Deaf Rights Symposium

August 18 - 20, 2017 Chicago Area


The Americans with Disabilities Act and other similar civil rights laws are purposefully broad to include protections for a diverse population of people with disabilities. How do these laws apply to d/Deaf specific issues? How can d/Deaf people utilize these laws to their fullest capacity to protect their right to equal opportunity? What should service providers know when it comes to serving d/Deaf individuals?

Registration now open!

ASL Improv!

Performed by the outrageously bald Patrick "Mr. Shineyhead" Fischer, wildly witty Crom "Eyebrows" Saunders, and the oddly flexible Wink Smith. Don't miss your chance to see this show where you get to suggest the plot, characters, and dialogue and see these goofy guys bring those suggestions to life on the spot! A laugh-out-loud choose-your-own-adventure one-of-a-kind show! Don't wait - get your tickets now!

  • $10 online
  • $15 at the door

If you are already registered for the Deaf Rights Symposium, your registration includes one ASL Imrpov ticket. The show performed in ASL, and interpreted into English. All other ADA accommodations requests to

Call for Volunteers!

The Great Lakes ADA Center's Deaf Rights Symposium is looking for volunteers to help with the symposium. Volunteers do NOT need to have any ASL experience prior. We will need volunteers for a variety of needs such as assistance with registration, room moderators, runners, general information support team and more. All are welcome to apply by completing the Volunteer Form.

Scope of Conference

This conference provides education and professional development to providers and consumers working with and navigating the rights of d/Deaf persons toward effective communication and equitable participation in society. The conference will focus on issues of access and equitable treatment in the areas of:

  • Arts and Culture;
  • Employment;
  • Government Services;
  • High Education;
  • Healthcare;
  • Judicial and Law Enforcement;
  • Professional Services (Legal, Financial, etc)


Contact us at:

  • (877)232-1990 (V/TTY)
  • (312) 767-0377 (VP)


Last Updated on:
Wed Jun 28, 2017