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).

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Removing Barriers Leads to Success

When Disability Network Southwest Michigan connected with Richy, he was 45 years old and embarking on his first job. For Richy, getting a job provided a great sense of accomplishment. It also meant he would be able to get out of the house and interact with other people. Richy has...
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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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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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