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.

  • 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

Top 10 Reasons to Attend MI Council for Exceptional Children Conference from March 4-6

 –  And the Top 10 Reasons are… •Collaborate and network with experts in the field and other professional colleagues from around the state •Be a presenter and share your knowledge • Be a part of the largest and longest running special education conference in Michigan • Celebrate Michigan students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members for […]

Traverse City’s Nonprofit Paperworks Studio Moves Forward with New Vision, Partnerships

 –  Utopia Foundation steps forward to resurrect the nonprofit, which provides job opportunities for adults with disabilities, and helps steer it into global waters. TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — Finding a job in this economy is tough for anyone, but can be even tougher for adults with disabilities. So for the folks at Traverse City’s Paperworks Studio—and […]

Fire & Life Safety Workshop to be held on Feb. 19 for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community

 –  The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department, Quota International Club of Traverse City, Grand Traverse Central Dispatch, Grand Traverse Industries – LIS’N, and Disability Network Northern Michigan are hosting a Fire & Life Safety Workshop on Feb. 19 from 5:45-7:00pm at the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station 11 (3000 Albany in Traverse City–located off of Veteran’s […]

Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to Host Saturday Special: Invest in Yourself on Feb. 7

 –  The community is invited to attend a Super Saturday Special on February 7 from 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. at the TBAISD Career Tech Center (880 Parsons Road in Traverse City.) The theme of conference is “Invest in Yourself,” and will include FREE tax preparation, various workshops, and access to resources in our region. The event is FREE, and […]

Traverse City Public Pier Project Presentation: February 2

 –  TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City is moving forward through the design process for the proposed public pier and the project team will present the results of the design workshops at the City Commission meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015 (in the Commission Chambers at the Government Center, located at 400 Boardman Avenue) at […]

Adapted in TC: You have to know me to know my bleeding heart

 –  BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist “Your wife is a bleeding heart, whining liberal. She thinks everything needs to be fixed. Sometimes life is just life,” said the stranger on the street to my husband. “I’ll be sure and tell her,” my husband said. The woman’s comment made me smile. There was much she didn’t know […]

Web Portal Gives Veterans Easy Access to Michigan Works Online Services

 –  Veterans can access a variety of job seeker services by visiting a newly redesigned section of the Northwest Michigan Works! Career Café website. CareerCafe.org/vets puts key information for veterans on one web page. From that page veterans can contact staff at any Northwest Michigan Works! Center, link to veterans services, and take a brief survey […]

Adapted in TC: Receiving help is as important as giving

 –  By SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist My friend Tara, 28, is pushing my wheelchair along a snowy sidewalk to a restaurant just before New Year’s. “I know it’s great the way Tom helps you and never complains. Yet, I’m impressed that you’re not bothered by receiving help” she said. Her comment reminded me that being comfortable […]

Senior Helpers Offers Dementia Care Workshop Series

 –  The Senior Helpers are offering a free Dementia Care Workshop Series to community members and organizations. The three workshops are designed to provide caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia with engaging, positive, and cognitively appropriate interaction strategies and activities. The curriculum extends beyond the typical symptoms and conditions associated Alzheimer’s […]

Adaptive Aquatics Clinic to Take Place on Feb. 18 at GT Bay YMCA

 –  The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is hosting a FREE Aquatics Clinic for individuals with disabilities on February 18 from 5pm-7pm.  All pool users can benefit from the physical properties of water, which assist in healing and exercise performance. This clinic is for children and adults with special needs or disabilities. Our instructors will introduce children, […]