MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.
How do you write an end of year appeal letter in a year of so much loss? So many of those that will read this have lost someone this year. 2020 has brought tremendous pain to our disability community and the loss of our brothers, sisters, and siblings. Not only has COVID-19 killed our family, but it has also brought to the forefront ableist beliefs that our lives are not worth living and not worth saving.
While COVID-19 and social injustice crashed across our country, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) and advocates everywhere took to the internet to provide vital training, ensuring access to critical information, organizing constituencies, and providing spaces for healing and self-care. Each activity so crucial in these times, all of them virtual.
Training, knowledge, and organizing being implemented by community groups, grassroots advocates, and small nonprofits with no or minimal funds to their name. We know providing CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation or live subtitles), and sign language interpretation is a financial difficulty to many who want to guarantee access to everyone. Those who did have some funds had never offered these services on the platforms like Zoom we all got used to using this year.
MDRC is asking for your help in filling a much-needed gap in virtual advocacy. We will use year-end donations to build capacity and justice. Your year-end donation will go to supporting community groups doing virtual presentations to access CART and sign language interpreters quickly for their advocacy and community-building efforts.
Together, we can make sure that every person with a disability is included. Every donation will be put into our Cookie Gant Leadership Fund. The fund will continue to provide scholarships for people with disabilities to attend leadership training and support the inclusion of people with disabilities in virtual training. MDRC won’t just provide the financial resources needed to provide virtually accessible presentations; we also offer accessibility education to community groups that need it. Please help us support people with disabilities in accessing the information they need and the training they want. May we support all of our community to reach the goal of inclusive social justice.
Thank you for your support.
Theresa Metzmaker, Executive Director Sarah Slocum, Board Chair 2021 Myrtle Gregg-LaFay, Outgoing Board Chair
PS- Remember, the CARES Act allows those of you who take the standard deduction to deduct up to $300 for donations made to 501(c)(3) like MDRC.
PPS- You can easily donate online through Network for Good or by mail MDRC, 3498 East Lake Lansing Rd. Suite 100, East Lansing Mi 48911
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