JULY 2021
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Disability Network of Mid-Michigan and Personal Assistance Options invite you to join them for a community picnic celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The theme of the this year's ADA anniversary is: Celebrate. Learn. Share.

ADA 31 1990-2021 Celebrate Learn Share

WHEN: Monday, July 26, from 4:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Auburn City Park, 435 S. 9 Mile Rd, Auburn

WHAT: Live Music, Fun and Games, Bounce House, Info Booths, Kayaking, and Fishing.
Special Guest: Lou E. Loon!

We'll also have partner tables with organizations from throughout the area providing valuable resources and information.

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The first 400 visitors will receive food vouchers which can be used at the food truck or any of the snack vendors.

In addition to celebrating the ADA, we encourage attendees and their families to Learn and Share. There will be a timeline showing the history of Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact. Attendees will be invited to share how the ADA has affected their lives.

This event is made possible with support from:

Ike_s Mobile Kayak Rentals
Auburn Williams Lions Club


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With the record high temperatures devastating the northwestern United States, we felt it important to issue a few helpful reminders about keeping you and your family safe during periods of extreme heat. 

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. In fact, extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.
  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.
Coping with Extreme Heat
Coping with Extreme Heat

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
tip sheet on how to beat the heat

The Great Lakes Loons are back in town and Dow Diamond is now open to full capacity! There's never been a better time to take the family
out to enjoy America's favorite pastime!

Disability Network Mid-Michigan is proud to once again be the official sponsor of Accessible Services at Dow Diamond. We applaud the Loons organization and the facility staff for working to make Dow Diamond an accessible place where everyone can Dive In! 

DNMM is hosting a season-long series of photo contests.  Every two weeks we'll be asking Loons fans and area residents to submit photos showcasing everything from summer fun to restaurants. 

This week, we're asking you to share photos showing how you have fun in the summer. If you share a photo, you'll have a chance to win a $50 gift card of your choice! Let's have some fun as we celebrate not only the return of Loons Baseball, but efforts to make our communities accessible and inclusive!

The link takes you to our Facebook page. Simply post your photo in the comments section of the Photo Contest post pinned at the top of our news feed.


Special Events:
July 7th - Noon - 1pm
"Prepare to Advocate" - Telling Your Story

July 22nd - 10am - Noon - IN PERSON ACTIVITY!!!
Russell's Blueberry Farm - Picking blueberries and enjoying time with friends by their beautiful pond.

July 26nd - 4-8pm - IN PERSON ACTIVITY!!!
"DNMM Picnic" - Celebrating the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Mondays - 11:00am

virtual peer group tuesday hangout

Tuesdays - 11:30am

virtual peer group amazing women

Alt. Tuesdays - 3:30pm

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Wednesdays - 3:00pm
Thursdays - 4:00pm

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Matinees - Monday & Friday
1:00 - 3:00pm
July selections include: Space Jam, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Boss Baby 2, and Mitchell vs. the Machines. Mondays will be devoted to series that the peers select.
virtual peer thursday shows a tour of a museum

Thursdays - 2:00pm
July Activities include: Virtual Demo on making 
Ice Cream Sundae Cake featuring Heather, a virtual tour of Nashville, TN featuring LB, and "Crafting Group."

MY3P - My Personal Protection Plan
A New Seminar

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Are you prepared to handle an emergency situation? Do you have a plan?
After the devastating floods in May of 2020, many Michigan residents faced the difficult challenge of trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Many found themselves in the position of not having a plan for dealing with such an emergency. 
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DNMM is excited to offer MY3P (My Personal Protection Plan) - an emergency preparedness series that will help you Get Ahead, Be Informed, and Make a Plan.

Remaining session dates and topics are:
  • July 21  1:00-2:00pm  -  "Assistive Technology For Your Go Kit"
  • August 18  1:00-2:00pm  -  "Advanced Care Directives"
All sessions are FREE of charge and will be conducted virtually on Zoom. Participants will be given flash drives with all the essential resources to customize their plan.
Class size is limited so REGISTER TODAY!


Do you need extra help paying for your Medicare Part D prescription plan?

Call us to see if you are eligible for the Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Prescription Drug coverage. We can help you with screening questions and do the application over the phone in as little as 15 minutes!

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Do you need help paying your Medicare premiums?
Call us today to see if you qualify for the Medicare Savings Program. We can assist you with checking your eligibility and doing the application over the phone.

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Did you know that there are many preventative health and screening services included with your Medicare coverage?

Some of the things you may be eligible for include:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
Testing and services:
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mammograms
  • Tobacco use cessation counseling

These are just some of the many services you could access. Call today for more information and a full list of preventative health benefits!



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Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is pleased to announce it will be re-opening its central office, located at 1705 S. Saginaw Road, in Midland on Monday, July 12.

The office had been closed to the public since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though all DNMM staff will be returning to pre-shutdown work hours, a few safety protocols will remain in effect for the time being.

The general public will have access to our buildings by appointment only. Visitors with appointments will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms will be asked to re-schedule.

The DNMM office is open from 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:00am - 3:00pm on Fridays.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information on DNMM services, please call 1-800-782-4160 or visit our website: http://www.dnmm.org.

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.

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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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