By Julia Reinstein As a person who has been able-bodied my whole life, I thought I was having one of those nightmares where you can’t move or run away. It took me half an hour to realize that I was, in fact, awake. This was real. It was the spring of my sophomore year of […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
By Matthew Snider, US Army, SGT, Ret. War takes a toll on the men and women who serve our country. The stories of courage, and the stories of the horror of combat, have filled our news channels for the last 13 years. The lessons learned from the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and other recent conflicts […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]