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July 15-16, 2019 - Chicago, Illinois

Monday, July 15, 2019






Monday, July 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. CDT

Accommodations: To ensure appropriate accommodations are provided, please send an email to Anthony Simpson at no later than July 12, indicating “Accommodations” in the subject line. An assistive listening system, computer assisted real-time transcription, and sign language interpreters will be available. A CART streamtext link has been arranged for this meeting. The web link to access CART (in English) on Monday, July 15, 2019 is:​player?​event=​NCD-QUARTERLY. In the event of teleconference disruption or failure, attendees can follow the meeting by accessing CART. Flash photography may occur during the meeting. Please alert staff if you are affected by photo sensitivity. To help reduce exposure to fragrances for those with multiple chemical sensitivities, please refrain from wearing scented personal care products such as perfume, hairspray and cologne.

Registration: Registration is not required. To assist our preparation, an email to Anthony Simpson at, indicating “Chicago RSVP” in the subject line is greatly appreciated. 

Public Comment: Your participation during Public Comment provides an opportunity for the Council to hear from you. Your comments are important in bringing attention to the issues in your community. Priority will be given to in-person attendees. Each person will be given 3 minutes to present comment. If you are presenting as a group, your representative will be given 6 minutes to provide comment. To ensure your comments are accurately reflected and become part of the public record, NCD requests electronic submission prior to the meeting or immediately after to

CART is text-only translation that occurs real time during the meeting and is not an exact transcript.


TIME AND DATE: Monday, July 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. CDT

(TIME ZONE): 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT

LOCATION: Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, 115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60654


 8:30 am –   8:35 am Welcome and Introductions

 8:35 am –   8:55 am Welcome from Chicago

 8:55 am –   9:55 am Executive Reports

 9:55 am10:10 am Break

10:10 am –11:40 am Complex Rehabilitation Acquisition Panel

11:40 pm –  1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

  1:00 pm –  2:00 pm  Air Transportation Panel

 ** 2:00** pm –  2:15 pm Break

 ** 2:15 pm –  3:15 pm         Annual Ethics Training**

 ** 3:15 pm –  4:45 pm Communication Access Panel**

 ** 4:45 pm –  5:15 pm Public Comment**

We want to hear from you!

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Unfinished Business

5:30 pm Adjourn

Interested parties may join the meeting at the location or by phone in a listening-only capacity using the following call-in information: Teleconference number: 1-866-556-2429; Conference ID: 5096693; Conference Title: NCD Meeting; Host Name: Neil Romano. The phone line will open for Public Comment at 4:45 pm

Due to last-minute confirmations or cancellations, agenda participants and topics may change without advance public notice.


5:30 pm – 6:30pm Reception

The honor of your attendance at the reception is requested and will provide us an opportunity to better understand the experiences and concerns of people with disabilities in Chicago and the Midwest of the country and will give you an opportunity to talk with presidentially and congressionally appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff from the National Council on Disability.

6:30 pm –  7:30 pm Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Information Session

Come learn all about ABLE accounts and the Illinois ABLE program! ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid, Social Security, and Section 8 housing.  Earnings in ABLE accounts are not subject to federal income tax, so long as funds are spent on qualified disability expenses.  Deposits can be invested in different options chosen by the participant.  While participants can still withdraw and spend money as needed, an ABLE account also allows money to grow for when it is needed for disability expenses. 


TIME AND DATE: July 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Pre- Registration is not required however to ensure appropriate accommodations are provided, please send an email to Anthony Simpson at, indicating “Accommodations” in the subject line.

Accommodations: An assistive listening system, computer assisted real-time transcription, and sign language interpreters will be available. 

A CART streamtext link has been arranged for this meeting. The web link to access CART (in English) is:

Coffee, tea, and water will be available during the Town Hall.

 ** 9:00am Registration**

 ** 9:30am Greetings by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab** 

 ** 9:15am Greetings by NCD**

 ** 9:30am Introduction of Facilitator**

 ** 9:35 am Town Hall Convenes**

  1. Air Transportation
  2. Complex Rehabilitation Acquisition
  3. Communication Access

The three topics will be broken down into three time periods and questions will be asked on each topic. Everyone is encouraged to comment, keeping comments to 3 minutes or less. Each topic will be discussed for 45 minutes.  

10:10 am – 10:55 am Air Transportation

10:55am – 11:40 am Complex Rehabilitation Acquisition

11:40am – 12:35 am Communication Access

12:25pm – 12:30 pm Town Hall Close 


Neil Romano Chairman

Benro Ogunyipe, Vice Chairperson 

Billy Altom 

Rabia Belt 

James Brett 

Daniel Gade 

Andrés Gallegos

Wendy Harbour 

Clyde Terry 


Lisa Grubb, Executive Director 

Phoebe Ball, Legislative Affairs Specialist 

Stacey S. Brown, Staff Assistant

Joan Durocher, General Counsel & Director of Policy

Netterie Lewis, Administrative Support Specialist 

Amy Nicholas, Attorney Advisor

Nicholas Sabula, Public Affairs Specialist 

Amged Soliman, Attorney Advisor 

Anne Sommers, Director of Legislative Affairs & Outreach

Ana Torres-Davis, Attorney Advisor 

Keith Woods, Financial Management Analyst

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