January 2020

scan of feathers and fedoras invite_ art deco style_ black and gold with 1920s flapper girls
Break out
your black silk fedora or your best flapper dress and get ready to Foxtrot the night away!

Find Lady Luck at the casino tables, dance to the rhythm of D etroit's Louis Johnson Jazz Ensemble, bid on exciting auction items, enjoy delicious food, and hit the speakeasy for champagne and gigglewaters !

Join us for the party of the year: FEATHERS AND FEDORAS!

Feathers & Fedoras
Feathers & Fedoras Highlights

Saturday, February 15, 2020
The Great Hall in Midland
5:30 - 11:00pm

Tickets are just $50 per person.  All Patrons Receive one drink ticket for beer or wine. Heavy hors d'oeuvre stations are also featured throughout the venue.
tony and sara stamas
Honorary Event Chairs
Tony and Sara Stamas
Space is limited. Click here to reserve your seat today!
If your business would like to sponsor the event or if you need additional information, please contact Matthew Ivan at 989-835-4041 extension 227.

Casino tables are for entertainment purposes only and are free and open to the public.

dancers on dance floor including wheelchair user

four people standing in front of gold and black balloon arch
people sitting at blackjack tables

A Place Of Her Own

laura in her new home standing in front of her christmas tree
People find themselves living in nursing homes for a wide variety of reasons. Unfortunately, many of them aren't aware of any alternatives to living there. And those that may know of other options, often either can't afford to move out or don't have the necessary support to do so.
Laura had been living at Health Source in Saginaw for nearly six months. Prior to that, circumstances forced her to jump from place to place. "The folks at Health Source were great," said Laura. "But not being able to do what I wanted, or when I wanted,  was frustrating and I didn't know where else I could 

Health Source connected Laura with Sarah here at Disability Network. Sarah explained the nursing facility transition program to Laura. They discussed options for moving out into her own place and what Laura would need to make that transition successful. "Meeting Sarah was a gift!" said Laura. "It just hadn't occurred to me that I could live on my own."

laura buying items for her new home
"Sarah got to work immediately," said Laura. "She helped me with paperwork for low-income housing and she shopped around for furniture and supplies because I didn't have money to make those kinds of purchases. She got me a new place in Bay City and I moved in in December. The whole process only took a little over three months."

"I want people to know about this program," said Laura. "If Sarah and Disability Network had not been able to reach out to the nursing home in Saginaw, I'm sure I'd still be there. If hearing my story helps even one other person find ou t how they can live on their own, it'll be worth me telling. I'm happy to share my story with anyone who'll listen!"

back of van packed with various items for new home
food for lauras new home

Ed Roberts Day is January 23rd

Ed Roberts using sip and puff wheelchair device
Who was Ed Roberts (1939-1995) and why did the US House of Representatives designate January 23 to honor his life?

After contracting polio at 14 in 1953, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Roberts spent 18 months  recuperating  in the hospital. When he consciously decided to live, he decided to live his life with a vengeance, no matter what obstacles might lay ahead of him.

People with disabilities in the 1960s were not as visible as they are today. The barriers to inclusion in the community were physical as well as attitudinal. Ed set out to change all that. He advocated to get admitted into the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) and to get one of the hospital infirmaries changed into a dorm for students who, like himself, needed wheelchair accessible housing. Several of these students formed a group they called "The Rolling Quads." 

They were champions of independent living in the community for all people with disabilities and instrumental in getting the first curb cuts installed in Berkeley which they recognized made the physical world accessible to more people than just wheelchair users.

That was just the beginning. Ed earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, taught at Cal and went on to help found the first center for independent living. He was named to head the California Department of Rehabilitation, founded the World Institute on Disability, married, had a child, and traveled the world to spread the word about disability rights, accessibility, and inclusion. He is widely considered to be the father of the independent living movement.

To learn more about Ed Roberts and his contributions and to get a feel for what a great spirit he had, click here to visit a special section of the Minnesota Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Ed Roberts: Free Wheeling
Ed Roberts: Free Wheeling

Click the image above to view a short film about Ed Roberts and his philosophy called: "Free Wheeling."

Click here for more ways to celebrate the Ed Roberts legacy, including downloading the Ed Roberts Board Game and purchasing mugs, t-shirts, and posters. 

MLK Day of Service

DNMM will be joining the ARC of Midland for their 2nd annual Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. On January 20th we will be packaging and distributing food for community members who are in need.  We are proud to be a part of the MLK Day of Service and to support community organizations by developing a project that addresses food security in our community. 

