January/February 2020
Your Bi-monthly news & updates
Teen Cuisine is an upcoming program beginning June 17th until July 29th for teens to get some additional information and guided lessons revolving around the kitchen in a partnership between MSU Extension and disAbility Connections.
Safe Home Cooking

The kitchen may not be everybody‚Äôs favorite area of the house, but it is a very important space. We all need to eat. The fact is, kitchens can be intimidating to some people whether they have a disability or not. Safety and unfamiliarity often keep people out of the kitchen. For people with disabilities there can be many reasons to be cautious for personal safety using kitchen appliances and utensils, trying to follow a recipe, or work with foods out of the norm. Good news is that there are ways to ease those tensions. There are many different ways to modify cooking to make it easier such as:
  • Utensils with bigger or modified handles
  • Using a hot plate instead of a stove-top burner
  • Cutting boards with edges and prongs to hold food in place while cutting
  • Finding a good height of counter or table to prep food
  • Simple recipes with photos to help show the step by step process. 
As we all have our own unique needs, it is important to use whatever makes you the most safe and comfortable. 

In fact, Teen Cuisine , will focus on teaching teens from 9th to 12th grade some kitchen basics. Teen Cuisine is an upcoming program being held at dis Ability Connections, beginning on June 17th until July 29th. Teens will get some additional information and guided lessons revolving around the kitchen in a partnership between MSU Extension and dis Ability Connections. See some photos of the mentioned modifiers above along with some additional resources.
Upcoming Events
Make sure to to get your tickets early for the 2020 Chuckles For Charity. Saturday, March 21st we will have Chuck King, America's premier comedy hypnotist and magician.

Saturday, March 21st Chuck King a comedian, magician, and hypnotist will perform at the 2020 Chuckles For Charity.      Call 517-782-6054 for tickets.  Early bird special of $40 until March 1, $45 after then.
Blogging Along
Check out the latest in our guest blog, Blogging Along. A local Jackson resident describes his experiences one afternoon. Have something to say? Let us know by submitting it to us on Facebook!

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Ready. Set. Count!
The 2020 Census is nearly here. It is critical that everybody is counted. The funding related to your community comes from the Census data. Each person represents about $1,800 a year in funding. Over the 10 years between Census taking, one person uncounted, equals about $18,000 lost in community resources.