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Promoting the development of programs, policy, and public action that expands the empowerment, equal opportunity, inclusion, and participation of diverse persons with disabilities in the Chicago region.
About the Fund
The Disabilities Fund partners with and advises The Chicago Community Trust about disability inclusion and priorities for data-driven actionable solutions in the areas of employment, education, community inclusion and technology.
The Fund was established thanks to the generosity of Shawn Donnelley and the Naomi Williams Donnelley Fund.
Advisory Board Members
Access Living (Co-Chair)
Rush University Medical Center
Former State Rep. (Co-Chair)
(Honorary Board Member)
Lake County Center for Independent Living
Causes for Change
Gateways to Learning
Association for Individual Development
|Jackie Burgess Bishop|
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Kemper Total Rewards
Almost Home Kids
Accelerate Disability Inclusion
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the ADA, the Disabilities Fund launched Accelerate Disability Inclusion, a digital campaign to raise awareness for disability advocacy and issues.Learn More
Did You Know?
There are over 800,000 people with disabilities in the Chicago region. 41,000 are young people. Yet the education and employment systems are failing them, even though solutions exist. Learn more about the intersection of youth and disability, and get inspired to take action.
Promoting the development of programs, policy, and public action that expands the empowerment, equal opportunity, inclusion, and participation of diverse persons with disabilities…
Through the years, the Trust has created many types of initiatives to help our region—and its foundations, businesses, civic leaders, and individuals—most effectively…
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