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THE DISABILITY NETWORK
Net News - April 2014
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|Summit on Disability
The second annual Governor’s Summit on Disability was held in November, 2013. The mission
of the Business to Business Summit is to introduce the business case for hiring and retaining
qualified employees with disabilities. Businesses like Meijer, Inc. and Walgreens report that
their workers with disabilities are dependable, loyal, have improved attendance, lower
workers’ compensation costs and increased the company’s business safety record. These
companies and others have committed to significantly increase their workforce with qualified
individuals with disabilities throughout the company.
At the Governor’s Summit, business leaders heard directly from business peers who have had
positive experiences in employing workers with disabilities. It is hoped that participating
business leaders will “learn and lead,” dispelling myths through training and changing
company policies that prevent their business from reaching an important and growing labor
pool of over one million working age Michigan citizens with disabilities.
The third annual Governor's Summit is scheduled to be held on Monday, November 17, 2014.
|Net News Information
NET NEWS is published quarterly by:
The Disability Network, a Center for Independent Living
supporting people with any type of disability in Genesee
NET NEWS is designed to inform people with disabilities
and other interested parties, of disability related issues
and other matters relevant to the disability community.
welcome your comments and suggestions.
THE DISABILITY NETWORK
3600 S. Dort Hwy. Ste 54
Flint, Michigan 48507
(810) 742-7647 TTY
(810) 742-2400 fax
|Disability Guide Program
The Disability Network is proud to announce our
participation in a statewide Center for Independent Living
(CIL) pilot – the Disability Guide Program.
The Disability Guide program was awarded to CILs by the
legislature. The program goal is to address barriers and
assist people to navigate systems and support paths to
If you are a person with a disability who needs some
assistance in accessing community resources, give
Adrienne Howe or Sheletha Graves a call at TDN
810-742-1800. Let us be your “Guide”.
|Dates of Interest
Board of Directors meeting - Wednesday, May 21
ADA Celebration - Friday, July 25
Computer Class Sessions are 1pm to 3pm,
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
April 7th through May 1st and
May 12th through June 5th
Call 742-1800 for more information
|Meet With Your Local Law Enforcement
Tuesday, April 1 at 6:00pm.
Flint East Side Mission
1829 Delaware Ave., Flint
Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00pm.
West Court St. Church of God
2920 W. Court St., Flint
Tuesday, April 22 at 5:00pm.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist
1417 Stevenson St., Flint
Thursday, May 22 at 10:00am.
Carpenter Rd. Elementary School
6901 N. Webster, Flint
The Michigan State Police and the Flint Police Department will be holding
regular meetings with community members in Flint. Meetings are open to
all residents who have questions, concerns, or an interest in law
|ADA Celebration July 2013
Please visit our website for pictures and a
video on our recent ADA celebration.
We also encourage you to read the editorial
submitted to the Detroit Free Press in
response to an article they wrote about the
The pictures, video, and editorial are on the
|Nursing Facilities Transition (NFT)
Annie was relocated to a skilled facility for rehabilitation after
a short stay at a hospital. After Annie completed her
rehabilitation and regained her strength, she was ready to
move back into her home. Annie missed her family,
community, neighbors and her independence. Annie worked
with The Disability Network’s NFT team to make a successful
transition back into the community.
Annie is now home and enjoying having her life back. She is
able to do the things she loves like shopping, visiting with her
friends and family, and crocheting. Annie makes blankets for
her family and gives them out as gifts from the heart. She
also loves doing crafts; and when you visit her home, you can
see all of the beauty that adorns her walls.
Annie loves to share her creativity with others around her. She teaches crocheting every Tuesday in
the community room of her apartment complex. This is a time for laughter, talking, and crocheting.
|Are You Suffering with Pain?
The Translational Pain Research Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital is
seeking individuals with pain as a result of Spinal Cord Injury to participate in a
Be between the ages of 18 and 65
Be able to make 4 overnight visits to the hospital
Have had pain for at least 3 months
Volunteers who qualify for the study will be reimbursed for their time.
