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.

  • September 2017 Events Calendar

    September Events Calendar

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

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

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

  • Parent Network Workshop Series: September 13, 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 starting on September 13, 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

  • Disabilities And Women North (D.A.W.N.) meeting September 29, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

    DAWN – A Group for Women

    DAWN is woman’s group where woman living with a disability come to share in discussion and support each other. This is a safe place to share your experiences, ask questions, and meet other women living with disabilities.

    Join us on Friday, September 29, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. We’ll watch “Temple Grandin – The Movie” and have a discussion after. Popcorn will be provided. We’ll also be brainstorming additional meeting ideas and outings!

    To RSVP or for additional information contact Demarie at 231.922.0903 ext.321

  • CP Connect Group on September 29, 3 - 4 p.m.

    NEW! 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, September 29, from 3:00 – 4:00 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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