CJE SeniorLife to Host 6th Annual Policy, Advocacy and You Event with Local Organizations For Jewish Disability Awareness Month

CHICAGO, February 1, 2018 – In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, CJE SeniorLife’s Linkages program has collaborated with many Chicago area organizations to host the 6th annual Policy, Advocacy and You event. On Tuesday, February 27, Policy, Advocacy and You: Why Personal Stories Matter will highlight the importance of finding and sharing personal stories to promote change in disability and aging policy.

The program—sponsored by Access Living, CJE SeniorLife, Encompass, Jewish Child and Family Services, JVS Chicago, Keshet, Linkages, The ARK, and the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development—will create a safe space in which to explore these stories and how to harness their power. Featured speakers will include Erika Hagensen, M.S.W., Disability Policy and Advocacy Consultant, and Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs at Access Living.

“We hope participants in this program will hear that positive outcomes are still happening and will learn about how to influence these kinds of positive outcomes,” said Rosann Corcoran, CJE SeniorLife’s Manager, Community Counseling, LCSW. “Awareness and understanding are our best tools in being good advocates and that is the purpose of this event.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091

The program is free for adults with disabilities, older adults, family members, personal attendants and students. Professionals are welcome to attend for a fee of $40, which includes breakfast and 3 CEUs (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, QIDP). There will be no on-site registration. To ensure a seat, please register online by February 19: https://jcfs.formstack.com/forms/policyadvocacyandyou.

To request accommodations, inquire about travel planning, or ask any other questions about this program, please call 773.508.1121 or email linkages@cje.net.

*CJE SeniorLife will be photographing/filming this event. There will be an area of the room identified as off limits to cameras if you do not want to be filmed.


Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net