The cost of travel to and from BWH will also be reimbursed.
For more information please call 617-525-7246 (PAIN) or email
|A New Statewide Leader Emerges
The Disability Network would like to congratulate Sue
Howell on her new position as Executive Director of
Michigan Rehabilitation Services.
As Lou Adams, departing Executive Director, stated:
Sue "is passionate about our mission and has a
record as an early adopter of innovative practices.
Suzanne will bring goodwill and expertise to the
position." Having worked closely with Sue in her most
recent position as District manager based in Flint, we
could not agree with Lou more. Sue will bring a
deeper understanding of the CIL philosophy to the
We are pleased to support Sue in her new role!
|Personal Action Toward Health
PATH is a six‐week workshop designed to provide the skills and
confidence you need to improve your health and manage
symptoms. As a result, you are better equipped to face the daily
challenges of living with a long‐term health problem. Two trained
leaders conduct the workshop (one or both may have a lifelong
The Disability Network
3600 S Dort Hwy Ste 54
Flint , MI 48507
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7
Call to register:
810‐742‐1800 Ext 306
|Updated “Handicapped” Symbol
An updated version of the familiar blue and white icon that’s long
symbolized accessibility in parking lots and restrooms alike is now
taking its place in the art world. The Museum of Modern Art in New
York City is displaying a new, more active version of the “handicapped”
The revamped design, known as the “Accessible Icon,” depicts an inmotion
visual of a person using a wheelchair. Created by Tim
Ferguson-Saunder, Brian Glenney and Sara Hendren, the new icon
started out as a grassroots effort in Boston with supporters placing stickers featuring the updated
graphic over signs with the old wheelchair symbol. More recently, it has been adopted by the NFL’s
Jacksonville Jaguars and New York City, among other localities, businesses and schools.
Now the Museum of Modern Art is showcasing the icon as part of its exhibit titled “A Collection of
Ideas” which is on display through February 2015. Curator Paola Antonelli said the Accessible Icon
represents a truly “ground up” effort to use a visual work to spark discussion about what disability
means in society.
“It is not only effective, it is also simple and elegant,” Antonelli said of the new icon in an email to
Disability Scoop. “Discussing both the process and the end product of the Accessible Icon project in
the galleries will help demonstrate not only how design works but how it can be applied in the public
realm, and by everyday people.”
|Informational and Referral at The Disability Network
The Disability Network wants to help you get the assistance you need from The Department of
Human Services (DHS).
We know that sometimes getting the assistance you need may appear to be difficult and down-right
scary. We are here to help- to help you find your way to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Most organizations are doing everything online and DHS is no exception. Computers can be a little
intimidating, so let The Disability Network’s Information and Referral Team (I&R) assist you with
navigating through those online forms and help you get what YOU really need.
Do you need to apply for Medicaid Benefits or Food Assistance? If so, we’re here to help. We are
just a phone call away. Why not pick up the phone today and call 810-742-1800? Ask for the I&R
Do you still need assistance with your income tax forms? We
have resources available to help you. If you require a sign
language interpreter to help you get your taxes done, we have
resources for that, too!
Call the Disability Network at 810-742-1800.
|MTA Bus Stop Accessibility
The winter of 2013/2014 has included bitter cold
spells, blackouts and lots of snow – more snow
than the area has received in several years. In
January, we had at least three days worth of
impassible roads and a struggling transportation
Accessible public transportation is critical to
people with disabilities living independently in
Genesee County. Accessibility of mainline bus stops can mean the difference in a
person becoming or remaining employed, renting or buying a house, contributing their
knowledge and experience to the community and living independently.
Your feedback and experience with shelter and non-shelter MTA bus stops is
important to TDN. Fully understanding accessibility and exploring ways to improve
access for all is a major concern.
You can share your feedback on bus stop accessibility with TDN in a couple of ways:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at 810-742-1800 x 315
Share your experiences – good and bad – with us.
|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)
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