Chicago Disability Day of Mourning & Open Mic 2023 (Hybrid)

Date / Time

March 1, 2023

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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Please join us March 1 for the Chicago Disability Day of Mourning Vigil and Open Mic.

Every year, communities across the country and around the world join together for the Disability Day of Mourning.

The Disability Day of Mourning is a community vigil that honors the lives of people with disabilities killed by their families and caregivers. The disability community comes together in remembrance, to share hope for the future and to offer support.

Wednesday, March 1

5-6:30 p.m.

This vigil is a hybrid event. It will be held on Zoom and at Access Living (115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago) (limited spots).

Nondisabled allies, family members and friends are welcome to join.

Event flow (What to Expect):

  • Welcome and information about the Disability Day of Mourning.
  • Reading the names of people with disabilities who were killed by their caregivers, as well as people with disabilities who have been killed by the police and disability community members who passed away in 2022.
  • Open Mic for attendees to share thoughts, reflections, poems, etc.

COVID-19 safety: Please note that masks are required for entry into the Access Living building and must be worn at all times. You will also be asked to show proof of vaccination (if vaccinated) and to complete a health screener upon entry into the building. If wearing a mask is not accessible to you, please join us via Zoom!

Access information: We will have CART captions and ASL. The captions will be integrated into Zoom and projected with the Zoom on site. The ASL interpreter will be on site with a dedicated camera logged into Zoom. Access Living is a scent free building. Please refrain from wearing scented products, such as scented lotion, perfume and cologne. The vigil will be held on the second floor of Access Living, which is accessible by elevator and equipped with ADA restrooms. If you have additional access requests, email

The Zoom information and information about joining in person will be included in your “ticket” confirmation.

This event was organized by Chicago Coalition of Autistic and Neurodivergent Students, Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, the UIC Disability Cultural Center, the Co-Op Program at UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development, and Access Living.


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