Disability Digest 
The monthly DISABILITY RIGHTS e-publication
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
April 2017
Not So Special!

This video takes a humorous approach to pointing out that the needs of people with disabilities are not so "special" and, in fact, are the same as anyone else.
Person First vs. Identity First   
foot and mobility divice
Person First Language (PFL) emerged in the late 1980's as the more socially acceptable way to talk about people with disabilities. But this article, Why Person-First Language Doesn't Always Put the Person First, argues that PFL essentially buys into the very stigma it claims to be fighting by assuming disability is something you should be ashamed of and not want to identify with
Capturing the Disability Rights Movement   
Many of the most significant moments in disability rights history were captured by one man and his camera. In this video, Rooted in Rights talks with photographer, documentarian and activist Tom Olin about his thoughts on the power of photography to inspire new activists. 
Coming Out as Disabled

People with invisible disabilities often face the frustration of being discounted by comments like, "You look fine." In this video, Annie Elainey explains that she is a person with a disability regardless of whether she appears to be having a good day or a bad day, or happens to be using a wheelchair at the moment or not. It's not appropriate for others to judge her disability status.
Lunchtime Book Club

Everything_ Everything book jacket
Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion! The Lunchtime Book Club will meet on Wednesday, June 7, in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices. For more information about Disability Network Southwest Michigan's Book Club, visit the Book Club page of our website.

At the June Lunchtime Book Club meeting we will enjoy a light lunch and discuss the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson!
The world outside the home of 18-year-old Madeline Whittier is filled with threats. She has SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), causing her to be isolated in her house. Madeline is a princess trapped in a castle - except her castle is a spotless, decontaminated house in Los Angeles with white walls, where she lives with her mother. But then one day a new neighbor moves in. He catches Madeline looking -- he stares at her and she stares back. Madeline realizes quickly that she is going to fall in love with him and it's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This book is available in alternative format.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Kalamazoo Office
St. Joseph Office
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
2900 Lakeview Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 345-1516
(269) 985-0111

You can help support the Disability Rights Movement in Southwest Michigan with a tax-deductible donation to Disability Network.
Visit our website to donate on-line.