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  • Affordable housing for the disabled
  • Earlier this year, a 51-unit affordable apartment complex opened in Chicago's Lakeview community. It cost $13-million to build and is intended for low-income people with mental illness and physical disabilities, who may be at risk for homelessness.
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  • Affordable housing for the disabled
  • Earlier this year, a 51-unit affordable apartment complex opened in Chicago's Lakeview community. It cost $13-million to build and is intended for low-income people with mental illness and physical disabilities, who may be at risk for homelessness.
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  • Tap TapSee app helps blind, visually impaired identify objects
  • TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives.
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  • Sign Language interpreting a misunderstood craft
  • Some professions are misunderstood and one of them is sign language interpreting. Just because you know sign language doesn't mean you can qualify as an interpreter.
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  • Park Lawn serves thousands with disabilities
  • Nearly 60 years ago a group of south suburban parents did what they could to help disabled children in the community and now the organization has a dozen locations with many new and exciting programs.
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  • Good Kings Bad Kings
  • A long-time disability rights activist and playwright has written a novel that targets life in an institution.
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  • Good Kings Bad Kings
  • A long-time disability rights activist and playwright has written a novel that targets life in an institution.
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  • Photographer for people with special needs
  • A Chicago area photographer is helping children with special needs through his work.
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  • NU womens basketball team committed to autism awareness
  • Northwestern University women's basketball team has a strong commitment to increase autism awareness.
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  • Disabled lawyer devoted to making world accessible
  • After becoming disabled when he was struck by an intoxicated driver 48 years ago, Kevin McGuire's life has been devoted to making the world accessible for people with disabilities.
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  • Near-death experience inspires Chicago-based businessman
  • A life changing experience helped one business man start an insurance company.
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  • High school basketball player shines despite disabilty
  • A Chicago area basketball player is one of the best players on his team, even though he only has one hand.
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  • Disability-related films get Oscar nominations
  • AIDS, mental illness and cancer are the disabilities of some Best Actor nominees' characters. There is also a disability-related film nominated for Best Picture.
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  • Actress with multiple sclerosis helps others with disabilities
  • A Chicago actress with multiple sclerosis is on a mission to help other artists with the same disability.
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  • Gigi U in Hoffman Estates
  • Four months after moving and expanding, Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome achievement center is thriving in Hoffman Estates.
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  • Teen with cystic fibrosis publishes novel
  • A Plainfield eighth-grader with cystic fibrosis was able to publish a novel with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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  • Chicago clothing co. changes the face of beauty
  • A Chicago-based children's clothing company uses models with disabilities.
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  • Naperville Paralympic swimmer honored
  • Monday night, a Naperville Paralympic swimmer receives the 2014 March of Dimes Inspirational Athlete Award.
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  • Thresholds offers services for veterans with PTSD
  • To meet the demands of the growing number of veterans with mental illness, Thresholds, Chicago's largest mental health agency has a program that is making a difference.
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  • Art Institute hosts exhibits for visually impaired visitors
  • Art museums across the country have found creative ways to accommodate art lovers with disabilities, especially those who are blind and visually impaired.
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  • Give Me 5 board game helps social skills in autistic children
  • A former Chicago-area mom helped create a social skills game for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other social-related issues.
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  • 3Arts offers artist awards for work
  • Every year, a local organization awards 10 Chicago artists $15,000 each for their work. Artists with disabilities are included.
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  • Chicago art studio offers mask-making
  • Mask-making is a multi-dimensional form of art that allows individuals to create their own environment with no barriers.
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  • Boy not letting brittle bone disease slow him down
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily.
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  • Pediatric physical therapy at Athletico
  • Pediatric physical therapy focuses on helping children with special needs meet their developmental milestones.
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  • A number of Chicago's cultural institutions offer a day designed for children with special needs. One of them is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.
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  • Blind beauty stylist inspires Mane Intentions
  • After becoming blind from diabetes, a north suburban woman started a hair product business using her experience as a hair dresser and make-up artist.
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  • Ill. families choosing group homes over institutions
  • Until four years ago, Illinois was one of the highest institutionalized states in the nation.
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  • Financial advisor helps deaf customers plan for future
  • This is the time of the year to make resolutions. One of them should be planning your financial future.
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  • Fantastic Frank shares inspiring story of survival
  • After being trapped in a fire and carried out in a body bag, Frank Johnson incurred a traumatic brain injury but survived.
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  • Siblings becoming guardians of disabled adults
  • A growing number of siblings are becoming legal guardians to adults with developmental disabilities.
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  • Disability parking rules changing in 2014
  • A new disability parking law will go into effect January 1, 2014, and it requires new placards that exempts drivers with disabilities from paying of parking meters.
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  • Chicago-area artist uses mouth to paint
  • After suffering a spinal cord injury that left her unable to walk or use her hands, a Chicago-area artist has learned to paint with her mouth.
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  • Young singer with autism releases inspirational song
  • A Chicago-area teenager who has a form of autism and obsessive compulsive disorder is a rising star.
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  • Amputee Coalition camp builds support for youth
  • Sharing disability challenges with peers who are also dealing with the same thing is important, especially for children and teenagers.
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  • Tribes helps families understand deafness
  • ''Tribes,'' an award-nominated play about a family struggling to understand deafness premieres this week at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
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  • New law to require 7 pct disability workforce for federal contractors
  • Next spring, federal contractors need to show that 7 percent of their workforce is employees with disabilities.
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  • Blind student excels with support from City Colleges
  • Did you know that the City Colleges of Chicago is one of the largest community college systems in the nation?
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  • Toys R Us helps shoppers find gifts for disabled children
  • Holiday shopping is underway and finding gifts for family and friends can be fun and challenging, even when the toys are for children with special needs.
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  • CSS Academy integrates learning for all abilities
  • A Chicago-area disabled organization opened a community center that offers integrated programs for people with and without disabilities.
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  • Velcro Lewis Group band led by legally blind musician
  • One of the hottest bands in the Chicago area is the Velcro Lewis Group, named for the founder who is legally blind.
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  • Anthony's Own is a family liqueur business that was created to help support a son who has physical and learning challenges and others.
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  • Teacher with Tourette educates kids about differences
  • Teaching children how to accept people for who they are is an important part of their education.
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  • Adapting homes to make them disability-friendly
  • Keeping people in their homes is important. That's why there is a need to make existing homes accessible for everyone.
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  • Heartland Service Dog gives 19-year-old independence
  • Service dogs are in demand for different disabilities, which require specific training and breeds.
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  • Deaf tennis pro among top players worldwide
  • For many, tennis is a sport that requires good eye-hand coordination and the ability to swing, move quickly and to hear the sounds of tennis balls hitting the racket.
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  • Independent living for disabled residents at Myers Place
  • Four months ago, a new apartment building opened in the Mount Prospect for people with mental illness.
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  • Gigis Playhouse expands, opens store
  • Ten years ago, Gigi's Playhouse opened in Hoffman Estates. It's a place where children with Down syndrome and their families come together for various activities and support.
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  • Community Mental Health Act anniversary marked
  • Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act, a s landmark bill that changed America's mental health policy and much more.
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  • The SPRED program
  • 50 years ago, an organization was created to teach catechism to children and teens with developmental disabilities at their local parish.
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