Disability Issues Take the Lead in Record-Setting Years for Civil Rights Complaints

By Christina Samuels Disability issues made up close to half of the complaints received by the U.S  Department of Education’s office for civil rights over fiscal years 2013 and 2014, far outpacing the next highest category for complaints, which was sex discrimination. The figures come from a recently-released report from the civil rights office that was submitted to […]

Free Events Celebrate Autism in April

Families living with autism and community members who seek to understand more about autism spectrum disorder can look forward to several free events set for this April, Autism Awareness Month. April 15: Empowerment in Inclusion, 7 p.m. Traverse Area District Library Woodmere branch, McGuire Room. Free seminar presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Northwest […]

Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Among the […]

Understanding the Content of the IEP Workshop to be Held on March 18

Michigan Alliance-PTI in Northwest Michigan is offering a free workshop, hosted by Nicole Miller, on March 18, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m at Disability Network, 415 E. Eighth St., Traverse City, MI. Sign-in opens at 6:00 pm. This workshop will help attendees better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. When families better […]

Finding my Voice: Faith’s Story

Before Faith began volunteering for Disability Network, she lacked confidence and didn’t have many social connections. “I got out, but it was minimal. I was always quiet, and never felt like I was really needed,” she said. Now, Faith serves as a Volunteer Community Advocate for Disability Network. “I wanted to work with children, yet […]

Student Conference Teaches LIFE Skills & Inspires Youth

The annual regional LIFE Student Transition Conference welcomed approximately 280 high school students with disabilities from 17 schools in Northern Michigan on December 9, 2014. The keynote speaker, Mo Gerhardt, accompanied by Lavoi, his service dog, took the stage and shared his life story to motivate the students to overcome their disabilities and live life […]

Top 10 Reasons to Attend MI Council for Exceptional Children Conference from March 4-6

And the Top 10 Reasons are… •Collaborate and network with experts in the field and other professional colleagues from around the state •Be a presenter and share your knowledge • Be a part of the largest and longest running special education conference in Michigan • Celebrate Michigan students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members for […]

Fire & Life Safety Workshop to be held on Feb. 19 for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community

The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department, Quota International Club of Traverse City, Grand Traverse Central Dispatch, Grand Traverse Industries – LIS’N, and Disability Network Northern Michigan are hosting a Fire & Life Safety Workshop on Feb. 19 from 5:45-7:00pm at the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station 11 (3000 Albany in Traverse City–located off of Veteran’s […]

Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to Host Saturday Special: Invest in Yourself on Feb. 7

The community is invited to attend a Super Saturday Special on February 7 from 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. at the TBAISD Career Tech Center (880 Parsons Road in Traverse City.) The theme of conference is “Invest in Yourself,” and will include FREE tax preparation, various workshops, and access to resources in our region. The event is FREE, and […]