The Disabilities Fund of the Chicago Community Trust advises about disability inclusion and priorities for practical solutions in the areas of employment, education, community and technology for people with disabilities in the Chicago region. The Disabilities Fund needed a tool to help raise awareness and spark discussion among disability advocates, the business community and policymakers.
The data available came from a wide variety of sources and covered different geographic areas that did not always match. In addition, there was a lot of information to choose from. It was critical to narrow down key information to tell a clear story of what it means to have a disability without associating disabled people with negative aspects of the challenges they face. We also wanted to figure out how to convey meaningful, digestible information in a format that is 100% accessible and visually interesting.