Amy Chally - My Blog
International Day of Acceptance
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:47:34 GMT
Tomorrow's the annual International Day of Acceptance, which is a day dedicated to the social acceptance of disability. For me, acceptance is something I am always striving for and hoping for. I am hopeful that there will one day be a world where we are no longer judged by the color of our skin, our limitations, or other differences that set us apart.  As I share in my book, Difference is what makes us all unique. Everyone has challenges or differences t [...]
Donka Newsletter August 2017
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 22:36:34 GMT
Several months ago, Donka contacted me and asked if they could share my story. For those who don't know Donka, they're a non-profit organization that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities. Through the use of computers and assistive technology, our clients become more self-sufficient and independent members of the community. I was once a student of theirs: [...]
Chally Appears on Opening Bell with Steve Grzanich
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:13:23 GMT
Today, my interview on Opening Bell aired. I only hope that Steve got to ask all his questions. Those who know me know I like to talk, but I must have been nervous because every time he asked me a question I ran away with it.  Anyway, as I share on my home page,  I  still feel strongly that I am supposed to use my experiences to educate others, to be an encouragement and a beacon of hope for other people with disabilities and their families. It is my heart’s [...]
Thoughts on Motivational Speaking, One Year Later
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:27:16 GMT
Mom, Marianne, Me and Portland. Marianne was one of the people who got me out of Joliet. A nice memory popped up on my Facebook feed when I logged in this morning: "Excited to start a new venture, which I hope will lead to a second career in Motivational Speaking. Wednesday night, I will be sharing my story with parents and students. I'll be speaking about how I have chosen to defy disability and delight in diversity. I will talk about the importance of self-acceptance, perseverance, independenc [...]
Downers Grove Book Fest
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Portland & I at our third book fair. I'm discovering that attending book events can be fun! They're a good way to meet new people and find out what they like to read and also write. Today I met fellow first-time author Alexandra Georgas, author of Mom & Me: My Journey with Mom's Schizophrenia  She and I both have a strong desire to make a difference in people's lives through [...]
Day of Acceptance
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
​Yesterday, I spoke to students and staff at Yorkville High School as part of the International Day of Acceptance. All my life I've had to work hard to show people what I am capable of, that I'm more than my limitations, but sometimes I still feel like that's all society sees. True acceptance is something that I want to see in this world and it's something that's needed. When I talked to the stud [...]
Author and Motivational Speaker Chally Named Student Success: Featured Alumnus
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:51:43 GMT
Heidy Kindelin, Counselor/ Assoc. Professor, Access Center for Students w/Disabilities, me & Julie Peck, Administrative Specialist Enrollment Management ​This began on Sept. 27th when I received a call telling me I'd been nominated and my presence requested at the board meeting on Oct. 19th. Once I knew I could attend I was contacted for an interview and photos for the press release, whic [...]
Social Worker Author and Motivational Speaker Chally Guest on WSPY Fox Valley Today
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT
I was a guest on WSPY TV 30's Fox Valley Today with Anne Vickery. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year's theme was inclusion. It's hard to feel included in the workforce when I've been unemployed longer than I've been working. That's why WSPY and Anne thought it was important for their listeners and viewers to hear my story. The first half of this segment discusses my educational and work history,As you'll hear, I received my Master’s Degree in Social W [...]
My Name In Lights
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 22:59:00 GMT
I never thought I'd see my name in lights, but there's a first time for everything, and today was it! I had my first author talk, and this video a is a recreation of what I shared. I also talked about why I decided to write and shared a little about Portland too, but not too much, since I'll write his story soon. He was in heaven, because after we finished, I put him on release and he got some love!   [...]
5th Annual Oswego Literary Festival
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:10:57 GMT
Felt blessed to share our story, Making Independence Happen, with local patrons on National Black Dog Day! Despite the rain, I still managed to sell half my inventory, making my second author fair a success!I also got to see Adrienne Giordano again, a nice surprise! She's a fellow author and a friend to Kelsey Browning, who has Ph [...]