Memorial Healthcare System Adaptive Sports Program

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 Adaptive Sports Program- baseballSports and exercise are not activities that can only be enjoyed by athletes. They are also activities that help those with physical health impairments and conditions to become active and healthy. Memorial Healthcare System is striving to promote and spread this message by creating their own Adaptive Sports Program to provide recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities. Their program includes strength & conditioning classes, as well as speed & agility classes in conjunction with baseball & softball training to provide this opportunity for those who qualify. The message behind this program supports the idea that exercise and sports are activities that everyone can participate in

DIG Internship Progam

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DIG has established a successful internship program for both undergraduate students and law students at our local universities. This past semester we hosted two interns. Tiffany Blackmon, from FIU College of Law, assisted with federal litigation, helped us establish our ADA Mediation Project. We file complaints on behalf of persons with disabilities who have been discriminated against with the Department of Justice. These complaints are sent to a mediator who attempts to resolve the case without litigation. This is an exciting new project for DIG and we will be expanding it this summer with our new class of summer interns. Our second intern was Samantha Belabin from the University of Miami, School of Education. She was a tremendous asset to us this spring semester and worked on many projects, with a particular interest in the area of autism. This summer 19 law students have applied to our summer internship project and we will be selecting three to work with us this summer on a variety of issues. They will be researching new legislation both State and Federal that pertains to the rights of person with disabilities, create a white paper on emergency preparedness and how persons with disabilities can best access those services and identify gaps or barriers that may exist. They will also work on several significant cases that DIG is litigating. Interns bring not only talent to our program but also expertise we may not have, hands on assistance in many areas and they are a lot of fun to have around the office. We thank Tiffany and Samantha for all they have done for the folks we serve and look forward to welcoming our new interns this May.

Matt Dietz standing with Tiffany Blackmon, our intern this spring.       Samantha Belabin and Debbie Dietz