Tomorrow, Thursday (9/22): Show your support for ending Restraint and Seclusion practices in Michigan Public Schools by attending the House of Representatives Education Committee meeting on Thursday (9/22) in Lansing. Details below. Let your representatives know that Restraint and Seclusion is not acceptable. Please attend if you can to support the passage of this important legislation.
“'Speechless' is a classic domestic comedy — yes, a comedy — centered on a 16-year-old named JJ DiMeo who has cerebral palsy, can’t speak and uses an alternative-communication device to express himself. He’s the eldest of three children, and he’s played by Micah Fowler, who himself has cerebral palsy, a casting decision that alone makes this series stand out."
Premieres on Wed, September 21st on ABC📺 at 8:30pm/7:30c.
In a sea of similar sitcoms, this new show will leave you ‘speechless’! ABC’s bold new show Speechless follows DiMeo family, including protagonist 16-year-old J.J—who has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal—as they navigate life with humor and a fierce determination for inclusion. Don’t miss the premiere this Wednesday!
The Home and Community Based Services Waiver represents a total shift in the way that services are provided to people with disabilities. TASH's five-part webinar series, "Leveraging Community Resources to Create a Full Person-Centered Plan" will teach supporters of all types how to move away from provider based services and to thoroughly incorporate the natural supports that exist in people's lives into their plan. The series runs Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 Eastern, starting September 21st. Learn more and register here: member.tash.org/event/CommunityResources2016
This article shares about a very sad and monumentally unfortunate situation which resulted in the completely unnecessary death of a man who had Down Syndrome. #Awareness #StrongerTogether #DisabledLivesMatter ... See MoreSee Less
“This case matters on two levels,” Ethan’s mother, Patti Saylor, said Friday. “It matters personally because Ethan’s life matters. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did. And on a greater level, it matters because people with disabilities are part of our community, and first responders and law enforcement need to know and respect their needs.”
Have you experienced issues regarding receiving or keeping services with Community Mental Health (CMH) here in Washtenaw? Did you know that the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has oversight of CMH?
Let your voice be heard at the next Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on October 5, 2016. Washtenaw ACA is reaching out to people who receive services, and their families, to speak (for 3 minutes during public comment time) at the October 5, 2016 BOC meeting and let the commissioners know your experience with CMH. Change will not happen without you!
Not sure what you should say or how to say it? Washtenaw ACA will be holding an informal meeting on best practices for writing an effective statement on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00pm at the New Center. Please RSVP for this meeting at 662-1256.