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Free Special Education Legal Clinic in Flint

Speak with MPAS attorneys and staff at our free weekly legal clinic in Flint on Thursdays from 10 a.m.. to 3 p.m.. No appointment necessary.

The legal clinics will be held at Ennis Center for Children, 129 E. Third St. in Flint.

Roseville Doctor Sued for Refusing Care to Child with Cerebral Palsy

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc. (MPAS) has filed suit against a Roseville doctor who refused to treat a four-year-old boy for a common cold because the boy has cerebral palsy. The lawsuit was filed in Macomb County Circuit Court on Aug. 15 citing violations of the boy’s rights as a person with a disability under the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Michigan Nursing Homes Receive Failing Grade

(LANSING)  - Michigan has received a failing grade for its quality of nursing homes following an investigation of nursing home care in all 50 states. Michigan is one of eleven states to receive an “F” and ranks 44th overall according to a report released on Aug. 8 by Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.

"Do Not Resuscitate" Bills Pending in Michigan Legislature

Is the Michigan Legislature Considering Death Panels?

On June 11, 2013, the Lansing State Journal published a guest editorial from Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc regarding several bills pending in the Michigan Legislature. The package of bills would give guardians the authority to sign “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” orders for individuals with disabilities.  Read Mr. Cerano's letter about this dangerous legislation!

June 7, 2013

Guest Editorial Lansing State Journal

120 E. Lenawee Street

Michigan Supreme Court Admire v. Auto Owners Insurance Company

Michigan Supreme Court:  Auto Insurers Must Pay for Modifications, But not Vehicle

May 23, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision in Admire v. Auto Owners Insurance Company.  Court held that when an individual requires accessible transportation as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident, the insurance company is only required to pay for the modifications to the vehicle rather than the cost of both the modifications and the vehicle.

Jury awards $240 million to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

A historic amount was awarded to the U.S.. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by a Davenport Iowa jury. Damages totaling $240 million will go to 32 men with intellectual disabilities who were employed by Henry’s Turkey Service processing turkeys between 2007 and 2009. The parent company, Hill Country Farms, was found to have exploited and abused the men and was also in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit the EEOC website for the press release.

Save the Date! The ARC Michigan 2013 Conference

Save the date for The ARC Michigan 2013 Annual Conference and Silent Auction

This year’s conference will be June 20th and 21st , 2013 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek. Check The ARC Michigan website or Facebook page for more information.

Ensure the Right to High Quality Education

MPAS believes that children and young adults with disabilities deserve an educational experience geared towards similar outcomes to that of their typically-abled peers.  This experience should be appropriate, inclusive and absent of discrimination and stigma.  MPAS finds bullying and practices such as restraint and seclusion in schools to be unacceptable and supports policies which act to eliminate both.  MPAS supports an educational system that promotes self sufficiency and independence in the community. 

Improve Access to Services

Adequate supports and services are vital to the overall well-being of all individuals in Michigan. People with all types of disabilities are able to successfully transition and live within the community when these services are accessible.  It is important that government entities, recreational activities and providers of critical services are available. Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is working to increase the quality and accessibility of these services to individuals with disabilities.

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