Accessibility/Mobility

Protecting Our Rights Requires Vigilance

Featured in The Record Eagle on May 6, 2018 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers My paternal grandparents, Ann and Roy, were extremely important to me. As their first grandchild, they supported me and my parents in every way that mattered. My grandfather, an immensely decent human being, stood for hours outside of my hospital room after […]

Crawford County Millage Proposal Would Help Pay For New Buses

Featured in the Crawford County Avalance WRITTEN BY Dan Sanderson, staff writer Crawford County voters will decide a millage proposal on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot to keep the Crawford County Transportation Authority buses rolling.  A .25 mill request to increase funding for the transportation system, better known as Dial-A-Ride, will be on the […]

BATA Round Table Discussion – March 8, 3:00 p.m.

Let’s try this again….The BATA Round Table Discussion has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. Join us on Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at the Disability Network office* for a BATA Round Table Discussion. A representative from BATA will join us to answer your questions, listen to your comments, and hear […]

BATA Round Table – RESCHEDULED

The BATA Round Table Discussion has been RESCHEDULED due to illness.  The new date is yet to be determined and will be announced on our website and social media.  Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. You’re invited!  Join us on Thursday, February 8, at 3 p.m. for a BATA Round […]

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 […]

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 […]

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Inclusion Drives Innovation  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” According to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, “Americans of all abilities must have […]