Advocacy News: July 29, 2022


July 29, 2022 | by Amber Smock

We Have a Disability Futures Fellow!; MOPD Career Center; CRA Comments Needed; Access Living Long Covid Page

Access Living friends and allies,

Happy Friday! We have another great set of disability updates for you today.

Access Living Leader Wins National Fellowship: 

Access Living’s Arts & Culture Project Coordinator, Sandie Yi, was awarded a 2022 Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellowship. She was one of 20 creative professionals with disabilities to receive this recognition. Sandie has led multiple innovative efforts using disability art and art therapy, and currently is also the program director of the Disability Culture Activism Lab with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Congratulations, Sandie! 

New Chicago Disability Career Center: 

This week, the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) launched a new career center to support disabled job seekers through coordinating with employers, community partners, and city sister agencies. The website for the MOPD Career Center is at this link. For an appointment, you can call (312) 746-5773 and use prompt number 3. You can also email them at

Action Alert! Comments Needed on Revised CRA: 

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is an important law regarding the ways that banks and other financial institutions need to support low and middle income communities. The CRA is being overhauled and the time is now for disability advocates to send in comments to make sure that people with disabilities living in low  and medium income areas can benefit. This is a NATIONAL opportunity.

Access Living Long Covid Webpage: 

Access Living has updated our Covid-19 disability resources page to now focus on information and help for people who have become newly disabled because of living with long Covid. As a new disability that many people do not yet fully understand, long Covid is an important and rapidly developing area of advocacy and research.

Please share these important updates with fellow community members. Thank you for your advocacy.