The Pursuit Of...
The Pursuit Of...
Jun 11, 2023
The Pursuit Of Disability Network Northern Michigan
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Our guests today are Demarie Jones, an independent living specialist, and Alanna Lahey, the Associate Director of Disability Network Northern Michigan. We had a discussion about their titles to ensure accuracy. Demarie identifies herself as an advocate for people with disabilities when asked what she does. Alanna affirms this and adds that Demarie also holds the title of social worker, among others. They often receive questions about Disability Network, its purpose, and its role in the community. People sometimes mistakenly assume that they determine disability status and provide financial assistance. The organization focuses on generating awareness and addressing the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. Both Demarie and Alanna have been with Disability Network Northern Michigan for several years and actively engage in advocacy efforts, including meetings with representatives and senators to bring attention to disability-related issues. They emphasize the importance of personal stories and experiences in making a meaningful impact during these discussions. They also highlight the successful three-year process of changing the accessible parking signage in Michigan to include an active person in a wheelchair, reflecting a more inclusive and accurate representation. Despite the time and effort required for such changes, they remain dedicated and optimistic about their work."The Pursuit Of..." is a podcast produced by New Leonard Media
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