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Resources | Progressive Alternatives

Resource Center

We gained a reputation of “hand-holding” for a reason. With limited mobility, and/or outside help available to you, we try our best to provide the services you need. While the list is nearly endless, we publish the most popular. contact us for additional resource alternatives.

Click on a resource category dropdown box below to expand it.

*The resource box will expand as much as needed to provide what you need. Some more than others. Clicking the next dropdown minimizes (closes) the previous one.

Animals

SPCA

  • 6955 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009. (269) 344-1474
  • set up times to volunteer with animals, adopt an animal or be a foster home for animals in need.
  • SPCA of Western Michigan

Service Animals

  • Service animals perform various tasks and functions for the disabled and help them lead an easier life. They are trained for specific tasks which they become experts at eventually and are able to provide enhanced quality of care and serve as outstanding companion animals for their owners. They are either trained by private organizations, or by a disabled owner. A disabled person may take the help of a dog trainer to train his dog or train the dog
  • http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/service.php

Example of Service Dogs

  • Psychiatric Service Dogs: A psychiatric service dog is a service dog; that is specifically trained to assist people with psychiatric disabilities. The dogs are trained to handle various types of psychiatric disabilities, ranging from Schizophrenia to post-traumatic stress. Each of these service dogs undergoes training to perform tasks that are specifically meant to help his handler in emergency situations. Mostly, the dog is expected to provide environmental assessment in case of situations such as hallucinations and paranoia. A psychiatric service dog is also trained to alert the handler in case of danger.
  • Mobility Dog: Mobility dogs are a type of service dog individually trained to assist persons with physical impairments that affect movements and getting around. These dogs aid wheelchair users by helping to retrieve dropped items, turning light switches on/off, opening/closing doors, transferring to and from the wheelchair, and countless other tasks. They are made to wear specially designed harnesses to pull them. A subtype of mobility assistance dog is a walker dog, which is trained to accompany people recovering from injuries. They are very often trained to help Parkinson’s patients. These dogs help an individual maintain balance while walking. If the handler falls, the dog acts as a brace for him, to regain position.
  • Hearing Alert Dog: Hearing dogs are a type of service dog individually trained to alert their deaf or hard of hearing handler to a variety of environmental sounds such as the doorbell, door knock, timers, smoke alarms, horns, emergency vehicles, a person calling to the handler, etc. Some people choose to have their dog work sounds for them inside the home only, while others choose to have their dog work sounds for them both inside and outside of the home.
  • Autism Service Dogs: Autism service dogs may guide a confused handler from an over-stimulating situation on command, just as a guide dog would guide his or her handler home on command. Alternately, the dog might be trained to find a specific person, perhaps a caregiver, when the handler is over-stimulated. Autism service dogs can assist with notifying their handlers when the handlers are doing certain repetitive behaviors.

Websites that offer other Information on Service Dogs

Paws With a Cause

  • Trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS promotes awareness through education. As a national non-profit organization, PAWS relies heavily upon the generosity of donors who support the work we do for people with disabilities. Our clients pay no fee to apply for or to receive their Assistance Dog from PAWS. The sponsorship to train and place a PAWS Assistance Dogs is $20,000. PAWS allows and encourages clients to participate in fundraising activities. The most successful clients are those who played an active role in their fundraising and placement process on their quest for independence.
  • Location Near You!:
  • 4646 Division Avenue South
  • Wayland, MI 49348-9727
  • (616) 877-7297
  • http://www.pawswithacause.org/Home/tabid/616/Default.aspx

Benefits for companion Animals http://www.pawssf.org/Document.Doc?id=15

Government Agencies

Medicare:

Medicaid: Telephone: 517-373-3740

Mailing Address:

Capitol View Building | 201 Townsend Street, Lansing, Michigan 48913

http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_4860-35199–,00.html

Cash Assistance:

  • http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5526—,00.html
  • This website has information on cash assistance for family independence program, FIP eligibility requirements, FIP, RAP, FAP, state disability assistance, SDA eligibility requirements, disability determination services and office locations, supplemental security income, refugee assistance program, and low-income home energy assistance program.

Food Stamps:

  • http://www.foodstamphelp.org/
  • Michigan Food Stamp Partnership is a great website that is filled with a lot of information about how a person can qualify for food stamps.

