Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago, IL   |  http://www.accessliving.org

Mission

Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. Our mission is to foster the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with all types of disabilities and enhance the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Ms. Marca Bristo

Main address

115 W. Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-3310774

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Independent Living

Nursing Home Transition, Personal Assistant Referral, Independent Living Skills, Financial Literacy, Assistive Technology, Youth Support

Population(s) Served

Using the change levers of raising awareness through outreach, community organizing, and public policy work our Advocacy programming makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities on a city-wide, state-wide, and nation-wide level.

Population(s) Served

Our Legal Services programming provides direct representation, educates people with disabilities about their legal rights, and engages in public policy advocacy around affirmatively furthering fair housing and access to community services. Ultimately, this leads to not only redress of their immediate legal needs but also has a long-term impact on the systems that work to exclude people with disabilities.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The guiding vision of our organization is to foster a society where people with disabilities can live in communities of their choice, free from discrimination, with access to the services, supports, and resources they need in order to live with the same quality of life as their non-disabled counterparts. Our five year strategic plan (running from FY15 - FY19) outlines steps we will take toward this vision. Some of the items in our current plan include: (1) being a leader in promoting integrated competitive employment for people with disabilities; (2) becoming an influential voice in promoting person-centered healthcare for people with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with our independent living philosophy; (3) continuing to maximize our impact in the area of fair housing while working to identify and pursue impact litigation in areas other than fair housing; (4) enhancing our outreach, peer based support, and advocacy for people with psychiatric disabilities.

We envision a society where people with disabilities can live in communities of their choice, free from discrimination, and have access to the services, supports, and resources they need in order to live with the same quality of life as their non-disabled counterparts. As such, our work is dedicated to removing the barriers to inclusion and access that work to keep people with disabilities as second-class citizens. To make this vision a reality we offer: (1) peer oriented independent living services, (2) individualized and systemic advocacy, and (3) enforcement of civil rights on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Established in 1980, our organization has spent the past 37 years fostering an inclusive society with programming that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. As the only federally funded Center for Independent Living in Chicago, we have increased the independence of over 50,000 individuals with disabilities since our founding in 1980. Annually we serve over 1500 individuals with disabilities. We are a cross disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities and have 50 full-time and 11 part-time staff. This allows us to bring a unique perspective and level of expertise to our consumers.

The work we do at Access Living has been changing the lives of people with disabilities for the last 35 years and are nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community. We challenge stereotypes, protect civil rights, and champion social reform. We have increased the independence and quality of life for over 50,000 people with disabilities since our founding. Some of our accomplishments include playing a key role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act. We were integral in making Chicago one of the first cities to have 100% of buses equipped with lifts. More recently we established our headquarters in a universally accessible and green building thereby ensuring that our whole community can benefit from our services and supports. Our future plans include creating a new strategic plan and expanding our work on racial justice and communications.

Financials

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Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Board of directors
as of 8/1/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andres Gallegos

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Norma Borcherding

Marca Bristo

Doug Dobmeyer

Maurice Fantus

Kevin Fritz

Andres Gallegos

Emily Harris

Kent Klaus

Tuyet Le

Brad Markham

Beatrice Mayer

Mark Owen

Alice Palmer

Gary Prescott

Felicia Rauls

Elliot Roth

Kurt Schulenburg

John Schmidt

Sidney Smith

Kristin Weaver

Cliff Weber

Ken Bennett

Tara John

Wilson Mantilla

Shari Runner

Joan Wolfensberger