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Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today

The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the spring and summer. But not everyone is able to access the waters in the same way. Now, people with disabilities are getting more options.


HANDL photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A team of students at Williamston High School is building an electronic device that helps people with autism or neurological impairments open their lockers. We look at Williamston’s Project HANDL.


Ron Wilmers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Roger Wilmers

Traveling should be fun, but if you have a disability or age-related difficulty, it can often be problematic and stressful.

The Disabled Traveler is a non-profit that provides useful information for travelers with disabilities.

Lapeer resident Ron Wilmers founded the Disabled Traveler with his wife Kay to help people with disabilities navigate parks and attractions around the country.

For more information, visit their website at www.thedisabledtraveler.org.

ADA celebration photo
Courtesy Capital Area Center for Independent Living

On July 26, 1990, then President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. We hear about the impact the law has had here in Mid-Michigan in the past 25 years.


Courtesy Tom Jones, Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors

We're well into deer bow hunting season in Michigan.  While most hunters must wait until November 15 to bag their trophy bucks with firearms, a special event is happening this week for some firearms hunters.

The "Independence Hunt" allows people with physical disabilities to enjoy firearms hunting.  It's sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with Bryan Wilkinson, a disabled hunter who spent the first day of the hunt at Sharonville State Game Area in Jackson County.