Parents/Caregivers

Adapted in TC: How we create our lives

Featured in the Record Eagle on July 29, 2018 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers Without the arts, I would not have found my way out of despair. That’s what I was thinking last week, during lunch, with my friend, Janet Greenhut. Janet’s an Ann Arbor physician; specializing in clinical preventive medicine. She helps people change behaviors that affect their […]

Adapted in TC: Oh, the places you can go

Featured in the Record Eagle on July 1, 2018 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers Summer is officially here. Residents and visitors alike are asking me, “What’s happening in northern Michigan?” Here’s a sampling: On June 25, the Bay Area Transportation Authority launched the Bayline bus route in Traverse City. The Bayline is free to everyone and […]

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 […]

New Medicare Cards Are Coming. What you need to know.

Have you heard that medicare cards without social security numbers are coming soon?   Starting in April 2018, Medicare will begin mailing new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits.  Why?  To help protect your identity, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.  Instead, the new cards will have a unique Medicare Number.  This […]

Sensory-Friendly Production coming March 24!

Accessible and Entertaining Shakespeare Performance for Individuals with Special Needs Old Town Playhouse to offer its first sensory-friendly theatrical performance The Old Town Playhouse, in partnership with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), is pleased to announce a unique sensory-friendly performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, March 24, from […]

After I’m Gone: April 18 & 19

    After I’m Gone is a two-day 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. Join us for a FREE two-day workshop with information presented by The Arc of Northwest Wayne County, on April 18 & 19, […]

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?” […]

September is National Preparedness Month

Don’t wait. Communicate!  September is National Preparedness Month.   Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? A 2-minute video brought to you by the Ready Campaign and Ad Council showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.  The Public Service Announcement emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building […]