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Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Group 1: Disability Network Southwest Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan | Organized by Global Ties Kalamazoo

  1. Anush ASLANYAN | Armenia 

  2. Karine GRIGORYAN | Armenia 

  3. Vipula SRIVASTAVA | India 

  4. Marthella Rivera ROIDATUA | Indonesia 

Meeting Resources
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Meet Your Speaker
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Leatrice Fullerton 


Advocacy & Community Education Director 

Disability Network Southwest Michigan 

Leatrice Fullerton is the Advocacy & Community Education Director with Disability Network Southwest Michigan. In this role, she works closely with staff to participate in different systems change activities and to ensure satisfactory community education presentations. Leatrice is well respected and sought after within the community to provide her unique perspective on a variety of issues including race, disability, and equity. Her commitment to creating positive change, coupled with her strong desire to serve her community, has led to her being appointed to the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Anti-Racism Transformation Team, the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together Planning Committee, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Advisory Committee, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Women’s Education Coalition Committee, and as the Board President with First Day Shoe Fund. After receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University, Leatrice has made it her goal to assist, advocate for, and to be a positive representation of people from different marginalized groups in all that she does. 

Meeting Details

Please join 10 minutes early

Login: 07:50 Eastern U.S. Time

Meeting: 08:00–09:30 Eastern U.S. Time

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Meeting ID: 898 4266 4319 

Passcode: IVLP 

Meeting organized by: Global Ties Kalamazoo in collaboration with Meridian International Center

Meeting Topic: Leatrice Fullerton will provide an overview of services and programs provided to the disabled community, advocating to protect the civil and human rights of individuals with disabilities.

About the Organization
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Disability Network Southwest Michigan (DNSWM) (Kalamazoo, Michigan) helps foster a community where people with disabilities are able to participate fully in everyday life with equal opportunities and self-determination. Whether someone has a physical, psychiatric, neurological, or sensory disability, the organization believes they should be able to thrive and grow at home, in the workplace, and in their community. Services provided include workshops and onsite training, technical assistance, and support in learning to be welcoming of people with disabilities as customers, clients, patrons, volunteers, or employees. DNSWM also serves as a disability rights advocate, protecting the civil and human rights of individuals with disabilities, and making sure that the laws put in place to protect them are vigorously enforced. At least 51% of their Board of Directors and staff members identify as having some kind of disability. Their philosophy has always been that people who live with a disability are experts on disability issues and that services they provide should be created with the direct input of those they will impact. 

World Institute on Diversity (California): - podcast


Ed Roberts - founder of WID:


IREX Community Solutions Partner Board


Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities:


Community Inclusion


Accenture report on diversity inclusion


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Phenomenal Women Support Group (Disability Network Southwest Michigan):


Changing Attitudes (Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor):



Mobility International USA:


Independent Living

Independent Living Support (Disability Network Southwest Michigan):


Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities:


Access Living (Chicago):



Subminimum Wage Employment and Workers with Disabilities:


Disability and Socioeconomic status


Financial Assistance and Support Services for People with Disabilities:


Ableism in Law Enforcement:


Workforce Training



Intersection of Disability and Everything Else (University of Alabama Birmingham):



Intersection of Disability and Race (Brandeis):


Intersectionality (Carbado, Crenshaw, May, and Tomlinson):


Poverty issues

Disability & Poverty (Center for Poverty & Inequality, University of California, Davis):


Disability and Poverty (Washington University):



Financial Inequality: Disability, Race, and Poverty in America (National Disability Institute):



​Accessibility and Technology (Department of Labor):


The ADA & Accessible Ground Transportation (ADA National Network):


Disability Overview & Housing (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development):




Higher Education and Disability (ADA):


Higher Education and Disability: Past and Future (Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa):


Educating Students with Disabilities in Higher Education (American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association):

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