BENEFITING: Impact Chicago Self Defense
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Martha Thompson wrote:
Two years ago I took a short training in IMPACT:Ability, a self-defense program for people with disabilities developed by sister organization IMPACT Boston under the leadership of Meg Stone, Director of IMPACT Boston. With Meg’s organizing, IMPACT Directors and representatives to IMPACT International participated in a morning training taught by Meagan Anderson and Mike Perry and, under their supervision, co-taught a workshop for people with disabilities that afternoon. I could see the profound effect in just one afternoon of people learning skills and developing confidence to speak up for themselves. What important work!
The IMPACT Instructor Team has wanted to do the training but we have not had the funds. Meg has facilitated conversations between IMPACT Chicago and organizations serving people with disabilities and she has brainstormed with me about ways to raise money for the training but doing so has seemed daunting. Mal Malme has often participated in Meg’s and my conversations when we meet for lunch or breakfast when they are in town. When Mal who is also from Boston said she was going to run in the October Chicago marathon and raise money for IMPACT Chicago to get IMPACT:Ability training, I could not hold back my tears of joy.
Approximately 23 percent of the population in Chicago has a disability (City of Chicago 2016). According to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, “people with disabilities are at a significantly higher risk of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation than people without disabilities. As with most types of crime and crime victims, underreporting of crimes perpetrated against people with disabilities is a major problem.”
With IMPACT:Ability training, IMPACT Chicago can begin to bring safety skills to people with disabilities in Chicago. Whatever amount you can contribute will help us bring the program to Chicago. Thank you!