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.
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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.

Mission: Working to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation!

Operating as usual

To help students, educators, and families prepare for the first day of school, Chicago Public Schools  launched a new we...
09/04/2020
School Reopening 2020 | Chicago Public Schools

To help students, educators, and families prepare for the first day of school, Chicago Public Schools launched a new website to provide our school communities with the resources they need to start the school year off strong: cps.edu/reopening2020

CPS' mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood. The district has laid out a five-year vision for the future of Chicago's students, parents, and communities.

MOPD and One Summer Chicago cohort, invite you to our Create-A-Thon. A Create-a-thon is a two-hour/ two-day event to dev...
08/07/2020
MOPD One Summer Chicago Create-A-Thon

MOPD and One Summer Chicago cohort, invite you to our Create-A-Thon. A Create-a-thon is a two-hour/ two-day event to develop compelling, shareable content to encourage people with disabilities to complete the 2020 Census. #DISABILITYCOUNTS2020 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mopd-one-summer-chicago-create-a-thon-registration-113800448204

The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)/One Summer Chicago (OSC) Presents a Census Virtual Create-a-Thon.

FYI, @gocurb the new WAV dispatch company is hiring for the following position: "WAV Dispatch Supervisor" please share: ...
08/07/2020
Dispatcher

FYI, @gocurb the new WAV dispatch company is hiring for the following position: "WAV Dispatch Supervisor" please share: https://gocurb.com/dispatcher/

POSITION SUMMARY Reporting to the Director of Dispatch and Contact Center Operations, the WAV Dispatch Supervisor will monitor WAV trips, assign trips to drivers, assist the driver to locate the passenger, assist with lost and found inquiries, manage fast lane ticket inquiries from drivers, record c...

FYI - The Partnership plans to award $24.65 million to a minimum of 30 community-based organizations (CBOs) that are loc...
08/04/2020
Request for Proposal - Community Hiring of Chicago COVID-19 Contact Tracing Corps – Funding Round 2 - Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

FYI - The Partnership plans to award $24.65 million to a minimum of 30 community-based organizations (CBOs) that are located within the community areas hardest hit by the pandemic and structural disinvestment. http://ow.ly/z79g50AQnqA

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for at least 20–23 non-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) to serve as local employers of the City of Chicago COVID-19 Contact Tracing Corps. This is the second of two RFPs released under the ...

08/01/2020

During Covid19 HomeMod, has provide accessible modifications to homes n a touch free manner by allowing applications online with no need for paper or mailings of any kind #ADA/MOPD_30

07/31/2020

Developed accessibility guidelines for sidewalk cafes accessible on public ways

Commissioner Arfa joined municipal leaders from across the country to reflect on how the disability community has change...
07/31/2020

Commissioner Arfa joined municipal leaders from across the country to reflect on how the disability community has changed since the signing of the ADA 30 & where we should go in the next 30 years. Pictured: Zoom online call with various participants plus an Empowered Cities logo

07/31/2020

Developed $140 million five year initiative with CPS to make 77 schools accessible #ADA/MOPD_30

07/31/2020

Drafted regulations for accessible for taxi credit card meter technology #ADA/MOPD_30

07/30/2020

With Department of Human Relations developed a new city-wide Reasonable Accommodation policy #ADA/MOPD_30

07/30/2020

Developed $140 million five year initiative with CPS to make 77 schools accessible #ADA/MOPD_30

Yesterday, the @chicago and @chicagosmayor “Boards of Change”: A brave campaign that aims to transform cries for justice...
07/30/2020
Chicago 2020 Census - Home

Yesterday, the @chicago and @chicagosmayor “Boards of Change”: A brave campaign that aims to transform cries for justice into sustained acts for change, by encouraging everyone to complete the Census and register to vote. #BoardsOfChange Chicago Census- http://census2020.chicago.gov

City of Chicago - Census 2020 Information Portal.

07/30/2020

Worked with Navy Pier to caption all of their summer outdoor movies for the first time #ADA/MOPD_30

07/30/2020

Worked with CTA to develop and finalize the All Stations Accessibility Program strategic plan to make all L stations accessible #ADA/MOPD_30.

