Completed MI-ADA Events

July 23, 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Pre-Event Workshop

Mi-ADA announces that Dr. Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP, aka Dr. Red Shoe, has generously agreed to train our presenters and support teams on the use of Zoom for presentation.  

Week 1

Sunday
July 26
2:00 PM
Welcome
Orientation to the event. Welcome by Senator Gary Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow. Beneficiaries of the ADA speak to each of its titles. A remembrance of John Lewis. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein commemorates lives lost from COVID-19 , including his childhood friend, Congressman Isaac Robinson

3:00 PM ADA 30 Launching the Team Biden Disability Coalition (not an official MI-ADA event)
Monday
July 27
11:00 AM What’s in Your Toolbox?
How the ADA works.How to find and use resources. 
How to build and grow your toolbox. How to have the ADA, the CILs, the community, people with disabilities, and most importantly yourself create and live your highest quality life that you choose by using your own “Life’s Tool Box”. Carolyn Grawi,  CIL of Northwest Florida

2:00 PM Zoom Refresher
Mike Bray, Associate Director for Dissemination and Technology at the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University in Detroit

3:00 PM On 30th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act, Detroiters Ask If Disabled Black Lives Matter Demonstration to demand an end to qualified immunity and to ask that after 30 years the ADA finally be enforced to the fullest extent possible. Spirit of Detroit, Jefferson and Woodward. (Not an MI–ADA organized activity)
Tuesday
July 28
2:00 PM Disability Culture and Performance
Petra Kuppers, author of Gut Botany: using performance and poetry as disability culture methods. In this hour-long session, Petra will introduce viewers to her creative practice as a disability culture artist and a poet. Enjoy listening to a few poems from  Gut Botany, a Made in Michigan poetry book from Wayne State University
Wednesday
July 29

3:00 PM Voting Rights Access
Learn about your rights, what to do if you are denied your rights, and the history of voting rights denied.

4:00 PM Voter Accessibility!
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will discuss ongoing work to expand access and ensure the voting rights of people with disabilities with Pat Cannon, former director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind. Please submit questions in advance by call In questions to: Bilal Hammoud- Public Engagement Associate 517-331-3729. Email questions to:  Secretary@Michigan.gov In the Subject line ADA30 by 4PM Monday
Thursday
July 30
11:00 AM -12:30 PM Danceability
DanceAbility movement improvisation can be high-energy or slow and gentle, so come as you are. This class is for people with and without disabilities, with and without formal dance training, to collaborate and create dynamic dance together. Led by Cara Graninger provided by Detroit Disability Power. Request class link from Cara. ASL only provided by request. Continues until August 20.

2:00 PM Not Dead Yet: The Fight for our Lives
Our lives are worth living. Diane Coleman, Anita Cameron, and John Kelly.

7:00 PM What Is Disability Studies?
How and why it started, what’s changed, what the future holds, and why you might want to be a part of it. Devva Kasnitz,  Society for Disability Studies.
Friday
July 31
2:00 PM Supported Decision Making.
The ruling in Olmstead vs. LC furthered the scope of the ADA, however the promise conferred cannot be realized if people with disabilities do not have access to the support they need to lead self-determined lives and make their own decisions. John McCarty & Dana Lloyd,  The Georgia Advocacy Office. .
Saturday
August 1
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM SING-A-LONG
Concert with Elaine Kolb,  Disability rights in word and song. Enjoy a bit of our musical history.

Week 2

Sunday
August 2
2:00 PM Film – Intelligent Lives
Talk back led by Micah Fialka-Feldman and his family.
Monday
August 3
2:00 PM  Save the Last Dance for me : the Lived Experence of Disability thru Music
Anthony Tusler.
Tuesday
August 4
2:00 PM Create a Mural with Daniel  Cascardo.
Want to be part of an exciting collective art project? Join Daniel Cascardo, mural artist, for an engaging dive into his whimsical, brightly colored symbolic art featuring fantastic creatures and uninhibited imagination. He will introduce to you his mural art, his method, and begin a project with you.

Download a section of an art to alter, color and make your own. Send your finished work back by August 6th  via email. It will be combined with others’ work to form a community mural. Then join us to see the BIG REVEAL August 11th at 2:00.
 
