Employment First: An update on national progress

Research Study on Caregivers and Dementia

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible.

Introduction To FASD in Children/Youth, Featuring Daniel Dubovsky- May 24, 2018

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council's Legislative Day- March 6th, 2018
Legislative Day Event is the premier Advocacy event of the year for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Hosted by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, and Self-Advocates of Michigan.

Recruiting an Adult with I/DD to Take Part in a Student Documentary Photo Project
A student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, is looking for an adult with an intellectual/developmental disability to be the subject for her documentary photo project. Those interested in participating should contact Kyla Milberger at, or (248) 318-8998.

MI-DDI Featured as an Accredited Host Organization for IASSIDD Academy International Visits Program
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institutes (MI-DDI) was accepted as an accredited host organization by the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' (IASSIDD) Academy for their International Visits Program. Recently, MI-DDI was added to the IASSIDD Host webpage, which lists each of the eight host organizations from countries all across the world.

Introducing Partners Advancing Self-Determination!  
Partners Advancing Self-Determination (PAS) is a new four-year project done in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA).

Call for Research Participants: Siblings Between Ages 18-39 of People with Disabilities
Question: How is occupational choice impacted for siblings of individuals with disabilities?

MI-LEND Program is Accepting Applications for the 2018 – 2019 Cohort Year
The Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) program is currently accepting Long-Term Trainee applications for the 2018-19 cohort year. MI-LEND trainees participate in at least 300 hours of training to develop advanced leadership skills in interdisciplinary practice, cultural and linguistic competency, and family centered care. Interested graduate-level students, self-advocate, and family members of children with disabilities and other special health care needs are encouraged to apply.

NPR Debuts Series on Abuse of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there's little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8th and runs through Thursday, January 18th.

Focus Group Announcement/Invitation: Choice Programs Impact on Students with Disabilities and their Families
Council of Parent  Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), under agreement from The National Council on Disability and in cooperation with the Center for Law and Education, is conducting research for a report on Charter Schools, Choice, and Voucher Programs and the Implications for Students with Disabilities. COPAA will be holding a focus group in Michigan on January 13th.

MI-DDI's new video illustrates the power of leading a self-determined life
There is a new addition to the award-winning Possibilities video series offered by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University.

WEBINAR: Home and Community Based Services Transition Project: Habilitation Supports Waiver Survey Results
Attention Individuals with disabilities, Family Members, Providers and CMH staff: WEBINAR: Home and Community Based Services Transition Project: Habilitation Supports Waiver Survey Results

Survey Recruitment: Parents of a child 18 years-old or younger
Are you a parent of a child 18 years-old or younger? Whether you have a toddler or a teen, the fall season brings thoughts of a new school year. What are your hopes and worries for your child? Please take our brief, 5-minute survey about your child’s health & wellbeing.

New Addition to MI-DDI Possibilities Video Series
The most recent addition to Possibilities features Alex. Known as “The Self-Determinator”, Alex lives a full, busy life of family, work, and inclusion in many community organizations. His goal is to help others realize the positive impact that living a self-determined life can have.

Save the Date: 2018 Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Conference
Mark your calendars! The next Self Advocacy Conference hosted by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) will be taking place from June 7-9, 2018 in Birmingham Alabama.

Proposed Medicaid Cuts 'Devastating' for Vulnerable People, Panel of Elected Officials Says
Former state Rep. John Freeman (right) speaks during a panel discussion on proposed Medicaid cuts held Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Ypsilanti.

Stateside’s conversation with Ann Carrellas, LMSW, MI-DDI's Associate Director of Research and Michigan FASD Task Force member, and Juline Lloyd, a nurse and mother to a son with FASD.
Ann Carrellas, Michigan FASD Taskforce member and Associate Director of Research at Wayne State University’s Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute, and Juline Lloyd, a nurse and adoptive mother to a son with FASD, joined Stateside today to explain the disorder and how to prevent it.

Save the Date: UCP Detroit's 11th Annual Assistive Technology Conference- 05/10/2018
The goal of the Annual “Life without Limits through Assistive Technology” Conference is to provide access to information and resources to families and individuals with disabilities and to professionals.

State Representative Tim Sneller Visits McDonalds in Flint for the Michigan DD Council's 2017 Take Your Legislator To Work Campaign
Representative Sneller was a guest of Alex, an 18 year crew member of McDonald's. "Take Your Legislator To Work" offers legislators the opportunity to see first-hand experiences of community-integrated employment for people with disabilities. Freedom Work Opportunities Genesee County has supported Alex to be successful in her job.

MI-LEND is Recruiting Families of Children with Disabilities!
The Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) is collaborating with the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) to recruit families who want to help train MI-LEND trainees to improve their ability to understand the unique needs of families who have children with disabilities.

Post-Hurricane Rescue and Recovery Efforts for People with Disabilities
As government officials continue to assess the damage and community needs left in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Harvey, AUCD staff is actively engaged to ensure that people with disabilities are included in all phases of the rescue and recovery process.

FREE Motor Skills Programs for Children & Youth w/ Special Needs @ WSU this Fall
In partnership with Wayne State University, Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, LightUp is pleased to host 2 *FREE* motor skills programs for children and youth with special needs, beginning this Fall on Wednesday evenings. 

ACTION NEEDED: DD Council Impacted by Proposed Partnerships for Innovation, Inclusion, and Independence
The Administration on Community Living (ACL), our Federal funder, is requiring all public comments on The Partnerships for Innovation, Inclusion, and Independence (P3I) proposal be submitted by Friday, August 11, 2017.