07/29/2020

Drafted regulations for accessible for taxi credit card meter technology #ADA/MOPD_30

07/29/2020

MOPD advocated for and received 32 additional Home Delivered Meal slots for people with disabilities, to provide additional meals to eligible individuals who are in need due to COVID-19 #ADA/MOPD_30

07/28/2020

Worked with BACP to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxicabs to a record 417 accessible taxis in 2019 – exceeding our goal of 400 by 2020 #ADA/MOPD_30

07/28/2020

Worked closely with CDOT to develop a pilot plan to install Accessible (audible) Pedestrian Signals at 50 intersections for blind pedestrians #ADA/MOPD_30

07/28/2020

Worked with BACP to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxicabs to a record 417 accessible taxis in 2019 – exceeding our goal of 400 by 2020 #ADA/MOPD_30

07/27/2020

With the Department of Procurement Services, drafted and secured passage of an ordinance developing the Business Enterprises owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) certification program #ADA/MOPD_30

07/26/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Image description: Mayor Lightfoot stands in front of an American Flag and the Chicago flag. In the right hand corner of a screen, an ASL interpreter provides ASL interpretation.
Transcript: Hello. I'm Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and I'm here to wish "Happy Birthday" to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thirty years ago today, this legislation granted long overdue civil rights to people with disabilities. As we reflect on the progress that's been made since then, it's essential that we continue working to fulfill the promises presented by the ADA by ensuring that our city is accessible in all aspects. If you don't have a disability or know anyone with a disability, it's easy to think that the ADA has nothing to do with you. But I'm here to remind you that one in ten Chicagoans have a disability and anyone can develop a disability, visible or invisible, at birth or later in life. My family and I have experienced the latter. My father, Elijah Lightfoot, wasn't born with a disability, but as a young man, he fell ill and went into a coma for over a year. He survived his illness, but as a result, he lost all of his hearing. My father was determined to make a living and worked hard all his life so he could support me and the rest of my family, despite how much harder it was for him to communicate and connect with others. I know that if the ADA was passed earlier in his lifetime, we would've had greater access to employment opportunities and upward mobility.
[Mayor Lightfoot takes her hearing aids out of her ears and holds them up.] And now, as I navigate my own journey with hearing loss, I am even more dedicated to making sure Chicagoans living with disabilities are given a fair, equal shot to all life has to offer. As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, I am committed to working closely with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, along with every one of our city departments to continue making Chicago the most accessible city in the nation. Thank you and please continue to be safe.

On the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, let’s recognize the progress made and recommit ourselves to a more inclusive Chicago where people of all abilities can thrive. #ADA30

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this weekend in July, MOPD hosted a “Crip Ca...
07/24/2020

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this weekend in July, MOPD hosted a “Crip Camp” viewing party to discuss our reactions and reflect on the disability rights movement and MOPD’s role in making Chicago the most accessible city in the nation! The staff members gave personal testimonials of lived-experiences portrayed in the movie. The conversation was ASL interpreted, and CART service was provided.

Crip Camp starts in 1971 at Camp Jened, a summer camp in New York, it is a "loose, free-spirited camp designed for teens with disabilities". The film focuses on campers who turned themselves into activists for the disability rights movement and fought for accessibility legislation. More info at cripcamp.com. Visit the official Crip Camp Trailer here: https://youtu.be/Fs0VRfOg7Wo

[Image Description]: A screenshot of a Zoom meeting with MOPD staff members (26 video images and 4 phone users.

07/23/2020

Amended the Business Enterprises owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) to include service disabled veterans #ADA/MOPD_30

07/23/2020

Worked closely with the Chicago Department of Aviation to install animal relief areas at O’Hare & Midway airports #ADA/MOPD_30

07/23/2020

Amended the Chicago Human Rights Regulations with a new disability regulation that will align with the ADA, making compliance easier for businesses owners #ADA/MOPD_30

07/22/2020

With the Department of Procurement Services, drafted and secured passage of an ordinance developing the Business Enterprises owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) certification program #ADA/MOPD_30

Ali Stroker and Maysoon Zayid Headline ADA 30 celebration, with a special appearance from national MOPD Commissioners - ...
07/22/2020
Ali Stroker and Maysoon Zayid Headline ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration

Ali Stroker and Maysoon Zayid Headline ADA 30 celebration, with a special appearance from national MOPD Commissioners - http://ow.ly/TB5y50AEBqR

As the nation ramps up to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA30) on July 26, the 50-member ADA Lead On 'Core Production Team' and 22 ADA Generation bloggers, influencers and signal boosters are focused and determined to flip the script on educating, entertaining and empo...

