Independent Living

Blind Advocate partners with U of M

WRITTEN BY Micah Walker For The Press & Guide, published on March 15, 2017 When transferring to a new college, most students spend their first semester learning their way around the campus, becoming familiar with their classes and professors, and making new friends. For Khodr Farhat, his experience was similar, but with one huge difference: he […]

NMC Designs Classes for Adults with Disabilities

Featured on Interlochen Public Radio by David Cassleman. Northwestern Michigan College will soon offer classes specifically aimed at adults with learning challenges and disabilities. The college announced the pilot program earlier this week. The eight courses will cover a variety of lifelong learning topics, including robotics and animal care. “They’re designed just to allow the […]

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, […]