A Word from Our Director

“Welcome to SAIL, Disability Network of the U.P. As the disability resource in the Upper Peninsula, we work with individuals, their families and other local organizations to assist individuals and promote accessible U.P. communities for all. Every year, we help over 3,000 people with disabilities and their families lead more productive lives in the Upper Peninsula. But our efforts don’t just benefit them. We can help everyone, with or without disabilities, who lives in, works in or passes through our community.”

Kindest Regards,
Julie Shaw, Executive Director

About Us.

We are here not for income, but for outcome

We are here not for income, but for outcome! Although we are based in Marquette, Michigan, SAIL has been serving individuals with disabilities and their families across all Upper Peninsula communities since 1998. Our staff provides information, resources, referrals and support services to people with a wide variety of disabilities, both visible and invisible. SAIL’s core pillars of service are advocacy, transition, independent living skills development and peer support. We also work on a larger scale, helping local businesses, and other organizations to make changes that improve life for everyone in the community.

What We Believe

We believe people deserve the opportunity to make their own choices, improve skills, and thrive in their community with full access and inclusion.

Systemic racism, ableism, and implicit bias directly challenge these access and inclusion efforts.

SAIL vows to treat all people with dignity and respect and to value each person individually. We will continue to do our part to advocate and support equal access for all throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Recent reports

SAIL strives for absolute inclusion and transparency; below are our most recent reports.

How We're Different


We employ people with disabilities; 51% of our staff identify as having a disability.


We serve people with any type of disability, including some that may be ``invisible``.


We do not focus on a person's disability, but rather address the needs of the whole person to achieve a balanced and independent life.

Our Mission

To assist individuals with disabilities and promote accessible Upper Peninsula communities for all.

Our Vision

All individuals with disabilities make their own choices in communities that provide opportunities and supports to achieve their goals.

Values & Beliefs

  • We value an individual’s choice and rights.
  • We value opportunities to share common experiences.
  • We value linking individuals to community and community to individuals.
  • We value supporting individuals to learn new skills.
  • We value positive improvement of societal attitudes and expectations regarding disability.
  • We value investing in people and spending our funds wisely.

Code of Ethics

  • We are committed to treating individuals with dignity and respect.
  • We are committed to listening to stakeholders (community members) and making reasonable efforts to satisfy their needs and concerns.
  • We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and respecting sensitive information of the agency.
  • We are committed to honest and open communication with everyone.
  • We are committed to supporting individuals in making choices for their lives.
  • We are committed to ask responsibly within the communities in which we work for the benefit of these communities.
  • We are committed to building positive relationships with community partners.
  • We are committed to acknowledging all financial and in-kind contributions to this agency.

Our Network

SAIL Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula is part of a state and national network serving people with disabilities called The Disability Network of Michigan. On the state level, we have a board of directors, participate in committees, share ideas, address public policy issues with our legislators, and seek funding to build the network.

On the federal level, many of us belong to the National Council on Independent Living). This group monitors and encourages advocacy on federal legislation, as well as the policy that governs federally funded centers like ours across the US.

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