A publication of Disability Network Southwest Michigan 
April 2017  
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Disability Network
Southwest Michigan
Office Locations: 
517 E. Crosstown Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI  49001
(269) 345-1516

2900 Lakeview Avenue
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 985-0111

Toll Free:
 (877) 674-5209 
Serving 8 counties in
Southwest Michigan:
Mission Statement 
We educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating social change. 
Vision Statement 
Our vision is a community that values disability as human diversity, free of attitudinal barriers, where all people benefit with full access and inclusion. 
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Your Voice Counts!

The highly charged political scene in our country has motivated many people to become engaged in the democratic process. If you've never been involved in advocacy, it can be a little intimidating figuring out how to get started or what method of engagement is most appropriate for you. Here are some tips to help you get started. [Continue Reading]
Youth & Young-Adult Programming

young girl working in medical lab Disability Network Southwest Michigan offers a number of programs centered on providing valuable training and experience to youth and young-adults with disabilities whether they are transitioning to employment or continued education. These include pre-employment training, school-to-work programs, and advocacy internships.
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When we invest in disability, the entire community benefits. Join Disability Network Southwest Michigan in creating a diverse and inclusive community by investing in people with disabilities. We cannot do this important work without your support.
The King's Speech
Kings Speech movie jacket
Monday, April 24
12:00 noon
Kalamazoo &
St. Joseph

Join us as we watch and discuss The King's Speech, a film based on the true story of Prince Albert, the man who becomes King George VI of England. Are the stereotypes and fears of having a stutter different today than in 1939?
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ADA Celebration July 21
Mark your calendars and join us for a celebration of the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Friday, July 21 from 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!
Financial Assistance for A.T. Devices
The Assistive Technology Loan Fund (ATLF) is available to help people pay for tools for independence. The ATLF is a low interest loan available to people with disabilities and their family members to help purchase items like wheelchair-accessible vehicles, hearing aids, mobility devices, communication devices, or adapted recreation equipment.

The ATLF can also pay for home modifications, including ramps, to make your home more accessible. For more information, contact Lewis Whalen  (269) 345-1516 x107.
Lunchtime Book Club
Wednesday, June 7, 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Eighteen-year-old Madeline hasn't left her house in 17 years. She has severe combined immunodeficiency. For her, the outside world is filled with threats: viruses, allergens, bacteria, deadly airborne particles that her compromised immune system can't handle. But then one day a new neighbor moves in. He catches Madeline looking - he stares at her and she stares back. Madeline realizes quickly that she is going to fall in love with him and it's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

The Lunchtime Book Club meets in both the Kalamazoo & St. Joseph offices. For more information or to RSVP visit the Book Club page of our website.