Apply Now for the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) LEAD Program


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. MDRC encourages individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from communities of color, individuals with English as a second language and people representing historically oppressed groups to consider participating in the cohort experience.

Joining the MDRC LEAD Program

Selection Criteria

All individuals participating in the LEAD project must be an adult with an intellectual and developmental disability or a parent of a minor with an intellectual and developmental disability.

2018 cohort participants must reside within 20 miles of Detroit.

Cohort participants must attend two in person sessions and two online sessions between July 2018 and September 2018. The cohort sessions are as followed:

  • Detroit (in-person):
    • July 21-22, 2018
    • September 22-23, 2018
  • Online Sessions: August 11 and August 25

Selection and Notification Timeline

Participants for the project will be selected based on their responses to the application and where they live related to the locations of the cohorts. Cohort participants will be notified of their acceptance into the cohort by June 30, 2018.

Additional Information

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition will provide financial assistance for travel, personal assistants and care for minors (for parental participants) as it relates to creating an accessible experience for participants during the cohort experience. MDRC will also accommodate communication needs (example: bilingual materials, translation services, etc.) of participants and any other accessibility request made by participants.


Please submit applications via web, email or mail by June 22, 2018:

Applications can be emailed to: Applications can be mailed to:

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Attn: Breannah Alexander
3498 E. Lake Lansing Road Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48823

If you need assistance completing the LEAD application, please call Breannah Alexander at 734.972.5603 or email at

Click Here to Download the Application

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