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.

  • 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.

  • Empowering Youth

    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.

  • Working Together

    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

FingerReader Reads Printed Text to People Who are Visually Impaired

 –  A team at MIT has developed a prototype for the FingerReader, a wearable device that helps a person who is reading printed text. The assistive technology can be used by people who are visually impaired and require help with accessing printed text, and those who need aid with language translation. Wearers scan a text line […]

The National Council on Disability (NCD) Welcomes Appointment of Taryn Mackenzie Williams as White House Public Engagement Advisor

 –  WASHINGTON – July 15, 2014 – The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, welcomes the appointment of Taryn Mackenzie Williams as an incoming Advisor at the Office of Public Engagement for the White House.  She began working in the position […]

Teen who is Paralyzed to Kick World Cup’s First Ball with Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton

 –  Colorado State University’s Idea-2-Product 3D printing laboratory has developed a robotic exoskeleton that allows individuals with mobility limitations the ability to walk. The fascinating device will be worn by a volunteer who is paralyzed who, with the help the assistive technology, will rise from her wheelchair, walk to the center of the field, and then […]

Disability Network to Host Smart Commute Breakfast on June 5

 –  Disability Network will be hosting a Smart Commute Breakfast on June 5, 2014 from 7-9 a.m. at their office in Traverse City. The event is a part of TART Trails’ efforts to encourage community members to bike, walk, carpool, or use public transit. Smart Commute is a week long celebration that takes place annually, and […]

Yes We Can Bike Tour for People of ALL Abilities to be Held June 14

 –  The Yes We Can Bike Tour, a ride for people of ALL Abilities, will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The community sponsored ride is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. Individuals are invited to bring their own bicycles; however, two-wheeled cycles, hand cycles, and tricycles will […]

Two Northern Michigan Beaches to be Accessible in Early June Thanks to Community Efforts

 –  As a part of their Access for Everyone Campaign, Disability Network has collaborated with community members to raise funds to make the beaches at Bryant Park in Traverse City and Camp Petosega in Alanson accessible in early June through the purchase of beach pathways. Ribbon Cuttings for the projects will be held on June 19 […]

Disability Network Empowers Individuals: Ben’s Story

 –  Ben is a young man who has learned that hard work pays off. He connected with Disability Network through the LIFE program when he was an ACE student with the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District. Ben’s disability is cognitive impairment. It takes him a little longer to learn and understand things than others. “Before working […]