The simple ability to get around is something that can be taken for granted—not so for people with disabilities. The act of going shopping, attending a civic meeting or other daily tasks can be difficult when doorways or other entries or exits are hard to navigate. This can even be true for people living in their own homes, when they are not accessible.
One of the points of Disability Network’s mission statement is “to advocate for an inclusive community.” We will work with consumers to provide them with the information and assistance to work toward making changes in their community to make it accessible for them.
For places like businesses, we can conduct an accessibility study, where we take a look at the entire site and, then, make recommendations on possible changes to make the location more accessible. This is a win-win because it helps business owners to learn how to make their location ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Also, by making their location accessible, it allows people with disabilities to physically access their location and bring their business to them.
For private citizens, we can advise them on options for making their lives more accessible. Examples include helping them get vehicle modifications so that they can drive. Also, how to get assistive technology (AT) such as ramps or home modifications to make their residence easier to get around.
One resource that is available is the MI Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF) that can provide a low-interest, affordable loan for people with disabilities. Overseen by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of MI and Option 1 Credit Union, this can make AT more affordable. Disability Network is one of the application sites in Michigan.
For more information, you can to to the MATLF site. Also, you view their application and fill it out. If you need help with filling out the application, you can contact José A. Rodríguez at 313-923-1655 or email@example.com. If you call, make sure to mention the loan fund and if you email, you can put “MATLF assistance” in the subject line.