Parent Network

Disability Network’s Parent Network connects parents, guardians, and families of individuals with disabilities to one another for peer support, information, and resources.  Topics are chosen to help families learn more about resources and the community, as well as skill build.  Information ranges from advocating, benefits planning, self-determination and person-centered planning, to group discussion about family life and needs.  For information about the group contact Nicole Miller at 231.922.0903, ext. 318.

Looking to stay connected? Connect with our Disability Network Parent Network Facebook page.



Parent Workshop Series: Feb. 21, Mar. 21, and April 18 & 19 - special workshop, After I'm Gone

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Join us for our Winter Parent Network Workshop Series, February through April.  This series is FREE and both February and March workshops are hosted at the Disability Network office located at 415 E. Eight Street between the Family Video and “The Box.”  Parking is located in the rear of the building.  These workshops are on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on February 21 and March 21.  The meeting on April 18 & 19, “After I’m Gone”, is a special workshop being hosted at Faith Reformed Church located at 1139 E. Front St, Traverse City – see details below.

The March 21, Parent Network meeting will host Hillary Kanady from Area 4, Area Work Incentives Coordinator from Social Security Administration via a live webinar.  Kanady will give an overview of Social Security Administration and work incentive programs.

These workshops are a casual setting that will allow you to network with other parents and guardians, and share your personal experiences.  Sharing in creative problem solving leads to success!  Our Parent Network coordinator, Nicole Miller, has a wealth of knowledge and resources in her toolbox to share with the group.  She can answer your specific questions and help guide you to the right path for your current questions and needs.

We ask that you RSVP with Nicole Miller in advance by calling 231.922.0903 ext. 318 or email her at


 AFTER I’M GONE (special workshop) – April 18 & 19

After I'm Gone - special workshop on April 18 & 19.

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After I’m Gone is a workshop designed to assist families who have a child or an adult with a disability in planning for their future when that caregiver is no longer able to provide care.

Topics Include:

  • Person Centered Planning and Self Determination
  • Social Security, Medicaid, and Adult Home Help Programs
  • Supporting People in Decision Making (alternatives to guardianship)
  • Estate Planning
  • Mental Health Services / Home and Community Based Services

Join us for a FREE two-day workshop with information presented by The Arc of Northwest Wayne County, on April 18 & 19, at Faith Reformed Church in their Family Life Center, Rooms 1-3, located at 1139 E. Front St, Traverse City.


Workshop Hours:  

  • Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Thursday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. (light refreshments provided)

For more information, request specific accommodations, and to RSVP for this workshop contact Nicole Miller at Disability Network Northern Michigan at 231.922.0903 ext. 318 or

After I’m Gone is provided in partnership with Rotary Club of Traverse City, through a grant from the Good Works Committee.



Family Supports and Resources Flier

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We understand that parenting is a hard, but also rewarding.

Join our team and learn about additional resources that can be helpful and support your loved one as they grow.  Sharing in creative problem solving leads to success.

ASPPIRE Social Group

This program is currently a pilot that will continue into 2018.  This provides the opportunity for individuals over the age of 18, and not receiving supports from an educational program, to participate in a program designed to improve on social skills on a weekly basis under the guidance of a trained facilitator in a small group setting.  Topics include organizational skills, building and maintaining relationships, employment skill building and planning outings in the community, among others.  For information about this group contact Nicole Miller at 231.922.0903, ext. 318.

Upcoming Webinars

Michigan Alliance for Families – on demand webinars

National Autism Association Autism Atrium Program free ongoing and recorded webinars