CHICAGO, February 15, 2019 – As a follow up to February’s Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month activities, CJE SeniorLife’s Linkages program is collaborating with several Chicago area organizations to host the 7th annual Policy, Advocacy and You event for adults with disabilities, older adults, family members, professionals and students. On Thursday, March 14, attendees of Policy, Advocacy and You: Taking Disability Advocacy to the Next Level will learn self-empowerment skills to more effectively advocate for meaningful change in disability and aging policy.
The event will welcome two dynamic, nationally-known self-advocates from Washington, D.C. Both speakers work with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities. Andrew J. Imparato, AUCD Executive Director, and Liz Weintraub, AUCD Senior Advocacy Specialist, are excited to bring their message of empowerment and hope for meaningful policy change to Chicago.
“If we take the right approach, there are ways to make progress in any environment. We need to cultivate strong leaders in people with disabilities and family members, and let them lead on policy at all levels,” said Imparato. “We have the expertise that comes from the lived experience, and I find that it’s harder for policy makers to write off our message when it’s authentic.”
Sponsored by Access Living, CJE’s Linkages, JCFS Chicago, Encompass, JVS Chicago, The ARK, and the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development, the program has created a safe space to explore important policy changes, share personal experiences, and join forces to harness the collective advocacy power of individuals, their families and organizations.
“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, Manager of Counseling Services at CJE SeniorLife. “Awareness and understanding are our best tools in being good advocates and that is the purpose of this event.”
Community members and professionals working in programs that are impacted by disability and aging policy changes are encouraged to attend this year’s event. 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).
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
There will be no on-site registration. To ensure a seat, register online by March 6: https://jcfs.formstack.com/forms/policy_advocacy_and_you.
To request accommodations, inquire about travel planning, or ask any other questions about this program, please call 773.508.1121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.
For more information about the Policy, Advocacy and You event or Linkages, a CJE SeniorLife program that assists older adults who have adult children with disabilities through resource and information services, community education programs, social events, and a support group, visit www.cje.net/linkages.
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