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What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading the effort to engage Americans in community service to mark this day. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service-- a "day on, not a day off." It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Event Date: 
1/20/2020 - 11AM-3PM (or until all food is distributed)

Dow Diamond
825 East Main Street
Midland, MI 48640

Attendees: Join us for a fun-filled free food distribution day at Dow Diamond indoors on the concourse! There will be games, food samples, great company and you might even catch a glimpse of Lou E. Loon!

Volunteers: We will be providing food assistance to the Midland community by partnering with Hidden Harvest and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, both of which are organizations that help to alleviate hunger, to package food for community members who are in need. Volunteers are needed to help packaging and distributing food which will provide assistance to local community members and improve their access to healthier foods.  You can make a difference in someone's life! Volunteer Shifts available from 9am-3:30pm.

MLK Day of Service flyer showing photo of MArtin Luther King Jr.
Community Advisory Dinner a Success!

On December 11th, Disability Network welcomed over 100 consumers from our community to our annual advisory dinner. It was a wonderful evening with food and friends, crafts, and discussion. Once again, our most sincere thanks to all who attended, but also to the staff of the  Westminster Presbyterian Church and Rosie's Pies & Bakery in Bay City.

Please take a moment to view the photos below for some highlights from the evening. If you were not able to attend the dinner, we still want to hear from you. We're always eager to hear about what issues matter to you. As you participate in your community, have you encountered issues with regard to accessibility? Do you have a story to share about a business or community that is making accessibility and/or inclusion a priority? Click here to send us an email today. Let's share your story!

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

people at CAC dinner

The photos above are courtesy of our good friend, Walt Russ. He is a peer mentor and volunteer with DNMM and is always willing to help capture the great moments during our events.
MiABLE Can Help You Save!

mi able logo_ achieveing a better life experience
The Michigan Able Act was signed into law in October 2015, following passage in December 2014 of the federal Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings programs for individuals with disabilities.

The goal is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds that help individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life without jeopardizing benefits provided through private insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, the beneficiary's employment and other sources.

The goal of MiABLE's "I Will Never Lose" campaign is to reach out to i ndividuals with disabilities, and their families, who haven't yet taken advantage of the program created to help them save for current and future expenses without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits.

Approximately 300,000 Michigan residents with disabilities are eligible for MiABLE, including 28,000 in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Thumb. Yet largely because of a lack of awareness, less than 1% of those who qualify are currently enrolled.

For more information, please call 1-844-656-7225.

Whether you're seeking full-time employment or just a few hours of part-time work: 

YOU can make a difference in someone's life! YOU can help a person with a disability live independently!

women playing cards
two women grocery shopping
reading a book

As part of our Bay County Independent Living Assistance program, you  provide personalized support to individuals who need assistance accessing support in their communities.  You work directly with the consumer to help them meet their goals and create the lifestyle they choose.


WAGES: $10 - $10.50 PER HOUR 

Must have a valid Michigan Driver License, with a good driving record, and dependable and insured transportation. Must be able to pass a criminal background check. Training will be provided.

If you want to make a difference, please call 989-895-2363.

To learn about additional employment opportunities at DNMM, please click here to visit the Employment section of our website.

At Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, inclusion is a universal human right for all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other discernible quality. To be inclusive is to promote a sense of belonging, respect, and value for who you are as a person. It is about equal access and opportunities for everyone. Inclusion is an integral part of our Independent Living philosophy and of our agency's vision of "Accessible and Inclusive communities that provide opportunities for individual choice."

In the twelve counties we serve in Mid-Michigan, Disability Network offices have been, and continue to be, places of solace, understanding, and information for all.  We are committed to promoting and protecting diversity and inclusion, within our offices, among our community partners, and throughout the 15 Centers for Independent Living in Michigan.

Pride. Access. Inclusion on rainbow flag with disability logo
DNMM advocates for the removal of barriers to independence and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Mid-Michigan area. DNMM pledges to ensure accessibility. Each year, DNMM conducts a review of its own architectural, environmental, attitudinal, employment, communication, transportation, and other barriers that may exist which prohibit full access to our services.  
If you have any issues of concern regarding the accessibility of DNMM services and facilities, we encourage you to share that information with us.  
Please send your concerns or suggestions to:
        Executive Director
        Disability Network of Mid-Michigan
        1705 S. Saginaw Road
        Midland, MI 48640
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