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THE DISABILITY NETWORK
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You’re Invited to The Disability Network’s HOLIDAY PARTY, Wednesday, December 17th, 4 to 7 pm, Come see SANTA in person!!!! The party will be held at the DORT MALL on Dort Highway at Atherton Rd. (use main entrance on Dort Hwy.) EVERYTHING is FREE! Pasta Dinner, Music, Small Gifts. For more information call (810) 742-1800.
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THE DISABILITY NETWORK
3600 S. Dort Hwy. Ste 54
Flint, Michigan 48507
(810) 742-7647 TTY
(810) 742-2400 fax
TDN is currently registering individuals for computer skills courses starting in January and February. Students will learn computer basics, Windows 7, managing files, internet, e-mail, and the Office 2007 Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point). Each session consists of eleven lessons taught over four to five weeks.
Session 1: Jan. 13th to Feb. 10th, 10am- 12pm.
Session 2: Feb.23rd to March 19th, 10am-12pm.
TDN will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and will reopen Monday, January 5th. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
|Dates of Interest
Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 17th
Office Closed - December 24th thru January 4th
Board of Directors meeting - Wednesday, February 18th
Movies at TDN - Jan. 15th, Feb. 19th, Mar. 19th
Computer Classes - see schedule above
|Former MTA Leader Among State Hall of Fame Inductees By Roberto Acosta , M-Live Journalist
A former general manager for the Flint Mass Transportation Authority will be one of six people inducted to the Michigan Transportation Hall of Fame.
The 2014 inductees include Robert Foy, who served as MTA general manager for more than 20 years. Foy joined the MTA in 1975 and saw the authority grow into a regional transportation hub serving five counties before his retirement in 2012, states a Michigan Department of Transportation news release. “Under his leadership, MTA developed a diverse set of services to meet community needs, including medical transportation, special services for seniors, and one of the state’s largest workrelated transportation programs,” reads the release.
An Air Force veteran that flew 129 combat missions, Foy became MTA general manager in 1985, according to Flint Journal records. He did have some issues during his time on the job, particularly in 2000, when drivers walked off after 28 positions were cut to balance the authority’s budget.
Part of the authority’s growth under Foy’s leadership included launching five hydrogen fuel cell vehicles through a research partnership with Kettering and Michigan State universities that cut diesel fuel usage by 50 percent. Foy also led an effort to build a $3.5 million alternative fuel cell facility — one of the first in the state — that provides hydrogen, propane and fuel-compressed natural gas for vehicles. Riders in Genesee County took their first rides on hydrogen fuel cell buses in May 2012.
Kettering mechanical engineering professor Mohamed El-Sayed previously said it was Foy’s idea and motivation that led the way for the facility. “His vision was to first create a clean and efficient transportation system in Flint and several counties around it, and second, to use the station to spur creation of jobs and bring the Flint area into the advanced technology era,” El-Sayed said. “It is very significant, because that’s our future.”
He was honored during a ceremony at the Country Club of Lansing. A plaque honoring Foy, along with fellow inductees Brent Bair, William Gehman, Thomas Irwin, Joseph Malloure and Gary Taylor, will go up at the Van Wagoner Transportation Building in Lansing, honoring their contributions to transportation in the state.
Bob Foy serves on the Board of Directors for The Disability Network.
|State Government Must Lead By Example in Efforts to Hire People with Disabilities
Executive directive calls for new policies, training across agencies, departments.
Lansing, MI - “Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting,” Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Snyder issued an executive directive on Monday, October 27, 2014, requiring the government to adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people with disabilities as they seek a career in public service.
Snyder also called for increased training for all state employees to raise awareness of disability etiquette and best practices, ensuring every employee is treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Read more here: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--340170--,00.html
|Disability Guide Program
The Disability Network is proud to announce our continued participation in a statewide Center for Independent Living (CIL) program – the Disability Guide.
The Disability Guide program was awarded to CILs by the legislature. The program assists persons with disabilities and their families at the front-end by identifying and removing barriers early. The goal is to be able to access and navigate state systems and support paths to financial self-sufficiency.
