Celebrate Disability Awareness Month with CPL

Celebrate individuals with disabilities during Disability Awareness Month in conjunction with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July. Whether you have a disability yourself or are an ally looking to learn and grow in your support of others, Chicago Public Library invites you to celebrate with us all month!

Join us in one of our many programs, check out our recommended reads or take part in a book discussion. Catch our CPL float in the Disability Pride Parade which steps off right next to Harold Washington Library Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22.


Featured: Tellin' Tales Theatre's Young Adult Writers: Life is in the Details
2 p.m. Sunday, July 23
This event features young adult writers with and without disabilities who will share experiences and events from their lives in this reader's theatre program.

Explore our full list of events, including the highlights below:

Create a Sensory Jar and Mini Book
Music and Stories with the Music Playhouse of Chicago
Pop-up Craft Station: Make a Braille Medallion

Film Events

Would you like to watch films on the big screens with subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing without having to ask? The library has got you covered! All film screenings at CPL locations play with subtitles so everyone can enjoy the movie theater experience together. View the full list of screenings.

Reading Recommendations

Be sure to visit your local branch to pick up a bookmark or coloring sheet.

Disability Awareness Month 2023: Books For Kids
Disability Awareness Month 2023: Books For Teens
Disability Awareness Month 2023: Books For Adults
Disability Awareness: Recent Highlights (2023)