Reuben's Story


Advocate Reuben Miller has challenged and brought about disability culture change in Grand Traverse County for decades. As a founding board member of the Traverse City Center for Independent Living and the Traverse City Area Association for a Barrier Free Environment, Miller has worked with county and state officials to further accessibility according to the civil rights outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Miller continues to be a champion for Disability Network’s Peer Advocacy Group where he works to open the community’s eyes to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. “There is life after a disability. People need to understand that I am not bound to a wheelchair. A wheelchair does not reflect who I am or how I live my life.”


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Together we can change attitudes and perceptions about disability while making community connections. Join us and be part of something bigger.  Disability Network invites you to virtually join us for our online Peer Advocacy Group Zoom Meetings. Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others. Learn leadership skills. Voice what is important to you!


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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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Traverse City, MI   49686

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