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Special Education Legal Clinic at The ARC Detroit

MPAS attorneys will be at The ARC Detroit 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.

Long-Serving MPAS Board Members Retire

Odgers, Swegles both served as President of the Board of Directors in their tenure

(LANSING)-Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) paid tribute to retiring board members, Susan Odgers and Frederick (Rick) Swegles, at their September Board of Directors meeting.

“Both Susan and Rick’s positive impact on the agency’s ability to fulfill our mission will be evident for decades to come,” said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS.

MPAS Reacts to Issy Stapleton Tragedy

Statement from Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc., on the Issy Stapleton tragedy:

“Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is deeply saddened by the events that took place Sept. 3 concerning Isabella (Issy) Stapleton and her family. The agency’s most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Issy in what will undoubtedly be a long road of, not only physical, but emotional recovery. 

Michigan Uses I&R for Systemic Education Advocacy

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) has historically received nearly 2,000 calls per year on education issues, comprising 20-25% of all of our information and referral (I&R) calls.

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.