Chicago Ideas week logoWe're pleased to announce that we're partnering with Chicago Ideas Week this year to present “Building Community through Technology: Connecting Life Stories” on October 10 at Access Living Chicago (115 W Chicago Ave), from 5:30-7 pm. Our own CEO Josh Golden, Zócalo Group digital strategist and Table XI partner emeritus Jordan Ho, and senior designer Daniel Strabley will join our client, Facing Disability founder Thea Flaum (also well-known for her work creating “Sneak Previews” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert), for an interactive presentation about digital strategy and what it takes to bring a vision to life online. We think it’s a perfect pairing with Chicago Ideas Week, an event which celebrates exchanging ideas, inspiring action, and igniting change.

Facing Disability is the first website to connect individuals with spinal cord injuries to information, support, and others who have faced similar traumas. The organization came to us to help refine and execute its vision, and now, one year later, the site has become home to more than 1,000 original videos, gained national media attention, and positively impacted hundreds of lives in Chicago and beyond.

"When we began our partnership with Facing Disability, Thea had a vision that we found incredibly compelling, but she didn't know how to get there,” says Josh. “We collaborated with her and her team every step of the way to further expand, then subsequently refine her vision into the compelling, easy-to-use, inviting online community that Facing Disability is today."

The site has proven so successful that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is currently working on a similar website for people with traumatic brain injuries. Josh finds it an interesting proof of concept. “Now they’re developing a whole new set of videos and reusing the technology for a new disease--it makes you think, can we do this for cancer patients? For amputees? Chicago Ideas Week has become an important event in the city, and we’re so excited to participate, since we believe this is a truly innovative way of doing things that was born and bred in Chicago.”

You can find more details and RSVP online, and don’t forget to check out the CIW website to get tickets to other events happening around town.

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