Advocacy

Changing Lives

Advocacy is one of the 5 Core tenets of our work at Disability Network Mid-Michigan that builds community and changes lives.

Through individual and systems advocacy, we work with individuals, businesses, agencies, and municipalities to remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from freely participating in our communities.

A happy young employee with Down syndrome working in garden centre, taking payment from customer

Individual Advocacy

We offer people with disabilities assistance and/or representation in understanding their rights and/or obtaining access to benefits, services, and programs to which an individual may be entitled. We desire to help individuals with disabilities gain access to equal opportunities in social, economic, educational, and legal forums. We have experience advocating in employment, educational and community settings. We operate from the perspective of supporting individuals to be self-advocates. That means we don’t do things for you, we do them with you.

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Systems Advocacy

We believe it’s not the disability that prevents people from participating in their communities; it’s the barriers placed in front of them. We work to identify local, state, and national topics of importance to all people with disabilities, and to promote full inclusion and improved implementation of existing laws.

The main areas in which we engage in systems advocacy are:

Accessibility

Education

Employment

Housing

Transportation

Available in these counties: Alcona, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Saginaw

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