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About Us

Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is leading the charge to change societal attitudes about people with disabilities, and to provide an environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can contribute to their communities based on their own interests, skills, and desires. Through a variety of services, DNMM provides assistance to people with disabilities, their families, and the community. We determine our impact by the quality of services we provide and by the improved quality of life of individuals we support.

At Disability Network, we believe it is not a disability that prevents people from participating in our communities, it is the barriers the community places in front of them. Disability Network exists to support the determination of individuals with disabilities to lead dignified, independent lives, and to heighten community awareness of those physical and social barriers which restrict independence.


We believe in the Independent Living Philosophy which postulates that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs. 

Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to:

  • Live Independently

  • Enjoy Self-Determination

  • Make Personal Choices

  • Contribute to the Community

  • Pursue Meaningful Careers

  • Enjoy Full Inclusion in the Community

Executive Director Kelly PeLong

Kelly PeLong

Executive Director

Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts was an American activist. He was the first student with severe disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley. He was a pioneering leader of the disability rights movement and is widely considered the founder of the Independent Living movement. Click the image to watch a video about Ed and his vision.

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