A brief summary of Emily's recognition for the Field and MacArthur Foundations name Emily Blum a 2022 Leader for a New Chicago. An award that empowers disability work in Chicago.
With the #DonewithCOVID push to “open up” and “get back to business as usual,” Emily Blum can’t help but consider: At what cost does the push for productivity come, especially for people with disabilities? in her The Chicago Sun Times Op-Ed story.
As an organization committed to both disability leadership and disability justice, Disability Lead’s work is inextricably connected to racial justice. It is imperative if we envision a world in which people with disabilities lead with power and influence, and work to ensure that all of us are able to show up and lead with our whole selves. The path forward acknowledges and addresses the ways in which white supremacy and other oppressive systems are inclusive of ableism and impact our culture, structures, and programs.
We are thrilled to welcome the 2022 Fellows and new Members to Disability Lead and our network of positive disruptors. Their disruption, which we define as their ability to question how things are done, innovate, lead the charge and create something entirely new, is needed.
Today we launch the Collab, a space for people who work on and care about racial equity and for people who work on and care about disability justice to think and work together. Our goal is to provide a platform and community where members can build relationships, learn from each other, and collectively tackle problems and issues that face our communities.