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Example #1: Chicagoland Add Us in Initiative’s The Learning Garden

The Chicagoland Add Us In Initiative funded by the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy, provides opportunities and promotes employment experiences for high school students with disabilities to prepare them for their transition into adult life. The goal for the Learning Garden is to be a place where students can observe and experiment with growing plants, fruits and vegetables while obtaining some invaluable work experience and skills.

Contributed by Lia Thompson, University of Kansas, Community Tool Box Intern.


Example #2: "Stoplights Don't Stop Us!"


“Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” tells the story of how people with disabilities in Emporia, Kansas, living in a high-rise apartment complex near a dangerous intersection, came together as allies to advocate for change in their community. The changes they achieved enhanced their ability to more fully and safely participate in the community. (The video is also available with audio description.) To learn more about this process for making change to support independent living for all, visit the free publication: Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities: A Resource for Independent Living Centers and Other Community-based Initiatives.