that it's "a constellation of things that come together to create the problems. You need the same constellation of things to come together to break those problems. And it has to be done from the community. If some entity says, 'Give me all the money because I have the capacity,' how does the community build their own capacity?" " Shoutout to all the organizations involved in the creation of Chicago's first food equity council! Austin Coming Together, Enlace Chicago, Grow Greater Englewood, Urban Growers Collective, Alliance for Health Equity, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, Chicago Public Schools, and others! Stay tuned, we think we'll be sharing another really exciting announcement later this afternoon! 🎉