Accessibility/Mobility

Adapted in TC: When others don’t know best

Featured in Record Eagle on November 19, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, local columnist. My friends meant well. “We’ve been to Europe, but you shouldn’t go. How would you navigate the narrow cobblestone streets and sidewalks in your wheelchair?” they asked. Confused, I responded “How do people already living and using wheelchairs in Europe manage?” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Travis White of www.learnfit.org 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 […]

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, […]

Get your tickets TODAY! Benefit Concert September 8

Join us on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. for an Access For Everyone Benefit Concert featuring acoustic guitar duo, Wyatt & Shari Knapp, at the Red Sky Stage in downtown Petoskey. Help us raise money and awareness to finish the beach access project at Wilderness State Park, located in northern Emmet county just south of the Mackinaw Bridge. […]

Adapted in TC: Open minds change lives

Featured in the Record Eagle on July 30, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, a local columnist This month, I met Los Angeles author, W. Bruce Cameron — “A Dog’s Way Home” (2017) — at the National Writers Series. Cameron, born in Petoskey, still frequents his family cottage on Holy Island in Lake Charlevoix. Years ago, […]

Fitness Can Be Fun For People with Disabilities

Guest blog post WRITTEN BY Travis White of learnfit.org Historically, access to physical activities for people with disabilities has been extremely limited. Think about it. For people with visual impairments, mobility issues, or mental health concerns, workout equipment, group exercise classes, and most sports aren’t even accessible, much less enjoyable. As a result, adults with […]