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What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles
Our July Action Group meeting focused on sharing about upcoming events, like the topics for the next round of mini-conferences in August, October and November; on the upcoming recovery celebration and details about nominating people for recognition awards and volunteer opportunities; and on taking action as individuals on stigma. We reviewed a great article, Mental Health: The Stigma is Real by Amber Charette and talked about what we can do to make a difference. Here are the July Action Group meeting notes for more information. The next Action Group will be on Wednesday, August 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, via video conference among Traverse City, Cadillac, and Grayling.
For those interested in getting involved with the Sept 30 Recovery Celebration, here are the important forms:
- Award Nomination Form (due Aug 1)
- Celebration Registration Form (due Sept 19)
- Volunteer Sign Up Form
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman
Lynda Zeller, the Deputy Director for the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration for Michigan Department of Community Health, published a great article, called The Power Of Listening, about the importance of telling your story and listening to others in these times of great change.
Read about Self-Determination, the 7th Annual Recovery Celebration planned for September 30, Northern Lakes CMH’s move to a tobacco (and e-cigarette) free campus this fall, with a yummy recipe bonus! Our Journey – July 2014 Issue
Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. – Wilfred A. Peterson
The effort known as the Disability Visibility Project is kicking off Monday as a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit that allows everyday people to record casual, one-on-one conversations in an effort to preserve history. The recordings are frequently featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
StoryCorps’ recording booth in San Francisco is making sessions available between July 10 and Dec. 13 specifically for members of the disability community to record their stories. Additional times are expected to be added leading up to the ADA’s 25th anniversary in July 2015.
What’s more, recordings produced at StoryCorps’ booths in Chicago and Atlanta as well as through the organization’s MobileBooth, which travels to communities across the country, can also be tagged for inclusion in the project.
“The history of people with disabilities rarely appears in textbooks,” said Alice Wong who’s spearheading the effort. “I’ve had the good fortune to meet so many fascinating and amazing people with disabilities who have been fighting for disability rights for decades. I believe their stories and the stories of everyday Americans with disabilities should be preserved.”