Food Assistance Program

Adult Foster Care/Homes for the Aged Facilities:

Housing Assistance:

 Kalamazoo County Human Service Department

InterAct of Kalamazoo

  • Contact Information:
  • InterAct of Michigan, Inc. | 610 South Burdick Street,  Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 | Phone:  (269)-381-3700 
  • Fax (269) 381-3810 | http://www.interactmich.org
  • Monday – Friday Between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm

InterAct of Michigan, Inc. – Case Management Services

  • 234 W. Cedar Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 | Phone:  (269)-341-9312
  • Monday – Friday Between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
Health & Wellness

National Spinal Cord Association | www.spinalcord.org

Spinal cord resources | Denver, Colorado -Craig Hospital- 1800 247 0257 (hotline)

Project Find Michigan | http://projectfindmichigan.org/

13109 Schavey Rd, Suite 4 | DeWitt, Mi 48820 | 517.668.0185 

American Disabilities Act | http://www.ada.gov/ Information on different kinds of injuries.

 Traumatic Brain Injury | http://www.traumaticbraininjury.com/

Explains what a traumatic brain injury is, what the effects are, what the causes are, what are some of the treatments, and what the symptoms are.

 Autism | http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer

United Cerebral Palsy | http://www.ucp.org/

 National Down Syndrome Society | http://www.ndss.org/

Epilepsy Foundation | http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

 The National Fragile X Foundation | http://www.fragilex.org/html/home.shtml

 National Center for Learning Disabilities | http://www.ncld.org/

 Spina Bifida Association | http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2642297/k

Local Transportation

Kalamazoo County Transportation

  • (269) 384-8114
  • http://www.kalcountytransit.com/index.php
  • The Care-A-Van side of Metro County Connect covers the Kalamazoo County area and is the advance registration, origin-to-destination, shared ride public transportation system.

 Metro-Van

  • http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/metro.php?page_id=408
  • The Metro Van side of Metro County Connect is for individuals who, as a result of a disability, are unable to use the regular accessible bus service some or all of the time.   Metro Van provides origin-to-destination transportation service in an area covering 3/4 of a mile from line haul routes. This service is assured under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is administered by Metro Transit.
  • For More Information & to Schedule a ride:      Contact:  (269) 350-2970

Metro Bus

  • Metro Transit provides fixed-route public transit service to the Kalamazoo urbanized area, consisting of the cities of Kalamazoo, Portage and Parchment and the townships of Comstock, Cooper, Kalamazoo, Texas, and Oshtemo. Metro Transit routes have frequencies of 15-minutes, 30-minutes, 45-minutes, and 60 minutes, depending on the time of day and the route. Metro Transit operates Monday – Saturday from 6 am to 10:15 pm. No Sunday service is provided.
  • Bus Schedule Link:http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/metro.php?page_id=427
  • Programs to serve new adult/teen drivers with disabilities, seniors with age-related driving concerns, individuals returning to driving after an illness/injury, and individuals needing specialized driving equipment or adaptations.

Learning How to Drive

Kalamazoo Area Rehabilitation

 Century Driving School

 Driver evaluators and trainers

  • Driver evaluators are the professional individuals who determine the adaptive equipment needs of disabled persons who wish to drive a vehicle independently. They also provide the required training that disabled individuals need in order to effectively and safely drive a modified vehicle. Locate local evaluators and trainers through theAssociation for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists under the CDRS Directory.
  • For a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists in Michigan click Here: http://www.driver-ed.org/custom/directory-cdrs/membership.cfm

 How to get a Driver’s License:

  • You can visit a dealer’s physical location, where you’ll meet with a sales representative and try out a variety of equipment options in person.
  • You can view the products online and discuss your options over the phone with a sales representative.
  • You can contact private individuals who may be selling their used modified vehicle or equipment to others, either online or in person. These opportunities are commonly found among classified sections, either in print or online.

 Gresham Driving Aids Inc (269) 341- 9566

Freedom Motors USA, Inc.

Mobility Programs

Chrysler, Ford, GM, Saturn, and many other automobile manufacturers offer “Mobility Programs” established to provide rebates to disabled drivers for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, whether purchased or leased.

