In The News
DisFest comes to the Chicago Cultural Center
...imagine a future where "disabled people can do cool weird shit without having to ask... there is really a cool opportunity within DisFest."
Disability Pride Month Special Event
“DisFest is a celebration of lives-well-lived with disability.”
Link to Watch (3:32 min)
Chicago's Celebration of Disabled Art & Performance
“As a disabled artist and writer myself, I must admit I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a room with so many different(ly) disabled individuals, and certainly never in one filled with so much joy. It was quite a moving experience to see disabled narratives, feelings, stories, and bodies on full display in an authentic manner. ”
-Sidne K Gard
"...introducing the larger public to an unsung yet thriving body of work... "If you open your doors and let us in, here’s (some of) what we can contribute.”"
Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons
What does accessibility mean in the world of dance?
“If you don’t change people’s minds and hearts, they build ramps that don’t lead to an accessible doorway.”
Link to Listen (17 min)
Accessibility To Dance
“I believe this (work) will bring about greater understanding in society of anyone who’s different.”
"...nice when people with disabilities are not treated as an inconvenience...as though we should be grateful that we get to enter...through the back alley (no signage of course) or when staff finally show up to unlock the lift after the performance began."
“...create an environment where people feel like it is ok to be disabled...that is something (that is) lacking in the world.”
Link to Listen (1 min)
SeeChicagoDance Honors Chicago's Dance Community
“...this award represents progress towards society accepting us as equals”
Global Awareness Day
"...uplift and celebrate ... including performers with disabilities on our stages and in our audiences...I am excited for all of us to see (this) performance by ReinventAbility "
-ChicagoMayor Lori Lightfoot
Mayor begins at 17:00, ReinventAbility at 54:30