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Articles/Publications About Disabilities Issues – Michigan

  • A Guide for Participatory Democracy (The Arc of Western Wayne County)
    A handbook for individuals with disabilities who wish to vote in their communities. The booklet contains local resources, tips for voters and other information that might come in handy before and after Election Day.
  • Bellingham Center for Disabled adults to Move ( – 2/22/12)
    Two centers that offer activities to people with developmental disabilities will operate under the same roof beginning next month. Marianne's House, a daytime activity center for adults, will move next week from its current home to a space already occupied by the Max Higbee Community Recreation Center.
  • Jewish Family Service builds wheelchair ramp for 4-year-old (ClickOn Detroit video – 9/27/12)
    Yesterday JFS Project Build! completed three more ramps for people in our community. We want to thank The Home Depot, Building Industry Association of SE MI, Gordy Oliva Remodeling, Elder Care Construction, Cohen Homes and Pro Carpentry Inc for all of your volunteer efforts and donations. What a great day!
  • Letter to the Department of Community Health from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (4/4/12)
    Comments regarding the Department of Community Health's proposal to integrate care for people who are Medicaid and Medicare enrollees.
  • NOTA Acquires 4 Vans to Give Rides
    A nonprofit organization has acquired four new vans to provide rides to seniors and people with disabilities in a 165-mile radius area of northern Oakland County.
  • Support Service for Disabled Adults Pulling Out of Wayne County (ClickOnDetroit – 2/22/12)
    An Ann Arbor based company that provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment is closing it's Wayne County program due to downsizing.  Michigan Ability Partners says it must close the Downriver Ability Project (DAP) after approximately 19 years of service.
  • Supported Self-Employment 101 (MI Dept. of Community Health – Aug. 2007)
    There has been increasing interest and work over the last several years in areas relating to helping people with disabilities to become business owners. As this work continues, it seems that there are more and more questions that arise and issues that need to be addressed. This handbook is an attempt to address these questions and issues.
  • UCP-Michigan Unveils Ramps for Independence (Detroit News – 10/28/09)
    UCP-Michigan recently started a new program designed to increase access to the community by providing ramps for homes of individuals with disabilities.
  • Why's It So Tough to Get Disability in Michigan? (AARP – 5/20/10)
    About 40,000 Michiganders are waiting for Social Security to decide their pleas for disability benefits, a backlog among the nation's worst because of the state's lingering economic problems.

