Public Policy and Public Affairs

The Public Policy and Public Affairs Unit of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities helps the City of Chicago promote an understanding of issues concerning people with disabilities, from high-level initiatives to grassroots community outreach.

Public Policy

  • Identifies and directs disability-related legislative and policy priorities
  • Spearheads accessibility and disability policy initiatives

On-going initiatives include:

  • Partnering with first-responder agencies to develop emergency preparedness policies related to and affecting the disability community
  • Increasing accessible voting throughout Chicago
  • Increasing and promoting the use of certified disabled owned businesses
  • Increasing transportation options for people with disabilities
  • Promoting pedestrian access and safety for the disability community

Past initiatives include:

  • Developed guidelines for sidewalk café accessibility for nearly 1,000 licensed restaurants
  • Coordinated community input into the city of Chicago curb ramp compliance plan
  • Incentivized the Business Enterprises Owned by People with Disabilities (BEPD) certification program to promote the utilization of disabled owned businesses
  • Spearheaded efforts to caption web cast of City Council meetings
  • Developed a five-year capital improvement plan to increase the number of accessible Chicago Public Schools

Public Affairs and Information

  • Provides guidance and assistance to City departments, sister agencies, community organizations and the general public seeking disability-related information

For additional information contact MOPD at:

312.744.4496 Voice)

312.746.4964 (TTY)

312.744.3314 (Fax)