As Mayor, Sophia would work to make Chicago one of the most accessible cities in the country.
We can start with ensuring that all of our voting sites are ADA accessible, public transportation improvements, and re-tooling our ambulance and fire services to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs. Sophia believes accessibility should be a natural part of how we think about city services. Sophia will include advocates at the table as we allocate investments that make Chicago work for everyone.
- Sophia will work with advocates and the Mayor’s Office of People With Disabilities through regular think tank sessions to restructure our data collection process to more accurately capture information about our disabled residents in order to prioritize their needs and secure more investments.
- Sophia’s administration would partner with the non-profit and faith based organizations to expand our overall network of services and offerings and strengthen that support network for Chicago’s disabled community. Sophia will collaborate with advocates to continue developing innovative programs for children, seniors and everyone in between who need accessibility across our city.
- Sophia would champion making the pilot cash assistance program permanent. Sophia served as co-sponsor for this bill on the council and certainly a champion of this program. We had federal dollars in this budget to make this program a reality. As Mayor, Sophia will work to prioritize this program for inclusion in the annual budget.
- Chicago can optimize opportunity zones to create more affordable housing. Sophia will work with community stakeholders and business leaders to create a vision for residential and mixed use housing that includes enough ADA compliant units to meet the needs of the disabled people in our community.