The goal of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is to foster accessibility, full participation, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities, in all aspects of life, through systemic change, information and referral, education and training, public policy, and direct services. MOPD works to ensure that the rights of the disability community are equitably represented in all City services, programs, initiatives, and policies. MOPD is striving to make Chicago a world-class, disability-friendly city.

The City of Chicago welcomes all City residents and nearly 60 million visitors annually, many who have disabilities. Due to the disability community being undercounted in the U.S. Census, the number of people with disabilities served by the City of Chicago and MOPD greatly exceeds the 300,000 people recorded in the U.S. Census.


People with Disabilities*

Chicago: 301,612

Illinois: 1,430,367

U.S.: 41,089,958


*Source: 2019 American Community Survey

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