Wheelchair Getaways (800) 642 2042

Every Car needs GAS

The Pump Guide:

How to get a disabled license plate in Michigan

Additional Information from the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV):  http://www.dmv.com/mi/michigan/disabled-drivers

  • Step One:
    • Must pass both a written and driving exam.
  • Step Two:
    • Have special modifications been done to the vehicle you plan on driving? You must show the licensing authority that you know the rules of the road and that you can safely drive a car.
  • Step Three:
    • Once you have shown your car has the required handicap driving modifications made to it, you can then take the driving test. Make sure that you understand how to effectively work your new adaptive equipment. (Have your driver rehabilitation specialists go over this with you prior to taking your driver’s road test). If you pass this test, you will then be issued a driver’s license & back on the road in no time!
Leisure Activities

Skype

Online Games

The Game Show Network

http://www.gsn.com/

Create an account to sign in and play numerous games on the Game Show Network’s website. Some games include Deal or No Deal, Bejeweled, and bingo.

Game House

http://www.gamehouse.com/

Game House provides free online games that you can download and some are available to purchase. Game House has a lot of options for the games like Skip Bo, Wheel of Fortune, and Slingo

Activities around Kalamazoo

Climb Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

  • http://www.kiarts.org/
  • 314 S. Park St.   Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 349.7775
  • Museum and Gallery Shop Hours:
  • Tuesday – Saturday 10-5
  • Sunday Noon – 5
  • Closed from July 4 to Sept 5 and will resume normal business on Sept 12
  • Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Art Library Hours:
  • Tuesday – Saturday 10-1, 2-5
  • Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays
  • Admission fee: Free
  • Appreciate the art and shop around in the gallery. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts even offers art classes.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • http://www.kalamazoomuseum.org/
  • 230 N Rose Street    Kalamazoo, Mi 49003
  • 373.7990
  • Museum Hours:
  • Mondays – Saturdays 9-5
  • Sundays and Holidays 1-5
  • Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
  • Admission Fee: Free admission to view paintings and fees with classes and planetarium
  • Handicap accessible
  • There is no cost to browse and appreciate the art that Kalamazoo Valley Museum has. The classes, planetarium, and Challenger Learning Center have small fees to enjoy them.

Rave Motion Pictures

Farmers Alley Theatre

  • 221 Farmers Alley   Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • Box Office: 269.343.2727
  • Farmers Alley Theatre is a nonprofit performance company. They offer wonderfully artistic performances at a reasonable cost. If you are buying tickets with a group, they offer a discounted rate.

 The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

  • http://www.kazoocivic.org/
  • 329 S. Park St   Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • Business Office 269.343.2280
  • Box Office: 269.343.1313
  • Box Office Information:http://www.kazoocivic.org/box_office.shtml
  • The Civic has very entertaining plays at a community theatre for a reasonable price. It is a historic site in Kalamazoo since it has been around since 1929 and has always been highly praised by the community.

 Kalamazoo State Theatre

 The Crossroads Mall

  • 6650 South Westnedge Ave.    Portage, Mi 49024
  • 327.6600
  • The Crossroads Mall offers a wide variety of clothing stores, jewelry stores, entertainment stores, bath and beauty stores, and department stores. They also have many restaurants and eateries. In the food court, the mall has a carousel to ride on for a small amount of money.

 Kalamazoo Public Library

  • How to get a library card:http://www.kpl.gov/account/card.aspx
  • Central Library
  • 315 S. Rose St.
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 342.9837
  • Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm
  • Thursday (Summer) 9am-6pm
  • Friday 9am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 1pm-5pm
  • Sunday (Summer) Closed

 Eastwood Branch Library

  • 1112 Gayle
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49048
  • 553.7810
  • Hours:
  • Monday 12pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 1pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 10am-6pm
  • Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Friday 12pm-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-5pm

 Oshtemo Branch Library

  • 7265 W Main St
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49006
  • 553.7980
  • Hours:
  • Monday 10am-9pm
  • Tuesday 12pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 10am-9pm
  • Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-5pm

 Alma Powell Branch Library

  • 1000 W Paterson
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 553.7960
  • Hours:
  • Monday 1pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 1pm-5pm

