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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.

Increase Access to Integrated, Competitive Employment

Employment can often be a vehicle to independence, identity, social engagement, and other beneficial characteristics. Unfortunately, people with disabilities have been consistently underrepresented in the work place despite having marketable skills and the desire to work.  Moreover, people with disabilities that do find “employment”, are often working in segregated environments making wages which are not on par with typically-abled peers performing similar work.

Increase the Protection of Voting Rights and the Rights of Individuals with Representative Payees

Individuals with disabilities have certain rights regarding services and treatment. Organizations providing care or services have an obligation to abide by these regulations. Under the law, if an individual believes their rights have been violated, they can challenge those violations through a variety of rights protection systems.

Eliminate Abuse and Neglect

Many individuals with disabilities reside in correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, adult foster care homes or child caring institutions. Unfortunately, they are often subjected to abuse and neglect by staff at the facility. Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) monitors for such. Protecting our most vulnerable citizens is a high priority for MPAS.


1A.   Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to restraint or seclusion.

PAIMI Advisory Council meeting

The Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council will meet at 10:30 am on February 26, 2013. The PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC) advises Board of Directors for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service on matters that impact with people with mental illness, their families and friends.  The meeting will be open for public comment at 11:15 am.  The Michigan State Capital building is handicap accessible.  Please contact our office at 800. 288.5923 for assistance or information.

Rights Protection for People with Disabilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. is proud to represent the rights of children and adults with disabilities in Michigan.

Seclusion and Restraint Practices in Michigan Schools Result in Injury and Death

Students with disabilities suffer from dangerous practices in Michigan schools known as seclusion and restraint. Outdated techniques are still being used to manage challenging behavior, whereby school personnel tie down, pin down, and confine children to locked rooms or boxes. Research shows that these practices can actually exacerbate challenging behaviors, increase physical and emotional harm, and in some cases cause death.

Responsible Parties at All Levels Should Be Held Accountable for Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) released information highlighting two nursing homes in Michigan where the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) reported to have maggots infesting residents’ tracheas and catheters. The information had been collected from surveys taken and distributed by LARA, which is the state agency responsible for licensing and oversight of nursing homes in Michigan. LARA routinely provides these reports to MPAS and other organization.