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Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) Applauds Successful Reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The bipartisan backed H.R. 803, better known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), was signed into law today, July 22, by President Obama after successfully passing the US House on July 9, 2014 by a vote of 415 to 6. The Senate passed WIOA on June 25 by a vote of 95-3.

MPAS' Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

July 2 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This momentous piece of legislation instilled the principles of equality and opportunity, absent of discrimination, for all Americans.  While no one can deny the historical significance of the Civil Rights Act, and the progress that has been made in its wake, too often we are still witnessing Americans with disabilities not being afforded those basic rights.     

Person-centered Advocacy and Mandatory Reporting Training

Certain professionals are subject to both state and federal statutes regarding mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect against adults with disabilities who are vulnerable.

Cuts to Community Mental Health Funding: How to Fight for your Services

Important information on the substantial changes in the funding of services provided by the Community Mental Health Systems

Brain Injury Association of Michigan 2nd Annual Legal Conference

The 2nd Annual Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) Legal Conference will take place on June 5, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 South Cretys Road in Lansing. This annual conference will once again focus on the complex legal issues facing a brain injured client. Conference attendees will learn about the legal system and the protections and resources it offers.

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.