No Barriers Global Impact Challenge Update

Virtual Diverse Survivorz

According to Disability Network’s Independent Living Program Manager Caitlin Chlosta, the five students that participated in the No Barriers Global Impact Challenge have all exited the Shawono Center and have returned to their home communities. Some of the students have maintained connection with Shawono and Disability Network and are helping to facilitate program development with the current group of students.

Due to COVID-19, plans for bringing in community members to teach and facilitate groups on recreation activities has been put on hold. However, the students have begun looking at peer mentoring opportunities within the facility and are currently exploring socially distanced volunteer and community engagement opportunities that can be facilitated virtually. The goal of these opportunities is to provide students with positive role models and positive experiences in their communities to help them develop productive free time activities that will serve them when they return to their home communities.

Click here to read the full article, "Giving Voice to the Voiceless."

For More Information

To learn more about Disability Network, the No Barriers project or the Diverse Survivorz please contact:

Caitlin Chlosta | Independent Living Program Manager | 231 922 0903 ext 323

Disability Network Northern Michigan | Learning Independence From Experience Website

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Disability Network Northern Michigan is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in northern Michigan. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. We educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating for social change in an accessible and welcoming community. Disability Network is  providing services to customers and community members via phone, email and online. Our office is closed to walk-in business until further notice.  We welcome you to virtually join us for peer support and connection with our weekly Zoom online events. Please see our website event page for Zoom online event details!



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