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DNWML Newsletter
Edition #27
March 8, 2024
News & Updates
We Want to Hear From You!
Short Programming Day and Time Survey
Do you regularly attend DNWML classes or events?
Do you have a hard time attending events due to timing conflicts?
We want to hear from you!
Please take 5-10 minutes to complete our short Programming Day and Time Survey.
We want to be sure that you’re getting the classes, groups, and events you want, when you want them.
Thank you!
Coming Soon…Our New Monthly Blog!
Intersectionality Unleashed: Amplifying Diverse Voices
Historically, people with disabilities aren’t singularly known for having a disability; they’re known for their activism, community work, and diversity. As part of our community, several staff members at DNWML have set out to feature voices of individuals in history that may not otherwise be recognized.
Be on the lookout for our website’s new blog, starting later this month!
March Mocktail Mixology:
Adult Mixer
Mocktails 🍹 Games 🍹 Friends
Thursday, March 28
5:30 – 7:30pm
Disability Network Washtenaw Office
You asked for it…and we listened!
An adult (18+) mixer is here!
Join us for an evening of enjoyment and creativity with old friends and new. We are going to mix it up with creating mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks,) playing games, good conversation, and 2000’s R&B Music.
Registration closes March 21. On your form, suggest your favorite Y2K-era song to bump at the event. Entry donations appreciated.
REMINDER Applications OPEN for
John Weir Academic Scholarship
We invite all students with disabilities enrolling in their first or second year of college during the school year to apply for the John Weir Academic Scholarship, named in honor of one of the Center for Independent Living founders.
For new applicants, to be eligible for the John Weir Scholarship, you must:
  • Have a significant disability of any kind – for example, physical, visual, developmental, cognitive, hearing, learning, emotional, or other;
  • Live in Washtenaw, Livingston, or Monroe County, Michigan; and
  • Plan to attend, be starting, or in the first two years of a 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school program.
*A scholarship recipient is eligible for a renewal of their scholarship for an additional year if they are entering their 2nd year of a 2- or 4-year colleague, university, or trade school program.
  • All application materials MUST be completed online or postmarked by Monday, April 15, 2024.
  • Awardees will be announced by May 15, 2024.
Andrea – andrea@dnwml.org
REMINDER ADEN Benefits Workshop in Monroe
Are you a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to know how working will affect your benefits? Are you afraid of losing benefits or medical coverage if you return to work?
Join us for our Beneficiary Outreach Event and learn about following important topics that will help you return to work:
  • Did you know, if you receive SSDI benefits, that you can work for up to 12 months with no earning limit, and keep your SSDI cash benefits?
  • Did you know that if you receive either SSI or SSDI disability benefits, that you are entitled to assistance in the return to work, including career counseling and job search assistance through the Ticket to Work program?
  • If you receive SSI disability benefits, did you know you can keep your Medicaid health insurance even if you are not entitled to an SSI cash benefit due to earnings?
  • Would you like to know more about resources that help you plan for the future and become more financially self-sufficient? (For example, home ownership, saving for retirement, college or other related needs.)
Learn more about Work Incentives through the Social Security Administration and how they can help you to return to work successfully, plus additional programs and
services you may be eligible for! There is no cost to attend this event.
Disability Network Washtenaw Monroe Livingston – Monroe Office
15515 S Dixie Hwy | Monroe, MI 48161
Thursday, March 21, 2024
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This event is geared toward Social Security disability beneficiaries, Human Services Providers, Medicaid Service Coordinators and Human Resource Professionals who
wish to know more about Social Security disability benefits and available Work Incentives. Light refreshments served.
Tennery – tennery@dnwml.org OR (734) 889-9110
Want to Sponsor DNWML’s
ADA Picnic this July?
Help us celebrate the 34th anniversary of signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We offer a variety of tiered options for sponsoring our event, suitable to any interested business or organization.
Your support gives you extensive, months-long promotion through picnic signage, marketing materials, and even, our limited edition event t-shirt–AND MORE!
Picnic details:
Friday, July 26, 2024
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Disability Network – Washtenaw
3941 Research Park Dr | Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • Keynote/feature speakers
  • Fun activities like tie-dye station, crafts, slime station, adaptive sports, and more!
  • Disability Pride Art Exhibition
  • Informational tables and booths for services from Disability Network, as well as external organizations
  • Raffle items and special prizes for the first 34 guests
  • Free food and drinks
Krystina – krystina@dnwml.org OR Claire – claire@dnwml.org
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
Classes, Events, & Groups
Upcoming Classes
  • March 11, 2024 – In-person Office Hours for Livingston Co. 10:00 am-2:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 11, 2024 – Coffee Klatch (In-person) 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 12, 2024 – Spinal Solidarity 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at Zoom
  • March 13, 2024 – Washtenaw: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours 11:00 am-3:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 13, 2024 – Monroe: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Monroe DNWML
  • March 14, 2024 – ASL Virtual Theatre Workshop 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at Zoom
  • March 14, 2024 – Virtual Theatre 5:30 pm-6:45 pm at Zoom
  • March 18, 2024 – In-person Office Hours for Livingston Co. 11:00 am-4:30 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 18, 2024 – Coffee Klatch (In-person) 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 18, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Guided Sessions 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 19, 2024 – Monroe Co. In-person Art Class: Guided Sessions 10:00 am-11:30 am at Crossroads Clubhouse
  • March 19, 2024 – Monroe Co. In-person Art Class: Guided Sessions 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at Fairview
  • March 20, 2024 – In-person Art Class: Open Studio 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 20, 2024 – Washtenaw: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours 11:00 am-3:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 20, 2024 – Monroe: Drop-in Computer Lab Hours 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Monroe DNWML
  • March 21, 2024 – Virtual Art Class: Open Studio 11:00 am-12:00 pm at Washtenaw/Ann Arbor DNWML
  • March 21, 2024 – ASL Virtual Theatre Workshop 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at Zoom
  • March 21, 2024 – Beneficiary Outreach Event SSA Work Incentives & Return to Work Supports 3:00 pm-4:00 pm at Monroe DNWML
  • March 21, 2024 – Virtual Theatre 5:30 pm-6:45 pm at 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!
In-person Office Hours in Livingston
at Michigan Works
Now Livingston residents have a location in Howell to meet with us on a weekly basis! Please note that if there is inclement weather we may not be available in person.
Michigan Works Southeast Office
1200 Byron Rd.
Howell, MI 48843
Next to Trinity Livingston Hospital
Most Mondays, 11:30am – 5:00pm
Mark – mark@dnwml.org OR 517-586-0233
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
DNWML is 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 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
Runway of Dreams: Call for Runway Models
Runway of Dreams is a student organization at the University of Michigan dedicated to working toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Runway of Dreams empowers people with disabilities to have confidence and self-expression through fashion and beauty inclusion. Each year, we put on an adaptive fashion show in which we bring together community members to rejoice in one important mission: clothing should be a basic human right for all people, regardless of ability…
To learn more about Runway of Dreams, please check out our website here: https://www.runwayofdreams.org/
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.