Independent Living

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 […]

Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment?

Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? – by AbleData Published: 11/09/2016   Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? What is the difference between durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT)? According to the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, P.L. 108-364, AT is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired […]

Can you help? Michigan Community Needs Assessment Survey for Individuals with Disabilities

MSU Project Excellence has created two surveys: One for people with disabilities, and the second is for families/caregivers/ advocates. Your responses will be used to help DNNM and other agencies provide the best services to individuals with disabilities in Michigan. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary, and if you are not comfortable answering […]

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Stop saying “Wheelchair Bound” And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities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