Independent Living

Adapted in TC: ‘Adept’ Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Featured in Record Eagle on January 14, 2018 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, local columnist. “You seem extremely adept at handling that wheelchair,” a stranger remarks from the train platform in Grand Rapids. “Thank you,” I say. It’s a crisp winter night. My husband and I have been traveling all day. I’m tired, inarticulate — not my usual public […]

5 Ways To Support Our Work

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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 […]

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, […]