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DNWML Newsletter
Edition #24
January 26, 2023
News & Updates
February 6: CLOSED till 12:00pm for Staff Meeting
Nothing About Us Without Us Film Festival
4th Annual Nothing About Us Without Us Virtual Film Festival
April 16th – 18th, 2024
Seeking film submissions
Deadline: Monday, February 12th, 2024
Disability Network Southwest Michigan and
Disability Network Washtenaw Monroe Livingston
The festival is seeking film submissions from people with disabilities. Films must be submitted in the form of a private YouTube link, which will be used by festival organizers to pre-screen films and may be used to stream the film during the festival. Filmmakers retain all rights to their films and may remove them from YouTube after the festival. Submissions are not guaranteed to be shown at the festival.
  • Filmmaker age 18 or older
  • Films up to 90 minutes will be considered for showing in their entirety
  • At least one person with a disability in a significant production or on-screen role or with significant creative control over the film
  • Features a theme related to disability, on-screen representation of a disability, another element of disability inclusion, or the values of the Independent Living movement
  • Content appropriate to be shown in secondary school setting
  • Accurate closed captions
  • All on-screen text described through audio narration (Note: Although not required, comprehensive audio description of visual content is strongly encouraged.)
Films must be submitted in the form of a private YouTube link by Monday, February 12th, 2024 through the online form below.
Max Hornick, DNSWM – hornickm@dnswm.org or (269) 345-1516 x126
NEW ASL Virtual Theatre Workshop
with OpenSpot Theatre Company
Join us for a very special 6 week limited engagement with Openspot Theatre happening VIRTUALLY on Zoom! This class welcomes ALL abilities ages 14+ and will focus on the art of acting and communicating using American Sign Language!
ASL is an important communication tool that we can ALL learn! Openspot Theatre will help us learn 100 – 200 words and gestures that will be the foundation for a virtual performance that will be the finale of the 6 week workshop.
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!
Register by February 22 via EMAIL TO ROBIN
Registration applies to all 6 weekly workshops; please ensure you will be able to attend all dates. Zoom Link provided after registration.
Weekly on Thursdays at 1 PM on Zoom
  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28
  • April 4
  • April 11
Robin – robin@dnwml.org
NEXT WEEK Community Connect 2024
DN Livingston County
Disability Network Washtenaw Monroe Livingston is happy to announce collaboration with the Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care for Community Connect 2024, which will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 2|42 Community Church in Brighton.
Everyone in our community who could benefit from these services and resources is welcome to attend. The event will offer many valuable resources for Livingston County residents.
Saturday, February 3, 2024
10:00am – 1:00pm
2/42 Community Church
7526 Grand River Ave
Open to all Livingston County residents and families.
No childcare provided.
Connect with free resources and service from 50+ local organizations, including:
  • Diapers
  • Blankets
  • Food
  • Socks
  • Haircuts
  • Attorneys
  • Laundry detergent
  • Coats, hats, gloves
  • Personal care items
  • Boxed lunches to-go
  • Health screenings
  • Immunizations
Mark – mark@dnwml.org OR (734) 971-0277 ext.670
Amy Johnston, Livingston County Community Mental Health – (810) 772-4827 OR ajohnston@cmhliv.org
NEW Seeking Volunteers for
Disability Awareness Workshops
Image descriptions: TOP – A man in a wheelchair talks to students at a table. MIDDLE – a student balances on a balance board, with their legs restricted. A volunteer is about to throw a ball to the student. BOTTOM – students navigate a path in wheelchairs, outside.
Your knowledge, and willingness to share your experiences as a person with a disability are needed for the Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) that Disability Network runs for elementary school children in their schools.
The Disability Awareness Workshop is primarily geared towards 4th graders (9-10 years) and is a hands-on experience that aims to encourage an empathetic understanding of physical, developmental, and learning difficulties. Students also learn about the complexity of daily life for individuals with disabilities, as well as also how innovative and resourceful they are at finding solutions.
Workshops are scheduled over the next 5 months and you can sign up for as many or as few as you want to.
Karen – karen@dnwml.org OR
(734) 971-0277 ext. 430
A Fancy Dancy Valentine
February 16, 2024 | 6:00-8:00pm
Dancing 💗 Crafts 💗 Snacks
💗 Performances by Theatre Be 💗
This event is for disabled youth
and young adults, 14-26 years.
For more information/questions,
contact Krystina.
Tickets are FREE
but you must register below.
ASL Interpreter
*In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook or Instagram for cancellations.
*Guardians are welcome to stay on site in our dedicated ‘guardian zone’ to learn more about the services DNWML can offer.
Classes, Events, & Groups
Delishability was a great success in 2023 and we’re happy to bring it back in 2024!
Join us to make delicious recipes like:
  • Cheesecake
  • Breakfast items
  • Side dishes
  • And more!
Registration is still open.
Let’s get cookin’!
Upcoming Classes
  • January 29, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Guided Sessions
  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • January 31, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Open Studio
  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • January 31, 2024 – Washtenaw: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • January 31, 2024 – Monroe: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours
  • 11:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Monroe DNWML
  • February 1, 2024 – Virtual Art Class: Open Studio
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am*NEW TIME
  • Zoom
  • February 1, 2024 – Movie Club
  • 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Zoom
  • February 1, 2024 – Theatre Program
  • 5:30 pm-6:45 pm
  • Zoom
  • February 5, 2024 – Coffee Klatch (In-person)
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • February 5, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Guided Sessions
  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • February 7, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Open Studio
  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • February 7, 2024 – Washtenaw: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • February 7, 2024 – Monroe: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours
  • 11:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Monroe DNWML
  • February 7, 2024 – Your World: Navigating Life with Blindness and Low Vision
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
  • Zoom
  • February 8, 2024 – Virtual Art Class: Open Studio
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Zoom
  • February 8, 2024 – Movie Club
  • 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Zoom
  • February 8, 2024 – Theatre Program
  • 5:30 pm-6:45 pm
  • Zoom
For ALL of your favorite programming and groups…
Find them on our DNWML Calendar!
