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Telling Our Stories

At Disability Network Northern Michigan, we are helping people with disabilities live fully–engaged and self–directed lives in inclusive communities. We warmly welcome you to read the shared stories from people we have worked with to help them reach their independent living goals.

We cannot do this important work without you. Every gift of donated funds or your time makes a huge difference in the lives of the people we serve. Please consider a donation to Disability Network Northern Michigan or volunteer to be a change agent that enables people with disabilities to live fully–engaged lives.

Here are some of our latest stories:

Faith's Story


Before Faith began volunteering for Disability Network, she lacked confidence and didn’t have many social connections. Learn More.


When Amy woke up from surgery, her life was forever changed. . . . Learn More


 We wanted to share that our daughter expressed how much the LIFE Program experience meant . . . Learn More


The stars were aligned when we connected with Bill Zimmer at Disability Network Northern Michigan. Learn More.

S. Trout


Michigan Rehabilitation Services Student Champion Award Winner. Learn More.

Margaret's Story


My life changed from living in hell to living in heaven on earth. Learn More.


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Support Our Work

Disability can occur at any age and at any moment—in fact, 80% of us will have a disability at some point in our lifetime. Your support will help us to continue promoting personal empowerment and positive social change for individuals with disabilities. For every dollar invested in Disability Network, $13 is returned to our region. Our programs boost the economy, create a more inclusive community, and offer tax savings for Michigan residents. 

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About Us

Most people equate disability with limitations. It’s our job to change the perceptions and realities that prevent people with disabilities from sharing in the community. We provide training, mentoring and referrals to help people with disabilities and their families live productive lives. We also work on a larger scale, helping governments and businesses make changes that benefit everyone in the community.

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Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 922-0903
Fax: (231) 922-2597

Accessibility Statement:

Disability Network Northern Michigan is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience. This website has been developed to comply under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was enacted to eliminate barriers to information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage the development of new technologies to help achieve these goals. This law requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to information and data comparable to that which is available to individuals without disabilities. is regularly monitored to ensure that it meets the requirements of Section 508, along with the best practices outlined by the W3C’s (World Wide Web Consortium’s) Web Accessibility Initiative, specifically WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Level A Compliance. We are diligently working to reach and maintain a higher standard of accessibility, which is Level AA Compliance of W3C’s WCAG standards. Because technology changes rapidly, this is an ongoing process.

If you experience any accessibility issues in relation to this website, please contact us. Let us know which page or item you need help with and we will provide a solution that works for you within a reasonable period of time. Questions, comments or complaints about the accessibility of our website, videos or documents can be sent to Jennifer Hutchinson at