Wednesday
August 5
2:00 PM ADA Title 1: Managing Your Health Condition thru Workplace Accommodations
Learn to ask for the right accommodation that meet your unique needs. Sheryl Ellis is the author of Making It Work: Managing Your Health Condition Through ADA Workplace Accommodations 
PARENT’S
DAY!!

Thursday
August 6
11:00 AM -12:30 PM Danceability
DanceAbility movement improvisation can be high-energy or slow and gentle, so come as you are. This class is for people with and without disabilities, with and without formal dance training, to collaborate and create dynamic dance together. Led by Cara Graninger provided by Detroit Disability Power. Request class link from Cara. ASL only provided by request. Continues until August 20.

2:00 PM Rising Strong: Tools to Raise a Proud, Strong Person with a Disability 
Grounded in years of experience working as a career counselor at UC Berkeley, working primarily with students with disabilities, Meriah distills and presents best practices for parents of kids with disabilities. 

This workshop will give you the tools you need to help empower your child/adult with a disability and help you help them to discover the proud, empowered person that they are. 


7:00 PM Panel Discussion: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities
Disability rights organizations often cast parents as adversaries: overprotective and clueless about how to best advocate for their children’s rights in a society that marginalizes the disabled. Pamela Block, Allison Carey, and Richard Scotch.
Friday
August 7
2:00 PM Service Animals – Navigating Access to Work, Education, Healthcare, Housing, Transportation, Public and Private Services
Identify the differences between what a service animal is, as defined by the law and others (companion, emotional support). Amy Maes, Oakland Macomb Disability Network.
Saturday
August 8
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance with DJ Nakia

Week 3

Sunday
August 9
11:00 AM Wheelchair Zoom-ba
Dance Cardio with Cheryl Angelelli. Get link at danceability@yahoo.com (Event not created by MI-ADA)

2:00 PM Film- Piss on Pity: the Story of ADAPT
Piss on Pity explores the power of a grassroots, disability rights network called ADAPT that is working to create a barrier-free, inclusive society. This first documentary, We We Will Ride, traces the origins and early history of ADAPT. Roustabout Media. Running time: 62 minutes. Talkback with producers Peters Grosz and Virginia Keller.  
Monday
August 10
2:00 PM Ableism
Ableism is like racism, hurtful, prejudicial stereotypes of people with disabilities by people both with and without disabilities. Michelle Nario-Redmond
Tuesday
August 11
2:00 PM The Big Reveal! The art of Daniel Cascardo and You! (Part 2)
POSTPONDED

 2:o0 PM Disabled Athletes talk about their sport, adaptive sports, and resources
Cheryl Angelelli, and Anthony Ianni 
Wednesday
August 12
2:00 PM Title III: Public Accommodations
What are the requirements for private businesses? What do I do if I have a complaint? Learn the basics of accessibility and how to support improvements in your community.
Terri Robbins – Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, National ADA Trainer Leadership Network
Thursday
August 13
11:00 AM -12:30 PM Danceability
DanceAbility movement improvisation can be high-energy or slow and gentle, so come as you are. This class is for people with and without disabilities, with and without formal dance training, to collaborate and create dynamic dance together. Led by Cara Graninger provided by Detroit Disability Power. Request class link from Cara. ASL only provided by request. Continues until August 20.

2:00 PM Jody, a Memory from Laconia State Hospital
Hear one person’s story about her life growing up in a state hospital. Remember our history, so we never repeat it. Dr. Candace Cole-McCrea

7:00 PM What is Disability Justice? How is justice different from rights? How does disability justice include people that the traditional disability movement marginalized? Lydia X. Z. Brown
Friday
August 14
2:00 PM ADA Title 11: State & Local Government
What are the general non-discrimination requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applying to state and local governments?
Peter Berg, Great Lakes ADA Ct & Brad Hastings, Disability Network W. Michigan
Saturday
August 15
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Comedians with Disabilities Act
Nina G, Mean Dave, & Michael Beers Guest artists: Jade Theriault and John Howard. Adult Content – Over 18 Only

