Emily Blum offers a moment of reflection this Black History Month to consider and celebrate the stories and work of black disabled leaders over the past and current year.
On December 15th, Disability Lead announced its class of 16 Fellows for our 2023 Institute! These accomplished leaders represent a diverse group of professionals across Chicago’s nonprofit, corporate, public, and small business sectors.In addition, three new individuals were welcomed to the Network as Members growing our Network to over 200 diverse leaders with disabilities.
We interviewed Kira Meskin Schiff and the Access and Function Need Advisory Committee about their work in disability access. Learn more about this task force's inception and its goal to bolster Illinois's emergency response to include consideration of people with disabilities.
As we spring into 2023, we take a look at a brief overview of the connections that Disability Lead Members made in 2022.
The Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF) is a donor collaborative fund housed at Borealis Philanthropy to support U.S. groups run by and for people with disabilities to lead transformational change. Launched in 2019, the DIF is a first-of-its-kind fund and one of the largest philanthropic funds investing in disability inclusion. DIF is supported by the President’s Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, which comprises foundation presidents committed to disability inclusion as part of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. Among the President’s Council members are two additional Disability Lead project funders, the Chicago Community Trust and the MacArthur Foundation.
Disability Lead Member Azeema Akram stepped into a new role as an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Human Rights Commission (HRC) this past year. In the position, she not only presides over claims of unlawful discrimination but leads with her full self as a disabled woman of color. Azeema attributes her career advancements to opportunities to connect and be mentored by other attorneys with disabilities.