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January 2022

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Peer Group events are being held both

in-person and virtually. A complete list of all peer group events can be found at www.dnmm.org/virtualpeer.

Click here to view the peer group event calendar.


A Roaring 20's Gala Fundraiser

The party of the year is back, live and in-person! Feathers and Fedoras is a Roaring Twenties style evening of dining, dancing, casino-gaming, and live and silent auctions.

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Break out your black silk fedora or your best flapper dress and get ready to Foxtrot the night away!

Find Lady Luck at the casino tables, dance to the rhythm of Stone Street Revival, bid on exciting auction items, enjoy delicious food, and hit the speakeasy for champagne and gigglewaters!

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Join Honorary Chairs Veronica and Ken Horn

for the party of the year:


Saturday, February 12

Horizons Conference Center - Saginaw

5:30 - 11:00pm

Tickets are just $50 per person.  All patrons receive one drink ticket for beer or wine. Heavy hors d'oeuvres stations are also featured during the event.

If your business would like to sponsor the event or if you need additional information, please contact Matthew Ivan at 989-430-6105.

*Casino tables are for entertainment purposes only and are free and open to the public. No prizes, cash or otherwise, awarded based upon play.*

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Who was Ed Roberts (1939-1995) and why did the US House of Representatives designate January 23 to honor his life?

After contracting polio at 14 in 1953, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Roberts spent 18 months recuperating in the hospital. When he consciously decided to live, he decided to live his life with a vengeance, no matter what obstacles might lay ahead of him.

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People with disabilities in the 1960s were not as visible as they are today. The barriers to inclusion in the community were physical as well as attitudinal. Ed set out to change all that. He advocated to get admitted into the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) and to get one of the hospital infirmaries changed into a dorm for students who, like himself, needed wheelchair accessible housing. Several of these students formed a group they called "The Rolling Quads."

They were champions of independent living in the community for all people with disabilities and instrumental in getting the first curb cuts installed in Berkeley which they recognized made the physical world accessible to more people than just wheelchair users.

That was just the beginning. Ed earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, taught at Cal and went on to help found the first center for independent living. He was named to head the California Department of Rehabilitation, founded the World Institute on Disability, married, had a child, and traveled the world to spread the word about disability rights, accessibility, and inclusion. He is widely considered to be the father of the independent living movement.

To learn more about Ed Roberts and his contributions and to get a feel for what a great spirit he had, click here to visit a special section of the Minnesota Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Documentary video about Ed Roberts and the independent living movement

Click the image above to view a short film about Ed Roberts and his philosophy called: "Free Wheeling."

Click here for more ways to celebrate the Ed Roberts legacy, including downloading the Ed Roberts Board Game and purchasing mugs, t-shirts, and posters.


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Are you prepared to handle an emergency situation? Do you have a plan?

After the devastating floods in May of 2020, many Michigan residents faced the difficult challenge of trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Many found themselves in the position of not having a plan for dealing with such an emergency. 

DNMM is excited to once again offer MY3P (My Personal Protection Plan) - an emergency preparedness series that will help you Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Be Informed.

Session dates and topics are:

  • Part One - January 19 - 1:00-3:00pm

"Creating My Action Plans and Support Network"

  • Part Two - February 16 - 1:00 - 3:00pm

"Creating My Go-Kit and Evacuation Plan"

AND "Assistive Technology For Your Go Kit"

  • Part Three - March 16 - 1:00-2:00pm

"Advanced Care Directives"

All sessions are FREE of charge and will be conducted virtually on Zoom. Participants will be given flash drives with all the essential resources to customize their plan.

Class size is limited.

Click Here to Register
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More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don't know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don't raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.

Video on glaucoma awareness


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Do you need extra help paying for your Medicare Part D prescription plan?


Call us to see if you are eligible for the Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Prescription Drug coverage. We can help you with screening questions and do the application over the phone in as little as 15 minutes!

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Do you need help paying your Medicare premiums? Call us today to see if you qualify for the Medicare Savings Program. Our certified MMAP Specialists can assist you with checking your eligibility and doing the application over the phone.

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Did you know there are many preventative health and screening services included with your Medicare coverage?


Some of the things you may be eligible for include:


  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer

Testing and services:

  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mammograms
  • Tobacco use cessation counseling

These are just some of the many services you could access. Call today for more information and a full list of preventative health benefits!





Winter has returned to Michigan and that means it must be hockey season! And after a year-long absence during COVID, the return of our beloved Saginaw Spirit has never been more welcome. 


DNMM is proud to be a small part of that return as a sponsor of accessible seating at the Dow Event Center. We look forward to working with the center and the Saginaw Spirit toward making hockey games and other events fully accessible. Come on out and enjoy a game with us! Catch the Spirit!

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Inclusion is a universal human right for all people, regardless of race, age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other discernible quality. To be inclusive is to promote a sense of belonging, respect, and value for who you are as a person. It is about equal access and opportunities for everyone. Inclusion is an integral part of our Independent Living philosophy and of our agency's vision of accessible and inclusive communities.

DNMM offices have been, and continue to be, places of solace, understanding, and information for all. We are committed to promoting and protecting diversity and inclusion, within our offices, among our community partners, and throughout the 15 Centers for Independent Living in Michigan.

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DNMM advocates for the removal of barriers to independence and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Mid-Michigan area. DNMM pledges to ensure accessibility. Each year, DNMM conducts a review of its own architectural, environmental, attitudinal, employment, communication, transportation, and other barriers that may exist which prohibit full access to our services.

If you have any issues of concern regarding the accessibility of DNMM services and facilities, we encourage you to share that information.

Please click here to contact us.

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