Disability Network SW MI Offers Live, Interactive, On-Line Community Ed

Just because you are housebound either by weather, by pandemic, by choice or by happenstance, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to learn key things to advance your lifestyle.

The team at Disability Network Southwest Michigan is continuing to serve customers during the coronavirus pandemic, through a series of Community Education events that will continue to be offered as live, interactive, on-line presentations throughout the month of February.

A complete list of upcoming workshops with links to more details can be found on their home page and the events calendar on the Disability Network Southwest Michigan website at http://www.dnswm.org. Below, however, is a quick list of online educational events being presented during the month of February:

  • Webinar: Disability & The Media: The media we consume shapes our collective understanding of disability. In this workshop, we will discuss media portrayals of disability, how they may contribute to stereotypes, and how we can move toward more respectful, authentic representations of disability in the media.
  • Webinar: Know Your Rights: This webinar is an overview of laws protecting people with disabilities. It’s important to know your rights. In this live webinar, we will be discussing the laws that protect people with disabilities in the areas of: Employment, Housing, Public Places/Access, Voting, Transportation, and Education. The information in this workshop is intended as an overview for the purposes of advocating for your rights, we are not providing legal advice.
  • Web Movie: Becoming Bulletproof: This documentary follows a group of men and women with disabilities who come together to star in a unique new western film in which they have the leading roles. The film focuses on a nonprofit organization that assembles troupes of disabled and non-disabled actors to produce films. When the group decided to make it’s first-ever western, Michael Barnett, the documentary’s director, trailed them to produce this film.

Disability Network Southwest Michigan is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. Founded in 1981 by a small group of disability advocates, Disability Network educates and connects people with disabilities to the community resources they need to live independently and advocates for social change. Disability Network’s advocacy work is focused on creating communities that value disability as human diversity, free of attitudinal barriers, where all people benefit with full access and inclusion.

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