Telling Our Stories

At Disability Network Southwest Michigan, we are helping people with disabilities achieve increased independence in a more inclusive community. Below are some of the stories of people we have worked with to help them reach their independent living goals.(Click the headings to open the stories). We cannot do this important work without you. Please consider a donation to Disability Network so we can continue to build a diverse and inclusive community.

Beyond Grateful

Latesha was 28 years old and the mother of five children when she became the innocent victim of gun violence in her neighborhood. Latesha was in her front yard when a bullet from a near-by drive-by shooting hit her and damaged her spinal cord, resulting in paraplegia. Latesha’s life was...
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2019 Bob Davis Independent Living Award

Each year Disability Network Southwest Michigan presents the Bob Davis Independent Living Award to a customer who shows exemplary progress in overcoming barriers to reach their independent living goals. This year, the Bob Davis Independent Living Award was presented to John Gooch, a fifty-three year old man with an amputation...
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Empowered to Go Anywhere!

Empowered to go anywhere! That’s how Jesse feels now that he knows his way around the public transportation system. Jesse is a young man who is autistic and when he connected with Disability Network he was embarking on a new path in life—just getting started with classes at his local...
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