Week 4

Sunday
August 16
2:00 PM Film- Best Boy 1979 film by Ira Wohl.
Monday
August 17
2:00 PM Stories from It’s Our Story
Scott Cooper brings us first person stories from It’s Our Story, of, by and for people with disabilities, which chronicles the diverse experiences of people with disabilities, and give our community collective voice.
Tuesday
August 18
2:00 PM My Dearest Friends Project
Jill Vyn and Chris Smit of DisArt, bring us a sample of the stories of over 260 Disabled community members, artists, activists, advocates, and academics who have contributed to the project that archives Disability culture, as our community is deemed disposable in the pandemic.
Wednesday
August 19
2:00 PM What is Disability Culture?
“People with disabilities share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature… We claim our disabilities with pride as part of our identity. We are who we are, we are people with disabilities.” Steve Brown, Institute on Disabilty Culture, author of Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars. ”
Thursday
August 20
11:00 AM -12:30 PM Danceability
DanceAbility movement improvisation can be high-energy or slow and gentle, so come as you are. This class is for people with and without disabilities, with and without formal dance training, to collaborate and create dynamic dance together. Led by Cara Graninger provided by Detroit Disability Power. Request class link from Cara. ASL only provided by request. Last Day!

2:00 PM Self-Determination
What is it? Why is it important? How do you accomplish it? Michael Murray

7:00 PM Translating Mental Health Across Language and Gender Kayley Whalen
Friday
August 21
2:00 PM Disability Activism in Colonial America
Disabled people were systematically persecuted in early America. How did we get shut from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and how did we fight back for equality? Laurel Daen.
Saturday
August 22
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 5

Sunday
August 23
2:00 PM Film- TBA
Monday
August 24
2:00 PM
Tom Olin, Photojournalist of the disability movement
Tuesday
August 25
2:00 – 3:30 PM Educating Disabled Children
Part 1 Understanding the IEP Process
We will introduce the basic key parts of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities and learn how the IEP Process is a logical series of steps that builds a foundation for decision making and addressing student needs.
Part 2 ” …And How Are the Children?”
 Shifting the Paradigm of Educating Exceptional Learners by promoting Social Justice & Advocacy
Lohren Nzoma, Senior Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Exceptional Student Education
Wednesday
August 26
2:00 PM A Short History of Progressive Art Studios for Adults with Disabilities
A progressive studio is a widely used term to describe art studios for adults with disabilities that help participants build careers as contemporary artists. Progressive studios do not teach art using the classical art school model, but rather encourage individual creative expression and self-fulfillment by supporting intuition and material exploration unique to each individual. There are some 60 such studios across the United States and many more around the world. Slides and discussion. Anthony Marcellini
Thursday
August 27
Deaf
Pride
Day!
2:00 PM Deaf History and Technology
Jaipreet Virdi, deaf from the age of four, shows us how medicine and popular culture have framed hearing loss through history, and how evolving technology affects deaf people’s experiences. She is the author of the newly published book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.

7:00 PM Deaf Advocacy in the Mitten Today

The Michigan Deaf Association is celebrating the ADA 30th Celebration by hosting a self advocacy discussion, featuring leaders and advocates from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. We will talk about what steps to take when you think your rights are violated, and advocacy resources you can connect with in Michigan.
Friday
August 28
2:00 PM Building Strong Networks and Accomplishing your Dreams
Olegario “Ollie” Cantos VII has been a disability rights leader and activist for more than 30 years. He’ll share his time-tested and proven experiences in building networks. These techniques can help bring people together at all levels, delivering impact.
Saturday
August 29
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Mental Health Comedy Hour Kristee Ono and Wonder Dave

Week 6

Sunday
August 30
2:00 PM Film- My Girl Story
Come watch a feature-length documentary, My Girl Story, followed up by a talkback with the filmmaker, Tameka Citchen-Spruce and other women of color with disabilities, Angel Miles, Heather Watkins, Hala Alazzawi, and Reyna Garcia. This event will explore the challenges of girls and women dealng with mental health and other types of disabilities. My Girl Story documentary is about two African American girls born in Detroit and their quest to become the young women they want to be.
Monday
August 31
2:00 PM Disabled and Black in America, history and activism. Leroy Moore and Jane Dunhamn.
Tuesday
September 1
2:00 PM Folk Music Drop-in Concert
Listen and join in for a virtual concert featuring some of our community’s most creative troubadours. Peter Leidy, Johnny Crescendo, Davids Rovics, Elaine Kolb and others
Wednesday
September 2
2:00 PM Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living TBA
Thursday
September 3
2:00 PM True Inclusion is Revolutionary: Disability Inclusive & Accessible Organizing Practices
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Learn how Detroit Disability Power is mobilizing Detroit’s disability community to fight for inclusion, rights, and respect, alongside and included with mainstream activists and protesters fighting for justice. Dessa Cosma, Detroit Disability Power

