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. 

$2.8 million grant allows Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University to continue its mission
DETROIT — Michigan residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities, along with their families, can look forward to five more years of service from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University.

MSU Autism Lab - Research Opportunity for Families
MSU Autism Lab, where we are currently recruiting families of young children with autism for a research study (18 months to 96 months of age, with limited language skills). The study provides families with varying levels of supports for their children. Most of the study participation is completed remotely via internet/skype, and we provide laptops as needed so that participation is accessible for a wide range of families. Families must be within 2-hours driving distance from Lansing.

Join NASW to urge Senate not pass legislation to repeal major portions of Affordable Care Act
Ethical standards are at the core of social workers’ values. A bill that undermines vital protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, eliminates essential health benefits, increases premiums, cuts Medicaid by $839 billion, causes as many as 23 million people to lose

Debbie Stabenow's Senate Floor Speech- 06/20/2017

LEND Your Voice to Help Save funding for MI-LEND and other HRSA Autism CARES Act Programs
FY 2018 Budget Request Would Eliminate Funds for all national LEND programs.

AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato made his first trip to visit Michigan's UCEDD & LEND
In May, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University was honored to host Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

AUCD Statement on Release of President's Budget Request
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is greatly disappointed by the priorities reflected in the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request recently transmitted to Congress.

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Culture of Gentleness Conference
Registration is now open for the 2017 Culture of Gentleness Conference. This conference is dedicated to individuals who are in a position to influence, support, or train caregivers or family members who struggle with supporting those they serve. As systems continue to change and transform, we invite you to join us in keeping the Culture of Gentleness fire burning even in the most challenging times.

Action Alert- Michigan Residents Can Take Action To Oppose the AHCA
It is critical that everyone continue to activate your networks to call Congress to oppose the AHCA.  We are hearing that there is a potential Upton-Long amendment in the work to add $8 billion for high risk pools.  This amendment does not fix the fundamental flaws with the legislation

Dr. Mendez to receive Educational Policy and Leadership Award from Marquette University
Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Co-Curricular Programs for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, will be recognized for her leadership in education this week by her alma mater.

Special Session Alert: Call to Action: Risk of major ADA amendments soon by the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
The Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network is sponsoring a Free Webinar session aimed at providing information about the pending threats to the ADA within Congress and calling on people to take action at the local level to stop the momentum that has been building.  Act now and share this with your colleagues and friends! This is a fight that everyone needs to be a part of.

Take Your Legislator to Work Application NOW being Accepted
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for individuals with developmental disabilities in the workforce for its Annual “Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign.” This Campaign is in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

Apply Now! MI-LEND Graduate-Level Interdisciplinary Training Program | Deadline: May 1st
Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) is currently accepting application for the 2017-2018 term.

FREE Online Training Webinar For Direct Support Professionals
The Michigan Empowerment Education Training Initiative is a curriculum that was developed by MI-DDI to address the training needs of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), service providers, and people with disabilities.

Submit a Proposal for AUCD 2017 Conference
AUCD 2017 Lift Your Voice! Conference- November 5-8, 2017. The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training Sessions (3 Locations in MI)- Featuring Presenter: Daniel Dubovsky
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training: Setting Youth and Families Up to Succeed by Recognizing Neurocognitive Impairments such as FASD and Modifying Approaches. This training addresses the importance of recognizing an FASD or other neurocognitive issues in those with whom we work or live.

Graduate Student Assistant Job Opening at MI-DDI
MI-DDI is looking for Graduate Student Assistants to work on local and statewide research projects.

Self-Advocates of Michigan (SAM) is Seeking New Board Members, Deadline: April 30, 2017
Over the past year, Self-Advocates of Michigan (SAM) has been working to organize Michigan’s statewide Self-Advocacy network. SAM will have its next Board of Directors election in June 2017. The new Board will begin in July 2017. This election will elect new Board members and officers.

The 2017 LTAC Annual Artist Competition is Open for Registration!
Calling all artists with disabilities: The Legacy Trust Award Collection is again seeking entries to our annual competition, which provides cash prizes and a pathway to ArtPrize -and we need you to help us spread the word.

Class of 2020’s Jordan Holloway wins award to present collaborative home visit program at AAMC meeting
Holloway will present “Increasing Medical Students’ Understanding of the Struggles Faced by Families with a Child with a Developmental Disability,” a collaboration between the medical school and the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute at WSU, in the meeting’s Innovation in Medical Education oral session.

10th Annual Life without Limits Through Assistive Technology Conference- Thursday, May 11, 2017
Save the Date- UCP Detroit's 10th Annual "Life without Limits through Assistive Technology Conference and Expo"