disAbility Connections - Jackson MI

disAbility Connections - Jackson MI Non profit social service agency and Center for Independent Living providing programs and services
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Finding joy in the little moments, and appreciating life's simple pleasures are key ingredients to a fulfilling life.   ...
03/20/2024

Finding joy in the little moments, and appreciating life's simple pleasures are key ingredients to a fulfilling life. 😁

Today is International Day of Happiness. We're taking a look at the holiday plus the happiest US cities according to a Wallet Hub study.

Resting your eyes, recharging your body, and dreaming of wonderful things are just a few reasons to love bedtime.     😴
03/15/2024

Resting your eyes, recharging your body, and dreaming of wonderful things are just a few reasons to love bedtime. 😴

World Sleep Day (WSD) is an annual celebration of sleep & call to action on important sleep issues organized by World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society

Red Nose Day is not only about the red noses; it's about making a difference by having fun. Join the laughter and suppor...
03/15/2024

Red Nose Day is not only about the red noses; it's about making a difference by having fun. Join the laughter and support a great cause! 😆

Millions of children will spend this holiday season needing more: more food, more housing, more educational support. You can help make sure their new year starts with brighter possibilities.

Happy Pi Day (3.14)!  Enjoy these deals today only.
03/14/2024

Happy Pi Day (3.14)! Enjoy these deals today only.

Take advantage of these Pi Day (3/14) deals on pizza that are good for today only.

We will one day close this gap for individuals with disabilities
03/14/2024

We will one day close this gap for individuals with disabilities

Exciting discussions today with Clark Haase from Jackson County Intermediate School District and Jon Hart, Executive Director of disAbility Connections - Jackson MI! 🤝 We explored how JATA and other community organizations can join forces to bridge transportation gaps for individuals with disabilities. 🚍🤲 Closing this gap means addressing workforce shortages and boosting local businesses. Let's collaborate for a more inclusive and thriving community! 🌈🛣️

03/14/2024

Our Adrian office will be open tomorrow, from 8:30am to 12pm and will be closed from 12pm to 4:30pm.
We will be open the following business day.

If you need service during that time, please call the Jackson office at 517-782-6054.

Despite living in an iron lung for 72 years, Paul Alexander practiced Family Law and wrote a book.
03/14/2024

Despite living in an iron lung for 72 years, Paul Alexander practiced Family Law and wrote a book.

Mr. Alexander, who was stricken with polio at age 6, earned a law degree and wrote a 2020 memoir about his life using the iron lung chamber to help him breathe.

We are hiring! Accessibility Advocate & Community OutreachProvide Americans with Disability Act (ADA) resource informati...
03/11/2024

We are hiring!

Accessibility Advocate & Community Outreach
Provide Americans with Disability Act (ADA) resource information for the community. Provide individual/systems accessibility advocacy. Perform Access for All general accessibility evaluations of public businesses throughout the service area communities. Promote community awareness of the programs and services of the agency.

Provide Americans with Disability Act (ADA) resource information for the community.  Provide individual/systems accessibility advocacy.  Perform Access for All general accessibility evaluations of public businesses throughout the service area communities.  Promote community awareness of the progr...

03/05/2024
Brain Injury Awareness DayJoin the Brain Injury Association of America, NASHIA, USBIA and other members of the brain inj...
03/05/2024

Brain Injury Awareness Day
Join the Brain Injury Association of America, NASHIA, USBIA and other members of the brain injury community for Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 5-6, 2024 and help us win reauthorization for the Traumatic Brain Injury Act. 💚

During Brain Injury Awareness Month, help the 5.3 million people in the U.S. who are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability.

Developmental Disabilities Month: A World of PossibilitiesMarch 2024
03/04/2024

Developmental Disabilities Month: A World of Possibilities
March 2024

Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities and its partners collaborate to lead Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The annual campaign aims to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community...

Developmental disabilities can encompass a wide range of conditions that usually result in delays or impairments in key ...
03/03/2024

Developmental disabilities can encompass a wide range of conditions that usually result in delays or impairments in key areas, such as learning, language development, and motor skills. Behavior areas can also be affected, leading to challenges in self-control and interaction with others.

Developmental conditions typically arise before birth and are often caused by genetic abnormalities, prenatal exposure to certain substances, or complications during birth or early childhood. However, they can also be the result of injury or infection.

What is traumatic brain injury?Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a sudden, external, physical assault damages th...
03/01/2024

What is traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a sudden, external, physical assault damages the brain. It is one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. TBI is a broad term that describes a vast array of injuries that happen to the brain. The damage can be focal (confined to one area of the brain) or diffuse (happens in more than one area of the brain). The severity of a brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that results in coma or even death.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/traumatic-brain-injury 💚

Acquired brain injury hapens when a sudden, external, physical assault damages the brain. It is one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults.

