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.

Removing Barriers Opens New Doors

Hailey, who is 22 and has spina bifida, has been connected to Disability Network staff on and off for the past 3 years. Throughout this time, her ultimate goal has remained the same: she wanted to find employment. Initially she was referred to Disability Network staff for soft skills training...
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The Journey to Success . . .

The journey to success is paved with Independent Living skills for Nathan, an autistic 20-year-old. Nathan experiences social anxiety and finds staying focused difficult. Nathan was referred to Disability Network to work on soft skills, financial literacy, and self-advocacy. Staff and Nathan initially worked on applying for Medicaid for his...
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Ramps keep people living independently at home

Ted has Friedreich’s ataxia, an autosomal-recessive genetic disease which causes difficulty walking. As Ted’s disability progressed, he was falling more frequently – he knew that he had to make a change in his mobility device from a walker to an electric scooter to not only ensure his safety but to...
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