Parents/Caregivers

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 […]

Adapted in TC: A Love Letter to a Strong Woman, Friend

Featured in the Record Eagle on August 27, 2017 WRITTEN BY Susan Odgers, a local columnist. Patricia Nugent, 64, was one of the kindest, smartest, and strongest women I’ve ever called a friend. She died Aug. 16, 2017 from a form of amyloidosis, which affected her major organs. Pat was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, […]

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 […]