Disability Digest

Disability Digest is a monthly electronic publication that focuses on the Disability Rights Movement. You will find videos and links to articles about disability rights, advocacy, and disability-related issues in the news. The Digest also keeps you informed of events and programming happening at Disability Network. This publication is only distributed by email.


Current Issue of Disability Digest


October 2019 Topics include: Michigan Go Logo; Supreme Court allows people to sue over inaccessibility of websites; Disability community is the 3rd larges economic power; Use the Mic; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

Past Issues of Disability Digest

September 2019 Topics include: Mourning Loss of Mara Bistro; DOL deems IEPs Appropriate for Family Leave; Independence over Guardianship; Emergency Preparedness Month; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

August 2019 Topics include: Mass Shootings Not Caused by Mental Illness; Creating Safe Space for Black Men to Talk About Mental Illness; Changing Cultural Understanding of Who Can Be a Musician; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

July 2019 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; House votes to end sub-minimum wage; raising anti-ableist kids; Restraint & seclusion in schools targets students with disabilities; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

June 2019 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; Talking to kids with disabilities about consent; Kodi Lee is talented/his disability is not; At the intersection of disability and queer; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

May 2019 Topics include: Legislative Day in Lansing; Changing the way we talk about disability; A study of disability in the media; Peppa Pig gets Mandy Mouse right ; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

April 2019 Topics include: Advocacy Academy; Disability hierarchy divides us; Coming out as disabled; Learning from those who have been there; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

March 2019 Topics include: Spread the Word: Inclusion; Parenting Without Pity; Smart Cities Need to be Inclusive Cities; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

February 2019 Topics include: Lawmakers Call for End to Sub-minimum Wage; “Night to Shine” is Not So Shining; Mental Health Training for Michigan Teachers; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

January 2019 Topics include: Ed Roberts Day; Shot & Forgotten: America’s Hidden Toll of Gun Violence; Is the ADA Still Effective?; European Autism Research Compared to Eugenics; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.


December 2018 Topics include: Proposed Immigration Changes Discriminate Against People with Disabilities; George H.W. Bush Remembered by the Disability Community; Unboxing Ableism; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

November 2018 Topics include: Bringing Disability to the Diversity Table; What It’s Like to Grow Up with a Disability; Origin of the Term “Handicapped”; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

October 2018 Topics include: Transportation Should Not be a Barrier to Voting this November; Path to Disability Advocacy; Air Travelers with Disabilities to get a “Bill of Rights”; Homelessness is a Disability Justice Issue; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

September 2018 Topics include: Breaking Down Barriers; Parents Get Trained in Fighting for Their Kids’ Rights; Disability Advocacy–Getting Started; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

August 2018 Topics include: Take Acton While Congress is on Recess; Voter Rights & Accessibility Training; Movies We’re Watching For; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

July 2018 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; Disability Advocates on the Plastic Straw Issue; Broadening the Demographicof Elected Officials; First Washington Lobbyist with Down Syndrome; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

June 2018 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities; Ways People Shame Mental Illness; Loopholes in Labor Laws Allow Wage Abuses for People with Disabilities; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

May 2018 Topics include: Seeking New Board Members; New Disabled Parent Adventures in Advocacy; America’s 3 Largest Psychiatric facilities Are Jails; Gaining Control of Your Money as You Become a Adult; ; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

April 2018 Topics include: Deaf President Now Student Protest Made it’s Mark; Stephen Hawkins Died, He Wasn’t Freed; Living with OCD and Claiming Disability Identity; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

March 2018 Topics include: HR 620 Update; Raising Kids w/ Disabilities; Inclusion Riders in Hollywood;Uber Not Offering Enough Accessibility; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

February 2018 Topics include: HR 620-Major Setback for Disability Rights; Gun Violence & Mental Health: Misconceptions vs Facts; President’s Budget Cuts Disability Services; The Intersectionality of Being a Black Woman with a Disability; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

January 2018 Topics include: Ed Roberts Day; A Disabled, Biracial & Total Normal Family; The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About; A Journey to Embracing Disability Identity; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.


