Accessibility/Mobility

Blind Advocate partners with U of M

WRITTEN BY Micah Walker For The Press & Guide, published on March 15, 2017 When transferring to a new college, most students spend their first semester learning their way around the campus, becoming familiar with their classes and professors, and making new friends. For Khodr Farhat, his experience was similar, but with one huge difference: he […]

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 […]

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2016 – The Federal Communications Commission today amended its rules to allow phone companies to replace support for an outdated form of text […]

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Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities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, […]

Accessing Our Country’s National Park Sites and Sights

Featured on Disability Blog on July 21, 2016. By Guest Blogger Jeremy Buzzell, Chief of the National Accessibility Branch, National Park Service  2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service– a defining moment that offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments as we prepare for a new century of stewardship […]

Beach Access at Wilderness State Park – Fundraising Continues

BY MATTHEW MIKUS, featured in The Petoskey News on July 8, 2016. A fundraising effort will try to raise $13,250 to provide beach access to Wilderness State Park for those with mobility barriers. Disability Network of Northern Michigan, a nonprofit based in Traverse City, has worked to provide both mobi-mats and deck walking access. The […]