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Learn, Know, Act

Learn, Know, Act
Disability Advocacy Series

Challenge your assumptions & grow your skills!

This advocacy workshop series is being offered over several months in Battle Creek. Join us for the entire series or pick and choose the workshop(s) you like best. See individual session details below.

RSVP: Please click here to RSVP to Miranda or call her at (269) 345-1516 x120. Let us know any accommodation needs you have.

Location: Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Michigan, in the Angela Wiseley Room. This is a fragrance-free environment. No perfumes, colognes or other scented products please.

This advocacy series is made possible in part by a grant from the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

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Movie & Discussion: Who Cares About Kelsey?

Open Caption iconJune 12, 2017  |   2:00–4:00 PM

Kelsey, a teen with ADHD and carrying the emotional scars of homelessness and substance abuse, is the focus of this documentary. Who Cares About Kelsey? will inspire viewers to reconsider “problem kids” and spark new conversations about an education revolution.

Movie & Discussion: The Great Fight for Disability Rights

Open Caption iconJuly 24, 2017  |  2:00–3:30 PM

Do you think of disability as a civil rights issue? Did you know that disability rights activists marched, staged protests, and were arrested in order to gain the rights we have today? Come and get fired up about our civil rights movement and how the fight for disability rights is not over yet!

SPEAK UP! Skills of Self-Advocacy

August 28, 2017  |  2:00–4:30 PM

Whether we are born with a disability or acquire it later in life, we are often taught that other people know what is best for us—parents, teachers, doctors, or social workers. Learning to advocate for ourselves takes practice and perseverance. Learn from others who have “been there” about making an advocacy plan to live the life you want to lead.

Making a Difference in Your Community

September 18, 2017  |  2:00–4:00 PM

Are you ready to “be the change you want to see in the world” but are not sure where to start? Join us for this FREE WORKSHOP as we talk about finding ways to put our passion into action!

Know Your Rights: Disability Disclosure at Work

October 23, 2017  |  2:00–3:30 PM

Have you ever wondered if or when you should tell an employer about a disability or medical condition? Do you know how the ADA protects you? Do you know what a reasonable accommodation is and how to ask for one? We’ll answer these questions and more.