The Disability Awareness Players are having another banner year thanks to our new partner, the Reva & David Logan Foundation! The Foundation has generously funded 10 Disability Awareness Trainings for cultural institutions and schools in Chicago. The current grant expands on a partnership that began in 2015 in conjunction with ADA 25, a citywide initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last year's trainings were held at the Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, among other locations, and were covered in this ABC 7 TV spot.
This year's grant-funded trainings have been met with overwhelming demand! So far, trainings have been conducted for almost 200 people at the Lookingglass Theater, Lincoln Elementary School, The Field Museum, and Morton Arboretum. More trainings are scheduled for early 2017 at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reach these new audiences. Cultural institutions host thousands of Chicagoans and visitors every single day and we are excited to equip them with the best possible tools for disability awareness in these daily interactions. Additionally, by providing trainings to schools we hope to dismantle barriers between children with and without disabilities in their most formative years.
We are deeply grateful to the Reva and David Logan Foundation for their generous support!