News Release

October 1, 2012

Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Chicago Zoological Society Honors Disabled Veterans

Brookfield, Ill.—October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is proud to honor disabled veterans on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.
On that day, veterans who show a valid ID will receive free general zoo admission for themselves plus three guests. Forms of valid ID include: current military ID; DD214 with photo ID; or ID issued by Veterans Administration for VA benefits. Parking fees and admission to in-park attractions will still apply.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a welcoming address in zoo’s The Pavilions. Additionally, there will be special booths set up by providers of services to veterans as well as crafts for children and an opportunity to meet some of Brookfield Zoo’s animals up close. This public event is hosted by Arcoiris, the Chicago Zoological Society’s diversity team.

This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1988, Congress passed Public Law 100-630 that expanded “National Employ the Handicapped Week” to a month and renamed this commemoration as “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

Anyone in need of special accommodations can reserve a wheelchair or electronic conveyance vehicle by contacting the zoo’s rental reservation center at (708)688-8347.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

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