ARIE Co-Curricular Project


The ARIE Co-Curricular Initiative Project is a collaborative project between the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute and the Wayne State University College of Medicine, to assist medical students in obtaining volunteer hours that enhances their educational curriculum. First and second year medical students receive an opportunity to meet with families who have children with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. MI-DDI provides evidence based Family Support and Disability Awareness training to the medical students that participate in this project and to recruit families.


The goal of this project is to give medical students an opportunity to engage families as a holistic and dynamic system, to teach the unique stressors families are confronted with as they parent a child with a disability.  The medical students coordinate the family visits; conduct a brief survey with the families, offer resources and age appropriate gifts to the children. Parents and caregivers are compensated for their time to participate in the project.


Elizabeth Janks
Phone: (313) 577-6368

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