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.  It’s our mission to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities.

  • DNNM Job Club

    DNNM Job Club

    We invite individuals with disabilities to join us the second and fourth Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at our office for the DNNM Job Club.

    Our job club is a great opportunity to build your resume, interview skills, network, and find out insider’s tips on employment.

    All abilities are welcome to this free and informative club.

  • DNAC welcomes Munson Medical Center EMS

    DNAC welcomes Munson Medical Center EMS

    Join other peers with disabilities at our DNAC meeting on Feb. 11, at 1:30pm at our Traverse City office.

    Karen from Munson Medical Center Regional EMS Training, will be presenting “Hands Only CPR” & heart emergencies.

    Because this is a special presentation we ask that you RSVP with Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321.

  • Access For Everyone

    Access For Everyone

    Betsy wants what all individuals want, to be included. We work on building inclusive communities where everyone, of all abilities, can be included and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to a bigger community.

    Become involved with our Access For Everyone campaign.

  • Empowering Youth

    Empowering Youth

    Students in the LIFE program begin the school year at the high ropes courses at Lake Ann Camp. Youth learn about teamwork, 100% cooperation, and problem solving strategies.

    LIFE stands for Learning Independence from Experience.

  • Parent Network Workshop Series

    Parent Network Series

    Join us for our first Parent Network Workshop, Agencies and Action Planning, on February 17, from 6-8pm at our Traverse City office.

    This workshop is FREE to attend, but please RSVP by February 10 with Nicole Miller.

    SAVE THE DATES! March 16: Skill Building and April 13: Network and Sharing

Recent Posts

Greyhound agrees to settle disability claims

 –  By LYDIA WHEELER – posted on The Hill website on Feb. 8, 2016 Greyhound has agreed to pay $300,000 to certain passengers with disabilities and a $75,000 fine to settle allegations that the nation’s largest bus service violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims Greyhound Lines Inc. failed to maintain […]

Jobs for Vets! – Save the Date, March 22

 –  Jobs for Vets! – Hiring Event You’ve served our country, now let’s work for you. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Hagerty Conference Center | Traverse City, MI 49686. It can be overwhelming and difficult to find gainful employment as a veteran, and Jobs for Vets! successfully matches veterans with […]

Scam Alert – Fake Social Security Emails

 –  Posted on SSA Blog on January 27, 2016 by Amy Herbert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the […]

Fireworks-Free Fourth of July at select Michigan state parks

 –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 25, 2016 Contact: Stephanie Wirtz (DNR), 989-274-6182 or Lauren DeVol (Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency), 517-284-5236 Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers veterans quieter camping options in select Michigan state parks Although winter feels like it has just started, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors they can make camping reservations in select state […]

Super Saturday Special – Feb. 6

 –  SUPER SATURDAY SPECIAL Super Saturday Special: Show me the Money Day February 6th 2016 The Super Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative offers free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income families and individuals, seniors, persons with disabilities, and those with limited-English proficiency. The event will take place on Saturday, February 6th, […]

Achieving a Better Life Experience – ABLE Act Overview

 –  Please note: The following has been cross-posted from the National Down Syndrome Society. In Michigan, the ABLE Act was signed into legislation on Oct. 28, 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S 313/HR 647) was introduced in the 113th Congress on February 13, 2013, by a bipartisan, bicameral set of […]

Adapted in TC: The Special Challenges of the Sight-Impaired

 –  BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist Melinda Hollands is a wife, mother, social worker at Munson Medical Center, cross-country skier and person who is legally blind and is helping me learn what it’s like to navigate northern Michigan. I am extremely respectful of what Melinda knows experientially. As my friend, she is one of the most […]

Several States Poised to Offer Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans

 –  By PAM FESSLER  New laws in 35 states will allow more than 5 million Americans with disabilities to begin setting aside money for disability-related expenses without being penalized. Right now, many lose health and other public benefits if they save too much money, which is one of the main reasons for the high poverty rate […]

‘Not the only one’: Little girl who lost arm adopts kitten with missing limb

 –  By TERRI PETERS (TODAY parents)  Since their daughter Scarlette, 2, lost an arm to cancer as an infant, Simone and Matt Tipton have wanted to get her a pet with similar physical challenges. When the Trabuco Canyon, California couple heard about a kitten that lost its front leg, they knew they had found the next […]

We’re thinking about ADHD all wrong

 –  BY ANYA KAMENETZ (npr Ed) Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won’t sit still for circle time in preschool, she’s liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track for early intervention and potentially a lifetime of […]