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Voting Rights for People with Disabilities
There are only 13 days left to register to vote for the August primary election.

WSU professor writes the book on disability and sport
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.

Apply Now! Empowerment Ed. 2018 Train-the-Trainer Event

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.

ADA International Fellowship to Peru Photos

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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