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MPAS Against New Seclusion Room at a Marquette Middle School

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency charged with providing advocacy services to people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS is disappointed to learn that the Marquette Public Schools is spending tax dollars to build a "seclusion room" in a middle school (Mining Journal, May 21). Seclusion in schools is a dangerous and unregulated practice that puts children at risk of harm.

Michigan Alliance for Families Webinar Series

The Michigan Alliance for Families will once again be hosting an annual webinar series. The 2014 series will focus on the topic of transitioning to adulthood.  The series begins on Thursday, March 20 with webinars being held most Thursdays through June 2014 from noon to 1pm. 

MPAS attorney, Mark McWilliams, will be the expert at noon on April 17 for a webinar titled "Transition and the Law."

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Prisoners Win Class Action Lawsuit Against MDOC

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Prisoners Win Class Action Lawsuit
Court finds MDOC failed to provide assistive technology

 

A federal district judge recently ruled in favor of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). The lawsuit, which was filed in 2015 by Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) and co-counsel, represented several inmates who are deaf and hard of hearing whose rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

2018 Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of our annual Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest.

MPAS holds this contest each year in honor of an outstanding disability rights advocate, Ernie Reynolds, who passed away in 2012.

The three winners of our essay contest each submitted an essay about advocating for themselves or others and described how they overcame barriers and achieved success.
Congratulations!

1st Place:
Rosemarie Facilla
Muskegon, MI
Click to read essay

Substantiated Abuse and Neglect Complaints in Michigan Care Facilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) files complaints against licensed or certified health care professionals involved in abusive and neglectful incidents in nursing homes and other care facilities.

Click here to review the list of cases substantianed in FY18 - 1st Quarter (October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017)

MPAS Hires New Director of Intake, Information and Referral

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is pleased to announce Kyle Williams as the agency’s Director of Intake, Information and Referral (I&R).  MPAS, a nonprofit advocacy organization, protects the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan through free and confidential services that include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

Special Education Appeal Clears Important Hurdle

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2017
Contact: Mark McWilliams
517.487.1755, MMcWilliams@mpas.org

Special Education Appeal Clears Important Hurdle
Michigan Teacher Fighting for Son

Lansing, MI – A Michigan teacher, and parent, Melody Arabo can move forward with a case involving her 7 year old son and his special education rights after the U.S. District Court refused to expand the case as requested by her school district.  

MPAS PAIMI Council Meeting

The next PAIMI Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

PAIMI Council Meeting
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Michigan State Capitol
100 N. Capitol Ave.
Rm. 404
Lansing, MI 48933

The time for public comment at this meeting is 9:40 a.m.

Please note, the public comment time may vary based on the agenda discussion.

Substantiated Abuse and Neglect Complaints in Michigan Care Facilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) files complaints against licensed or certified health care professionals involved in abusive and neglectful incidents in nursing homes and other care facilities. MPAS files complaints against individual licenses after the state substantiates abuse or neglect in a facility where those professionals provide patient care or supervise care providers.

Ernie Reynolds Memorial Essay Contest

Entries Being Accepted Now for the Ernie Reynolds Memorial Essay Contest

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is proud to, once again, hold our annual essay contest in honor of an outstanding disability rights advocate, Ernie Reynolds, who passed away in 2012.

We are looking for real, motivating stories about people with disabilities who have successfully advocated for themselves or others. 
In 500 words or less, describe how you overcame barriers and achieved success.

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