 Washington Square Branch Library

  • 1244 Portage
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49001
  • 2695537970
  • Hours:
  • Monday 12pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 1pm-8pm
  • Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-5pm

 Parks and Recreation

  • 251 Mills St.   Kalamazoo, Mi 49048
  • 337.8191
  • There are many reasons to participate in Parks and Recreation activities. You build many memories while you’re enhancing your quality of life. It’s very good exercise and gets you outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
  • Parks and Recreations is also joined together with The Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market.
  • http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/government.php?page_id=203
    1204 Bank Street
  • Between Lake St and Stockbridge Avenue off of Portage Rd.
  • 337.8899
  • Opens: First Saturday in May
  • Closes: November 20, 2010
  • Hours: May and November- Open on Saturdays only between 7am to 2pm
  • June to October- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7am to 2pm

Parks

Academy Green: 1520 Academy
Undeveloped green space.

Angling Park: 2501 Angling
Undeveloped green space.

Axtell Creek: 530 Crosstown
Grills, non-motorized trailway, picnic tables, playground

Blanche Hull: Burdick/Kilgore
Nature walk, picnic table

Bronson Park: 200 W. South St.
Drinking fountain, electric (public and event), picnic tables

College: 840 W. Michigan
Undeveloped green space.

Crane Park: 2001 S. Westnedge
Drinking fountain, electric (public and event), non-motorized trailway, picnic tables, tennis.

Davis Park: 901 Davis
Grills, picnic tables, playground

Dutton Park: 224 Dutton
Handicap accessible, playground

Emerald Drive Park: Emerald/Cork
Picnic tables, soccer, softball/tee-ball field

Fairmount Park: N. Praire St.
Nature walk, picnic tables

Farrel Park: 809 N. Rose
Drinking fountain, grills, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, toilets

Frays Park: Piccadilly
Drinking fountain, grills, nature walk, picnic tables, playground, tennis, volleyball

Harrison: 620 Harrison
Undeveloped green space.

Hays Park: 2001 Miller
Nature walk, picnic tables, playground, softball/tee-ball field

Henderson: 1300 Henderson
Undeveloped green space.

Henderson Park: 1601 Henderson Court
Basketball, grills, picnic tables, playground

Jones: 1601 Academy
Undeveloped green space.

Knollwood Park: 1500 Greenwood
Disc golf, nature walk, picnic tables, soccer

Krom & Prouty: 1602 Krom
Grills, picnic tables, playground

La Crone Park: 535 W. Paterson

Basketball, electric (public and event), grills, picnic tables, softball/tee-ball field, tennis, toilets.

Lovell: 1101 W. Lovell
Undeveloped green space.

Martin Luther King Park: 507 N. Rose
Electric (public and event), picnic tables

Mayor’s Riverfront Park: 251 Mills Street

Basketball, canoe launch, drinking fountain, electric (public and event), fishing, grills, handicap accessible, nature walk, non-motorized trailway, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground.

Milham Park: 400 E. Kilgore
Drinking fountain, electric (public and event), grills, nature walk, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, softball/tee-ball field, toilets.

Nellbert Park: 3000 Nellbert
Picnic tables, playground

Princeton Park: 1508 Princeton
Picnic tables, playground

Reed Street Park: 1700 Portage
Grills, picnic tables, playground

Rockwell Park: 1106 Trimble
Basketball, electric (public and event), grills, picnic tables, playground, tennis, toilets

Rose Park Veterans Memorial: 645 E Michigan
Non-motorized trailway

  1. Westnedge Park: 1101 S. Westnedge
    Picnic tables

Sherwood Park: 300 Wallace
Grills, natures walk, picnic tables, playground

Southside Park: 2100 Race
Basketball, drinking fountain, grills, handicap accessible, picnic tables, playground, soccer, softball/tee-ball field

Spring Valley Park: 2600 Mt. Olivet
185-acre park with a lake. Handicap accessible trails and two handicap accessible playgrounds. Two handicap accessible picnic shelters.
Drinking fountain, Electric (public and event), fishing, grills, handicap accessible, nature walk, non-motorized trailway, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, soccer, softball/tee-ball field, tennis, toilets

Springmont Park: 2416 Springmont
Picnic tables, playground

Upjohn Park: Lake and Walter
18 acres with the only 50 meter outdoor swimming pool in the Kalamazoo area.
Basketball, drinking fountain, electric (public and event), grills, handicap accessible, picnic tables, playground, soccer, softball/teeball field, swimming pool, tennis, toilets

Verburg Park: 669 Gull Street
Canoe launch, fishing, grills, nature walk, picnic tables

Versluis/Dickerson Softball Complex: 1924 Douglas
Drinking fountain, playground, softball/tee-ball field, toilets, volleyball

  1. Douglas Park: Prairie/Blakeslee/North
    Undeveloped green space.

W Main Park: Main and Elm Corner
Picnic tables, undeveloped green space.

