CMAP Weekly Update, 7-30-21

Making northeastern Illinois accessible to all people

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 31 this week. Through a shared vision and comprehensive planning, northeastern Illinois communities can make meaningful change and help create a more inclusive region where all people thrive.

To honor the hallmarks of the ADA, Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), recently shared why accessibility matters to her and why it’s important for CMAP to work with communities to implement federal ADA transition plans. 

People with disabilities share how mobility impacts daily life

CMAP looks forward to telling stories throughout the year from people with disabilities about their experiences in northeastern Illinois and how transportation infrastructure impacts their daily life.

Nicole Yarmolkevich, who is legally blind, recently described how street design makes her half-mile commute in the northern suburbs treacherous and how improvements like curb cuts benefit everyone.

"For people with disabilities — not just the visually impaired — it can feel like we’re an afterthought," Nicole told CMAP. "It's often not until after we bring up a problem that people think of us. I wish places would be more proactive and incorporate these things into society before it becomes an issue."

Share ideas on how to prioritize American Rescue Plan funding

Cook County will receive almost $1 billion from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act. Community members can take a two-minute survey to share their thoughts on how the county should prioritize the funding.

 

The survey, available online in English and Spanish, should be completed by Friday, August 6.

Lake County introducing new, enhanced paratransit service

The Lake County Division of Transportation wants to hear from the public about a new countywide paratransit system for seniors and people with disabilities. The proposal would allow users to reach any area in Lake County for work, shopping, health care appointments, and more.

 

Share feedback on the enhanced service proposal during an informational meeting Wednesday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. at the division's facility, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Attendees also can participate virtually through Zoom.

Participate in Chicago's 2022 budget planning process

Officials with the City of Chicago are inviting the public to share their ideas and feedback on the city's proposed 2022 budget through a series of engagement forums in August.

 

Residents can register now for the first forum on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 S. State Street, Chicago. The city will host two additional forums on Wednesday, August 11, and Thursday, August 12.

Apply now for federal funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is accepting applications for projects that can help communities prosper through transit. The funding supports local planning efforts that enhance transit services in rural and urban communities that have experienced persistent poverty.

 

State and local governments, transportation operators, and other organizations are eligible to apply. The FTA is accepting applications through Monday, August 30.

Funding available for projects supporting equity and inclusion

Local governments can apply now for grant funding that supports mobility, older adults, and people with disabilities. The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is seeking applications for local projects that either address transportation equity and inclusion or COVID-19 recovery efforts.

 

Interested applicants have to send a letter stating their intent to apply by Friday, August 6.

Events

In-person events

Lake County Paratransit Open House
August 4, 2021, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Host: Lake County Division of Transportation

 

Chicago Budget Engagement Forum
August 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: City of Chicago

Online events

Unified Work Program
August 11, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-30-21

Making northeastern Illinois accessible to all people

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 31 this week. Through a shared vision and comprehensive planning, northeastern Illinois communities can make meaningful change and help create a more inclusive region where all people thrive.

To honor the hallmarks of the ADA, Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), recently shared why accessibility matters to her and why it’s important for CMAP to work with communities to implement federal ADA transition plans. 

People with disabilities share how mobility impacts daily life

CMAP looks forward to telling stories throughout the year from people with disabilities about their experiences in northeastern Illinois and how transportation infrastructure impacts their daily life.

Nicole Yarmolkevich, who is legally blind, recently described how street design makes her half-mile commute in the northern suburbs treacherous and how improvements like curb cuts benefit everyone.

"For people with disabilities — not just the visually impaired — it can feel like we’re an afterthought," Nicole told CMAP. "It's often not until after we bring up a problem that people think of us. I wish places would be more proactive and incorporate these things into society before it becomes an issue."

Share ideas on how to prioritize American Rescue Plan funding

Cook County will receive almost $1 billion from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act. Community members can take a two-minute survey to share their thoughts on how the county should prioritize the funding.

 

The survey, available online in English and Spanish, should be completed by Friday, August 6.

Lake County introducing new, enhanced paratransit service

The Lake County Division of Transportation wants to hear from the public about a new countywide paratransit system for seniors and people with disabilities. The proposal would allow users to reach any area in Lake County for work, shopping, health care appointments, and more.

 

Share feedback on the enhanced service proposal during an informational meeting Wednesday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. at the division's facility, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Attendees also can participate virtually through Zoom.

Participate in Chicago's 2022 budget planning process

Officials with the City of Chicago are inviting the public to share their ideas and feedback on the city's proposed 2022 budget through a series of engagement forums in August.

 

Residents can register now for the first forum on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 S. State Street, Chicago. The city will host two additional forums on Wednesday, August 11, and Thursday, August 12.

Apply now for federal funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is accepting applications for projects that can help communities prosper through transit. The funding supports local planning efforts that enhance transit services in rural and urban communities that have experienced persistent poverty.

 

State and local governments, transportation operators, and other organizations are eligible to apply. The FTA is accepting applications through Monday, August 30.

Funding available for projects supporting equity and inclusion

Local governments can apply now for grant funding that supports mobility, older adults, and people with disabilities. The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is seeking applications for local projects that either address transportation equity and inclusion or COVID-19 recovery efforts.

 

Interested applicants have to send a letter stating their intent to apply by Friday, August 6.

Events

In-person events

Lake County Paratransit Open House
August 4, 2021, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Host: Lake County Division of Transportation

 

Chicago Budget Engagement Forum
August 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: City of Chicago

Online events

Unified Work Program
August 11, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

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