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.

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.

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

ADA International Fellowship to Peru Photos

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. 

Employment First: An update on national progress

Research Study on Caregivers and Dementia

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

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, or (248) 318-8998.

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.

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?

MI-LEND Program is Accepting Applications for the 2018 – 2019 Cohort Year
The Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) program is currently accepting Long-Term Trainee applications for the 2018-19 cohort year. MI-LEND trainees participate in at least 300 hours of training to develop advanced leadership skills in interdisciplinary practice, cultural and linguistic competency, and family centered care. Interested graduate-level students, self-advocate, and family members of children with disabilities and other special health care needs are encouraged to apply.

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.

MI-DDI's new video illustrates the power of leading a self-determined life
There is a new addition to the award-winning Possibilities video series offered by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University.

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

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.

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.

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.