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

The Healing Power of Music

 –  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, […]

Detroit rapper who is deaf helps community make their own videos

 –  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 […]

Work Is a Pathway to Independence

 –  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 […]

Adapted in TC: Taking control of life’s biggest choices isn’t easy

 –  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 […]

Community Conversation to Take Place on May 12 in Gaylord

 –  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 […]

Adapted in TC: Answers to one of life’s biggest questions

 –  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 […]