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Motivational Monday – Marlee Beth Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress, author, and activist. She (1986) and to date is the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award. Her work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Deaf since she was 18 months old, due to illness and high fevers, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason.

Career Highlights & Awards:

1986 – Won the Academy Award for Best Actress for “Children of a Lesser God”

2014 – Won the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards for disability advocacy

2016 – Received the 2016 Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. (A $120,000 prize given annually by the Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation to one individual whose work excels at promoting disability inclusion)

Motivational Monday – Roy Frank “RJ” Mitte III

Roy Frank “RJ” Mitte III (born in Jackson, Mississippi on August 21, 1992) is an American actor, producer, and model. He is best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–13). Like his character on the show, he has cerebral palsy. After moving to Hollywood in 2006, he began training with personal talent manager Addison Witt. They sought acting opportunities where his disability would serve to educate viewers, which led him to audition for the role in Breaking Bad.

Career Highlights:
2013 – Mitte received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award for his portrayal of Walter White, Jr. on the series; The Screen Actors Guild named Mitte as the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is the representative of “Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities”, which employs artists with disabilities.

2014 – Modeled for a Gap campaign

Activism:
– Appeared on the cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Neurology Now (published by the American Academy of Neurology). The issue included a short biography and his views on cerebral palsy, bullying, and his acting career. He is also a celebrity ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy.

 

Reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act Celebration!

Make Your Plans to Celebrate the Reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act with Us!

To celebrate the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act, NCIL and ADAPT will be hosting a live streaming event on January 15 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern at the Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University (MEREC Building) Rm 200, 200 Viridian Dr, Muskegon, MI 49440. We will be offering a video and audio of the event so you can celebrate along with us!

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our siblings at ADAPT, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have set January 15 as the date to reintroduce the Disability Integration Act in the new 116th Congress. This early introduction is cause for celebration, and the excitement we generate early on will help build momentum for the DIA in this new Congress. Help drive the DIA forward and secure its passage in the 116th Congress by celebrating this momentous occasion with us! 

 

Motivational Monday – James Abbott

James Anthony Abbott (born in Flint, Michigan on September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played ten seasons in MLB for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers from 1989 to 1999.

Career Highlights & Awards:

1986 – Abbott was presented with the United States Sports Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award for his courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sports

1987 – Abbott won the Golden Spikes Award

1992 – Abbott was awarded the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually by the Boston Red Sox to a Major League player who overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of the Boston Star

1993 – Pitched a no-hitter on September 4, 1993

2014 – Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

LIVING OUR COVENANT AWARD WINNERS

Disability Network West Michigan is proud to present our three Living Our Covenant staff quarterly award winners.

Janet Perreault – PASSION

Danielle Bennett – EXCELLENCE

Lynn Korabik – TRUST       

Our staff strive to be the best for our consumers, community and their peers. Our Covenant is based on Passion, Excellence & Trust and each award winner was nominated according to the following criteria by their peers and our leadership team:

Passion

I will bring my ‘whole’ self to work and be there with drive and motivation
I will seek to continuously improve and learn skills
I will advocate for the needs of the community I will demonstrate knowledge

Being ‘present’, engaged and responsive for our staff and consumers. Exhibit positive attitude

Excellence

I will be knowledgeable of the DN/M Network and Values and IL Philosophy
I will be a continuous learner and share my expertise and knowledge with other CILs and colleagues.

Respecting others’ time; honor deadlines’ timely response to emails and phone calls. Exhibit team work and great customer service.

Trust

I will place trust in training.
I will inspect what I expect, and explore through self-assessment.

Using honest 1st- person communication with team members. Having each other’s back.

We congratulate our inaugural award winners and so proud of all our staff for Living Our Covenant!

 

 

Our Network News Quarterly Newsletter (October 2018)

Check out our latest issue of Our Network News! If you are having trouble viewing, please click HERE.

“The Right to Vote: Access for People with Disabilities” Audio Conference

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the October ADA Audio Conference Series session titled “The Right to Vote: Access for People with Disabilities” featuring Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist, National Disability Rights Network.

This session will address questions and issues brought forth by the disability community in terms of accessibility to the voting process. As the 2018 mid-term election approaches, the question asked by people with disabilities will not be “Who won” but rather “WAS I ABLE TO CAST A BALLOT?” This session will examine the status of accessibility of the voting process for people with disabilities. Join us as our speaker provides information on laws applying to voting including the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and what steps folks can take if barriers are encountered on Election Day.

Date: October 16, 2018
Time: 2-3:30pm Eastern Time (calculate the time zone where you will join from)
Cost: Free

This session is offered via the telephone and/or via a web based webinar platform. The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

Registration is available at http://www.ada-audio.org (you will need to set up an account on our website if you do not have one already)

Questions regarding the session should be directed to webinars@adagreatlakes.org or at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or 312-767-0377 (video phone)

STAFF RETREAT 2018

What a wonderful day of team building and socializing! We would like to thank Camp Newaygo and there superb staff for providing our staff with amazing and inclusive team building activities. We finished the day relaxing and socializing kayaking and boating on Pickerel Lake

VOTING IN MICHIGAN PRESENTATION AT THE OCEANA COUNTY FAIR!

Oceana County Fair Voting Presentation

A non partisan “Voting in Michigan” Presentation by The Oceana County Clerk’s Office will be held in the Education Building at the Disability Network West Michigan Booth.

When: August 24 at 10:00 am

What: “Voting in Michigan” Presentation with a Q&A session

Staff will be on hand to help anyone interested in registering to vote, during fair hours!

Make your voice heard and vote!

 

 

Introducing Brad Hastings, Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator

Join us in introducing Disability Network West Michigan’s new Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator, Brad Hastings.

Brad is a Muskegon local and graduated from Reeths-Puffer High School in 2007. From there, Brad attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Philosophy and Law. Through his coursework, Brad studied many topics surrounding human cultures, social systems, and ways of thought. Much of his coursework focused on systematic disadvantage, structural barriers to socio-economic mobility, civil rights, and how historical events and policies have impacted broader societal structures and individual abilities to achieve a basic quality of life and well-being. After college, Brad pursued an internship with Global Youth for Education and Change that took him to a Township in South Africa, where he worked at a drop-in care center for children who had been impacted by HIV/AIDS. In this capacity, Brad helped with after school programs for children, preparing meals, as well as working on basic life and employment skills with young adults.

Prior to Disability Network West Michigan, Brad spent 5 years with TrueNorth Community Services as their Community Food and Wellness Coordinator, overseeing the food pantry, teaching cooking classes, assisting with fundraising efforts, and leading the Newaygo County Hunger Elimination Force. In this position, Brad facilitated community collaboration on issues surrounding poverty and hunger, as well as community outreach and education, and the coordination of policy advocacy efforts. During his tenure with TrueNorth, Brad was also a member of the Staff Training and Social Committee and helped to organize and lead social events, as well as staff trainings and professional development.

In his new role as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Brad is working toward becoming a Certified Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is excited for the opportunity to promote the many issues impacting people with disabilities as well as the opportunity to work alongside the disability community and local governments, businesses, and other organizations to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to all the community has to offer. He hopes that the community continues to grow and move forward with accessibility and inclusion as top priorities.

We welcome Brad to the Disability Network West Michigan team!