Southwest Michigan is home to more than 38,900 people with disabilities who work, play, shop, vote, pursue an education, raise families, and volunteer in their communities. In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the civil-rights law that ensures individuals with disabilities access to employment, education, state and local government programs and services, businesses, telecommunications, and public transportation.
Today the Disability Network Southwest Michigan promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities under the ADA and beyond. Information and resources are available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 269-985-0111 (voice).
Did You Know...
Of the 49.7 million noninstitutionalized individuals aged five and older who reported having a disability in the U.S. 2000 Census...
9.3 million reported having a sensory disability involving sight or hearing.
21.2 million reported having a disability that limits their ability to engage in basic physical activity such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying.
18.2 million reported their disability makes it difficult to venture outside the home.