We provide assessments, give insight, and make recommendations in connection with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, and the Michigan Construction Code to organizations interested in creating an accessible environment for all forms of potential customers including individuals with disabilities.
We offer classes to individuals with disabilities seeking competitive employment. The courses focus on resume preparation, job hunting, interview skills, required job site accommodations, and the confidence to succeed. These sessions are available as group workshops and on an individual basis for your convenience.
Not knowing who to call can be a cause for anxiety and concern, but by calling Disability Advocates individuals will be guided to one of our supportive programs, community resources, and/or to our community resource partners for assistance. Who do you call? “Disability Advocates!” 616.949.1100
We work directly with local legislators to create systemic change in areas such as curb cuts in sidewalks, the expansion of public transportation, accessibility to public spaces, and affordable housing that is safe and accessible. We also have many opportunities for the community to get involved and find their own voice for advocacy.
We work directly with individuals/employers who have experienced disability related discrimination or require workplace accommodations. When you need advocacy paired with the proper knowledge, Disability Advocates is here to fight for equal levels of accessibility for all regardless of disability.
We direct families, that have adult dependents with disabilities, to the many community, healthcare, education, and financial supports available to ensure households have all they need to make informed choices that improve the lives of all family members.
We assist individuals with Medicaid in the transition from a nursing facility to community-based living. The program helps eliminate barriers to leaving facilities by assisting with housing, housing costs (i.e. furniture and housewares), and setting up community supports based on the individual’s wants and needs.
We provide Veterans with a variety of resources and supports to secure safe and accessible housing, job training for returning to work, confidence to re-engage into the community, and the guidance to achieve their own independent living goals.
We inform individuals with disabilities, interested in engaging in local and statewide initiatives to eliminate disability related barriers, on how to define issues, gather supporters, work with legislators, and join in legislative events and forums.
We provide guidance to safe accessible housing, employment resources and readiness classes, transportation resources, navigation through government benefits, and social opportunities to equip individuals with disabilities with the knowledge needed to live independently.
We provide in-home assessments which identify barriers to independent living. We assist consumers with home modifications, equipment, community resources, and funding options so they continue living independently in their own home and community.
We collaborate with VR agencies to provide youth, ages 14-26, an engaging and empowering experience in group and one on one settings to build employment, social, and independent living skills.
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Disability Advocates of Kent County.
3600 Camelot Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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