Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celebrate the achievements of those with disabilities

With March being Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, an event is planned in Troy to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and talents of people with disabilities.

The “Champions for Achievement Celebration” was scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 at the Troy Community Center. Charlie Langton of Fox 2 News and WWJ-AM will emcee the free event.

“This is to celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurship of people with disabilities,” said Lindsay Calcatera, the manager of development and communications at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, a non-profit with offices in Clinton Township and Auburn Hills.

“It will showcase many of the microbusinesses supported by the sponsoring agencies and the diverse array of products they have to offer,” she added noting about 30 vendors were expected to be in attendance.

In addition, there will be a talent show, she said. The event was sponsored by MORC, Community Living Services, and the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority.

Jerry Wolffe is the writer-in-residence and advocate-at-large at MORC. He can be reached at 586 263-8950.