Where you can:
  • See event details
  • Register for classes and events
  • Contact facilitators
  • Download it to your personal calendar
  • And more!
DNWML Fitness Center OPEN
By Appointment
The Fitness Center at DNWML Washtenaw Office is now open by appointment only. Please note, Fitness Center appointments have a maximum of 2 hours AND for safety reason, a minimum of two people MUST be scheduled for the same appointment.
Schedule your appointment today!
DNWML Loan Closet
The DNWML is happy to provide individuals with disability-related equipment at no cost. Equipment availability, color, brand, or style may vary. Our loan closet’s inventory is dependent upon new or gently-used donations.
Equipment includes (but might not be limited to:)
  • Wheelchairs
  • Reacher/grabber tools
  • Shower chairs
  • Tub transfer chairs
  • Walkers
  • Canes
  • Rollator walkers
  • And more!
Other items are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Washtenaw/Livingston: Dana – dana@dnwml.org
Monroe: Krystina – krystina@dnwml.org
Monroe Food Pantry
Open to Monroe County residents.
Located at our Monroe Office:
15515 S Dixie Hwy
Monroe, MI 48161
Walk-ins welcome!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
9:00am – 2:00pm
If you’d like to support our food pantry, please consider making a financial donation on our website!
Tara – tara@dnwml.org OR
(734) 682 – 5271
Nursing Facility Transition Assistance
We are working closely with facilities to help folks who will no longer qualify for Medicaid in nursing facilities.
If you or anyone you know are currently working with a nursing facility in our three-county service area, please share what you know about the NFT program along with our contact information!
NFT Team – nft@dnwml.org
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American Dream Employment Network
The CIL is now a member of the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN). ADEN is a national administrative Employment Network providing services to individuals receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits under the Ticket to Work program. For individuals receiving SSA disability benefits, the return to gainful employment can be complicated and challenging. As a new Member of ADEN, we at The CIL, want to invite all of our current customers/clients who are receiving Social Security disability benefits to explore assigning your Ticket to Work.
To read and hear about success stories of ADEN Participants improving their financial situation, visit:
Tennery – tennery@dnwml.org OR (734) 889-9110
Community Resources
Reduced cost radon testing kits available across Washtenaw County
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium. Radon is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, and is found in many types of soil and rocks. It can enter homes through cracks in foundations, sump pump crocks, crawl spaces, or other openings.
Radon is present in outdoor air, but is diluted to such low levels that it is usually not a concern. However, inside an enclosed space (such as a home), radon can build up to dangerous levels…
Ann Arbor Rowing Club Inclusive Program
Everyone is invited to row with us!
 The Ann Arbor Rowing Club is a proud affiliate of USRowing’s America Rows program that is designed to promote inclusiveness in the sport of rowing. AARC is committed to making rowing more accessible to all community members and strives to create opportunities for all athletes…
Michigan Amputee Soccer Camp – March 2nd, 2024
We are hosting University of Michigan’s second amputee soccer camp on Saturday, March 2 from 4:30-6:30pm! Please fill out this form to RSVP for the event. Crutches will be provided. We are playing on indoor turf fields, but turf shoes are not required.
USAFF was founded in January 2023. Our mission is to bring the incredible game of soccer to people of ALL ages and genders. Through the uniting sport of soccer, ALL can be elevated, empowered, and respected.
We believe in Amputee Soccer 4 ALL!
Snow Match Program
Lend a hand this winter or get help from your neighbors!
Snow-covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone.
The goal is to make sidewalks accessible for all ages and abilities. The City of Ann Arbor’s Snow Match Program pairs residents with nearby neighbors who volunteer
to assist them with snow removal on their sidewalks…
24 Craig H. Neilsen Scholarship Application
University of Michigan
The Neilsen Scholarship provides scholarships to create and maintain opportunities for students with spinal cord injury* to pursue higher education and lead full lives in and out of the classroom.
To reduce socioeconomic barriers to success, these scholarships cover tuition and fees for undergraduate or graduate studies and include supplemental financial support for eligible students. Eligible prospective and current University of Michigan students (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses) can apply for the Neilsen Scholarship Program.
In-state, out-of-state, and international students are welcome to apply.
*The Neilsen Scholarship Program defines the eligible types of spinal cord injuries students may have to only individuals with neurological and functional impairment due to traumatic SCI, degenerative disease primary to the spinal cord (i.e., transverse myelitis) or damage to the spinal cord due to tumors and surgery. Individuals with spinal dysfunction, paralysis, or pain syndromes caused by other disorders are not eligible (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Chiari Malformation, primary orthopedic disorders, and peripheral nerve injury).
Scholarship recipients could be eligible to receive:
  • 100% tuition coverage (in-state students) or 125% of in-state tuition cost coverage (out-of-state students)
  • Up to $6K annually for basic costs (e.g. books, technology, transportation)  Up to $10K annually for housing support (on or off-campus)
  • Up to $15K annually for personal care assistant support
Applications Due
February 9, 2024 @ 11:59PM ET
Please direct any questions related to the application to Erik Robeznieks: erikrob@umich.edu
The mission of Disability Network Washtenaw Monroe Livingston is to empower the lives of people with disabilities and to advocate for a more inclusive community for all.