Woods Lake Park: 2900 Oakland
Beach, canoe launch, fishing, nature walk, picnic tables, toilets.

Local Jobs

American Association of People with Disabilities

http://www.aapd.com/site/c.pvI1IkNWJqE/b.5406299/k.FBCC/Spotlight.htm
They are a large online community. The American Association of People with Disabilities even has a section that explains the health care reform that President Obama recently passed. It also has a section for disability employment.

The National Organization on Disability

  • http://www.nod.org/election2004.html
  • Non-private organization. The National Organization of Disability does a lot of research on disability employment issues and they try to increase employment as much as possible.

 Michigan vocational rehab services

 Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, Inc.

  • (269) 382-0490
  • A non-profit organization that provides education, training, and employment services to people who live with disabling conditions and other special needs to maximize their employment potential.
  • goodwillswmi.org
  • For more information on employment services:
  • http://www.goodwillswmi.org/programs.php

 MRC Industries

  • (269) 343-0747
  • Employment services to help adults with disabilities find supported employment in the community. Offer individual placements- the individual is placed in a position with ongoing support from MRC staff or Work Crew- a group of individuals supervised by MRC staff to do routine work at sites within the community.
  • mrcindustries.org

Disability Network of Southwest Michigan

 Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo

 Michigan Works! Employment and Resource Center

  • (269) 383- 2536

 Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth- Rehabilitation Services

 NIT

 Online Resources for Help:

 Websites to Help understand the Laws

Professional Services

Legal Professionals

Steve Weston

  • Steve has committed an extensive portion of his practice to studying, learning and understanding this special and unique area of the law and the very different needs of Traumatic Brain Injury survivors.
  • Phone: 269-388-4800
  • E-Mail:
  • sweston@leadersinlaw.com
  • 136 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 1050
  • The Fifth Third Bank Building
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
  • For more information click here:
  • http://www.leadersinlaw.com/attorneys/weston/

Sam Silverman

  • Dedicated to representing those who have been denied social security disability benefits or those who have had a social security benefits claim denied.
  • Phone: 800-997-9075
  • E-Mail:
  • 1090 North 10th Street, Suite A
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
  • For more information click on his website:
  • http://www.skslawyer.com/same-silverman.html

Medical Resources

 Psychology

 Skills for Living Workshop

Borgess Brain and Spine Institute

  • Igor G. Kaps, M.D.
  • 1541 Gull Road, suite 100
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
  • Phone: 269-381-7380
  • Website: http://www.borgess.com/default.aspx?pId=1095
  • Office Hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • The facility is handicapped-accessible. Public Transportation is available.
  • Vandoren, Dr. Mauger

 Mental Health Clinic

  • Ravinder Mediratta- Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Phone: 269-342-0606
  • 1514 W. Milham Ave
  • Portage Michigan

Hospitals

Select Specialty Hospital – Kalamazoo 

 Bronson Methodist Hospital

  • 601 John Street Box 76
  • 2nd, North Pavallion floor(s)
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 341.7100
  • Admissions: 269.341.7134
  • Case Management: 269.341.7165
  • Nurses Station: 269.341.7100
  • Marketing: 269.341.7419
  • Human Resources: 269.341.7132
  • Visiting hours: Monday Ð Sunday 6am to 10pm
  • Select Specialty Hospital offers the core services listed below. The services do vary by location so make sure to call the Kalamazoo branch to see if they offer that particular service.
  • 24 hour respiratory therapists, ACLS certified nursing care, case management and discharge planning, clinical pharmacy visits, dedicated wound care specialists, in-house dialysis, individualized care plan, multi-specialty medical staff, patient/family education, registered dietician and nutrition counseling, rehabilitation therapy, and specialized monitoring and equipment.
  • http://www.bronsonhealth.com/
  • 601 John Street
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 341.7654

