Parents/Caregivers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

The Autism Alliance of Michigan is teaming up with local museums and attractions to offer sensory friendly experiences for families and individuals on the autism spectrum during the month of April for National Autism Awareness Month. Special events, accommodations, and activities will be offered on the following dates and locations:   April 2nd-10AM-2PM Charles H. […]

Super Saturday Special – Feb. 6

SUPER SATURDAY SPECIAL Super Saturday Special: Show me the Money Day February 6th 2016 The Super Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative offers free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income families and individuals, seniors, persons with disabilities, and those with limited-English proficiency. The event will take place on Saturday, February 6th, […]

Achieving a Better Life Experience – ABLE Act Overview

Please note: The following has been cross-posted from the National Down Syndrome Society. In Michigan, the ABLE Act was signed into legislation on Oct. 28, 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S 313/HR 647) was introduced in the 113th Congress on February 13, 2013, by a bipartisan, bicameral set of […]

Adapted in TC: The Special Challenges of the Sight-Impaired

BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist Melinda Hollands is a wife, mother, social worker at Munson Medical Center, cross-country skier and person who is legally blind and is helping me learn what it’s like to navigate northern Michigan. I am extremely respectful of what Melinda knows experientially. As my friend, she is one of the most […]