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Moving Towards Inclusive Advocacy: Building Disability Power

July 2, 2019

Join us at “Moving Towards Inclusive Advocacy: Building Disability Power”, where Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship will present the 2019 Schweitzer Leadership Award to Amber Smock of Access Living. The Award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

Moving Towards Inclusive Advocacy: Building Disability Power
Schweitzer Leadership Award and Talk
Wednesday July 31st, 2019
5:30pm reception, 6pm presentation, 6:45pm discussion
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
525 W. Monroe Street, FL 19

Amber Smock has served as the Director of Advocacy at Access Living since 2010. Amber is responsible for executing Access Living’s advocacy vision through policy, community organizing, leadership development, and issue education. She stewards Access Living’s strategic advocacy partnerships and significant networking efforts at the local, state, and national levels across a range of disability topics, including healthcare/home and community based services, housing, education, transportation, racial justice, immigration, and incarceration of people with disabilities in jails. Amber is the facilitator of the federal-state working group Disability Power for Community Integration. Amber is a skilled presenter and trainer, a member of ADA25 and Leadership Greater Chicago, and a recipient of numerous local and national awards for her disability advocacy. Amber is also a proud member of the Deaf community who grew up in mainstreamed schools, learned ASL as a young adult, and now relies on ASL interpreters and video relay technologies as well as lipreading for communication access.