Disability Network Northern Michigan


415 E. Eighth Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49686


Disability Network Northern Michigan has been serving people with disabilities and their families in the northern lower Michigan community since 2002. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. We also work on a larger scale, helping governments, businesses, and other organizations make changes that improve life for everyone in the community.

We are a Center for Independent Living, which were formed as part of the 1978 Rehabilitation Act. Our services are free to anyone with a disability of any type and of any age living in the 17 counties we serve. The counties we serve include: Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Mio, Missaukee, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Wexford.

Disability Network offers Five Core Services:

Independent Living Skills Training

Skills training in self‐advocacy, communication, employment, finance, community‐based living, self‐care and community participation are available to assist persons with disabilities to live independently in our community.

Individual Advocacy / System Advocacy

When people learn how to communicate to gain benefits, services, or accommodations, they feel  more in control of their lives. Disability Network works with people to create an Independent Living Plan.

People with disabilities often encounter barriers when they go out into society. We strive to achieve equity in opportunity and create positive social change for people with disabilities. It is in our power to change lives, communities and perceptions.

Information and Assistance

We connect people to opportunities and resources. Disability Network is the "first‐stop" for people with disabilities and their families. We help people navigate systems and refer to an appropriate resource or agency.

Peer Support / Mentoring

We believe that people with disabilities are the "experts" in disability. Sharing and exchanging information about life experiences and knowledge is enriching. Peer support and peer mentoring provides coaching and support for people to advocate for themselves.

Transition Services

Comprised of both nursing facility transition and youth transition. Both of the services assist individuals in the move from institutional supports to community living. Nursing Facility Transition works to support individuals to move to home and community‐based living. Youth transition services provide help for school‐aged youth to transition to post‐secondary education, employment and independent living.