Disability Network Offers a Sense of Belonging


AmberAmber is a vibrant young woman who loves fashion and music. She’s colorful, has a witty sense of humor, and was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance. “I had my first power chair when I was two and half years old,” shared Amber. “Living with my disability is hard. I wish that I could walk and talk better with people. When people first see me, they see that I am in a wheelchair, and that I drool sometimes. It’s hard because it doesn’t give them a chance to know me first. I wish I was given more of a chance sometimes.”

Amber was connected to Disability Network through Traverse Bay Intermediate School District’s ACE program. She currently volunteers as an Office Assistant, and is a member of Disability Network’s Advocacy Council and RICC. “I chose to volunteer at Disability Network because I wanted to help other people and become more connected with the community,” she stated. Through Disability Network, Amber has gained employment skills, a sense of belonging, and social outlets. She explained, “Disability Network has helped me make new friends and learn about new opportunities. Just because I am in a wheelchair doesn’t mean that I am less of a person.”

“Individuals enjoy volunteering at Disability Network because we are accepting of people with various backgrounds and abilities,” stated Lisa Woodcox, Volunteer Coordinator. “We look at a person’s gifts and talents, and match them up to opportunities based on their strengths and interests,” she reported.

“I am a person who is very smart and creative. It’s been a fun, awesome experience volunteering at Disability Network. I like being a part of the organization,” said Amber.

For more information about Disability Network’s programs, or to learn how to volunteer, contact Lisa Woodcox at 231.922.0903, ext. 14.






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