– Rachel Silver
Today was a laid back day. The first thing we did was meet for a few minutes with a representative of the High School in Israel program so we could hear about other Jewish programming options.
After that, everyone was given about two hours to shop and eat lunch on Michigan Avenue. For most of us that included going to the Ghirardeli Store.
Afterwards we met with Marca Bristo, President of Access Living of Metro Chicago, about the rights of the disabled and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. When she was young she dove into Lake Michigan and injured her neck. She has spent the rest of her life in a wheel chair. She fought for her entire life to alter the way that people were treated with disabilities. Some people have not learned about the laws that were passed to change the way that people with disabilities were perceived and to find ways to make it easier for them to live. It was really interesting to see how much has changed for people with disabilities. On the other hand, a lot still needs to be altered so that people with disabilities could have the same rolls in society as people without anything setting them apart.
Afterwards we headed towards Toledo, Ohio. Before we got to Ohio we stopped off and had dinner. After dinner we drove another two hours to the hotel.