Who We Are

DNNM Team Jim, Caitlin, Katy Based in Traverse City, Michigan, we’ve been serving people with disabilities, their families, and the Northern Lower Michigan community since 2002. Our staff provides information, assistance, and support to people of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities. We also work on a larger scale, helping governments, businesses, and other organizations make changes that improve life for everyone in the community. 

How We Are Different

Our organization is led by a board and staff made up mostly of people with disabilities. We serve people with any type of disability, including those with “invisible” barriers such as learning disabilities. Instead of focusing solely on the disability, we address the needs of the whole person to achieve a more balanced life. And unlike many organizations, we’re here to support the community as well as the individual. 

Our Core Services

Information and Assistance:  DNNM Team Members Caitlin, Kristen

  • Who can help me when my Social Security Disability has been denied?
  • Where can someone get information and purchase assistive technology?

Individual and Systems Advocacy:

  • How can I be my own advocate?
  • How can we work together to make our community welcoming for people of all abilities?

Independent Living Skills:

  • I need help learning how to live with my new disability.
  • I want to learn how to take the bus to work or to visit with friends.

Peer Support:

  • Where can I meet other people in my community with disabilities?

Transition:

  • As a young person with a disability, how can I prepare myself for life after high school?
  • How can I move from a nursing facility back into my community?

How We Work

  • We help individuals find resources and learn to advocate on their own behalf.
  • We partner with businesses, governments, and other organizations to drive strategic community changes that benefit people with and without disabilities.
  • We expand the community leadership of people with disabilities.

Organizational Ends

  • Individuals with disabilities set goals and achieve outcomes relating to increased independence in significant life areas.
  • Disability Network’s community activities increase equal access, equal opportunity, independence, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
  • Disability Network’s advocacy network expands to secure the financial and volunteer support needed to achieve our vision.

 

Mission

Building Communities that work. 

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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.

DisabilityNetwork.org 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 jen@disabilitynetwork.net.