Disability Digest 
The monthly DISABILITY RIGHTS e-publication
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
December 2018
Proposed Immigration Changes Discriminate
Against People with Disabilities

Proposed Immigration Changes will Make It Harder for People With Disabilities 
Homeland Security has proposed a change to immigration laws making it much more difficult for immigrants with disabilities to become citizens. The new rule would classify them as a "public charge," which is described as someone who is likely to become dependent on the government. This video highlights the stories of several families who would be greatly impacted by this change.  
You can learn more about the "public charge" rule in this article, How Proposed Changes to Public Charge Will Make it Hard to Immigrate with a Disability .  
George H. W. Bush Remembered by the Disability Community
signing of the ADA
This month, the disability community, along with the rest or the nation, mourned the death of George H. W. Bush. In this NPR interview, Joseph Shapiro, author of "No More Pity" says that Bush choose to support passing the ADA  in the face of political adversity and that without President Bush, there would not have been an Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Follow this link to read or listen to the interview.
Unboxing Ableism  
While most folks are thinking about unboxing their holiday gifts this time of year, in this (slightly snarky and totally sarcastic) video, Dylan Marrow talks about unboxing ableism. We can't deal with it until we drag it out of it's box! 
New Disability Rights Workshop

Defiant Lives Official Trailer
Disability Network Southwest Michigan is excited to rollout an all new Disability Rights workshop featuring the new documentary film Defiant Lives. Defiant Lives is a triumphant film full of extraordinary characters who put their lives on the line to create a better and very different world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate.

The workshop is titled The Rise and Triumph of the Disability Rights Movement and it will be presented in January in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and St. Joseph. Follow this link for more info about the workshop.

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

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