Family Supports

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As children grow into adulthood, abilities, needs and the nature of available resources change. Additionally, as family members age, their needs for additional aid may become more apparent. Disability Network Northern Michigan's Family Supports guide families with youth and adults with disabilities to the many supports available through healthcare and educational resources.

Our approach to accessing financial and other supports allow for a balanced independent
living plan including the following resources for:

 

Parent Network

Parent Network Smiling BoyDisability Network’s Parent Network connects parents, guardians and families of individuals with disabilities to one another for peer support, information and resources. Topics are chosen to help families learn about community resources as well as build skills. Information ranges from advocating, benefits planning, person-centered planning to group discussions about family life.

The Parent Network Workshops are held in a casual setting that allows you to network with other parents and guardians while sharing your personal experiences. Sharing in creative problem-solving leads to success! Our Parent Network Coordinator Nicole Miller has a wealth of knowledge and resources in her toolbox to share with the group. Nicole can answer your questions and help guide you on the right path with your specific needs.

 

Social Engagement

Zoom Coffee Talk Series

Coffee Talk ImageDisability Network invites you to virtually join us for our Parent Network Zoom Coffee Talk Series for information and conservation. Parenting is a hard job. Join us and learn about resources that can be helpful and support your loved one as they grow. 

Advance registration is required with your Zoom meeting facilitator Nicole Miller at nicole@disabilitynetwork.net.


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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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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
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