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"

Medicaid Press Conference with Senator Stabenow- 3/22/17

ThinkWork! Study Looking for Parents of Students with I/DD

Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey
The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with The Arc, is seeking caregivers to share their perceptions on a range of life-span issues impacting individuals with I/DD. The Arc is inviting family or unrelated caregivers aged 18 years or older who provide frequent primary support to a person with an I/DD to participate.

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute receives $2.2 million HRSA grant to support neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership education

MI-DDI is Recruiting Families to Participate in a Project that Train Future Medical Professional on Family Centered Practices!
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) is collaborating with the Wayne State University School of Medicine, to train medical students to improve their ability to understand the unique needs of with families who have children with disabilities. Your family will help prepare the professionals physicians of tomorrow!

FASD Experiences survey

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

AUCD Promotes Disability Employment during Developmental Disability and Autism Awareness Months
Meaningful employment is one of the defining factors of a person's place in their community. When people work at a job and in a setting that they enjoy, they feel a sense of belonging, know that they're contributing to a team, receive a steady income, and make friends. Unfortunately, policies and low expectations persist, and too many people with disabilities and their vast skillsets are not a part of today's workforce.