 Bronson Classes and Events

 Rehabilitation

Kalamazoo Area Rehab

  • http://www.kalamazooarearehab.com/
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech & Language Pathology
  • Music/Art Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Home Safety Evaluation
  • AmTryke Test Center
  • Leisure For All

 Rehabilitation Works

  • http://www.rehabilitation-works.com/
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • 303 Balch Street
  • Kalamazoo Michigan, 49001
  • 269-343-7100
  • 5010 Gull Road
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49048
  • 269-345-9191

 Rehab Without Walls

  • http://www.gentiva.com/patients_caregivers/rehab_without_walls/index.php
  • Rehab Without Walls is focused on providing patients with the functional skills necessary to participate in practical daily activities at home, school, work or in the community where they live.
  • 4341 South Westnedge Ave
  • Kalamazoo Michigan, 49008
  • Phone: 269-381-5620
  • 3497 Coolidge Road Suite A
  • East Lansing, MI 48823-6366
  • Phone: (517)336-0106

 Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center

  • http://www.sw-rehab.org/
  • 393 E. Roosevelt
  • Battlecreek Michigan, 49017
  • 269-965-3206
  • Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of therapy services to meet your needs:
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Rehab Nursing
  • Medical Social Work
  • Dietician

 Bronson Rehabilitation

  • http://www.bronsonhealth.com/MedicalServices/Rehabilitation/page907.html
  • Rehabilitation at Bronson Methodist Hospital includes acute care rehabilitation, aquatic rehabilitation, burn and wound treatment, cognitive re-education, comprehensive swallow evaluation, hand therapy, home health care, injured worker program, lymphedema rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, occupational therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, spine rehabilitation, sports medicine, vestibular rehabilitation, videofluoroscopy assessment and work conditioning.
  • Locations:
  • Bronson Rehabilitation at the John Street Professional Building
  • 820 John Street, Suite 201, Kalamazoo, Mi, 49001
  • Monday – Friday 7am to 7pm
  • 544.3230 ext 1
  • Bronson Rehabilitation at Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • 601 John Street
  • Suite E151, 1st floor, East Pavilion
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • Monday – Friday 8am to 4:30pm
  • 341.6390
  • Bronson Rehabilitation at the Bronson Lifestyle Improvement and Research Center
  • 6789 Elm Valley Drive
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49009
  • Monday – Friday 7am to 7pm
  • 544.3230 ext 1
  • Bronson Rehabilitation at Bronson Vicksburg Hospital
  • 13326 N. Boulevard Street | Vicksburg, Mi 49097
  • Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 7pm
  • 544.3230 ext 1
  • Bronson LakeView Rehabilitation Services
  • 451 Health Parkway
  • Located at Bronson LakeView Outpatients Center
  • Paw Paw, Mi 49079
  • Monday Ð Friday 7am to 6pm
  • 657.1490

 Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • 99 Walker Street
  • Lawton, Mi 49065
  • 624.4311

Borgess Hospital

 Borgess Brain and Spine Institute

  • http://www.borgess.com/default.aspx?pId=46
  • Borgess Brain and Spine Institute includes neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, Borgess neurology, Borgess Spine, Borgess stroke center, Borgess neurophysiology, Borgess neuro rehab unit, Borgess neuro-interventional lab, Borgess research institute, neuro-oncology, Borgess emergency and trauma center, and Borgess post-concussion program.

 Family Health Center

Mary Freebed Rehabilitation Hospital

  • http://www.maryfreebed.com/Home
  • 235 Wealthy Street Southeast | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | (800) 528-8989
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital treats all sorts of disabilities brought on by every imaginable cause. We help people recovering from strokes, recuperating from joint replacement surgery, learn to overcome challenges such as limb differences, or fighting back from serious injuries. All of Mary Free Beds rehabilitation programs are designed to help our patients live as independently as possible.
  • Services Offered:
  • 6376 Quail Run Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | Telephone: 877.544.3764 | Fax: 269.544.3767 |  269.343.1264

 Unified Clinics- OT program

Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies- KCMS

 Pharmacies

Gull Point Pharmacy:

 Arcadia Pharmacy

Sports Activities & Therapy

Disabled Sports USA

  • Offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness, and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions
  • http://www.dsusa.org/index.html

Skiing

Ski Central

  • http://skicentral.com/adaptive.html
  • Ski Central is a huge website with information on every kind of skiing you can think of! Follow their link on the website to find different websites with a lot of information so you can find a ton of information about adaptive skiing and more.

