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

Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention

 –  This Policy Research Brief, created by the University of Minnesota, is second in a series investigating poverty and disability. The purpose of the brief is to provide an in-depth national and state understanding about poverty and disability by investigating how people with disabilities in poverty fare in the labor force and employment, compared to those […]

Free Currency Reader Program for Blind and Visually Impaired Offered by Bureau of Engraving and Printing

 –  As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. Download the application to order a currency reader here. On July 3, 2014, the BEP announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency […]

HUD AWARDS $150 MILLION TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES AND SERVICES TO EXTREMELY LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 –  Rental assistance to prevent unnecessary institutionalization WASHINGTON – To help prevent thousands of individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly falling into homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is awarding $150 million in rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies.  In turn, the state agencies will […]

Tax Incentives Encourage Employment of People with Disabilities & Promote Accessibility

 –  The Internal Revenue Code includes several provisions aimed at making businesses more accessible to people with disabilities. The following provides general – non-legal – information about three of the most significant tax incentives. Small Business Tax Credit (Internal Revenue Code Section 44: Disabled Access Credit):  Small businesses with either $1,000,000 or less in revenue or […]

Finding my Voice: Faith’s Story

 –  Before Faith began volunteering for Disability Network, she lacked confidence and didn’t have many social connections. “I got out, but it was minimal. I was always quiet, and never felt like I was really needed,” she said. Now, Faith serves as a Volunteer Community Advocate for Disability Network. “I wanted to work with children, yet […]

Disability Network Hopes to Raise $42,660 to Make 4 Beaches Accessible by Summer 2015

 –  Disability Network is excited to announce this year’s Beach Access Projects as part of their Access for Everyone Campaign. The 501c3 nonprofit hopes to raise a total of $42,660 to make four beaches accessible by Summer 2015 to individuals with mobility barriers – including those who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, prosthetic devices, strollers, etc. This […]

Student Conference Teaches LIFE Skills & Inspires Youth

 –  The annual regional LIFE Student Transition Conference welcomed approximately 280 high school students with disabilities from 17 schools in Northern Michigan on December 9, 2014. The keynote speaker, Mo Gerhardt, accompanied by Lavoi, his service dog, took the stage and shared his life story to motivate the students to overcome their disabilities and live life […]

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse

 –  By Shane Burcaw I was recently out on a dinner date with my lovely girlfriend, Anna, when a stranger approached to have a friendly conversation. He said he was a huge fan of my column, and then turned to my girlfriend and asked, “Are you his sister?” Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with his […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

 –  This short three minute video describes the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease—how it damages the brain and how it affects behavior—in a simple, clear way. Every family caregiver should watch this to better understand what is happening with their loved one. Click to learn more.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend MI Council for Exceptional Children Conference from March 4-6

 –  And the Top 10 Reasons are… •Collaborate and network with experts in the field and other professional colleagues from around the state •Be a presenter and share your knowledge • Be a part of the largest and longest running special education conference in Michigan • Celebrate Michigan students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members for […]