disAbility Connections has been an integral part of Jackson since 1925 and now also serves Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties. We are a unique non-profit agency that assists people with disabilities to overcome barriers and become full participants in our community.
In 2005 we became a Center for Independent Living, a network of more than 600 Centers around the country and throughout the world. We are a recognized leader in improving the way people with disabilities live their lives.
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Michigan: Purely Accessible for All
CMU students create plan to make the state more inviting for travelers with disabilities
Changes to ADA if H.R. 620 Passes:
On February 15, 2018 the House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). Next, the Bill will be voted upon by Senators before moving on to the President and potentially becoming law.
If H.R. 620 becomes law it will do the following:
1. Removes the incentive for businesses to comply with the ADA
2. Requires the person with a disability to file a written notice specifying the exact ADA provisions that are being violated
3. Gives the business owner 60 days to acknowledge the notice and 120 additional days to begin to fix the violation; a total of 180 days (6 months!) to deny access.
Click here to read more and find how to contact your Representatives to let your voice and stance be known.
Are you ABLE?
Achieving a Better Life Experience. Are you on SSI or SSDI and want to see if you can save more money than the $2,000 limit? The money in an ABLE account can be used at any time for any reason ONLY if spent to improve your health, quality of life, or independence. To learn more about ABLE accounts and take their quick eligibility test, go to www.able-now.com. Also, I am not a financial advisor of any sort, consult with a professional before doing anything that may impact your benefits.
For any of those that are interested in learning more or after learning more have some questions; disAbility Connections and Hillsdale Intermediate School District are offering a free informational session on March 20th, 2019. Follow this link for more details.
The partnership with U of M and disAbility Connections has provided a great video of the importance of accessibility and the impact it has on people. Please watch the video and click on the link below to read the article that goes with it.
Lt. Governor Calley
Pedaling for Parkinson's -
Classes are held three times a week-- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 -12:00 at the Jackson YMCA, 127 W. Wesley, Jackson, MI 49201. Classes run in 8 week sessions. Participants can register at any time.
For additional information you can contact Marilyn Guidinger at (517) 914-5186 or contact Shawna Tello at the Jackson YMCA at (517) 782-0537