Naperville Resident in Pursuit of More Job Opportunities for Adults with Disabilities
Jul 21, 2016 4:50 PM -
Last weekend, a team of dedicated cyclists arrived in Chicago, an important stop on their 3,500-mile cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for adults with disabilities and to increase opportunities for those seeking employment. Bikers from the Pursuit ride for those with disABILITIES (http://www.pursuitride.org) have already raised over $12 million to support one such organization in Houston -- The Center -- but their influence extends beyond Texas's borders. They are meeting with 31 organizations across the country to learn about other innovative programs that help people with disabilities address challenges in their lives. On Sunday the Pursuit Riders visited Aspire, a non-profit that serves nearly 600 children and more than 300 adults with disabilities every year in Chicagoland. One of the people on the visit was Naperville's own Mark Kirstein, an advocate on the issue and the father of Liam, an 18-year-old with autism. Kirstein is the Greater Chicago Marketing & Sales Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the title sponsors of Pursuit. When he learned the riders were visiting Chicago he immediately asked how he could help.