Accessibility/Mobility

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Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities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

6 Awesome Assistive Devices for Those with Motor Control Issues

BY LUCINDA WATROUS posted on Huffpost Healthy Living Blog on May 13, 2016. In the United States, 18.7 percent of the civilian population between the ages of 18-64 lives with some kind of disability. Of that group, 1.9 percent of them live with a self-care disability, whether physical, mental, or emotional, that affects their ability […]

Irish start-up wants to be Google Maps for people with disabilities

BY JONATHAN KEANE March 06, 2016 – posted on Mashable In 2012, Matt McCann visited London thinking he had booked the perfect hotel room. Beyond searching for a good price and decent location, he needed a hotel designed with accessibility in mind. McCann has cerebral palsy and uses a rolling walker to get around, and found a […]