Who We Are
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:
- 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.
- Where can I meet other people in my community with disabilities?
- 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.
- 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.