If you are a person with a disability who needs some assistance in accessing community resources, give TDN a call at 810-742-1800. Let us be your “Guide”.
|Nursing Facility Transition Program
Charles Helms was a consumer in the Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) program. His condition included 5 heart attacks and a triple bi-pass. After several months in a nursing facility, the NFT team assisted him in finding a home near his family and in the community he enjoys. After rehabilitation, Charles is now on his way to living an independent life.
During the exit interview, Charles was asked about his goals and reasons for his success. Charles stated, “I feel good when I accomplish my goals. I have a great support system which includes my family, neighbors and the NFT team.”
Charles is currently a student at the University of Michigan/Flint working on obtaining 2 Masters Degrees, one of which is Liberal Studies. Charles’ longterm goal after he obtains these degrees is to become a teacher. He stated “I had teachers who were my role models as I was growing up. I looked up to them and I want to excite students like my teachers excited me in my academic studies. I am going to enroll at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and obtain my PhD so I can teach.” Lastly he mentioned, “I have a second chance on life and there is no stopping me.”
|Marketplace Navigators at TDN
The Disability Network’s certified marketplace navigators will help guide individuals and organizations to better understand health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Healthy Michigan Plan (Medicaid Expansion), and the MI Bridges website. TDN Navigators can help with filling out applications, submitting documentation, and increasing healthcare knowledge. Open enrollment for Affordable Health Care is 11/15/2014 – 2/15/2015.
Enrollment Assistance Events will be held:
From 9 am to 12 noon on December 1, 9, 15, and 23; and February 9 and 13.
And from 1pm to 4 pm on December 15; January 7, 12, 21, and 26; and February 4, and 11.
Walk-ins are welcome anytime. Call 810-742-1800 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
|The most Frequently Asked Questions of our Information and Referral Department
What services do you provide at The Disability Network (TDN)?
TDN provides assistance to people who have disabilities with Advocacy, Peer Support, Independent Living Support, Nursing Facility Transition, Information and Referral and computer services in our Community Technology Center.
Can TDN help me find a job?
We offer assistance that can prepare you for a job or job search – Resume Building, Interviewing Skills and Computer Classes, to name a few. Call our Employment Specialist, Jessica, for more information.
Does TDN provide services for rent, utilities or food?
Our I&R department can assist you with finding resources, complete forms or applications needed to apply for the service you request and work with you on communicating with other agencies.
Is there a fee?
Any basic need services provided through TDN is free of charge.
How may we help YOU?
|See Our Successes
Connie is a frequent visitor to TDN’s Community Technology Center. Staff was able to provide modified screen settings accommodations so that Connie could write her book. Connie writes young adult romance for BraveGirl Publishing. Her latest book Learning The Hard Way went on sale November 8th and is available through Amazon.com and BraveGirlpub.com
Debby writes inspirational Christian Poetry and recently republished two of her earlier works and newly released a third with guidance from the Community Technology Center staff. Her newest book “Take a Peek As You Seek and Be Inspired by Debby Kubik’s High School Poetry and More” can be found on Amazon.com and through local retailers.
|Low-interest Loans Available
Seniors and people with disabilities (or their family members) can use the Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund to buy assistive technology devices and related services, including modification of vehicles and homes.
If you would like to apply for a loan to purchase any item or piece of equipment that will help you improve your independence and overall quality of life, The Disability Network is your local organization for Loan Fund information. Contact Carrie at The Disability Network at (810) 742-1800.
|Join Us For a Movie
Thursday, January 15th, 4:00 pm - *MALEFICENT (PG)
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
Thursday, February 19th, 4:00 pm - *DIVERGENT (PG-13)
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
Thursday, March 19th, 4:00 pm - *JERSEY BOYS (R)
The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
*Movies are subject to change - please call ahead. 810-742-1800 - for more information
|Take Time to Get a Flu Vaccine!
The best way to protect yourself from influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.
Why get vaccinated against influenza (flu)?
Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications. Vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against influenza.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
at The Disability Network
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please contact Tonya at 810-237-4588 for additional details.
*If you have insurance, bring your card with you.*
**Shots may be available for uninsured**
Services provided by the Genesee County Health Department
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