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Disability Network / Michigan Your Partners in Accessibility February 18, 2010.

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1 Disability Network / Michigan Your Partners in Accessibility February 18, 2010

2 Network Mission: Maximize the effectiveness of Michigan’s Centers for Independent Living and seek to create inclusive communities by serving the 14 Centers for Independent Living in the State of Michigan through advocacy at the state government, liaison with government departments, business support, knowledge management, quality assurance, facilitation and systems change. Disability Network / Michigan

3 Independent-Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant. Living-Relating to the routine conduct or maintenance of life. Philosophy-A system of values by which one lives. These words define a movement-a way of life and values that are essential to people with disabilities and to our organization. The independent living (IL) philosophy means being in control of your own life, taking responsibility for your actions, taking risks and either failing or succeeding on your own terms. It means participating in community life. Independent Living Philosophy

4 Recreation is a part of life. “If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.” Carl Schurz Carl Schurz US (German-born) general & politician ( )

5 A little about Centers for Independent Living… - At least 51% of the governing board and staff are people with disabilities -Mandated to provide 4 Core Services - Individual and Systems Advocacy - Information and Referral - Independent Living Skills Training - Peer Support - Available throughout the state (and the country!) - Able to respond to the needs in their community

6 How can CILs help YOU? We… - Have ready access to people with disabilities - Can offer feedback and suggestions about your plans - Can offer onsite accessibility reviews - Can help you advocate for change - Have a network of experts and experiences to pull from - Are in your community

7 Components in an Accessibility Assessment - Written Review - Observations - Measurements - Referenced Standards - Summary Information - Resources - Recommendations

8 How to find us…

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13 Disability Network / Michigan Your LOCAL Source For Disability Information and Advocacy


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