It has been 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was put in place, and more than 160 Chicago-area advocacy groups, government agencies, cultural institutions and businesses have joined forces to develop new programs aimed at expanding opportunities for

local residents with disabilities.

One of those programs is the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, an affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network which is facilitated by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The CBLN is a business-to-business network focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.

Other ADA 25 projects include the Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities, which will provide leadership training for people with disabilities in the Chicago region, and the 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, for which ADA 25 Chicago “challenged 25 cultural institutions to step up and do something to increase their accessibility.”

For more information about ADA's 25th anniversary and its new initiatives, read this Progress Illinois story.