Research has shown again and again the undeniable healing power of music. One Interlochen alumnus is providing tangible evidence of that power, through work with soldiers who have sustained life-changing injuries on the field of battle, helping them find focus, voice and hope through conservatory-level training in music. Arthur Bloom, an Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus, […]
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.
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.
Faith enjoys floating in a Mobi Chair in Little Traverse Bay.
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.
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.
No one wants to feel like a slacker or be perceived as one. Adam shares some excellent advice about how to get necessary accommodations with the help of the school’s administration and professors.
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Sean Forbes is a rapper, writer, and video star in Detroit, MI. “I am just able to feel the music and I was born into a musical family,” said Forbes. “The bass and the drum are the most easiest for me to detect.” But Forbes didn’t stop with his own […]
By Guest Bloggers Susan Tachau, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation and René Bryce-Laporte, Principal at Bryce-Laporte Information & Consulting Americans have a strong rhetorical attachment to “work ethic.” Work is important. In many ways, contributing to society through work and the job you do actually defines you. Americans talk about taking pride in […]
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
My husband, Tom, and I wanted to start a family after 11 years of marriage. We visited plenty of doctors, midwives and specialists. Then we landed waiting in an exam room at a Detroit obstetric clinic. The director of the clinic, as part of our evaluation, wanted us to meet a genetic specialist. It was our […]
The DD Council wants to hear from YOU! Are you a person with a developmental disability, a family member of a person with a developmental disability, or an advocate for persons with disabilities? The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is gathering information on Tuesday, May 12 from 9:30-2pm at Treetops Resort in Gaylord for its next […]
Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Among the […]
BY SUSAN ODGERS My husband and I decided to start a family after 11 years of marriage. Doctors had encouraged me to use birth control throughout our marriage. My stroke, according to them, probably hadn’t impaired my fertility. Some said I’d need to consult medical experts to insure that I didn’t have another stroke or […]