Disability Digest 
The monthly DISABILITY RIGHTS e-publication
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
June 2017
ADA Celebration on July 21

Mark your calendars and join us for a celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Friday, July 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We are hosting a community-wide event at our Kalamazoo office including a free lunch, awards, and speakers. We invite all community members and organizations to join us! See our website for more information! 
Why Did Marc Moreno Die?

After repeated attempts to seek help for his ongoing mental health issues, Marc Moreno was continually turned away and eventually handed over to the police for minor motor vehicle violations. Days later he was dead. Rooted in Rights presents this short video documentary titled, "Why Did Marc Moreno Die?"
The Price of Disability Denial    
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In this article, Catherine Kudlick talks about her experience with "disability denial." When faced with discrimination due to her disability, she describes it as a painful revelation where her mind and body fused into one ugly knot of humiliation, anger, fear and doubt. "I was at a crossroads: I could suck it up and carry on as before or I could fight back."  
Everything, Everything . . . Not So Much

In June, our Lunchtime Book Club reviewed the book (and now movie) "Everything, Everything" which has generated a lot of frustration and anger from the disability community. In this video, disability rights vlogger, Annie Elainey, talks about the story-line, describing it as "inspiration porn with no intentions of being authentic to our narratives."
Music Within
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Join us in our St. Joseph office on July 13 from 12:00 to 2:30 for lunch and a movie. We'll be watching the film Music Within and discussing what it takes to change perceptions of disability and to end discrimination and what it means to be on a journey to disability pride and self acceptance.

Visit our website for more details to RSVP.
Learn, Know, Act
Advocacy Workshop Series

Our Advocacy & Community Education department is presenting a workshop series over the next several months focused on advocacy and disability rights. The series is being held at the Kool Family Community Center in Battle Creek. The next workshop in the series is "Movie & Discussion: The Great Fight for Disability Rights" being held on Monday, July 24. Follow this link to learn more about all the events in the Learn, Know, Act Workshop Series.   
Lunchtime Book Club

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The next Lunchtime Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 23, in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the discussion.
We will enjoy a light lunch and discuss the book Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson.

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