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.

  • February 2017 Events Calendar

    February Events Calendar

    Love wins this month! Join in the fun, meet new people, and grow & develop new skills! Check out our February Calendar of Events.

    Get involved with community events, peer to peer groups, and other fun Disability Network events throughout the month of February.

    Do you have something you’d like added? Email Demarie with the details and your contact information.

  • Parent Network Workshop Series: February 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Topic: Michigan Rehabilitation Services

    Parent Network Workshop Series

    Join us for our Parent Network Workshop on Wednesday, February 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at our Traverse City office. This first workshop will focus on Michigan Rehabilitation Services and what types of services they offer for you and your loved one.

    This workshop is FREE to attend, but please RSVP by February 20 with Nicole Miller.

  • Disabilities And Women North (D.A.W.N.) meeting Feb. 24, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

    D.A.W.N.

    Disabilities And Women North (D.A.W.N.) is a group where women living with a disability come together to network, connect, build friendships, and support each other.

    Join us for on Friday, February 24, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. as we brainstorm meeting ideas, and outings!

    To find out more information or to RSVP contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321

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    Access for Everyone is a campaign to ensure that EVERYONE has the ability to actively work, play, and live in our community.

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Recent Posts

Adapted in TC: The necessity for invention

 –  Featured in The Traverse City Record Eagle on Jan. 14, 2017. WRITTEN BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist. As a person with a disability, I currently use both manufactured and homemade assistive devices. Like many people, I need help with activities of daily living, health care and recreation. Assistive devices allow me to do things independently. However, no […]

Tap30 to host accessibility fundraiser on Jan. 25!

 –  Tap30, located in downtown Petoskey, will donate $1 from each pint of craft beer sold from a special “do good” tap on Wednesday, January 25, from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m to Disability Network.  Each dollar donated to Disability Network during this event will benefit their Access for Everyone project at Wilderness State Park, in […]

Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment?

 –  Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? – by AbleData Published: 11/09/2016   Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? What is the difference between durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT)? According to the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, P.L. 108-364, AT is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired […]

FCC Clears Path for Real-Time Text

 –  Media Contact: Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509 will.wiquist@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC CLEARS PATH FOR TRANSITION FROM TTY TECHNOLOGY TO REAL-TIME TEXT Commission Moves Toward Modernizing Wireless Phone Text Compatibility WASHINGTON, December 15, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission today amended its rules to allow phone companies to replace support for an outdated form of text […]

You’re Invited! Education Commission’s northern Michigan Stop on Jan. 5

 –  YOU’RE INVITED! The Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Listening Tour – Northern Michigan Stop: Thursday, January 5, 2017 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm Traverse City Central High School 1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686   AGENDA: 4:00pm Welcome and Introduction of Commissioners 4:15pm Listening Session – Attendees and Commissioners break into small groups to discuss […]

Can you help? Michigan Community Needs Assessment Survey for Individuals with Disabilities

 –  MSU Project Excellence has created two surveys: One for people with disabilities, and the second is for families/caregivers/ advocates. Your responses will be used to help DNNM and other agencies provide the best services to individuals with disabilities in Michigan. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary, and if you are not comfortable answering […]

MI DDI Online Survey

 –  Can you help?  The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is asking individuals to take their quick survey to help plan their work in the next five years.  This plan will be used to apply for federal funding in order to maintain MI-DDI as Michigan’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  The mission of MI-DDI […]

A New Era of Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

 –  Featured on the website Motherboard.Vice.com on Oct. 31, 2016. Written by Joseph Neighbor. 3D cameras have ushered in a new era of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. One such project, the Wheelie, allows users to control a wheelchair using only their facial expressions. Designed by Paulo Gurgel Pinheiro — a Brazil-based Intel® Innovator, co-founder and […]

Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities

 –  Featured on The Huffington Post  on Nov. 1, 2016. By Zachary Fenell, the Mobility Resource   Discussing disabilities may feel like trying to avoid metaphorical tripwires. One innocent misstep and an able-bodied person may receive a tongue lashing just for saying “handicap vehicle” instead of “wheelchair accessible vehicle.” To help you sidestep situations like the one above, […]