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Motivational Monday – Meet Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic: Nicholas James Vujicic (/ˈvɔɪtʃɪtʃ/ VOY-chitch; (Born December 4th,  1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a rare disorder (called Phocomelia) characterized by the absence of arms and legs. He is one of seven known individuals who are diagnosed with the syndrome.

2005 – Vujicic founded, “Life Without Limbs” an international non-profit organization and ministry. In 2007 – Founded “Attitude is Altitude”, a secular motivational speaking company

2010 – Awarded Best Actor in a Short Film, “The Butterfly Circus”

Motivational Monday – Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris (Born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

A child prodigy, Wonder is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11, and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after his birth. Among Wonder’s works are singles such as “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”, “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, one of the most-awarded male solo artists, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists.

Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2013, Billboard magazine released a list of the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s 55th anniversary, with Wonder at number six.

 Career Highlights:

 1996: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

2014: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

2016: the City of Detroit recognized Wonder’s legacy by renaming a portion of his childhood street, Milwaukee Avenue West, between Woodward Avenue and Brush Street, as “Stevie Wonder Avenue”

 

 

Motivational Monday – Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton-Dirks

Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks (born in Lihue, Hawaii on February 8, 1990) is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off but who ultimately returned to—and was victorious in—professional surfing.

Major Achievements: 2004: ESPY Award

2005: NSSA National Helping Kids Champion

2008: 2nd place, ASP World Junior Championships

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)