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Sensory Spaces for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, spaces that are too-bright or too-loud can be painfully overwhelming. Sensory-friendly activities can help.

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Opening Day in Detroit: Saginaw Super Fan Sammie Telder Never Misses a Game

Saginaw native Sammie Telder doesn’t miss many pitches, swings or catches during the 162-game regular season. She can't wait to see how her Tigers perform this year.

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Explore Black History Across Michigan

Visit some of these unique Michigan gems that tell the story of African-American contributions to our state’s cultural history.

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50 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Detroit Area

This list of 50 Black-owned restaurants in the Metro Detroit area need to be on your radar, if they're not already. How many have you eaten at?

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7 Detroit Black History Sites to Visit 

These historic Detroit sites and landmarks document both the triumphs and hardships of Black Americans who have ties to the city.

Second Baptist Church and the Alger Theater represent two of the most historic sites in Detroit in terms of significant Black history.
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Dr. King’s Detroit Legacy

The city of Detroit has a deep connection to the civil rights movement – especially to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some of the major ways King influenced the civil rights movement in the Motor City, according to the Detroit Historical Society.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Detroit in 2023

Celebrate the Jewish “festival of lights” by attending one or more of these five Hanukkah celebrations happening in or around Detroit.

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How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in Michigan

November is Native American Heritage Month. These Michigan sites and landmarks celebrate the rich and important history of Native Americans. Check out this list of Native American-owned businesses to support as well.

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Living with Spina Bifida: Holland Woman Advocates for Herself, Others

Lucia Rios has spent her entire life learning about spina bifida, the disorder she was born with – and she’s still finding out new information.

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What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Celebrating the cultures, achievements and traditions of the Hispanic community, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15.

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Where to Find Adaptive Kayaking Launches

Adaptive kayak launches offer easy in and out designs for paddlers of all mobility levels. Here are some places to find them.

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Detroit Juneteenth Celebrations in 2023

Metro Detroiters can meaningfully celebrate Juneteenth in Detroit in a multitude of ways, from festivals to special dinners to educational events.

Juneteenth in Detroit
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Pride 2023 Events Throughout Michigan

Festivals, parades and family-friendly activities are all on tap as Pride events fill up the summer calendar across Michigan.

Girlfriends meeting at the LGBTQI pride
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What is AAPI Month? 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a wonderful way to learn more about this important culture and its contributions.

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How to Enjoy Ludington’s New Accessible Water Trail 

It’s a short, protected route on calm water. Ludington State Park’s new accessible water trail is set to open this summer.

water trail
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New Bill of Rights for Travelers with Disabilities Won’t Replace Self-Advocacy 

Juanita Lillie, who is blind, says while she is happy to see a Bill of Rights for air travelers with disabilities, self-advocacy remains key. 

Juanita Lillie
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The Family Center of Michigan Helps Parents and Caregivers Find Resources  

The Family Center offers information and connections to community-based resources for families of children with special health care needs.

Girl Being Pushed in a Wheelchair
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Accessibility Series: Michigan Facilities with Hearing Aid Accessibility (Looping)  

A look at hearing loops in Michigan buildings, and why they can be so important.

Hearing impaired man working on laptop at office
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Coming Out at Work: Finding Support and Protection

Contributor Stephanie Munier Radant shares how she was met with support and kindness when she came out to her coworkers.

Stephanie Munier Radant
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Why Inclusive Pronouns Matter 

She/her or they/them? Inclusive pronouns are increasingly being used these days. Here’s what to know.

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Spotlight on Ocqueoc Falls, One of Michigan’s Few Universally Accessible Waterfalls

Enjoying waterfalls should be something everyone can do. Michigan has a couple great accessible waterfall locations in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

Ocqueoc Falls In The Lower Peninsula Of Michigan Is Handicapped Accessible
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5 Age-Bias Phrases to Stop Using 

Think it’s OK to poke fun at someone’s age? Think again. Age bias lurks in casual conversations and workplace discussions. Here’s how to stop adding to it.

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Accessible Boat Launches, Fishing Spots Across Michigan 

Boating and fishing are popular pastimes in Michigan, and accessibility is driving improvements to fishing piers and boat launches across the state.

young man in a electric wheelchair fishing
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How to Be an Accessibility Ally on a College Campus 

Educating yourself, being a good listener and supporting others are all key parts of being an accessibility ally on a college campus.

University students walking in campus
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Beach Wheelchairs Make Michigan Lakes More Accessible

Electric track chairs at state parks have made trips to the beach and even enjoying a dip in the lake much more accessible to people in the last few years.

Track chairs on the beach. Beach wheelchairs help expand access to lakes.
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Black Farmer Teaches Benefits of Organically Grown Produce 

Bruce-Michael Wilson rarely was sick as a child. He attributes his healthy childhood to eating what was grown on his family’s Michigan farm.

BruceMichael Wilson
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Accessible Beaches in Michigan 

Access to beaches and waterfront spaces is improving across Michigan as state parks and city beaches become places that people of all abilities can navigate.

a handicapped man at the beach. electric wheelchair. with assistant on bicycle.
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Accessible Trails and Fishing Spots Expanding at Michigan State Campgrounds and Parks 

If you or someone close to you needs easy-to-reach sites or trails at state campgrounds, or accessible fishing spots, here’s the best way to find them.

Handicapped camping sign in campground
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Accessibility Around Michigan, Barrier-Free Travel  

As the surge in travel and outdoor recreation continues, so do options for accessible spaces.

Arrived For Fishing
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People with Developmental Disabilities Find Success in the Workplace 

When you have a developmental disability, workplace issues can seem overwhelming. A company’s support can make all the difference.

Tim Hyatt with Peckham logo hat
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Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter 

Something as simple as entering a building can be downright dangerous for someone with a physical disability or other mobility issues.

disability in winter
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5 Ways to Support Black-Owned Businesses All Year Long  

Supporting Black-owned businesses should not be only a trend, but a year-round endeavor to be allies to everyone in our communities.

Black female business owner puts an open sign in the window
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Celebrate MLK Jr. Day Virtually this Year

Ways to honor and celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. around the state.

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