December 2017 Topics include: Proposed Tax Bill; The Danger of Being Labeled “High Functioning”; Segregation Exists for Blind Students; Be The Change You Want To See; Public Transportation Effects the Entire Community; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

November 2017 Topics include: Gun Violence is not a case of Mental Health; International Symbol of Access; No Fault Insurance; Words Matter; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

October 2017 Topics include: Disability vs. The Workplace; Disability Discrimination; Disability Disclosure; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

September 2017 Topics include: Congress Working on Bill to Weaken ADA; Don’t Call Gaelynn Lea an “Inspiration”; Michigan Disability Summit; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

August 2017 Topics include: Alternatives to Ableist Language; Transitioning to College with a Disability; The Disability Conversation; Inclusion of Service Animals; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

July 2017 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; Wallgreens Sets a Great Example in Employment; The Senate-proposed Healthcare Bill; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

June 2017 Topics include: ADA Anniversary Celebration; Why did Marc Moreno Die; The Price of Disability Denial; Everything Everything – Not So Much; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

May 2017 Topics include: Public Forum: Michigan’s Disability Agenda; Sweet Access-Appeal (captioning); Take Action; Simulations do More Harm than Good; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

April 2017 Topics include: Not So “Special”; Person First vs. Identity First; Capturing the Disability Rights Movement; Coming Out as Disabled; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

March 2017 Topics include: Unapologetic Selfie Queen; Independence Myth; Womens History: Judy Chamberlin; People with Disabilities Fight Bias for Transplants; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

February 2017 Topics include: Disability & Tokenism; What “Walkies” Say to Wheelchair Users; Joyce Jackson: Black, Disabled & Phenomenal; Pushing for Community-Based Services; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

January 2017 Topics include: Ed Roberts Day / Disability Resistance, History & Pride; The Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Decade of Breakthroughs in Disability Rights; Speechless on Inspiration Porn; Is Bipartisan Agreement Hindering the Disability Rights Movement; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.


December 2016 Topics include: Right to Fly; Rise Up! Workshop; ADA Mandate for Movie Theaters; Deaf Community & Mental Health Services; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

November 2016 Topics include: Bottom Dollars; Self-Advocacy/Self-Acceptance; Inclusive Culture in Schools; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

October 2016 Topics include: Are You Planning to Vote?; Supreme Court Reviews FAPE Mandates; Join Our Advocacy Teams; Sweatshops Are Not the Model We Want to See; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

September 2016 Topics include: Crip the Vote; Close Captioning coming to Celebration Cinimas; The Truth About Disability; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

August 2016 Topics include: RAMP-A-THON, End Subminimum Wage; Make this Election Count; Disability Terminology in Literature; Upcoming Events at Disability Network.

July 2016 Topics include: ADA Celebration, Institutionalized as a Teen, Casual Ableist Language, Providing Access to Historical Sites, Book Club.

June 2016 Topics include: ADA Celebration, Me Before You Controversy, Inequity Shouldn’t be One of the Barriers, Helen Keller Day, Book Club.

May 2016 Topics include: Public Trust in Government, Parenting with a Disability, Accessible Events Policy, Graduation Gap, Book Club.

April 2016 Topics include: Disability Pride, Advocating at a Public Hearing, Commit to Inclusion, Fashion Model turns spotlight on ASL, Book Club.

March 2016 Topics include: Self Advocacy Skills, Inspiration Porn in High Schools, Family, Disability & Preparing for College, The Fight is Tiring, Book Club.

February 2016 Topics include: At Your Service, Back Pay for Sheltered Workshop Employees, Disability Segregation, Book Club.

January 2016 Topics include: Poetry Slam: Barrier, Commit to Inclusion, Disability Rights are Human Rights, Disability Q&A, Book Club.