Disability Digest 
The monthly DISABILITY RIGHTS e-publication
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
October 2017
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
Inclusion drives Innovation _NDEAM_ poster
Disability vs. The Workplace       
In this TEDx video, Lesa Bradshaw talks about how the tendency to set a low benchmark for people with disabilities creates an environment of discrimination toward employees. She says it's time for companies to understand that it's not about finding people with disabilities that suit their structure; it's about changing their structure to suit people with disabilities.
Disability Discrimination
man in wheelchair at desk
A recent study shows that nearly a third of college-educated employees working full time in white-collar jobs have a disability. Meanwhile, 40% of employees with disabilities say they have experienced discrimination or negative bias. This leads to a hesitancy to disclose a disability at work when sometimes a simple accommodation could make a big difference in quality and efficiency for both the employee and the employer .
Click here to read the full CBS News article:
The Hidden Cost of Disability Discrimination.
Disability Disclosure
There are a lot of considerations regarding how, when and why to talk about your disability with an employer. It's important to know your rights and
how to request an accommodation at work if you decide to disclose your disability. This short video is an introduction to disability disclosure.
A Piece of the World

book jacket_ A Piece of the World
Join us for the next Lunchtime Book Club on Wednesday, November 1, in either our Kalamazoo or St. Joseph office. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the discussion. We will provide a light lunch and discuss the book A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

To RSVP and for more information about Disability Network Southwest Michigan's Book Club, visit the Book Club page of our website.
Fall Movie Series

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Join us for the last of our Fall Lunch & Learn Movie Series in either our Kalamazoo or St. Joseph offices. We'll be watching "Including Samuel" on  Friday, November 17.   
Before his son, Samuel, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.  What role can you play in including people in the community?
Follow this link for more details about this movie and our Fall Movie Series.
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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