We are thrilled to share the story of one of our consumers, Quinn! Quinn has, “wowed,” us with his determination and perseverance and we are thankful that our Family Support Services Program had the opportunity to play a part in his story. Our staff enjoyed working with Quinn to develop many skills related to Independent … Continue reading Impact Story | Quinn Shideler
“As the conversation continues to grow, voices from various religious backgrounds and political stances are speaking up and offering their support for both sides.”
I spent ten days in the hospital. I was in individual and group counseling. I spent most of my downtime reading my bible and accidentally became the Chaplain on my ward.
â€œThe Michigan mental health courts (MHCs) target offenders who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or a developmental disability.Â MHCs offer eligible offenders the opportunity to participate in a court-based treatment program to address their mental illness instead of sentencing them to lengthy jail or prison terms.â€
I was shuffled through the system, placed on probation and completed community service.
It is my hope that this blog becomes a space where we can reimagine and transform how we understand what is included in the word â€˜disabilityâ€™, and therefore we need the voices of everyone.
…what is disability? Well, letâ€™s start the conversationâ€¦
I believe that one of the reasons it is hard for me is because the disability identity can be so hard to define. For example, sometimes there are months when I am so depressed and even getting out of bed is a challenge.
In society, we do have unspoken rules about what is normal and what is not.Â Being able to fit in with the â€œnormal crowdâ€ comes with a sense of belonging and privilege.Â Ask any middle schooler.
Iâ€™m guessing that a lot of people reading this blog might be very upset at me for stating this. You might be angry that I am painting the experience of disability in such broad, unifying strokes. You might be angry that I use this statement to â€œnormalizeâ€ our experience to those who donâ€™t have disabilities.