LANSING, Mich. – Michigan residents who care for an individual with a disability will soon have access to special savings accounts to help them pay for certain expenses, thanks to legislation signed today by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Article V, Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor to sign legislation […]
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.
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.
Faith enjoys floating in a Mobi Chair in Little Traverse Bay.
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.
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.
By: ALIX HACKETT Want to make someone smile this holiday season? Assistive technology can be a game-changer for people who are blind or visually impaired, offering ingenious solutions in the classroom, at home or in the workplace. Right now, Perkins Solutions is making it easy to give the gift of accessibility with theirHoliday Gift Guide, […]
By SARAH ELMS Roger and Elaine Loeffelbein want to make sure another adult with disabilities won’t go through what their son did. A motorist struck and badly injured Mark Loeffelbein, 50, in June while he was pedaling his bicycle across Carver Street in Traverse City. He told first responders not to take him to the […]
By CRAIG CURRIER Even for the fully able-bodied, the world can be a cruel and challenging place to navigate. In northwest Michigan, we know all too well about low wages, unemployment, under-employment and the zig-zagging path to providing enough for yourself or your family. Imagine if, through no choice of your own, you were dealt […]
BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist I need to wash my hands. I need to wash my hands before putting food into my mouth at a swanky downtown restaurant. The wheelchair symbol restroom door is heavy and I can’t navigate it by myself; a server walks by and holds it open. Timely for me she was […]
We have heard over and over how important this show is to people who have faced challenges in the eye and come out the other side. It’s empowering to see that no matter what the challenge – mental illness, substance abuse, grief, loss, domestic violence, divorce, physical illness – we all have struggles sometimes and […]
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 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 […]
Craig Currier (231) 439-9358 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]