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DIANE HOWARD NAMED THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 GARY L. FILERMAN PRIZE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Dr. Howard will be formally recognized at the Awards Presentation scheduled to be held during AUPHA’s Virtual Annual Meeting on Friday, July 17th, at 11:00am eastern time.
Congratulations to Dr. Howard for this well-deserved honor.
I could have been George Floyd many times --
Reflecting on the cancer of racism
I struggled a great deal in deciding whether to put something together this week in response to the senseless killing of Mr. George Floyd. His untimely death has stirred up a number of complex issues, which I thought I had wrestled under control.
July 26, 2020, we celebrate 30 years of the landmark legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
When the legislation passed, people with disabilities finally had federal regulations that acknowledged, defined, and supported people with disabilities. And yet, 30 years later, our progress lags. The stats make it very plain: In the Chicago area, more than 800,000 residents report having a disability.
In Chicago Public Schools, the dropout rate for students with disabilities is 25% higher than students without disabilities. Employment rates are stagnant at 20%, yet many people with disabilities are ready and want to work. These are just some of the statistics that show so much more can be done. During the pandemic, the ability to access needed health services are a challenge for many and a barrier for persons with disabilities.
Accelerate Disability Inclusion is a multimedia, interactive campaign that will connect the public to research and statistics, thought pieces, and visionary leaders who will speak firsthand about their experiences to bring about change.
A simple first step is to follow the campaign on Instagram @accelerate_ada, on Twitter @accelerateADA. On LinkedIn, follow the Disabilities Fund of the Chicago Community Trust. Please join the conversation and think about who else could benefit. Share our posts with your friends, colleagues, folks in the private sector, public sector, who work for NGOs--they are all an important part of making disability inclusion a reality. Learn more
Check out the with Nakia Green interview. A powerful trainer in DEI who shares her own experience with disability inclusion.