Independent Living

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 […]

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 […]

Adapted in TC: Similarly different cultures

Featured in the Record Eagle on September 24, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, local columnist Adam and Zack Khalil’s film, “INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]” left me breathless. Screened at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, the unique storytelling helped me learn more about the Ojibway and reconnect […]

September is National Preparedness Month

Don’t wait. Communicate!  September is National Preparedness Month.   Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? A 2-minute video brought to you by the Ready Campaign and Ad Council showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.  The Public Service Announcement emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building […]

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, […]

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 […]