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Not Without Us Survey
For the first time since 1989, The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing has launched a historic and comprehensive needs assessment for the communities they serve

Detroit Zoo Walk – Roar for More Awareness – REGISTRATION OPEN
This family-friendly event is brought to you by a collaboration between The Arc of Macomb County, The Arc of Dearborn and The Arc of Northwest Wayne County. Roar for More Awareness intends to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within our communities.

A Milestone for Community Living: Reflecting on 19 Years of Olmstead
The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is a cornerstone of the disability rights movement. It’s also the core of the mission for the Administration for Community Living.

AUCD Strongly Opposes Family Separation at Borders, Calls on Lawmakers and the Administration to Take Action
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network which includes the nation's leading experts on child development, family-centered care, and trauma. Those perspectives and our shared humanity provide the foundation to unequivocally oppose the separation of families as they enter America.

Closing the Accountability Loop: Stakeholders' Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32
Billions of dollars are invested every year in projects meant to fight poverty, provide quality education services for students, improve access to healthcare services, and more. Unfortunately, too many of these projects leave behind people with disabilities. Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects.

Michigan Rep. Hank Vaupel Introduced New Alcohol Warning Sign Legislation
This week Rep. Hank Vaupel introduced a bill bringing awareness to potential issues with fetal alcohol syndrome for expectant mothers. Because the U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy, this legislation requires that an establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages must post a sign with the following message: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix.  Drinking alcoholic beverages, including wine, coolers, and beer, during pregnancy can cause birth defects.”

Submit a Proposal for AUCD 2018 Today
Deadline: June 15

Michigan Autism State Plan Stakeholder Survey 2018
In December 2012, Michigan approved the first Autism State Plan.  As part of a regular review of implementation progress, the Michigan Autism Council seeks broad stakeholder input to set new priorities. 

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council's Legislative Day- March 6th, 2018
Legislative Day Event is the premier Advocacy event of the year for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Hosted by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, and Self-Advocates of Michigan.

Recruiting an Adult with I/DD to Take Part in a Student Documentary Photo Project
A student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, is looking for an adult with an intellectual/developmental disability to be the subject for her documentary photo project. Those interested in participating should contact Kyla Milberger at, kylamilberger@gmail.com or (248) 318-8998.

Introducing Partners Advancing Self-Determination!  
Partners Advancing Self-Determination (PAS) is a new four-year project done in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA).

Call for Research Participants: Siblings Between Ages 18-39 of People with Disabilities
Question: How is occupational choice impacted for siblings of individuals with disabilities?

NPR Debuts Series on Abuse of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there's little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8th and runs through Thursday, January 18th.

Focus Group Announcement/Invitation: Choice Programs Impact on Students with Disabilities and their Families
Council of Parent  Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), under agreement from The National Council on Disability and in cooperation with the Center for Law and Education, is conducting research for a report on Charter Schools, Choice, and Voucher Programs and the Implications for Students with Disabilities. COPAA will be holding a focus group in Michigan on January 13th.

Survey Recruitment: Parents of a child 18 years-old or younger
Are you a parent of a child 18 years-old or younger? Whether you have a toddler or a teen, the fall season brings thoughts of a new school year. What are your hopes and worries for your child? Please take our brief, 5-minute survey about your child’s health & wellbeing.

Save the Date: 2018 Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Conference
Mark your calendars! The next Self Advocacy Conference hosted by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) will be taking place from June 7-9, 2018 in Birmingham Alabama.

Proposed Medicaid Cuts 'Devastating' for Vulnerable People, Panel of Elected Officials Says
Former state Rep. John Freeman (right) speaks during a panel discussion on proposed Medicaid cuts held Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Ypsilanti.

Save the Date: UCP Detroit's 11th Annual Assistive Technology Conference- 05/10/2018
The goal of the Annual “Life without Limits through Assistive Technology” Conference is to provide access to information and resources to families and individuals with disabilities and to professionals.

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. 

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

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.

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

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"

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.