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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.