Advocacy News: July 12, '22


July 12, 2022 | by Amber Smock

Disability Pride Parade; Illinois Immigrant Healthcare; Ambulance Emergency Services in Chicago

Access Living friends and allies,

Today, we’d like to share about some great upcoming events: the 2022 Chicago Disability Pride Parade, a Spanish-language forum on healthcare for Illinois immigrants with disabilities, and a town hall on ambulance emergency services in Chicago. Read on for the details!

Saturday July 23, Chicago Disability Pride Parade: 

Yes, it’s back! Thanks to the grassroots organizers of the Chicago Disability Pride Parade, community members are once again invited to come celebrate our community in downtown Chicago. The route/kickoff is the same time as previous parades. Line up is at 10 am, step off is at 11 am. Line up is at Plymouth and Van Buren by the Harold Washington Library. The route will proceed west on Van Buren and then north on Dearborn to Daley Plaza. There will be a festival at Daley Plaza till about 2 pm. You can find more info about the Disability Pride Parade here.

If you want to come march with Access Living, contact Jerome at or (312) 640-2113.

Tuesday July 12, Educational Forum About Healthcare: 

Access Living’s community organizing group Cambiando Vidas will present a learning opportunity about the new Illinois healthcare opportunities for immigrants age 42 and up. The event is Tuesday July 12 from 3 to 5 pm. The event will be conducted in Spanish. For more information or to request accommodations like interpretation in other languages or ASL, please call our Immigration & Latinx Community Organizer, Alma Olavarría Gallegos at 312-640-2146 or by email at

The event is on Zoom, and you can also call in by phone.

  • Use this Zoom link with the password AL 2022
  • Join by phone: 1 (312) 626-6799. Code: 847 3663 8662#

Wednesday July 20, Emergency Transportation, A Community Conversation: 

Join Access Living’s Task Force for Attendant Services (TFAS) for a virtual community conversation about emergency transportation on Wednesday, July 20th from 5:30 PM-7 PM. Often when people with disabilities or seniors are picked up by an ambulance, they are not able to bring their mobility, medical, communication, or other devices with them. Not having these devices with them at the hospital may cause a serious issue for the person who may relay on this device(s) in their everyday life. Come share your story about emergency transportation services. Please register for this Community Conversation here. ASL and Spanish interpreters as well as CART transcription will be provided during the event. If you need additional information or have question about this event please contact Healthcare/HCBS Community Organizer Ryan McGraw at or 312-640-2125.

Please share this info with friends and colleague. Thank you!