News | Funding Update

Folks, Last Monday I had three experiences that typify how Disability Advocates of Kent County plays a critical role in our community. It is unfortunate at this time that we continue to be stressed by the unresolved FY 2020 budget as it relates to our state funding. In essence, Disability Advocates continues to be down $137,000 compared … Continue reading News | Funding Update

Disability Rights Blog

In a recent survey of number of attorneys in the Greater Grand Rapids area found that most attorneys do not have a very good understanding or awareness of Disability Law, or the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008).  The filtering question was: What are the four reasons that “reasonable accommodations” requests can be denied? Answers are: … Continue reading Disability Rights Blog

Disability Rights Blog

We will be featuring blog postings from our Veteran Apprentice, Curt Haney, as he takes a look at Disability Rights. “I would like to comment on problems that some people with disabilities may have with their local authorities concerning property codes, zoning problems and reasonable accommodations of disabled citizens. As a cost saving measure a … Continue reading Disability Rights Blog

Absolutely Accessible Kent – Update

Friends, As 2019 winds down, I wanted to take a moment to recap the very impactful year of our Absolutely Accessible Kent project and to give you a few teasers for 2020. With the weather being unseasonably cold these past few weeks, it might take you to January 30th when our first Absolutely Accessible Kent … Continue reading Absolutely Accessible Kent – Update

Spotlight: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Jon Cauchi, Youth Transition Specialist The Youth Transition Department runs their GPS (Gaining Pre-employment Skills) program with local schools that are partnered with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. These programs allow youth with disabilities to be better prepared for entering the workforce. Students participating in this program get to practice filling out applications, create a resume, and … Continue reading Spotlight: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Monthly Highlight | Mission Moment

Why am I so passionate about supporting the Invest in Ability Dinner? Because throughout my life, I frequently experienced being dismissed, excluded, ignored, unable to access buildings or recreational areas, and not welcomed because of my disability.   Even more heartbreaking, I saw, and continue to witness, so many who encounter daily obstacles to live independent … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | Mission Moment