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Disability Network Southwest Michigan
November 2016
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A Rooted in Rights original documentary

Disability Network Southwest Michigan will be hosting three screenings of this film which exposes the exploitation of nearly 250,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. that are being paid far less than the minimum wage. The documentary calls for the phaseout of  sheltered workshops and offers solutions for fair wages and inclusive employment for people with disabilities. 

We will be hosting showings of this film and discussing what it means for workers with disabilities in our community in Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Battle Creek. Visit our website for more details about dates and locations and pick the one that works best for you.
Self-Advocacy Starts with Self-Acceptance

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Most people with disabilities experience a constant stream of varied reactions from the people they encounter, including curiosity, confusion, discomfort, over-protection or indifference. In this article Denise Jess says that being able to meet these challenges with dignity, integrity, clarity and compassion is deeply connected with her ability to practice self-acceptance.

Follow this link to read the full article
Inclusive Culture in Schools

Can changing how we address differences in the classroom raise the bar for every student while creating a more compassionate and inclusive culture better suited to complex problem1solving in the world? In this TED talk, education leader Heidi Heissenbuttel explores the how and why of a new school model based on inclusivity in the classroom. 
Lunchtime Book Club with a MOVIE!

Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
At December's Lunchtime Book Club meeting we will enjoy a light lunch, discuss the book and then watch the movie. Didn't read the book? Come join us for lunch and the movie!

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty. The story ponders life's terrible surprises as well as what it takes to truly care for another human being.

The Lunchtime Book Club will meet on Wednesday, December 7 in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices. For more information about Disability Network Southwest Michigan's Book Club, visit the Book Club page of our website.

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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