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.

  • October 2017 Events Calendar

    October Events Calendar

    Join in the fun, meet new people, and grow & develop new skills! Check out our October Calendar of Events.

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

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

  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Celebrating disability inclusion for more than 70 years! We believe inclusion drives innovation.

    During the month of October we especially celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. Visit to learn more about grassroots events that are planned and additional resources.

    Different perspectives play an important role in workforce success and successfully problem solving. We celebrate diversity & inclusion in the workforce, and the many contributions of the skills & talents that workers with disabilities bring to places of employment.

  • Parent Network Workshop Series: October 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Topic: Network and Sharing

    Parent Network Meeting

    Join us for our FREE Fall Parent Network Workshop Series on October 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eight Street in Traverse City. Parking is located in the rear of the building.

    This is a casual setting that will allow you to network with other parents and guardians, and share your personal experiences. Sharing in creative problem solving leads to success! Our Parent Network coordinator, Nicole Miller, has a wealth of knowledge and resources in her toolbox to share with the group. She can answer your specific questions and help guide you to the right path for your current questions and needs.

    We ask that you RSVP with Nicole Miller in advance by calling 231.922.0903 ext. 318 or email her at

  • CP Connect Group on October 27, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

    CP Connect

    CP Connect is a group for individuals with Cerebral Palsy to come together to connect, build friendships, and share resources.

    Be part of this new group and voice what matters to you. Join us on Friday, October 27, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at our office located at 415 E. Eighth Street, Traverse City (parking is in rear of building).

    Share your ideas, resources, experiences, and thoughts in a safe place with others who understand.

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Back to the Outdoors #OutdoorsForAll

 –  Featured on UpNorthLive with Marc Schollett on Friday, October 6, 2017 WPBN/WGTU (Kalkaska County) — Getting around in the woods is never that easy, but it’s extra hard for folks dealing with issues like traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations, dementia, or PTSD. A Northern Michigan man has launched a new guiding business called Restorative Outdoor Services that will […]

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 –  Inclusion Drives Innovation  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” According to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, “Americans of all abilities must have […]

You’re Invited…Fall Open House

 –    We are hosting a Fall Open House on Thursday, October 26, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at our Traverse City office.  We invite all community members to attend, and will be providing light refreshments.  Come meet our friendly and helpful staff, find out more information about the services and programs we offer, and discover […]

We’re an Impact 100 finalist!

 –    We are thrilled to announce that Disability Network Northern Michigan is one of five finalists in the inaugural year of Impact 100.  Impact 100 is a transformational granting organization that is made up of 255 local women that have each pledged at least $1000 with the goal of awarding two grants of $127,500 each to […]

World Mental Health Day – Oct. 10

 –  Information from World Mental Health Day is coming up on Tuesday, October 10, and marks the 25th anniversary of this important day. World Federation for Mental Health founded this awareness day in 1992, and people all around the world have been holding events, sharing resources, bringing awareness forward for mental health and celebrating #WorldMentalHealthDay. […]

Planning Your First Biking Expedition – 3 Things You Need To Know

 –  Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Travis White of If you’ve decided to participate in your first triathlon, long-distance mountain biking trip, or camping and trail-riding adventure, there are a few things you should know ahead of time. Beginners often don’t realize that your mind, body, and gear need to be in tip-top shape before […]

Adapted in TC: Similarly different cultures

 –  Featured in the Record Eagle on September 24, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, local columnist Adam and Zack Khalil’s film, “INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]” left me breathless. Screened at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, the unique storytelling helped me learn more about the Ojibway and reconnect […]

September is National Preparedness Month

 –  Don’t wait. Communicate!  September is National Preparedness Month.   Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? A 2-minute video brought to you by the Ready Campaign and Ad Council showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.  The Public Service Announcement emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building […]

Grass River Natural Area – Braille Field Guides

 –    The education director, James Dake, at the Grass River Natural Area has released the “Field Guide to Northwest Michigan,” a guide to local flora, fauna, geology, and history of the region.  Through a grant from the Michigan Braille Transcribing fund, they were able to transcribe this field guide into Braille. They have 28 Braille […]

Adapted in TC: A Love Letter to a Strong Woman, Friend

 –  Featured in the Record Eagle on August 27, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, a local columnist. Patricia Nugent, 64, was one of the kindest, smartest, and strongest women I’ve ever called a friend. She died Aug. 16, 2017 from a form of amyloidosis, which affected her major organs. Pat was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, […]