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Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities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

“Give Your Business the Upper Hand” in Michigan

Employers in the Great Lakes State know you can “Give Your Business the Upper Hand” in Michigan by creating job opportunities for workers with disabilities to reach their full potential and live the lives they choose! Find out more on employment and economic advancement, state data, legislation updates, training, and much more information for all […]

Enrollment Open for Michigan ABLE Accounts

Featured on State of Michigan, MI Student Aid on October 31, 2016.  Visit https://www.miable.org/  for additional information and resources. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life; and to provide […]

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 […]