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.

  • 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

Disability Network to Host Ramp-a-Thon on Sept. 11 for United Way’s Day of Caring

 –  Disability Network is hosting their 3rd Annual Ramp-a-Thon on Thursday, September 11 from 10AM-3PM in honor of United Way’s Day of Caring. The Day of Caring  was created to provide the opportunity for community members to support various local nonprofits through volunteerism. During the Day of Caring, Disability Network hopes to build ten full ramps […]

And the Number Is In! Labor Dept. Sets 7 Percent Hiring Goal

 –  By Barbara Otto After months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to improve the employment outlook for people with disabilities—setting a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities. The Labor Dept. updated Section 503 […]

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 […]