Chicago Disability Day of Mourning Vigil 2024 (in-person and on Zoom)

Date / Time

March 1, 2024

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Chicago Disability Day of Mourning Vigil takes place Friday, March 1.Every year, communities across the country and around the world join together for the Disability Day of Mourning.

The event is a community vigil that honors the lives of people with disabilities killed by their families and caregivers. The disability community comes together in remembrance, to share hope for the future and to offer support.

Zoom registration.

In-person attendance: Reserve a ticket with Eventbrite.

Friday, March 1

5:30-7 p.m.

Nondisabled allies, family members and friends are welcome to join.

This vigil is a hybrid event. It will be held on Zoom as well as in-person at the UIC Disability Cultural Center. Space is limited for in-person, so please use this Eventbrite to reserve an in-person spot.

Event Flow (What to Expect):

  • Welcome and background about the Disability Day of Mourning.
  • Reading the names for 2023: people with disabilities who were killed by their caregivers, people with disabilities who have been killed by the police, and disability community members who passed away.
  • Time for attendees to share thoughts, reflections, poems, etc.

COVID-19 Safety and Accessibility

COVID-19 Safety:
UIC does not require masking, but we are still masking in our spaces and at our events to make them more accessible for chronically ill / immunocompromised folks and people who live with them. If it’s accessible for you, please wear a mask. We’ll have extras on hand.

Access information:
The vigil will be held in the UIC DCC, which is on the 2nd floor and accessible by elevator. The building has men’s, women’s and all-gender bathrooms with stalls that have grab bars but are not large. There is a large, single-user ADA restroom on the 1st floor of the building.

We will offer a separate quiet space for decompressing as needed.

We will have CART captions and ASL. The ASL interpreter will be on site with a dedicated camera logged into Zoom. The DCC uses fragrance-free cleaning supplies but UIC is not a fragrance-free campus. Please refrain from wearing scented products, such as scented lotion, perfume and cologne.

If you have other access requests or questions, email

This event is a collaboration between the Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, the UIC Disability Cultural Center, the Coalition of Autistic and Neurodivergent Students, and the Co-Op Program at UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development.

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