disAbility Connections staff, board members and volunteers are involved in advocacy at local, state and federal levels to address barriers, provide input on necessary changes and to help collect information on needs in our community. Following are our current areas of focus.
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disAbility Connections staff are currently focusing on the following areas
Active Jackson - Attended by Brian Elliott, disAbility Connections staff. This group is concerned with all people being able to move around the city with ease using public transportation, bikes, wheelchairs, and mobility devices; also focuses on sidewalks with ADA accessible curb ramps and cutaways, proper signage, bicycle lanes as well as trails, walkways and other methods of connecting people throughout the city.
Continuam of Care - Finding safe, accessible and affordable housing is a challenge to locate in all our communities. disAbility Connections staff are members of the Continuam of Care for Homelessness in Jackson (Brian Elliott), Hillsdale (Jon Hart) and Lenawee (Brian Elliott) to provide input on housing needs of people with disabilities in our communities. These groups work to gather information on community needs, develop local plans and apply for funds to address local needs through HUD, MSHDA and other funding streams.