Expanding Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
Volume #11
November 2017

Table of Contents

Lucy the dog sitting on a couch with her head on a pillow.
A note from Matt.....

At Disability Independence Group, we are thankful that every day we are able to ensure that people receive equal respect and dignity. Whether we advocate for change through litigation, training or policy, we win when we are able to change attitudes or give persons who believe that they are powerless, the power to battle giants.
rudFeature Article: 
Five Things that I've Learned at the  
2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit
four circles overlapping each other with the letters IN and 2017 in the largest circle.  Then next to the circles the words Ruderman Inclusion Summit
By:    Matthew Dietz  
The experience took me out of my comfort zone and I met a whole group of new people. However, there are issues that have stuck in my mind from the Summit, and opened my jaded eyes a bit wider.
1. Deaf Culture Matters from Deaf Hands/Voices

2. Jewish Culture and Disability

3. Similarities between Eastern European Orphanages and the Plight of Poor Families that include Persons with Disabilities

4. Other Countries are More Advanced than the United States when it comes to Employment Issues and Persons with Disabilities.

5. We need to Prioritize Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities as a Society.

Out and About with DIG
Supper Social Club
John Martin's Coral Gables
flyer for supper social dinner.  Dec. 4, 2017, at John Martin's Irish Pub in Coral Gables, FL.

givemiamiGive Miami Day 2017
words give miami day 2017 in different colors 

Thank you for all of your support on November 16th.
We raised $2,650.
You can still donate to our organization, just click the puppy paw. 
red puppy paw with the word donate in the middle in white letters 

logo for restaurant.  the words john martins in green and then the words irish pub and restaurant in red.
Supper Social Club Dinner for Disability Awareness Month

Our next supper social club dinner will be on December 4, 2017 at John Martin's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Coral Gables.  

RSVP here to join us.

Kids Crusaders Logo
kids Kids Crusaders Corner
By: Julie Fioravanti 

Julie will be back soon with another article.  
purple ribbon for Domestic Violence month with the words love shouldn't hurt written on it
MiA Miami Inclusion Alliance
By: Sharon Langer 

Our news has been flooded with discussions about sexual assault this past month. While these discussion have not even attempted to look at the intersection with disability I am hopeful, that conversation will begin. The below article, published on the CNN website is a summation of a great Town Hall conducted by CNN on November 9. The link to the Town Hall is embedded in the story. I hope you will read this article and then watch the thought provoking meeting. If you have any comments please email me. Sharon@justdgit.org
Sexual harassment in America: What happens after #MeToo?
By Julia Carpenter on November 10, 2017
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sharon Langer at Sharon@justdigit.org.
Lucy sitting on a red chair with her head tilted.
For this month's topic we were asked to discuss art and clearly, I let the topic go to my head.
December 7th through 10th Art Basel comes to Miami. I am so excited to experience more of what South Florida has to offer, this being way more fun than Hurricane Irma, and I hope some of you are able to experience it as well.
For those of you that do not know what Art Basel is- Art Basel is a four day event where leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa display work from the masters and new emerging stars of Modern and contemporary art.
Speaking of emerging stars-I am hoping to see one of my favorite artists, Sammy. Sammy is multi-talented and works not only as an artist but is also a service animal. He had his work displayed in a gallery in New York and one of his pieces sold for $1,700.00. Check it out Sammy and these other talented artists- http://www.shoreservicedogs.com/pawtographed2.shtml
While there are various events and exhibitions throughout Miami over the course of those four days, the main exhibition is held in the Miami Beach Convention Center. At DIG, it is our practice not to suggest or promote events that are not accessible to everyone. As you know, I am still pretty new to Miami and have not had the opportunity to go to the Miami Beach Convention Center yet but I did do a little research without leaving my office. According to the Miami Beach Convention Center's website, it is an ADA compliant facility with accessible parking, sidewalk ramps, restrooms and elevators. Additionally, they welcome my fellow brothers and sisters as well as mini-horses working as service animals.  For More information, visit http://www.miamibeachconvention.com/accessibility
Like Our Facebook Pages
Logo for Disability Independence Group, Inc. (DIG).

Kids Crusaders Logo

Animal Partners Logo

head shot of Lesly

How a PASS plan can help you?


A PASS (Plan to Achieve Self-Support) allows you to set aside other income besides your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or resources for a specified period of time so that you may pursue a work goal that will reduce or eliminate the SSI or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you currently receive.

Who can have a PASS?
  If you receive SSI or could qualify for SSI after setting aside income or resources so that you may pursue a work goal, you could benefit from a PASS.


Tips for Success:



For more information on Plans for Achieving Self Support:


Social Security Administration -  



Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute - http://www.passonline.org/ 


The University of Montana Rural Institute -



Institute for Community Inclusion -   





Contact your local CWIC:     Lesly Quin 305-453-3491 


Amazon smile logo.
Shop Amazon Smile

Head shot of Justine
justine The View From Here
By: Justine Chichester

Justine will be back next month.
a blue twitter bird in a white square.
Follow us on Twitter
The Wallet Card Logo.  A blue hexagon with the words the wallet card in the hexagon.
wallet The Wallet Card Project
By: Deborah Dietz 

The wallet card is a tool for young adults or adults to use when come into contact with law enforcement; either as a victim, a witness, or as a potential suspect.

The wallet card will help to clarify any interaction with law enforcement so that the behavior of the person with a disability is not misinterpreted as suspicious or as criminal behavior.

Click here to sign up for a wallet card

The Wallet Card Project is a collaboration with DIG, CGPD, and UM-NSU CARD.
Lorinda in front of a cabinet in her home.

Lorinda will be back next month.
logo for instagram.
Follow us on Instagram
The cover of the book Your Upward Journey by Patricia Bochi
Your Upward Journey

In a nutshell, Your Upward Journey: It Is Easier Than You Think!, is a three-part project (book, self-help seminars and merchandise sale). I intend to promote the book through self-help seminars and sale of merchandise, such as mugs, journals etc.

Logo for the fair housing video series.

A colored drawing of an open box with 3 small penguins surrounded by stuffing.
A Parcel of Penguins

A PARCEL OF PENGUINS: an Animal Counting Book is a Children's book that teaches unusual names of groups of animals. The book is entertaining and informative for all ages. 
Click here to purchase the book
red box with the word donate in it.
For more information about DIG and to find out how you can be involved, please call or email our Executive Director, Debbie Dietz at 305-669-2822 or debbie@justdigit.org.

Disability Independence Group, Inc.
Expanding Opportunities for Person with Disabilities
Thank you to the organizations that support our projects.
the children's trust logo.  Three children standing next to the words the children's trust

impact fund logo.  red equal sign and then the words impact fund

Disability Independence Group | 305-669-2822 | info@justdigit.org