May 31, 2023

Partnering with Communities to Promote Healthy Aging for People with Physical Disabilities

11:00 am



YouTube recording of webinar


This IDEAL RRTC webinar explored the Community Grants program. The awards support programs or services that improve the health and wellness of individuals living with long-term physical disabilities.

This event is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR #90RTHF0001).


Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton
Broadcast Coordinator
LGBT Detroit




Essence Wilson

Essence Wilson
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder
Communities First




Logo for Communities First

Kathryn Linehan
Fund Development Manager
Communities First




Carrie Gerdeman

Carrie Gerdeman
Recreation & Health Services Director
Disability Network Eastern Michigan

Carrie Gerdeman has been a Recreational Therapist for 30 years; working primarily in community-based settings in Southeast Michigan.   In her previous roles, she has been instrumental in developing programs in Aquatic Therapy, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Adaptive Gardening, and Inclusive Art programs.

Her current role is as the Recreation & Health Services Director as Disability Network Eastern Michigan, a Center for Independent Living serving 7 counties in Southeast Michigan, where she’s implemented numerous inclusive and adaptive recreation programs for people with disabilities, including: Adaptive Kayaking, Art, Golf, Gaming, Yoga, Therapeutic Drumming, and DiversAbility Outdoor Recreation Days.  Carrie is passionate about community collaboration, adaptive recreation, and fun! 

Carrie grew up in Michigan, and currently resides in Lake Orion (home of the Dragons!).  When not at work, Carrie enjoys many, many recreational activities!  Some of which are:  traveling, hiking, painting, reading, and spending time with friends.