CHECK OUT OUR QUARTE Y NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE 2018 INCLUDING UPCOMING EVENTS FOR JUNE, JULY & AUGUST!
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Qualified people with disabilities and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the promotion and awareness of Disability Network West Michigan programs and services in a five county service area. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, responsibilities include extending the outreach and opportunity for educational workshops and activities that promote the awareness of disability rights issues while fostering disability community participation and leadership through effective community organizing and systems change efforts. This also includes participation in advocacy and ADA compliance efforts. Disability Network West Michigan is committed to the independence and inclusion of people with disabilities.
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Disability Network West Michigan would like to sincerely thank Roosevelt Park Michigan City Council for it’s unanimous vote to purchase an ADA compliant public address system with T-coil connectivity for use during meetings. This decision acknowledges the right of Roosevelt Park constituents who are deaf or hard of hearing to equal access to local government programs. With this act, Roosevelt Park City Council Members have set a precedent of upholding the rights of people with disabilities which all local governing bodies should strive to emulate!
Our agency will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:30am.
Friday, we were able to celebrate and honor our veterans at our Disabled Veterans Appreciation Dinner thanks to the generosity and support of the following community members: Sam’s Club Community Foundation Grant, Table Sponsors: Disabled American Veteran’s Chapter 11, National Order Of Trenchrats, American Legion Post 9 Muskegon Heights, MI and their Honor Guard, USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, Commemorative Gift Sponsors: Senator Goeff Hansen, Taylor Office Furniture, AAC Credit Union, Disabled American Veteran’s Chapter 11, National Order Of Trenchrats, Dinner for a Vet and Guest Sponsor: O’malley’s Pest Control, Inc., Veteran Bruce Cashbaugh, Caryn Vennema DNWM Board Member, Mike Hamm DNWM Board Member, Maggie O’Toole. We would also like to the following who provided and donated goods and services: Baker College of Muskegon and Allison Kintz, Ck12catering, The Northside Pub, Goobers Bakery, U.S. ARMY Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion, Holly Hughes, Meijer, Celebration! Cinema, and AAC Credit Union. Thank you all!
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
This year our federal administration cut the budget to promote and remind folks about Affordable Care Act open enrollment season by almost 90 percent. Please find below links to two websites that can walk you through the enrollment period, and find the best local options for you.
Please be aware Affordable Care Act enrollment for 2018 is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.
The Health Project
Enroll West Michigan Website
The federal government issued the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule called the HCBS Advocacy Coalition.Settings Rule in 2014 to ensure that all people receiving Medicaid-funded HCBS have full access to the benefits of community living. Over the last three years, our coalition has worked collaboratively with federal agencies, states, and disability and aging stakeholders to ensure that implementation of the Rule fulfills its intent to ensure opportunities for community integration for all people receiving Medicaid-funded HCBS services. Throughout this process, the HCBS Advocacy coalition has offered resources and feedback to ensure the Rule is implemented with integrity and that HCBS services are strengthened and promote a meaningful life integrated in the community.
WHAT THEY DO: As they meet with newly appointed high-level officials in the Trump Administration that are charged with implementing the HCBS Settings Rule, they continue to offer the expertise of the coalition. In order to strengthen their message, they need one key thing for these meetings – YOUR STORIES!
WHAT THEY NEED: They need to share REAL stories, YOUR stories. Tell them about how you — as a person who receives HCBS services, a family member, friend or provider — have seen an improved quality of life, more independence, and more opportunities because of Medicaid-funded HCBS services. Tell them about your life in the community and about what participating in your community means to you. They particularly encourage stories from people who have transitioned to the community from an institution and from people with significant support needs.
HOW THEY WILL USE YOUR STORIES: They will use these stories to advocate for the strong implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule in your state, to protect the funding of HCBS services, and to make sure that people in leadership positions the federal government know how important and successful HCBS services are as they make policy decisions about community programs.
HOW TO WEIGH IN: Please send your story (500 words or less) and a photo (optional) to email@example.com Tell them what state you live in, whether you/your family member/friend/client receive HCBS for aging or disability services, what types of services you receive (help with work, getting dressed, shopping, etc.), how it has improved your/their quality of life, and anything else you want to share about the value of home and community-based services.
For more information about the HCBS Advocacy Coalition and the HCBS settings rule, visit www.hcbsadvocacy.org.
THANK YOU! YOUR VOICE IS SO IMPORTANT AND WE WILL RAISE IT!