April 27th Meeting Notes

We had an amazing meeting. So much energy.  18 people in all participated from 2 -4:45PM. 9 let me know they couldn’t make it.  This will include some follow-up from this week.
The plan is still to do ADA Everyday events from July 26th (the day the ADA was signed) until September 28th. We have Eastern Market reserved for September 29th, though it seems unlikely we can do a large event that soon. This is only part of what we discussed.
Need some tech savvy people to get together and discuss best practices, software, etc.
Need to find money!!!   We need to get people to commit to dates. We need to contract with ASl Interpreters, Captioners, and Audio Describers.
Some ideas /groups we are pursuing:
  • SportsAbility   sport demos, classes
  • Cheryl Angeleli – wheelchair ballroom dance
  • Damon Keith Law Center – ADA
  • Mi-Alliance for Families
  • Special Olympics  Inclusive Sports
  • Mi-Ahead  College Accommodations
  • Food Justice – Kelly’s Kitchen, Ava Haberkorn –
  • Theo What you need to know about going to college w/a disability
  • Jerryl  Access Health Care Settings
  • Dessa  Organizing Accessible Political Events
  • Baba His court case
  • Victor & Lillian  Blind Issues
  • Paulette DJ for dance
  • Service Animals
  • Effective Communication
  • Housing – Marc Craig Community Housing network
  • Absentee Voter Registration Drive
  • Transportation  SMART, Mike Patten
Films confirmed:
  • My Girl Story, Tameka Citchen-Spruce
  • Camp via Netflix Party, Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht
  • Piss on Pity, the story of Adapt, Peter Grosz

Film Pursuing

  • Intelligent Lives —-Rich & Janice
  • Sins Invalid, New Day Films
  • When I walk, Jason DaSilva
  • CineAbility, Jenni Gold

Speakers confirmed(updated)

Speakers pursuing:
  • Leroy Moore
  • Jen Deerinwater
  • Corbett O’Toole
  • Lennard Davis
We have a working Google sheets – let me know if you are interested in accessing it.
Next Meeting May 11 at 2.
Excited yet???  Contact me with any questions or thoughts. Susan  248-767-2217

ADA 30 Planning Meeting April 27 2 PM

Topic: ADA 30 Celebration Planning Meeting
Time: Apr 27, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time )

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1. Description of revised plan going forward

a. 1st Confirmed presenter. August 19th Steve Brown,

2. Volunteer Tasks

a. Identify Existing Virtual Conferences, Webinars, Meetings

b. Identity existing content on YouTube

• Arts (film, concerts, art display, poetry)

• Sports (paralympics)

• Discussion (Ted Talks)

c. Contact people about creating content

• Artists

• Sports

• Self-Advocacy

• Disability Networks

• University Disability Services or Academics

• Disability Justice warriors

• Historical disability figures

d. Research Technology

• Zoom add-ons and integration (Calender)

• Private Facebook or YouTube or? page

• Captioning, cost

• ASL, cost•Audio Describing, cost

e. Contact Press

• Community Calenders

• News articles

3. Funding

4. Everything else

Agenda April 13 2PM

Detroit is going to need this event more than ever, and we now have the potential to reach far beyond metro Detroit to all of Michigan and anywhere that receives internet.
Susan Fitzmaurice is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  https://zoom.us/j/9783393541

ADA 30 Celebration

Disability Rights to Disability Justice

Agenda April 13

1.Most resource tables are not paying the table fee

  1. Cancel resource tables or
  2. Give them more time

2. Little money being raised

  1. Fear that the event will not take place (COVID-19),
  2. Lack of Interest, or
  3. Not enough people trying to find sponsors

3. Easter Market Venue & COVID-19

  1. Keep it and hope we can have it there,
  2. Keep it and reduce the activity level,
  3. Cancel,
  4. Change venue to a smaller space

4. ADA Everyday

  1. Have virtual programming July 1-26 or 30
  2. Still need sponsors
    1. Captioners/CART
    2. ASL interpreters
    3. Audio Describer
    4. Technological Support
    5. Zoom fees and others
    6. Hosts and other volunteers
    7. PR

c.  Alternative to resource table, 5 minute PSA or Zoom interview

d.  Who to ask to perform, lead discussions, present, poetry, tour facilities

Becoming Virtual

I’ve been spending a lot of time online these last few days, including helping pull-off a conference that 328 people attended. So I have a new vision for the ADA Celebration. An event online everyday July 1- 27th. July 28th hopefully at Eastern Market.
Events via Zoom can be interactive discussions, presentations, musical & theatrical performances, art demos & displays, poetry readings, films – use your imagination.
To prevent Zoombombing, attendees will need to have an entrance key (1 per individual/family.) purchased in advance. Hopefully the cost will be negligible – $5.00 – or included with the purchase of a shirt.
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So sponsors are needed more than ever. Each day’s event will have one or more sponsors who get some time before or after the event to introduce themselves.
This means we would have 27 days of disability events of all kinds, geared to all kinds of people – no matter what happens with COVID-19. And if it’s safe, we will have the biggest celebration ever at Eastern market on the 28th. So who do you know that might want to lead a discussion, make a presentation, or perform????
Finally, just a reminder, table fees are due now. (Some of you have paid, thank you.) I’ve attached a new invoice in case you’ve misplaced yours.
Stay healthy and keep 6 feet away!! Remember, we have a meeting next Monday at 2.


ADA 30 Tshirt On Sale for Pre-Order

unnamedThis is the front. It will be printed at the end of May. They will be shipped to you, picked up at Eastern Market on July 28th, or other possibilities to be arranged.

Printed on heavy duty 6oz. 100% marine blue cotton that lasts and lasts. Silk screen ink that holds up for hundreds of washings.

Back of ADA shirt

All sizes $18.00 if ordered and paid for by May 30th. After that children’s shirts will remain $18, adult small- 2xl $22, and adult 3xl and 5xl will be 25.  Other sizes (infant, 4XL, 6XL) and styles available by pre-order only.

Available for pre-order at Teddy’s Ts!

March 23 Plnning Meeting Update

We had 12 people come together on March 23rd to discuss the ADA Celebration.  Susan made it clear it was too soon to cancel, but alternative ways to celebrate needed to be explored.

There was extensive discussion of workshops/discussion held online or at Eastern Market on history of disability, ableism, inclusive practices in  political activism, privatizing disability services, alternatives to guardianships, benefits planning, and reduced access to services to Blind people.

There was a discussion of showing films online or at theaters on different dates. A video guide to the resource tables was explored if we had to cancel Eastern Market. A parade being planned in Ann Arbor was discussed.  We covered a lot of ground in an hour.

We need sponsors!!!!

Is there a topic you would like to lead a discussion on? Online discussions will likely find a place in the celebration even if we have an event at Eastern Market. Think about ways we might foster a more inclusive disability community by reaching out to those overlooked among us.

We’ll meet gain in 3 weeks. April 13th at 2PM via Zoom.  A reminder notice will be sent.

If ADA 30 tshirts (design above) were made available by preorder by June 1 at $15, and afterwards for $20 would you buy one?  More than one?  I need to decide whether to print tshirts or if the corona virus has hit our pocketbooks too hard to think about it.