Midland Area Disabled People’s Organization to Celebrate ADA’s Anniversary

A local disability group will close Disability Pride Month with a celebration in Auburn.

The Disability Network of Mid-Michigan and Personal Assistance Options of Midland will host a free event from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Auburn City Park. The event celebrates the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The event will feature food trucks, snack vendors, kayaking, fishing, lawn games and live Stone Street Revival music, according to a Disability Network press release. More than twenty organizations will also host vendor booths providing information about their services. Several signs and banners will be set up detailing the history of the ADA and how its passage has affected the lives of people with disabilities.

A federally funded independent living center, Disability Network is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the independence of all people with disabilities. It provides advocacy, skills building, transition and support services to people of all ages and with all types of disabilities. Disability Network of Mid-Michigan can be reached at 800-782-4160 or www.dnmm.org.

“Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is committed to creating accessible and inclusive communities where all people with disabilities can live, work and play,” Disability Network Executive Director Kelly PeLong said in the press release. “We look forward to joining everyone in celebrating, learning and sharing how we can move the needle forward so people can live the life they choose.”

Personal Assistance Options is a person-focused, non-profit organization whose confidential services allow individuals to stay in their homes, regardless of the level of care required. Their services are tailored to each individual to help them meet their daily needs. PAO can be contacted at 989-837-8350 or www.paomidland.org.

“At Personal Assistance Options, we honor choice and pursue opportunity with the community at the heart of our work,” said Kathy Allen, executive director of Personal Assistance Options in the press release. “Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structures that currently exist in our communities, it is about transforming those systems and structures to make them better for everyone. ”

The event is free and open to the public, according to the press release. The first 400 participants will receive free food vouchers that can be used at any food truck/vendor.

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