To promote personal empowerment and positive social change for persons with disabilities.
Disabilities are a natural part of life. Anyone can acquire a disability at any time.
Many of the difficulties faced by people with disabilities are a result of attitudes and environments, not the disability.
Disabilities positively affect and enhance the diversity of our community.
Everyone should have the opportunity to participate, contribute, and belong to our community.
Everyone should have the opportunity to express his or her strengths, gifts, and talents.
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 community leadership of people with disabilities.
A person is not identified as having a disability, but is seen as a person.
We work to achieve the following:
Employers seek qualified employees, regardless of disability, and provide reasonable accommodations.
Workplaces and public spaces as well as programs and services are accessible. Transportation is readily available.
Government agencies provide willing assistance and supports.
Mentoring and self-advocacy training are readily available.
We change how we build homes so that all are accessible, and accessible, affordable homes are available near jobs or on a transit route.
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.
Disability Network/Northern Michigan
415 East Eighth Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Toll Free:(866) 869-8600
We serve a seventeen county region: Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Kalkaska, Crawford, Antrim, Otsego, Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena and Oscoda.