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

North Country Community Mental Health to Host Traveling Art Show

 –  North Country Community Mental Health will be hosting the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards’ (MACMHB) statewide traveling art show, “Creative Minds Changing Minds,” during the month of October in Bellaire, Gaylord, Kalkaska and Petoskey. The show will be on display as follows: • Antrim County Building on Thursday, October 2 through Wednesday, October […]

Snow Removal Efforts to be Discussed at Snow Summit on Sept. 25 in TC

 –  The City of Traverse City is hosting a “Snow Summit” to discuss how our community can work together to manage snow removal. The conversation will take place on Thursday, September 25th at 5:00 PM in the Second Floor Training Room of the Governmental Center, and all community members are invited to attend. For more information […]

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

 –  Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning people with disabilities into “inspiration porn.”

KnowBullying, a Free App from SAMHSA, Can Prevent Bullying.

 –  Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or […]

Disability Network Receives $18,000 for New Beach Path at Clinch Park

 –                      A new beach pathway was installed at Clinch Park Beach in Traverse City last Friday thanks to the efforts of Disability Network Northern Michigan. The organization received a generous gift of $18,000 from philanthropist Casey Cowell to upgrade to an ADAWalk system designed by Michigan […]

Participants with SCI Needed

 –            The University of Michigan is conducting a survey study to learn more about bowel and bladder management and complications and their effect on quality of life amongst people with spinal cord injuries. In order to participate, you must: Be at least 18 years old Have had a spinal cord injury […]

Disability Network Seeking Funds for Ramp-a-Thon on Sept. 11

 –  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. Disability Network hopes to raise $21,000 to build ten full ramps with the […]

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 […]