Town Hall Meeting on Emergency Preparedness for

People with Disabilities — June 26, 2013.


June 5, 2013

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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 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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