01/23/2024

Your Voice Matters Participate in the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) based at the University of Kansas. About the surveyThe National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) gives voice to the concerns of people with disabilities, and documents their experiences with a variety of issu...

01/19/2024

We are in need of commodes. We have zero in the Loan Closet.
Thank you!

January recognizes Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille literacy system used by many with visual impairments. In 1...
01/16/2024

January recognizes Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille literacy system used by many with visual impairments. In 1829, at the age of 15, he developed a system of raised dots for those to navigate life and readings through their own system of literacy after living partially blind. Braille made the writing system after stumbling upon the “Night-Writing” system, created by Charles Barbier in the 1800's to help soldiers communicate at night without attracting attention; Braille modified it to create a system of literacy for the blind.

Image: Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power. -Louis Braille

2024 Ramp Application is available at
01/16/2024

2024 Ramp Application is available at

01/12/2024

disAbility Connections will be closed January 15, 2024 in observance of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Meanwhile , let's ask ourselves what Dr. King asked, "What are we doing to serve others?"

01/03/2024

Coming Soon!
The 2024 Ramp Application will be available January 15, 2024!

12/21/2023

Aaron Fotheringham dropped by the office for a quick run before winter break! Good thing we had open space!!

Video description: a remote controlled toy of wheelchair athlete Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham tears up the open room with his speed as it does wheelies, spins, and more.

Winter holiday party for the dC staff.  Good food, good people, good fun, bad karaoke singing, great time.  Happy holida...
12/20/2023

Winter holiday party for the dC staff. Good food, good people, good fun, bad karaoke singing, great time. Happy holidays everyone!

Ever searched for a piece of assistive technology to solve an everyday problem only to find it doesn’t exist, or the pri...
12/18/2023

Ever searched for a piece of assistive technology to solve an everyday problem only to find it doesn’t exist, or the price tag was outrageous? Perhaps you’ve even purchased a piece of assistive technology in the past and thought, “why didn’t I think of that?” or “I could have made this so much better.” Now you can.

Makers Making Change, a Canadian nonprofit, connects people with disabilities to volunteer makers, who collaborate to build low-cost alternatives to commercially available assistive technology.

Connecting end-users with engineers to bring assistive-tech ideas to life.

"The ADA requires that public accommodations maintain accessible features, including during inclement weather. Accessibl...
12/16/2023

"The ADA requires that public accommodations maintain accessible features, including during inclement weather. Accessible parking spaces, access aisles, curb ramps and accessible routes must be clear of obstacles, including snow. A business should ensure that shoveled snow is not dumped into any of the accessible features mentioned above. An accessible parking space or aisle is NEVER the appropriate place to store that inconvenient snow! "

Inclement weather is an inconvenience for many, but life-altering for others.

Expressing Our Gratitude to Consumers Energy FoundationWe are thrilled to share some wonderful news with you. We have re...
12/16/2023

Expressing Our Gratitude to Consumers Energy Foundation

We are thrilled to share some wonderful news with you. We have received a $1,500 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation, and we look forward to utilizing it directly for our community services. This is an excellent opportunity for us to continue making a positive impact, and we are grateful for their support.

12/14/2023

When the blockbuster "Barbie" movie becomes available for streaming soon, it will offer a new level of accessibility for people with disabilities.

'the animated TV show will celebrate the diverse ways kids think and express themselves, and help them develop a sense o...
12/14/2023

'the animated TV show will celebrate the diverse ways kids think and express themselves, and help them develop a sense of self and community. The series is geared toward children ages 4 to 8, and will premiere in the fall of 2024.

The series will feature a cast of diverse characters alongside a production team of neurodiverse and neurotypical writers, advisers and voice talent.

Holidays can be stressful for people and here are four methods to address those moments.1.  Attention Centering Techniqu...
12/11/2023

Holidays can be stressful for people and here are four methods to address those moments.
1. Attention Centering Technique's - aim to neutralize anxiety, it can often help to use techniques designed to focus attention beyond anxious thoughts.
2. Expressive creative strategies - To channel anxious thoughts or feelings in more productive ways, we might identify specific outlets to express creativity, such as working on a project, drawing, and athletics.
3. To monitor where anxiety arises, become more aware of anxiety triggers, and reflect on anxious thoughts and feelings, we might try strategies that foster self-observation.
4. To reduce residual, feelings of anxiety, it could help to turn attention toward your individual healthy habits, health
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409 Linden Avenue
Jackson, MI
49203

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(517) 782-6054

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To advance the independence, productivity and full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into our communities of Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties.


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