“You have MS.” The diagnosis I received and the reality I had to face when I was just 24 years old. And then it hit me, “Shit! I have MS”. I do have MS and there’s a really good chance that you are connected with someone that is affected by the disease as well. A … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | MS Awareness Month
The United Nations state that “we advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” That is why today, February 20th, is recognized by The UN as World Day of Social Justice. The theme for this year is “If You Want Peace & Development, … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | World Day of Social Justice
Here in Michigan, we all know that wintertime is tough. We may prepare in the usual ways–dressing warm, turning up the heat, or wearing non-skid shoes–but there may be more we could do. We’ve collected a list of tips that you may not have known to help you stay safe this winter. Don’t track water … Continue reading Top Winter Safety Tips
Media today often recognizes the “everyday heroes” in our communities. These heroes usually include firefighters, police officers, healthcare professionals, and the like who spend their lives making others’ lives better. One group of selfless individuals that often goes unrecognized is family caregivers. Nearly 44 million Americans every year assist their loved ones by providing basic … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | National Family Caregivers Month
The month of October has flown by at Disability Advocates! With the changing of the leaves, so too, comes the changing of our fiscal year, which begins on October 1st. This gives us all new opportunities to continue working alongside folks with disabilities as they lead self-directed lives, and to advocate for access to home, … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Allyson spent three months in a Nursing Facility following heart surgery. Unfortunately, the stairs in her previous apartment made it unsafe for her to return to the home she knew. While in the Nursing Facility, Allyson applied for several senior apartments and was placed on waiting lists. Once she was approved for an apartment, Disability … Continue reading Impact Story | Nursing Facility Transition – Allyson
By working with Home Repair Services and the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, Disability Advocates was able to complete another ramp build for a low income senior who was not able to enter and exit her home safely or independently. This ramp build was part of the HBA’s 25th annual Community Repair Days. … Continue reading Impact Story | Ramp Build – Juanita
Robbie was happy to learn about the numerous community support programs and services available that help him live independently, and says, I’m excited and having fun! Robbie’s mom, Deb, shared that Robbie’s Autism has created some challenges for him in managing his everyday life skills. She recalls her frustrations in trying to find help in … Continue reading Impact Story | Robbie
The students of the Kelloggsville Employability Work Group on their certificate day.
The students of Godwin Heights Employability Work Group on their certificate day.