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

Disability Issues Take the Lead in Record-Setting Years for Civil Rights Complaints

 –  By Christina Samuels Disability issues made up close to half of the complaints received by the U.S  Department of Education’s office for civil rights over fiscal years 2013 and 2014, far outpacing the next highest category for complaints, which was sex discrimination. The figures come from a recently-released report from the civil rights office that was submitted to […]

Community Invited to North Boardman Lake District Celebration on May 16

 –  Community members are invited to attend a celebration of the North Board Lake District from 10am-4pm on Saturday, May 16 at Hull Park in Traverse City. The event will include adaptive sports and various recreational opportunities available in the newly branded corridor. Various businesses in the district, including Disability Network, will have informational booths. In […]

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Provides Funding to Make Zorn Beach Accessible

 –  Craig Currier (231) 439-9358 – ccurrier@petoskeynews.com HARBOR SPRINGS — Zorn Park beach soon will be equipped with a mat across the sand and chair providing access to the water for people with disabilities thanks to a generous gift from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Sara Ward, Program Officer at the Foundation stated, “One of […]

Adapted in TC: Coping with ripple effects of suicide

 –  By SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist ‘Hello, hotline,” the woman answered. “I need to talk with someone,” I said. “In the past five weeks, two of my neighbors, a 19-year-old woman in one family and a 59-year-old man in another, died by suicide.” “I’m here. Tell me more,” she said. As a therapist and educator I’m aware […]

YOUR SAFETY CAN’T WAIT

 –  Michigan’s roads, bridges and highways were once the envy of the nation. The state that put the world on wheels built the country’s first concrete road over a century ago. Today, Michigan’s roads and bridges are dangerous. You see and feel their teeth-jarring, crumbling condition every time you drive. Our kids are on Michigan’s roads […]

The Lighthouse to Host Adaptive Sports this Summer

 –  The Lighthouse is offering FREE Adaptive Cycling and Paddling Clinics through Summer 2015. People of all abilities are invited to experience cycling and paddling with the use of adaptive equipment and modifications as needed. The Lighthouse’s clinics will provide an opportunity to exercise, connect with people, socialize, and experience the beauty of Northern Michigan. All […]

Char-Em Transit Summit to Take Place on April 23

 –  Community members are invited to attend the Char-Em Transit Summit on April 23 from 11a.m.-1p.m at the Emmet County Fairgrounds (1129 Charlevoix Ave., Petoskey.) Attendees will have the opportunity to: Learn about the state of transit in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties from local and regional transit providers. Share ideas regarding how transit can help meet […]

Regional Road Update and Proposal 1 Overview To Take Place in Cadillac & TC

 –  The community is invited to learn more about the region’s roads and the upcoming transportation funding proposal at public forums in Cadillac and Traverse City on April 22nd. During the forum, Networks Northwest will share information on the state of the region’s roads, addressing road condition, road safety, upcoming construction, and related issues. In addition, […]