Water Skiers with Disabilities Association

  • http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/wsda/main.htm
    A whole website dedicated to adaptive waterskiing. They have competitions for water-skiers and all types of water skiing – show skiing, collegiate skiing, wakeboarding, barefooting, ski racing, hydrofoiling, new boarding, and disabled skiing.

 Follow Me Outdoors

  • http://followmeoutdoors.com/
    Follow Me Outdoors is a website dedicated to adaptive hunting. The website offers the latest news to read. It has so much different information on adaptive hunting, fishing, shooting equipment, outfitters, accessible blinds, hunt listings, a trophy room, and has profiles of other hunters that are disabled.

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center

  • Opened in 1970 as the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in the United States, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center strives to focus on what individuals can accomplish, not on what they cannot. Today, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities.
  • http://www.cheffcenter.org/
  • 269-731-4471
  • Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, 8450 N. 43rd Street. Augusta, MI 49012

YMCA

  • http://www.ymcaofportage.org/aquaticsmain.htm
  • http://www.kzooymca.org/programs.php
  • Above is a list of their many programs for families and for older adults.
  • The YMCA offers many great exercise programs. The YMCA has a Friday night open swim and open gym at 6:30 pm. They will hold some special family activities. YMCA offers a handicapped-accessible pool.
  • Maple Branch
  • 1001 W. Maple
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49008
  • 345.9622
  • Mon-Fri: 5am to 10pm
  • Sat: 7am to 7pm
  • Sun: Noon to 5pm

 

  • Portage Branch
  • 2900 W. Centre
  • Portage, Mi 49024
  • 324.9622
  • Mon – Fri: 5am to 10pm
  • Sat: 7am to 7pm
  • Sun: 10am to 3pm

 

  • Lincoln Youth Center
  • 912 N. Burdick
  • Kalamazoo, Mi 49007
  • 345.9846
  • Open for scheduled programs only

Mary Free Bed

  • http://www.maryfreebed.com/Rehab-Services/Adaptive-Sports
  • 235 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, Mi 49503
  • 528.8989
  • Mary Free Bed has a lot of adaptive sports that range from biking to tennis to rock climbing. Some classes have a minimum age limit and some require a physician’s approval. Check out the link above to get more information on Mary Free Bed’s adaptive sports.
  • Other Activities:

Paralympics

The Special Olympics

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/
  • The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shirver. When an individual with intellectual disabilities is a fantastic way for them to grow, build self esteem, and have some fun competing. This website has message boards, photos, videos, blogs and groups for them to connect. The sports in North America are aquatics, athletics, basketball, figure skating, floor hockey, soccer, golf, gymnastic, softball, table tennis, volleyball. There are very many counties in Michigan that Special Olympics serve. Click on the link below to out more information about the Special Olympics in Michigan.
  • http://www.specialolympics.org/Locations/Special_Olympics_NA_Michigan.aspx

Special Olympics Michigan

  • http://www.somi.org/
  • Mount Pleasant, Mi
  • 48859
  • 774.3911
  • Here is another website on the Special Olympics and a lot of information regarding them in Michigan.

Magazines/Online Communities

 Logan Magazine

  • http://www.loganmagazine.com/
  • Logan is the creator of this magazine for young women with disabilities. She wanted to share her ideas and positive attitude with young women. Logan Magazine will be delivered to your door four times a year for only $14. The magazine offers inspirational stories, tools for living, and cheap chic which is a guide for trendy clothing and accessories for a low price.
  • http://www.disability-resource.com/mags.html
    An amazing long list of magazines, newsletters, books, publications, and catalogs all geared towards people with disabilities. It ranges from deafness, diabetes, blind and low vision, paralysis, self, help, special needs, activities of daily living, and assistive technology.
  • http://www.netreach.net/~abrejcha/magazine.htm
    A super long list of websites and magazines. Check them out
  • An Online Community by and for People with Disabilities
  • http://www.disabilitynation.net/
    The audio magazine for people with disabilities. It is a monthly podcast with a magazine-style format that is broadcasted on certain radio stations but is always broadcasted on the website.
  • http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=21817
    Another long list of information.
  • Reach Out Magazine
  • http://reachoutmag.com/
    An online web magazine. Reach Out Magazine has a full online magazine that includes live chat, personals, message boards, and a members-only mailing list.

