We ask that Disability Network West Michigan follow the law by immediately taking the following action steps:
- Treat every member of the disability community who approaches the CIL with respect.
- The two leadership positions at Disability Network West Michigan must be filled by people with significant disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act in order to achieve 51%. Revising the number of leadership positions in order to create the illusion of compliance is not a step towards consumer control.
- 50% of all non-leadership positions must be filled by people with significant disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act.
- Create a system to accurately track and report the number of people with significant disabilities employed by the CIL.
- Create a plan to affirmatively hire people with significant disabilities as required by the Rehabilitation Act.
- Investigate and address discriminatory hiring and firing practices by the Center.
- Create a Board nomination and election process that is open to the Muskegon disability community.
- Provide contact information for Board members to the public.
- Fully and accurately report the number of people with significant disabilities serving on the Board in each year’s 704 report and directly to the public.
- Complete a full audit to ensure that Disability Network West Michigan is fulfilling its financial obligations to the public.
Individuals with significant disabilities as defined in section 7 of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 364.4 of the IL program regulations: This refers to an individual with a severe physical, mental, cognitive or sensory impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited and for whom the delivery of IL services will improve the ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the family or community or to continue in employment.