A Miracle Field designed to accommodate people with disabilities
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When the owners of the Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft were looking for a plan to develop nearby property, they were taken to a baseball field in Grand Rapids designed for people with disabilities. Jud Hoff says “In about five minutes we turned to each other and said ‘we have to do this.’”

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Jud Hoff says watching kids play baseball in the Miracle League you can see the “Joy and glee on their faces.” He wants to bring a new field and the opportunity for disabled kids to play baseball to Southwest Michigan. 

Hoff is one of the owners of the Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft, and president of the board of the Southwest Michigan Miracle League. A $1.1-million fundraising campaign is starting to bring a custom designed field in Schoolcraft. It will allow young people with disabilities to play baseball. A fundraising event is being held Saturday May 11th at the Dome Sports Center. Note: In an earlier version of this story, Jud Hoff's name was misspelled, we apologize for the error. 

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Learn how free showings of the award-winning romantic comedy "Keep the Change" about a couple with autism is being used by Disability Network Southwest Michigan as part of a lunchtime discussion and film series to encourage more inclusive environments. Screenings are in Kalamazoo (March 18), Battle Creek (March 26), and St. Joseph (March 27). All showtimes are 11:30 a.m.

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There's a grassroots group in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood gaining national attention for its success finding employment for harder-to-place job seekers, like ex-offenders, those with disabilities and single mothers re-entering the workforce. Momentum Urban Employment Initiative was founded four years ago this October. Ninety-three percent of its participants get full-time jobs, officials say. 

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