07/21/2020

Disability Resource Unit team is participating in assisting the Chicago Department of Public Health with contact tracing in response to the current pandemic #ADA/MOPD_30

07/20/2020

In response to Hurricane Maria, MOPD secured 22 pallets of medical supplies from area companies to be sent to Puerto Rico hospitals #ADA/MOPD_30

07/20/2020

Housing Informational Services was able to produce handouts in a readable electronic PDF version that have been instrumental during our Covid19. These guides as a resource and distributing them via E-mail to anyone that is in need #ADA/MOPD_30

07/19/2020

Developed 4-year inspection program for CHA units to ensure compliance with local and federal laws #ADA/MOPD_30

07/19/2020

Installed over 1,300 home modifications for homeowners and renters throughout Chicago #ADA/MOPD_30

Address

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 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

+13127444602

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You are invited to participate in this important event. The information of your office is vital to the Spanish speaking disabilities community.
Hey everyone! Check out our research study for young entrepreneurs with disabilities! Are you a person with a disability between 18-30 years old? Are you a young entrepreneur living in Chicago who - runs your own business? - could not start or continue your business? - had to close your business? If so, are you interested in participating in an audio-recorded one-hour face-to-face or phone interview via Webex conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)? You will receive $40 as compensation after completing the interview! Call Sumithra Murthy at 312-355-1396 before MARCH 15, 2020! - Please call between 10:00am-2:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays (Central Time) #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurswithdisabilities #youngentrepreneur #disability #chicagoentrepreneurs #youthentrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #business #disabilityawareness #selfsufficient #selfemployment #microbusiness #Businessisbusiness #Disabledentrepreneur #chicago #chicagoentrepreneur #youthwithdisabilities #UIC
I’m a senior & my husband is a disabled senior. The conversation we’re hearing every day is the fear of crime. Crime in Irving Park, Lincoln Square, North Center, DePaul, Lincoln Park & on the CTA. This is new to these areas. And it’s scaring the hell out of citizens. The issue needs to be addressed ASAP by the Mayor & her Administration. We have personally paid high real estate taxes, donated to our community with time & money. We’re losing citizens at alarming rates & this will increase those numbers dramatically if we don’t feel safe on public transportation, going to work or school or running errands in our neighborhoods. This is not to take away from the neighborhoods that endure numbing crime everyday. We all wonder why their lives have always been ignored.
Our Summer Camp Registration is now open along with staff applications at https://www.tourettecampusa.com/register-summer-2019. A one-week residential camp program for children 8-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Our program is held at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois on the Chain of Lakes in Northern Illinois. We provide a fun-filled positive week of camp where kids can be themselves in a safe and caring community. amp will be from Sunday June 21 till Saturday, June 27, 2020. Cost is $685 but financial aid is available based on need. We also are looking for volunteer staff age 17 and older. Information also on our website as well.
So is the Redline a hopeless cause now for disabled riders or are their any plans to make it functional? Half the stations being accessible does not make an accessible line. We can get on but not off or vice versa. Nobody seems to care.
"According to the ticket, which was obtained by the Sun-Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, Pena was ticketed for parking in a handicapped spot Sept. 8, 2018, and was fined $250."
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Questions about filing appeals on behalf of children enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care? The Arc of Illinois has answers for you! Just released- our Family Guide to Medicaid Managed Care Appeals -Applies to children up to age 21 insured by any HealthChoice Illinois plan -Step-by-step instructions for filing health plan grievances as well as filing appeals with HFS (Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services) -Written for families of children and youth with special health care needs, disabilities or chronic illnesses. Please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 866-931-1110 if you have questions or need more information.