Youth and adults with disabilities, their families, caretakers, teachers and providers are invited to give input into how they envision people with disabilities using the future Bloomingdale Trail. The visioning session is scheduled from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2125 W. North Ave. The meeting is wheelchair accessible and will be sign language interpreted. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required as a lunch will be served. RSVP Lucy Gomez-Feliciano at (773) 384-4370 x43
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail Health Committee. Its purpose is to incorporate the diverse needs of the neighboring communities into the City’s plan to create a walking/biking trail and park from an unused 2.5-mile elevated railroad embankment.
Guest speakers at the March 29 event will include Linda Mastandrea and Gus Zografopoulos. Ms. Mastandrea is an accomplished athlete, attorney, advocate and author a medal winner in international wheelchair track competitions. She is Chair of the 2016 Paralympics Planning Committee. Mr. Zografopoulos is founder of the KostasZ Foundation, providing assistance to individuals & institutions that support accessibility measures both in the US and abroad. Gus is notable for creating access to Chicago beaches for people with disabilities. He was involved in the 2004 Paralympics Games in Athens and in June 2004 he carried the Olympic torch in St. Louis.