Championing Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits

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On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities continue to face barriers to employment and civic participation. The Trust's Renewing the Commitment provides nonprofits with a handbook for making their facilities and services fully ADA compliant and accessible to all.

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The Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Fund promotes the development of programs, policy and public relation action to expand the participation of persons with disabilities in our communities. Supported by the generosity of Shawn Donnelley and the Naomi Williams Donnelley Fund, the PWD Fund promotes an integrated approach to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Illinois by presenting both a common voice and a unifying force to move issues forward during a time of increased fiscal and political challenges.

A Call to Action for Illinois' Leaders

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For people with disabilities, Illinois ranks lowest among all 50 states in quality of life. That's according to A Quest for Equality, a new white paper released by the PWD Fund to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The white paper identifies community living, education and employment as three critical areas where Illinois ranks at the bottom—and calls for state leaders to fulfill the promise of inclusion.

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Board of Advisors
  • Jack Catlin, Co-Chair
  • Karen Tamley, Co-Chair
  • Zully Alvarado
  • Dr. Henry Betts
  • Carol Gill
  • Deborah Grisko
  • Neil Hartigan
  • Grace Hou
  • Suzanne Kenney
  • Kathy Lavin
  • Karen J. McCulloh
  • Dorelia Rivera
  • Dr. Sheila Romano, Ed.D.
  • Kathy Ryg
  • Gerald Skoning
  • Grace Tsao

Advisors to the PWD Fund


If you would like to help promote healthy, inclusive communities, you can donate to the Persons with Disabilities Fund online by credit card. Make a gift

Grant Making

In addition to research and convenings, the PWD Fund has awarded grants to innovative programs helping advance the goal of equality. Organizations receiving support have included:

Did You Know?

For people with disabilities, Illinois ranks near the bottom of all 50 states for quality of community living, education and employment.


Learn how your organization can improve its services to all people, in Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits.