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Your Voice Matters

Your VOTE Matters Election Day 2022 is this Tuesday, November 8th! You have the right to vote how you choose. If voting in person on Election Day, you have the right to privacy and accessible voting. MTA to Provide Free Rides to Polls The Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will provide an Election Day – Free […]

Disability Employment Month

    Encouraging employers to consider hiring people with disabilities is part of a nationwide effort this month. Employment services is one of the many programs we offer at The Disability Network. 53-year-old Brian Thomas had trouble finding a job. “They didn’t want to hire me because of my handicap,” said Brian He’s also putting his […]

ADA DAY Picnic 2022!

“It’s a party celebrating the ADA!” says Zack Tomlinson. (music Don’t You Wanna Dance) “It’s a celebration of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed into law in 1991 by President George Bush that created all sorts of laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities.” said Tomlinson. (The day started with […]

Crim ASL 5k Walking Group

“This group is ASL 5k walkers” (Peggy Frelich, Swartz Creek) “For years people have talked about the Crim race here in Flint. And I feel like we should be involved”. So the first time in its 45-year history, the Crim Festival of Races will include an organized team using sign language. (Kid Black Fedio, Fenton) […]

The Passing of Mike Zelley

Community leader, disability advocate, and former President of The Disability Network (TDN), Mike Zelley, has passed away on June 27, 2022.  Mike spent his life advocating for disability rights at the local, state, and national level, and developing relationships with many community, business, and government officials.  Zelley was the co-founder of TDN and served the […]

A more Accessible Library for Flint

Flint’s new Public Library is open for the first time in two years after a $30 million renovation. “This is truly a place for children and families and residents of all ages,” says Ridgway White. For 95-year-old former librarian Edith Prunty Spencer, it’s a place for people of all abilities. “It’s accessible, now whereas before […]

Autism Acceptance Month

“I want to be an independent person. I want to be able to stand on my own 2 feet”. Ava is a senior, who’s into writing. She was diagnosed with autism at age 9. She calls herself high functioning, while she faces challenges. “I have anxiety, depression, autism, ADD, the whole list. Ava could be […]

U of M Flint Accommodations

The University of Michigan Flint has about 250 students who are registered through its Disability and Accessibility support services. One thing they learned right away, it’s a whole lot different than high school. One student who struggled with the transition is senior Cat Carlise, who admits she’s living with a variety of illnesses. Cat Carlysle […]

A Resource For Veterans

 Veteran’s Day has a special meaning for 30 year-old Matt J. of Grand Blanc. The former US Marine spent time serving our country in Afghanistan back in 2012-2013. He’s among the veterans being helped by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3 in Burton.     More than 30, 000 veterans are eligible for help through the non-profit […]