OT Month Feature

Our Occupational Therapists (OT) are experts in the area of home evaluations. We evaluate the needs of persons with disabilities or those with life changes due to aging. Thanks to grant funding and a contract with the Michigan Assitive Technology Program, we are able to serve people living in Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta, Osceola as well […]

Disability Rights Blog

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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: […]

Disability Rights Blog

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When should I inform my employer about my disability? The first step is determining whether your employer is covered by the American’s with Disabilities Act or not.  Employers must have at least 15 employees in order to be covered by the Act.   It would be wise to wait on disclosing a disability until a person […]

Mission Moment | End of the Year Update

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Another year of impact at Disability Advocates of Kent County comes to an end and we are getting ready to turn the page and get started in 2020. We take a moment to pause and look back on the past year and what is in store for us next. As I drove to meet a […]

Disability Rights Blog

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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 […]

Absolutely Accessible Kent – Update

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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 […]

Mission Moment: Doug’s Story

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Throughout our lives we will experience many transitions; from school to work, a move across the country, becoming a parent, and so many more. One of life’s transitions that many of us don’t think about is the day we may not be able to live on our own, and will need the services of a […]

Spotlight: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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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 […]

Monthly Highlight | Mission Moment

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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 […]

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHT | Mission Moment

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Throughout our lives we will experience many transitions; from school to work, a move across the country, becoming a parent, and so many more. One of life’s transitions that many of us don’t think about is the day we may not be able to live on our own, and will need the services of a […]