We are a competent social services organization and disability rights advocate in Kalamazoo & St. Joseph.
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We are the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in Southwest Michigan. As the leading disability social services organization in Southwest Michigan, our goal is to help foster a community where people with disabilities are able to participate fully in everyday life with equal opportunities and self-determination. Whether you have physical, psychiatric, neurological, or sensory disabilities, we believe you should be able to thrive and grow in the workplace as well as in your community.
We serve people in Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph & Van Buren Counties. Our commitment is to helping organizations, businesses, and governmental units understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We assist businesses and nonprofit communities by providing workshops and onsite training, technical assistance and support in learning to be welcoming of people with disabilities as customers, clients, patrons, volunteers, or employees.
Our goal as a disability rights advocate is to protect the civil and human rights of individuals with disabilities, and make sure that the laws put in place to protect them are vigorously enforced. In fact, we, too, are people with disabilities. At least 51% of our Board of Directors and staff members identify as having some kind of disability. Our philosophy has always been that people who live with a disability are experts on disability issues, and that services we provide should be created with the direct input of those they will impact. That makes us different from the traditional social services model. If you would like to contact our staff, we have offices in Berrien and Kalamazoo Counties.
Kalamazoo Office: (269) 345-1516 phone (296) 345-0229 fax
Berrien/Cass Office: (269) 985-0111 phone
Our offices are open to guests Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan has hearing loops in our conference rooms. Let us know if you will be accessing the loop system when you visit. If you don’t have T-Coil equipped hearing aids, we have induction receivers with headphones for you to use.