For the first time since 1989, The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing has launched a historic and comprehensive needs assessment for the communities they serve
As a follow-up to the Intelligent Lives documentary shown at Wayne State University on October 18, 2018, MI-DDI will be presenting a series of web-based Special Interest Forums. These 1-hour, webinar-style forums will allow deeper dives into some of the topics touched upon in the film. The forums will feature expert panels made up of individuals with disabilities, family members and professionals.
Fall 2017 ADA alum Fiorella Guerrero Calle works in the Kuskaya Program, an interdisciplinary training program for innovation in global health, at Cayetano Heredia University (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia) in Lima, Peru. Currently, she works on a research project that aims to reduce adolescent pregnancy.
INTELLIGENT LIVES stars Naieer, Naomie, and Michigan native Micah Fialka-Feldman. The film follows these three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce, challenging perceptions Micah Fialka-Feldman of intelligence along the way.
This family-friendly event is brought to you by a collaboration between The Arc of Macomb County, The Arc of Dearborn and The Arc of Northwest Wayne County. Roar for More Awareness intends to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within our communities.
DETROIT — The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University has taken its mission of improving the lives of families of individuals with developmental disabilities beyond Michigan’s borders.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network which includes the nation's leading experts on child development, family-centered care, and trauma. Those perspectives and our shared humanity provide the foundation to unequivocally oppose the separation of families as they enter America.
Billions of dollars are invested every year in projects meant to fight poverty, provide quality education services for students, improve access to healthcare services, and more. Unfortunately, too many of these projects leave behind people with disabilities. Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects.
Jeffrey Martin, professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies in Wayne State’s College of Education, recently published the first textbook on disability and sport and exercise psychology. Martin has dedicated his academic life to this field and spent the past 10 years compiling research done by himself and others into one text.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC), using a grant provided by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, has begun a multi-year project to focus on increasing education and resource access to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Michigan. The program seeks to engage adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and local organizations that provide services to people within these groups.
This week Rep. Hank Vaupel introduced a bill bringing awareness to potential issues with fetal alcohol syndrome for expectant mothers. Because the U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy, this legislation requires that an establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages must post a sign with the following message: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages, including wine, coolers, and beer, during pregnancy can cause birth defects.”
In December 2012, Michigan approved the first Autism State Plan. As part of a regular review of implementation progress, the Michigan Autism Council seeks broad stakeholder input to set new priorities.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com or (248) 318-8998.
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.