ONGOING EVENTS (daily details further below)

Wednesdays at 3 PM EST we will show a shorter movie with a disability theme and have a discussion afterwards. Meeting ID: 862 6229 2411 Password: movieclub

Wednesdays at 6PM EST Ron Bassman and Susan Fitzmaurice will host Judi Chamberlin’s room where we will discuss mental health issues after watching a short video from Mind Freedom International exploring a specific topic. Everyone is welcome, if you agree or disagree, have your own experiences or not. You must pre-register to participate. Ron Bassman is a licensed psychologist who writes about “the recovery path, an individual struggle of becoming.” He seeks to challenge the misconceptions of both mental health professionals and the general public, while inspiring fellow travelers. 

Saturdays at Noon EST Scott Cooper will assemble a group of people who knew a prominent disability advocate to share stories, photos and film clips. Will last several hours. Please pre-register.


Thursday, January 14 at 3:00 PM EST – Accessible Yoga, A Class for All Abilities This rejuvenating seated yoga class is designed to be accessible to all, no matter what your ability level or yoga experience. You will learn  that many yoga poses can be done while seated in a chair, while participating in this refreshing and meditative adaptive yoga class. The class will be taught by Ryan McGraw. Ryan approaches every class with the belief that everyone can do yoga. As a person with cerebral palsy who has been practicing yoga for 15 years, Ryan is well aware that yoga poses can be adapted to meet the needs of the student, no matter their ability level. Ryan earned his 200-hour yoga teaching certificate in 2011 and has completed two adaptive yoga teacher trainings with Matthew Sanford. Ryan received his Master’s Degree in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2013. For his Master’s Thesis Ryan created an adapted yoga manual for people with disabilities. He has written about his yoga experience in “Yoga and Body Image”, a collection of essays from people who are not the average yoga practitioner, and recently published an article in “Yoga International” on why it is essential to teach accessible yoga in 200 hours of teacher training courses. Ryan is the Healthcare Community Organizer at Access Living in Chicago, where he advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 PM EST – We will watch “What is Mental Health” from the Voices for Choices video series. Then guests David Oaks and Al Galves will engage us in a discussion. David W. Oaks, co-founder and former Executive Director of Mind Freedom International, has been a psychiatric survivor, human rights activist, since 1976. David is also on the Board of Directors of the United States International Council on Disability and Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition. Al Galves, PhD, has been fighting biopsychiatry and advocating for safe, humane, life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies and terror. You must pre-register to participate.

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 PM EST – Movie: Murderball – a 2005 American documentary film about athletes who are physically disabled who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games.

Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 PM EST – Repeat presentation of “What is Mental Illness/What is Not?” – by popular demand David W. Oaks and Al Galves will continue the discussion with new point of view. You must pre-register to participate.

Thursday, January 28 at 3 PM EST – Dance Who Ever You Are, Where Ever You Are with Jess Martin (they/them/their), Choreographer, Dancer, Public Speaker – Join us for a loosely structured dance class, a fun experience moving to music.  Elaine Kolb, singer/songwriter, will kick things off with her original: THE SONG OF LIFE, which feels like a square dance number. Then, for about an hour, Jess will guide us through a series of exercises and free-form dance moves, which can be adapted for individual bodies. A variety of styles of music will be provided. Then, there will be about a half hour of questions & comments.  For more information, please email Jess at Facebook:  Explore With Me. Jessica-Jess Martin is a dancer, choreographer, public speaker, producer, and writer. They have been a lifelong dancer, but became a professional dancer in 2011, when they choreographed their first piece called, “Flying Friends” for MOMENTA DanceCompany located in Oak, Park, Illinois.

FebrUARY 2021

• Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 PM EST – “Assisted Suicide Laws and Depression” presented by disability rights activist Anita Cameron. Anita has been involved in social change activism and community organizing for 36 years. As a teenager, the 51-year old Chicago native joined peace and justice organizations and participated in nonviolent civil disobedience. In 1986, Anita joined ADAPT, a national, grassroots disability rights organization, and has been a member for 31 years, serving as a national organizer, strategist and police negotiator. Sbe is very proud of the fact that she has been arrested 124 times with ADAPT doing nonviolent civil disobedience after the style of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM EST – “Psychiatric Drugs / Choices and Challenges”

Saturday, February 13, Noon to 5:00 EST – Retrospective on Ed Roberts, Father of Independent Living, hosted by Scott Cooper.

Monday, February 15 at 3 EST – presented by Barbara Pritchard

Future 2021 EVENTS

The Hardback Story presented by Brian Martin – When Brian was 18 years old, with graduation just around the corner, he was in need of a job! His family and friends (old and new) gathered to form a team of support. Together they helped him launch a customized business that would create a line of products, not only for his self, but hopefully for others. His passion for books and keeping the earth a great place for all of us to live inspired him to create an eco-friendly business; springing old books into a new purpose. He makes writing journals and other items from discarded media. He calls it a microenterprise because he is the entrepreneur of this small business. Brian has a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, and a customized job is always the best way for him to accentuate his strengths. The business has been running for over 10 years now. Just like many self-employed business owners, Brian relies on the help and support of others. It makes working more fun and he gets advice and input from a variety of people. His product list is growing and you can find his items at local fairs, conventions and expos, and in his Etsy shop. Most importantly, with the help of a Social Security PASS, Brian is making an income! Just like other employed business people, he is paying taxes and receiving benefits. He feels like he is contributing to his own wellbeing, as well as present and future work potential. He has reached an important goal of earning his Medicare Credits before his 22nd birthday! Visit Brian’s business at or He may be contacted at

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I Love you, Lead On! Justin Dart’s words inspire MI-ADA to continue the journey. There Will bê events Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3 PM EST (11AM PT), and Wednesday 6 PM (2 PM PT). All day Saturday events are dedicated to a retrospective on one person’s life in the disability movement. There will be additional hosts, and international content. We are transitioning to a membership organization for $5 or $10 a month .

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Currently, these are all virtual events. Closed captioning will always be available. ASL interpretation on request a week in advance. Audio description will be added for primarily visual events. There is no cost to participate. But you will need to pre-register at Eventbrite to get a password. Event titles will all be Eventbrite links a week ahead.

ADA 30 Michigan, I Love you, Lead on Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at MI-ADA are required to adhere to the following code of conduct. This code will be enforced throughout all events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
To ensure that conference sessions are informational and fun, and allow everyone to feel included and safe to participate, MI-ADA is dedicated to providing an experience free of hate speech and harassment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate hate speech, disrespect, or harassment of conference participants, including presenters, in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not acceptable, except with topic appropriate and pre-arranged presentations. MI-ADA  participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from MI-ADA at the sole discretion of MI-ADA organizers.

Our primary web address is . Some events will now cost $5.00, but a monthly membership is available for $5 or $10.



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