Therapy

Kalamazoo Area Rehabilitation Services

  • http://www.kalamazooarearehab.com/
  • 6376 Quail Run Dr.
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Telephone: 877.544.3764
  • Fax: 269.544.3767
  • Services Offered:
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech & Language Pathology
  • Music/Art Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Home Safety Evaluation
  • AmTryke Test Center
  • Leisure For All 

Rehabilitation Works

  • http://www.rehabilitation-works.com/
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • 303 Balch Street
  • Kalamazoo Michigan, 49001
  • 269-343-7100
  • 5010 Gull Road
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49048
  • 269-345-9191

Rehab Without Walls

  • http://www.gentiva.com/patients_caregivers/rehab_without_walls/index.php
  • Rehab Without Walls is focused on providing patients with the functional skills necessary to participate in practical daily activities at home, school, work or in the community where they live.
  • 4341 South Westnedge Ave
  • Kalamazoo Michigan, 49008
  • Phone: 269-381-5620
  • 3497 Coolidge Road   Suite A
  • East Lansing, MI  48823-6366
  • Phone: (517)336-0106

Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center

  • http://www.sw-rehab.org/
  • 393 E. Roosevelt
  • Battlecreek Michigan, 49017
  • 269-965-3206
  • Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of therapy services to meet your needs:
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Rehab Nursing
  • Medical Social Work
  • Dietician
  • Food Services

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

  • http://www.maryfreebed.com/Home
  • 235 Wealthy Street Southeast
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (800) 528-8989
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital treats all sorts of disabilities brought on by every imaginable cause. We help people recovering from strokes, recuperating from joint replacement surgery, learning to overcome challenges such as limb differences, or fighting back from serious injuries. All of Mary Free Bed’s rehabilitation programs are designed to help our patients live as independently as possible

Support Groups/Support Services

 Alcoholics Anonymous

Disability Network Southwest Michigan

  • http://www.dnswm.org/default.aspx
  • 517 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001 | 345.1516
  • Disability Network was founded in 1981. At Disability Network, about half of the staff are people with disabilities who all help to run the network. They have a lot of information regarding transportation, education, housing, employment, community-based living, and support groups. Their support groups range from brain injury survivors group to low vision support groups.
  • http://www.dnswm.org/support_groups.aspx

Kalamazoo Refugee Ministry

 Assistive Technology:

  • CATT: Collaborative Assistance through Technology Team
  • http://kresa.schoolwires.com/1057103268471927/site/default.asp?105710619131720403Nav|&NodeID=80
  • The Lab and Lending Library has many different materials and equipment available for students to use. These include: software, computer peripherals, mobility aids, books with props, switch toys, reference materials, supplies to adapt and create new materials, communication devices, switches, mounts, and assessment kits.

 Croyden Avenue School

  • Kalamazoo, Mi
  • 448.5203
  • Lab and Lending Library Hours:
  • Monday: Thursday 8am-4pm
  • Friday: 8am-3:30pm

 Sammons Preston

  • http://www.pattersonmedical.com/
  • Support Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm
  • Friday 7am-6pm
  • 475.5036
  • Kalamazoo Representative:
  • Jason Ruff
  • 323.5547
  • Branch: Bolingbrook, IL
  • Can request a catalog to order assistive technology or can order directly online from the website. Sammons Preston is the number one provider of assistive technology in the world.

 Handwriting without Tears

Kalamazoo Speech Association

  • (269) 343-7811 | 1011 W Maple St, #300, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Sandy Glista

  • 387.8964 – meet the second and fourth Tuesday | glista@wmich.edu

Talk With an Administrator Today!

(269) 207-0091

Phone

(269) 207-0091

Address

Kalamazoo, MI.


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