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Developmental Disabilities Institute Webinar - Affordable Care Act

The Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University is hosting a free webinar on June 5, 2014 from 2-3:30 p.m. on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on people with disabilities and direct support professionals in Michigan. Topics to be covered include:  the health insurance Marketplaces; Medicaid expansion; insurance reforms; and other changes coming to the health care landscape and what they mean for the disability community in Michigan.

Register for the Webinar Here

Special Education and Discipline Workshop

Mark McWilliams from MPAS will conduct a workshop about Special Education and Discipline on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. 

Topics to be covered include:

Special Education Legal Clinic - Southwest Counseling Solutions

MPAS attorneys will be at Southwest Solutions to provide free, confidential advice on special education rights to students with disabilities, and their parents, attending Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority Schools or Detroit charter schools.

2014 Lunchtime IEP Learning Series

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is offering a webinar series on Individual Education Program (IEP) topics during April 2014.  A webinar is an online presentation you can attend from your home or office. The webinars are free presentations for parents, caregivers, and educators.

Study for Teens and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) is looking for teens and young adults with a developmental disability for a study.  Young people and their parents will be asked about the activities they like to do. Some questions will be about physical and social activities. Some will be about how the person feels about them self. People in the study will get gift certificates to try new activities. 

Developmental Disabilities Institute Webinar Series

A free Webinar Series conducted by the Developmental Disabilities Institute is being offered to social workers, professionals from various human service fields, disability advocates, educators, family members and individuals with disabilities.  The Series is a competency based, internet delivered course that addresses both community values and a common core of disability values.

Enrollment is now open for the Healthy Michigan Plan

Starting April 1, 2014, Michigan&;s version of Medicaid expansion, The Healthy Michigan Plan, began accepting applications online, by phone, or in person at local Michigan Department of Human Services offices.

MPAS Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Michigan Administration Rules for Special Education

The Michigan Department of Education is proposing changes to the rules that govern how special education students are accommodated in our state’s public schools. The public comment period ended at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

The proposed rule changes and summary of the changes under each rule are available at the Michigan Department of Education website.

MPAS Response to the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission Report

On Jan. 21, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley unveiled Michigan’s Mental Health and Wellness Commission Report. The commission, appointed by Governor Snyder, was made up of the “left of the left” and the “right of the right” on the political spectrum from the Michigan Legislature and chaired by the lieutenant governor himself and vice-chaired by James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health respectively.

MPAS Reacts to the Michigan Department of Education’s Draft School Discipline Policy Statement

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is encouraged by the Michigan Department of Education’s Draft School Discipline Policy Statement; however, we feel that, without stronger guidance from the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education, schools will continue to remove students who present challenges. As a starting point, the state Board of Education should refer to the joint letter from the Department of Justice and Department of Education dated Jan.