“Access for All” Celebration Planned at Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market

KALAMAZOO, MI – Disability Network of Southwest Michigan will host the organization’s annual Access for All celebration at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market this week.

The Market, at 1204 Bank St. in Kalamazoo, will host the celebration, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Friday, July 29.

This year, the organization celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which ensures people with disabilities are free from discrimination in public spaces.

“Everyone wants access to their community – with or without a disability, access is what we want,” said Miranda Grunwell, community education coordinator for the network. “We want to be able to go to our library, vote, go to church, shop and be with our peers. Access for All is just this idea that we can all have access to our community.

Three awards will be presented at the celebration, including the Community Inclusion Award, the Jim Neubacher Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bob Davis Independent Living Award.

Summer treats will be offered to attendees at the event on Friday. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in RAMP-A-THON 2022, an annual fundraiser to build and purchase ramps for people with reduced mobility.

Grunwell explained that insurance doesn’t always cover the cost of installing the ramp, creating a need for fundraising.

“We’re asking the community to help us with ramps because then we can put ramps in the homes of people who can’t afford them because it allows them to stay in their homes,” Grunwell said.

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