Samir's Story


Samir Downhill Skiing

Samir is kind of like a local rock star. He is often seen zipping around town in his motorized scooter.  His true joy in life is to get up, get out and stay active. That’s how he discovered Disability Network. “They were presenting a new mobility mat at Grant Park. It was a ribbon-cutting.” Someone suggested that he might enjoy volunteering at the office. He soon signed up and began helping out the office staff by answering the phones. He loved feeling respected and appreciated for the work he could do. This wasn’t always the case for Samir. “Ten years ago, when I moved to Traverse City, I applied for dozens of jobs. None of them even called me. They couldn’t look past my wheelchair to see my ability.”

Samir moved to Traverse City at the suggestion of his best friend, Nick. After years of visiting his friend, he finally made the decision to move up north. “I just love being in the outdoors. I am active with the Northern Michigan Adaptive Sports group. We ski at Crystal Mountain.”

During the state-mandated quarantine, Samir has found it difficult to stay put. “Some days I just put on my mask and go.” He doesn’t like sitting in front of a computer, so the folks at Disability Network often check in on him by phone. He appreciates the calls he gets from his Disability Network family. He also looks forward to the day he will be back helping out in the office. Disability Network knows some of their consumers prefer phone calls to computers. So, they provide check in calls to help those who are isolated or lonely to feel connected.

 

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