Disability related events in July

Hi sibs…here are some events that you might like to meet up with others at
and/or bring your sibling to. If you are planning on attending any of these
events please let us know on this listserv. For the disability pride parade
a good place to meet would be in front of the Sidley Building on Dearborn,
just south of Madison St. There are nice benches for people to sit. If
anyone is planning on going let us know as Katie one of our members can meet
up with you to show you where the post parade celebration will be or you can
just walk on your own to the Daley Plaza.
To: SIBS—Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters
There are three events in July that you may be interested in attending. 
Feel free to spread the word to others.
July 12th at 12:30pm in the Pierce Hall Auditorium at the First United
Methodist Church in Chicago — 77 W. Washington Street
Erasing the Distance: The People I Know is a 90-minute theatrical experience
capturing the heartbreak and hope associated with mental illness, featuring
five true stories performed by professional actors.  This thought provoking
performance will spark discussion, so plan to stay for the post-show
dialogue.  Food and drinks will be provided prior to the performance and
mental health resources will be shared.  This event is in partnership with
the Fine Arts Committee.  Please make accommodation requests at least one
week prior to performance by contacting Katie at kkeiling@uic.edu or
July 24th from 6-9pm in the James Parlor at the First United Methodist
Church in Chicago — 77 W. Washington Street
The Disability Community Open Mic is an annual event where people in the
disability community come to listen and share their thoughts, poems, and
writings about the disability experience.  This is a fun way to learn about
disability culture and we strongly encourage members of our congregation to
attend.  Food and drinks will be provided during the event.  
July 25th is the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade!  Come watch the Disability Pride Parade—bring your family and friends!  The
overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people
think about and define disability; to break down the internalized shame
among people with disabilities; and to promote the belief in society that
disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity that people
living with disabilities can take pride in.  The parade kicks off at 11am
from Van Buren St and marches north on Dearborn to Washington St , ending at
Daley Plaza . About 40 disability groups and organizations march in the
parade and anyone is welcome to watch and cheer.  There is a fun post-parade
celebration with music, performance, and speakers in Daley Plaza .  There
are also exhibit booths where The Chicago Temple will have a booth to share
information about our church.    
A float in the Disability Pride Parade

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