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CIL DCAL Program Manager Eliot Carter at the Capitol Building in Lansing

DCAL Program Manager Eliot Carter in Lansing

Since the beginning of the Disability Rights Movement, when people with disabilities first gained civil rights in the U.S., having a productive and collaborative relationship with policy makers has been an important part of promoting opportunities and resources for people with disabilities.

While CILs conduct policy advocacy year-round, once a year, CILs across the state of Michigan get together to promote positive relations and shine a light on disability experiences with law makers. This past Tuesday, nine members of our staff and board, along with staff from CILs around the state, gathered in Lansing to connect with law makers and highlight current issues facing people with disabilities.

During a day-long series of meetings with officials representing all three counties we serve, Washtenaw, Livingston and Monroe, and beyond, we had productive and informative conversations sharing information and advocating for resources where needed. We touched on issues related to housing, transportation, care services, employment, education, benefits, and more. We also presented the Disability Network Michigan IL Champion award to Senator Ken Horn of the Saginaw area and Representative Terry Sabo of the Muskegon area, for their work supporting people with disabilities.

If you are interested in being a part of disability advocacy, we encourage you to join our Disability Community Action Lab (DCAL), where like-minded citizens get together to explore issues together and take action to share their voices. More information about DCAL is below. To get involved, contact