The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) has been named the #1 rehabilitation facility in the U.S. for the past 27 consecutive years, as ranked by US News & World Report. The hospital aims to Advance Human Ability - to be the leading source of science-driven breakthroughs in Human Ability. Derek Daniels manages the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Adaptive Sports Program, one of the hospital's many community-based Quality of Life Programs, which helps introduce youth and adults with a primary physical disability to the social and physical fitness outcomes of participating in competitive and recreational adaptive sports activities. The program features a great variety of year-round sports and recreation opportunities such as sled hockey, handcycling, wheelchair rugby and basketball, and golf. The program engages athletes of all skill levels, from those interested in learning a new sport to athletes wishing to hone their craft for elite-level competition in the Paralympic Games. The majority of participants join teams at the recreational level, and compete in local and regional competitions.
NamUs is being used to help families search for missing loved ones. This national database allows family members to search through information to try and locate loved ones. NamUs puts pieces together. Also discussed is the protection for child abuse victims and further trauma in court by allowing them to speak with judges and/or appointed attorneys in cases of defendants who act as their own attorneys.
The funding of animal research in many different areas including diabetes, heart disease, & cancer. The foundation has given over $113 million in grants since 1984 with research in both domestic & wildlife.
Brian Bannon will discuss the future of libraries and current CPL offerings that connect Chicago communities to technology, resources and learning at 80 locations across the city. He'll discuss the innovative co-located libraries with CHA housing, as well as other capital investments being made in partnership with the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He'll discuss how we're able to offer additional job finding and technology resources thanks to a gift from Comcast to Chicago Public Library Foundation, which will support YOUmedia, Maker Lab and Cybernavigator programs at Woodson, Whitney Young and Altgeld branches.