7PM Coercive Treatment & Care
Shain M. Neumeier wlll be talking about the contexts in which various parts of the disabled community experience involuntary medical or mental health treatment.  This will include talking about reasons behind, history of, and specific examples of coercive care.  Also discussed will be the harmful effects of and alternatives to coercive treatment
Friday
September 4
2:00 PM COVID-19 Post-traumatic Stress & Disability
Candace Cole McCrea
Saturday
September 5


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance
DJ Dave, David DeWit Taylor

Week 7

Sunday
September 6
2:00 PM FILM Film Preview Disposable Humanity The session is a screening of part of new feature-length documentary titled, Disposable Humanity.  The film explores the historical events regarding the systematic extermination of 300,000+ disabled people housed in German, Austrian, and Polish psychiatric institutions. Ongoing efforts to commemorate the victims of Aktion T4 have been surfacing in Germany for at least 3 decades and the film focuses on what disability memorialization tells us about attitudes toward disabled people today.   David T. Mitchell, director and Cameron Snyder-Mitchell, filmmaker will do a talkback after the preview.
Monday
September 7
2:00 PM Intersectionality between the Transgender Community and the Disability Community Our communities have so much in common. and many of us are in both. How do we support each other and make us stronger. Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán
Tuesday
September 8
2:00 PM Poetry Jam
Dropping in: Maria Palacios, Laurie Lambeth, Kenny Fries (by video) and others
Wednesday
September 9
2:00 PM The ADA at Work in Legal Education 
2020 Harvard law student graduate will share how the ADA shaped his legal education. Disabilities do not prevent you from achieving your dreams. Jeremy Wertz, National Disabled Student Law Association (NDLSA)
Thursday
September 10
2:00 PM The Olmstead Act
City of Detroit, Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity. June Adams., Chief of Staff for the City of Detroit Law Department.

7:00 PM ADA and Transportation Michael Patten, ADA Coordinator SMART bus
Friday
September 11
2:00 PM COVID-19 Self-Care: Using Music and the Arts to cope
Music is pervasive in our society, and impacts the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects of our lives. Jody Conradi Stark, Creative Arts Therapies.


Week 8
Sunday
September 13
2:00 PM FILM Preview Disposable Humanity The session is a screening of part of new feature-length documentary titled, Disposable Humanity.  The film explores the historical events regarding the systematic extermination of 300,000+ disabled people housed in German, Austrian, and Polish psychiatric institutions. Ongoing efforts to commemorate the victims of Aktion T4 have been surfacing in Germany for at least 3 decades and the film focuses on what disability memorialization tells us about attitudes toward disabled people today.   David T. Mitchell, director and Cameron Snyder-Mitchell, filmmaker will do a talkback after the preview

Monday
September 14
2:00 PM ABLE Accounts – Establish Wealth w/ a Disability
SSI penalizes people with disabilities from acquiring wealth. Learn about ABLE accounts and change your life.
Gordon Fuller

Tuesday
September 15
2:00 PM Complex Adaptive Technology
Chet Kuskowski

Wednesday
September 16
2:00 PM Native American Perspectives on Disability
Candace Cole-McCrea

Thursday
September 17
2:00 PM Michael Harris, Michigan Paralyzed Veterans TBA



Friday
September 18
2:00 PM Stutterer Interrupted: The comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen! Author & comedian Nina G with Jessica Justice.

Saturday
September 19
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Quiz Night with Cassie Simmons
ADA Quiz Night with Deaf comedian Cassie Simmons. BYOB Win prizes!

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will run the quiz 7-8PM. Cassie will perform 8-8:45 PM  Prizes awarded at 8:45 PM 
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance