Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

Town Hall Meeting on Emergency Preparedness for

People with Disabilities — June 26, 2013.

 

June 5, 2013

Excepts from: www.cityofchicago.org/disabilities

Posted by: Sean Rhodes

 

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, OEMC, and FEMA invite you to a Town Hall Meeting on individual preparedness strategies and city-wide programs for people with disabilities.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 

 

 6:00 – 8:00pm

 

 MOPD Field Office; 2102 W. Ogden Avenue

 

Presenters include:

 


The Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC)

 

      • City of Chicago Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness Policies & Programs

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

      • Overview of FEMA Resources for People with Disabilities

 

IL., IN., WI. Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT) 

 

      • Recommendations & Resources for Individual Preparedness

 

Sign language interpreters will be provided. To confirm your attendance or request an accommodation other than sign language interpreters, please contact Judy Palencia at (312) 744-7050, (312) 744-4964 (TTY) or judy.palencia@cityofchicago.org by Friday, June 21st.

 

 

Accessible Housing

 

Picture of an accessible home with a wheelchair lift

 

MOPD provides the following housing services:

  • Home Modifications that will allow people with disabilities, who are under the age of sixty, to receive home modifications that make their living environment accessible.

  • Links people with disabilities with appropriate, available and accessible housing. Information, short-term counseling and referral services are provided to people with disabilities who are trying to secure housing in Chicago, and need information on housing rights and housing programs.

  • Maintains resource listings of services in Chicago that are usable by people with disabilities.

  • Provides information on how to modify existing homes and apartments for accessibility and how to finance these modifications.

  • Educates housing professionals who want to learn the accessibility guidelines — as mandated by accessible housing laws such as the Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC) and the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) — are provided with information and written materials.

  • Advocates on various levels (individually and legislatively) for accessible housing and the housing rights of people with disabilities via individual contact, workshops, seminars and other education strategies.

 

Employment Services for People with Disabilities

 

Students with disabilities attend an MOPD youth employment event

 

Promoting Economic Opportunities of People with Disabilities

 

The Employment Services Unit (E.S.U.) of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is committed to promoting the employment opportunities of people with disabilities.

Through the Option to Work Program, ESU staff provide federal benefits consolidation to People with Disabilities who interested in working.

MOPD’s Employment Services staff works closely with over 53 program partners, made up of government agencies, community organizations and private sector employers to reach Chicagoans with disabilities.

 

 

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