Organizations & Services About Disabilities Issues – Michigan

  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of children, youth and adults with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.
    Alex Gossage; 3941 Research Park Drive; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    734-971-0277; Email:
  • ARC of Oakland County
    Advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities.
  • ARC Services of Macomb, Inc.
    An association comprised of people with disabilities, parents, friends and professionals involved with supporting people with disabilities in Macomb County, MI.
  • Area Agency on Aging 1-B
    A resource connecting seniors and adults with disabilities to services in six counties in SE Michigan.
  • Assistive Technology Exchange
    A free Michigan classified-ad website to help people with disabilities get the tools they need.
  • Bloomfield SCAMP
    A 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disablitites ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area.
  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan
    A non-profit organization that brings together people with brain injury, their families, friends, and concerned professionals to improve the quality of life that people experience after brain injury.
  • Bridging Communities
    Based in Southwest Detroit, Bridging Communities Inc. is a grassroots collaborative involving local unions, businesses, residents, social service and faith-based organizations working together to create caring communities where people of all ages can live in dignity in Southwest Detroit.
  • Capital Area Center for Independent Living
    Established in 1976 to empower people with disabilities to take control of their lives. Independent Living is the principle that individuals with any disability, to the fullest extent possible, shall work, live in their own homes, raise families, and participate in the everyday activities of life.
  • Communities of Power
    A source of information about issues of importance in Michigan's disability community.
  • Community Advocates
    Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the Kalamazoo area since 1953.
  • Community Housing Network
    Looking for a service or program that might help you or someone you love? Community Housing Network has developed affordable housing programs throughout Oakland and Macomb counties that have helped many formerly homeless persons with disabilities and other low-income families find a place to call home.
  • Community Living
    A private organization promoting inclusion, full citizenship and a self-determined life for people with developmental disabilities in Wayne County.
  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
    Serving deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan.
  • Department of Energy – Commission for Disability Concerns
    Advocates on behalf of Michigan's 1.9 million people with disabilities.
  • Department of Energy – Commission for the Blind
    Providing services to people in Michigan who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Detroit Radio Information Service
    A radio reading service for people with disabilities by offering a simple, cost-effective method of accessing printed news and information published in hundreds of daily, weekly and monthly periodicals.
  • Disability Network Michigan
    A collaborative organization representing 15 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout the state.
  • Disability Network of Oakland & Macomb
    A private non-profit, non-residential organization run for and by people with disabilities.
  • Easter Seals Michigan – Disability Services
    Our mission is to create solutions that change lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families.
  • Independent Living Program (Michigan Commission for the Blind)
    For people age 55 or older who are legally blind and want to continue living at home as self-sufficiently as possible.
  • Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (UCP MI)
    Allows people with disabilities and seniors (or their family members) to purchase assistive technology devices or services, including modification of vehicles and homes.
  • Michigan Commission for the Blind
    Mission is to provide opportunity to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employability and/or function independently in society.
  • Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)
    Works to build opportunities for people with disabilities so they may live fully integrated lives within their chosen communities, now and in the future.
  • Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service
    Promotes, expands and protects the human and legal rights of people by providing them with information and advocacy.
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Council (MRC)
    A consumer driven, Governor appointed, statewide organization as mandated in the federal legislation, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Congress created the Council to ensure that citizens have a mechanism to utilize as they advocate and advise the agency in their respective state (which provides the public vocational rehabilitation services), on how effective its policies, programs, and services are in meeting the needs and desires of persons with disabilities.
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
    MRS partners with individuals and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for persons with disabilities.
  • Michigan Resource Guide for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury and their Familes (8/2007)
    Info on available aid and services, along with explanations of syptoms and the impacts for individuals and families.
  • Michigan State University Libraries
    Information on assistance the libraries provide to persons with disabilities.
  • Michigan State Animal Response Team
    Folks with disabilities that use guide dogs should know about this organization.
  • Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council
    An organization of individuals who represent the interests of people with disabilities across Michigan.
  • National Federation of the Blind – Michigan Resources List
  • On My Own of Michigan
    A private, non-profit agency in Oakland County that helps adults with mild developmental disabilities become independent, social and contributing members of the community.
  • Peckham Rehabilitation
    Committed to overcoming and eliminating barriers.
  • Project Freedom
    An organization with an inventory of Lift-Aid 2000 home lifts that is making them available to eligible recipients throughout Michigan. All costs are covered by Project Freedom. When the patient no longer needs the lift, the unit will be removed, refurbished and made available to another family.
  • QuickRamps for Kids
    A program from United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit that provides free portable wheelchair ramps to families of children who experience Cerebral Palsy and other paralysis-causing conditions.
  • Resource Center for Persons With Disabilities (MSU)
    Disabilities need not preclude the achievement of goals and dreams. Rather, they mandate a greater level of creativity, commitment and a repertoire of compensatory techniques. The team of professionals at the RCPD is ready to assist students, employees and visitors with resources that create an environment of opportunity.
  • Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)
    With advance reservation, provides ADA curb-to-curb transportation for riders whose disability prevents them from using SMART's fixed route service.
  • Superior Alliance for Independent Living
    A member of the Disability Network, they help people with disabilities and their families who live in the Upper Peninsula.
  • The Arc Link
    Harnessing the power of the internet to provide people with developmental disabilities the information and resources to exercise informed choice to live self-determined and fulfilling lives in their communities.
  • Therapy Choirs of Michigan
    Their goal has never been to produce a musical masterpiece, but to Inspire, Build Hope, Raise Public Awareness, and Education about people who are "differently-abled" doing the best they can with what they have through the medium of music.
  • Tri-County Community Advocates
    Part of The Arc Michigan which exists to empower local chapters to assure that citizens with developmental disabilities are valued and thay they and their familes can participate fuly in and contribute to the life of their community.
  • UCP-Michigan
    A non-profit advocacy organization that works for life without limits for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
    Patti's comments: I am on the board of this fine organization.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit
    Provides an array of services for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, including advocacy, employment services, assistive technology, community outreach, person centered advocacy, ramp assistance and much, much more.
  • Visions Unlimited
    Through a joint venture with Farmington Public Schools, Oakland Schools built a new facility located at 22915 Commerce Dr., Farmington, Michigan. The building houses two programs; Visions Unlimited, a post-secondary special education program, serving young adults, 18-26, with developmental and physical disabilities, and an alternative site for Oakland Schools Special Education Department staff.
  • Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy
    One of the first grass-roots organizations in Michigan to advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.