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 or without disabilities, who lives in, works in, or passes through our community.

  • Healthy Recreation

    Healthy Recreation

    Jake shows off his pumpkin he carved during a DNAC gathering. DNAC provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to gain independent living skills while connecting with community.

  • Students in the LIFE program begin the school year at the high ropes course at Lake Ann Camp. Youth learn about teamwork, 100% cooperation, and problem solving strategies.

    Empowering Youth

    Students in the LIFE program begin the school year at the high ropes course at Lake Ann Camp. Youth learn about teamwork, 100% cooperation, and problem solving strategies.

  • Changing Lives

    Changing Lives

    Faith enjoys floating in a Mobi Chair in Little Traverse Bay.

  • Inclusive Communities

    Inclusive Communities

    Dave takes a stroll to the shoreline at Petoskey State Park Beach with his grandaugher for the first time. As an Access for Everyone volunteer, he helped raise funds to make the beach accessible for everyone.

  • Erin builds ramps during Disability Network's Ramp-a-Thon in honor of United Way's Day of Caring. She helped raise funds to construct 15 ramps for community members in need.

    Working Together

    Erin builds ramps during Disability Network’s Ramp-a-Thon in honor of United Way’s Day of Caring. She helped raise funds to construct 15 ramps for community members in need.

  • Independent Living Skills

    Independent Living Skills

    Carley learns how to prepare a healthy veggie stir fry during a DNAC cooking class. The workshop was a collaborative effort between MSU Extension and Disability Network.

Recent Posts

Traverse City Public Pier Project Workshop: December 11

 –  TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City is moving forward through the design process for the proposed Public Pier and will host a third interactive public workshop at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th in the 2nd floor Training Room of the Government Center, located at 400 Boardman Avenue. The workshop held last month focused […]

Adapted in TC: Privilege isn’t always about economics

 –  BY SUSAN ODGERS Before I used a wheelchair, I’d never heard the term ableism. I didn’t realize the privilege my physical abilities gave me. I thought, at age 18, everyone was basically like me and if they weren’t, I figured they adapted or opted out of participating. Ableism is a form of discrimination or social […]

ACT-GT & Zonta Club Host Special Needs Day at Festival of Trees on Nov. 20 in TC

 –  ACT-GT and The Zonta Club are once again hosting Special Needs Day at the annual Festival of Trees on November 20th at The Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Special education classrooms will be visiting the event in the morning from 9:00AM-1:00PM. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to attend this FREE event from 1-3PM. During this […]

Disability Network Provides Much Needed Support to Veterans: Jason’s Story

 –  Jason is one of many veterans trying to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury. Disability Network works closely with returning veterans, helping them reintegrate back into the community. “Thanks to Disability Network’s help, I’ve been able to get out of the house and become more social,” stated Jason, who served in […]

The City of TC Strives to Keep Sidewalks Accessible for Everyone this Winter

 –  As winter approaches, the City of Traverse City reminds residents and business owners that they are responsible for the removal of any snow and ice that accumulates on the sidewalks immediately adjacent to their property. City officials are also encouraging residents to help their neighbors and relatives who have difficulty removing snow from their sidewalks. […]

City of TC to Host Public Pier Design Workshop on Nov. 19

 –  The City of Traverse City is hosting a Public Pier Design Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 7-9pm at the Governmental Center (400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City, MI.) All community members are invited to attend and provide input regarding location, uses, needs, and impacts of pier alternatives. The newly designed pier will provide unique, outstanding […]

I got 99 problems…palsy is just one: Maysoon Zayid’s TEDTalk

 –  “I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this compelling, yet funny, talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali,” she shares. With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist, and advocate […]

Gov. Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in efforts to hire people with disabilities

 –  LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting, Gov. Rick Snyder said. Snyder on Monday issued an executive directive requiring the government adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people […]