We are a non-profit committed to Independent Living. 



Independent living is the right of all people to make informed choices, to have personal control over their own lives, and to participate, to the fullest extent possible, in the everyday activities of work, school, home, family, and community.


Our Mission

The Disability Network/Wayne County-Detroit is a consumer-driven organization dedicated to maximizing the ability of persons with disabilities to live as independently as they choose.  We encourage full participation in the everyday activities of living by:

  • Providing a nurturing and supportive environment
  • Advocating for an inclusive community
  • Serving as a community resource
  • Providing a unified voice in the community.

We do these things because we believe all people are created equal.  As human beings, we have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  Each person has the right to equal access to the communities in which they live. As a result, we, the people of the Disability Network/Wayne County-Detroit will organize, advocate for, and protect the rights of all persons in the communities we serve.


Our History

The current incarnation of Disability Network began in 2003.  After its predecessor went out of business, Rick Sides was hired by the Bluewater Center for Independent Living to develop a CIL presence in Wayne County.  It was in development until 2007 and became fully independent in 2008.

DNWCD is one of 15 CILs (Centers for Independent Living) in Michigan and is the only one serving Wayne County.  In addition, it is part of the 690 CILs that span the entire United States.


Our Location


Disablity Network/Wayne County-Detroit is located in Samaritan Center at 5555 Conner, Suite 2224 in Detroit, on the corner of Conner and Shoemaker.

For those of you driving in, Samaritan Center has a few different parking lots.  For those of you that use public transportation, the Conner DDOT bus (Route 13) runs right in front of the building.

Our regular business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with the exception of holidays.


Phone:  313-923-1655

Fax: 313-923-1404