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Disability Network Southwest Michigan
August 2016

We kicked off our Ramp-a-Thon at our ADA celebration on July 22. If you follow us on facebook, you have seen the stories of some of our customers whose lives have changed with the increased independence a ramp has provided them. In this video, Karen Halsted talks about the value of ramps for people with disabilities in our community.

Your Ramp-a-Thon donation could help build a ramp for someone in need! Ramp-a-Thon supports our Ramp Up program which builds or purchases ramps for people with mobility disabilities in Southwest Michigan. No donation is too big or too small! Please use the button below to make your on-line donation or contact Kristen Potts (269-345-1516 x119) in our Kalamazoo office for other donation methods.  
Democrats & Republicans Urge End to Sub-minimum Wage

A recent blog post on Disability Scoop states that platforms approved this month at the Democratic and Republican Party conventions are both urging a move toward competitive employment. "The recognition of this issue by leaders of both political parties further confirms that the time has long passed to eliminate the unfair and separate wage system for people with disabilities," said Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind.

Read the full article at Disability Scoop.
Make this Election Count!

In this Rooted in Rights video, Emily Ladau points out the flaws in the disability conversation of this election season. She says, " It's time to recognize, no matter what your political views are, that the disability community, which makes up the world's largest, most diverse minority, and one fifth of the population of America, has a right to representation in this election."
Disability Terminology in Literature

In this Disability in KidLit blog, Corinne Duyvis and Kayla Whaley point out that much of our everyday language is casually ableist and this translates to ableist language in literature; sometimes these words are intentionally included to make a point and other times the author uses them unthinkingly, perhaps not even aware that certain terms are ableist in the first place. The blog contains a good outline of preferred language around disability.

Here's a link to the full blog post on Disability KidLit.

Providing Access to
Historic Sites

If you are interested in historic preservation, please join us for a free workshop on August 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ladies' Library Association in Kalamazoo.

Contrary to popular myth, historic properties must comply with the ADA; in this workshop you will learn how to make historic sites accessible without compromising the integrity of their rich history. Rex Pace from the U.S. Access Board will be presenting this workshop.

This workshop is free but we ask that you register in advance.

Please see the event page of our website for more information and to register

Icy Sparks book cover
Book Club

The Disability Network Lunchtime Book Club meets quarterly in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices.

Wednesday, September 7 is our next Book Club meeting when we will be discussing Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio. Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl with Tourette's Syndrome growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950's.

For more information about Disability Network Southwest Michigan's Book Club, visit the Book Club page of our website.
Lunch & Movie: Concussion

How do we measure the value of entertainment? What price do athletes pay for one of this country's favorite spectator sports? Join us for lunch and to watch the movie "Concussion."

Disability Network is offering this movie and discussion in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Offices in September. Follow this link for all the details and to RSVP for this Lunch & Movie event. 

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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