At Disability Network, it’s in our power to change everything, from individual lives to the wider community. We help people with disabilities and their families lead more productive lives in Northern Lower Michigan.  But our efforts don’t just benefit them. They help everyone, with and without disabilities, who lives in, works in, or passes through our community.  It’s our mission to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities.

  • December Events Calendar

    December Events Calendar

    Join in the fun, meet new people, and grow & develop new skills! Check out our December Calendar of Events.

    Get involved with community events, peer to peer groups, and other fun Disability Network events throughout the month of December.

    Do you have something you’d like added? Email Demarie with the details and your contact information.

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  • Happy Holidays from the DNNM team!

    Wishing you Happy Holidays!

    Wishing you a beautiful Holiday Season full of joy, kindness, and love.

    Our office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 30, to allow our staff to enjoy the holiday season with their family and friends.

    We look forward to continuing to help you, your loved ones, and our community in 2017!

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Recent Posts

Can you help? Michigan Community Needs Assessment Survey for Individuals with Disabilities

 –  MSU Project Excellence has created two surveys: One for people with disabilities, and the second is for families/caregivers/ advocates. Your responses will be used to help DNNM and other agencies provide the best services to individuals with disabilities in Michigan. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary, and if you are not comfortable answering […]

MI DDI Online Survey

 –  Can you help?  The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is asking individuals to take their quick survey to help plan their work in the next five years.  This plan will be used to apply for federal funding in order to maintain MI-DDI as Michigan’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  The mission of MI-DDI […]

A New Era of Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

 –  Featured on the website Motherboard.Vice.com on Oct. 31, 2016. Written by Joseph Neighbor. 3D cameras have ushered in a new era of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. One such project, the Wheelie, allows users to control a wheelchair using only their facial expressions. Designed by Paulo Gurgel Pinheiro — a Brazil-based Intel® Innovator, co-founder and […]

Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities

 –  Featured on The Huffington Post  on Nov. 1, 2016. By Zachary Fenell, the Mobility Resource   Discussing disabilities may feel like trying to avoid metaphorical tripwires. One innocent misstep and an able-bodied person may receive a tongue lashing just for saying “handicap vehicle” instead of “wheelchair accessible vehicle.” To help you sidestep situations like the one above, […]

“Give Your Business the Upper Hand” in Michigan

 –  Employers in the Great Lakes State know you can “Give Your Business the Upper Hand” in Michigan by creating job opportunities for workers with disabilities to reach their full potential and live the lives they choose! Find out more on employment and economic advancement, state data, legislation updates, training, and much more information for all […]

Enrollment Open for Michigan ABLE Accounts

 –  Featured on State of Michigan, MI Student Aid on October 31, 2016.  Visit https://www.miable.org/  for additional information and resources. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life; and to provide […]

Shop Your Community Day

 –  Ready, Set, Shop! Support Disability Network and get a jump on your holiday shopping at Shop Your Community Day on Saturday, November 12, in downtown Traverse City. It’s easy to give!  Visit any participating downtown merchant, do your shopping, and at checkout let the merchant know you want to support Disability Network as your non-profit.  Every purchase […]

BATA Survey Link

 –  Your thoughts matter to BATA!  BATA is currently trying to more deeply understand community needs in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties.  This summer BATA conducted two focus groups and a survey of community and business leaders to develop transportation plans that respond to changes in our region. Now BATA is engaged in Phase 2 … conducting […]

Bryant Park Beach Cleanup with FLOW

 –  Help keep our beautiful beaches clean and accessible for everyone.   You’re invited! Make a difference and be one of the 13,000 volunteers that participate each year in beach cleanups! Our friends at FLOW (For Love Of Water) are organizing another beach cleanup this year as a part of Alliance for the Great Lakes’ September Adopt-a-Beach […]