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February 27, 2015

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The Arc Michigan Conference

June 18th & 19th

University Marriott, 300 M.A.C., East Lansing, Michigan

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Notice of Public Comment Requested

MDE requests public comment on the proposed Michigan Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (aka Early On®) Federal Fiscal Year 2015 application. The period of public participation extends from February 9, 2015, through April 10, 2015, with public comment accepted only March 7, 2015 through 5 p.m., April 6, 2015. Click on the following link for the FFY 2015 application and public comment instructions: Part C Notice of Public Comment.                top

The Arc Livingston Executive Director Position Announcement

The Arc Livingston is seeking an energetic, committed, and experienced leader. Please see attached position requirements (pdf). To apply, forward resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience, minimum salary requirement and how you meet the minimum qualification by March 20, 2015 to   top

Key Federal and State Legislative Updates/Two Free Sessions - Monday, March 9th

The sessions (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm) and (6:00 pm - 8:30 pm) will be held at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Will the new Federal ABLE Act law really allow you to save more than the $2,000 resource limit without losing your medical coverage? Does the Michigan Freedom to Work/Medicaid Buy-in legislation really provide continued medical coverage if you accept work or increase your work? See attached flyer (pdf) for more details. RSVP: Tiffany Devon at or 734.722.1755.      top

Governor Snyder's Budget Presentation for FY 2015-16

Feb. 11, 2015 RWA Advocacy has provided an overview of Gov. Snyder's presentation today. Click here to view the Presentation, FY 2016 Budget and 2014 proposed Executive Order Cuts

A webcast of Governor's presentation and the budget will is available at      top

United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan (UCP) seeking Loan Fund Coordinator at East Lansing Office

The primary role of the Loan Fund Coordinator is to coordinate all activities involving the Michigan Assistive Technology and Employment Loan Funds. In addition the Coordinator will help to develop and launch a new client ramp building program. Click here for job description and directions to apply for this position and here for application form. Please respond by February 27th to Kathleen Brockel at brockel@ucpmichigan.orgtop

The January 2015 issue of the LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

The latest update features stories on the members of Department of Labor's new WIOA Advisory Committee, an American Institutes for Research congressional briefing, the introduction of the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R.188), a proposed Virginia Medicaid budget that would cap hours of home care works and much more. Download the January, 2015 Employment, Health Care and Disability Policy Update.

Each monthly update will be published to the Resource Center found on the LEAD Center website. Subscribers who sign up to receive LEAD Center news and information will receive notice of each newly published update.
The LEAD Center Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability is a project of the LEAD Center in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network Accepting Applications for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy

The deadline for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) 2015 applications is quickly approaching! Applications are due February 15, 2015.

The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training from May 30 to June 6, 2015. Participants will acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and activism. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN. Click here for the application, video and more information about the event

Governor Rick Snyder delivers 5th State of the State Address from RWC Advocacy

Governor Snyder began his plans for 2015 by highlighting the upcoming ballot question in May and urging all citizens to vote. The key highlight of the Governor's speech is what he is calling the "River of Opportunity." The goal of government programs will look at the whole individual and not "slice and dice" the  person based on program requirements.

Click here to read more. (pdf)   Documents released by Governor Snyder can be found at:  top

State of the State Information for MDCH/DHS Stakeholders

Message from Nick Lyon (pdf) concerning Governor Snyder's soon to be issued executive order that will join the Departments of Community Health and Human Services to create Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to better serve our residents. top

New Policy Coordinator Position in Lansing for Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF)

The purpose of the Policy Coordinator is to serve as a Policy Coordinator for the Michigan Alliance for Families. The full-time position requires a bachelor's or master's degree in education, social science, human services or other related field and three years of professional experience or consultative or administrative experience in education policy, legal research, consulting, or training related to special education law. Click here for more information (pdf)

Please send resume with cover letter by February 13th to Sherri Boyd at top

First-of-a-Kind Medicaid Mobile App and Online Portal Available Now In Michigan

More and more Americans are using smart phones and applications to access information and make daily life easier. In fact, smartphones are expected to generate 68 percent of the total mobile data traffic by 2017 – a 24 percent increase within five years.


Several state governments have tried to adapt their services to this burgeoning mobile trend. In Michigan, the Department of Community Health partnered with the private sector to announce

a first of its kind mobile application for citizens receiving Medicaid. The myHealthButton (myHB) application is designed to connect patients with their medical information from a remote location with a tap to their smartphones. top

UCP's New Community-Driven Resource for People With Disabilities
UCP is pleased to introduce a new community-driven resource for people with disabilities called My Life Without Limits. This initiative is a natural companion to UCP’s My Child Without Limits program, which was developed for the parents and family members of children with disabilities. A flagship website and online community,, will serve as the new program's focal point and is intended to become an online hub for people with a range of disabilities.

My Life Without Limits is designed to allow people with disabilities to join and receive the latest news and other benefits of community membership such as writing guest blogs, commenting on posts and resource pages and participating in polls and surveys. In the forum - coming soon - members can stir up conversations and ask for advice. Information and resources pertaining to education, entertainment and lifestyle, health and wellness, travel, relationships and more will be available and updated, with guidance from community members themselves. And, people can share new resources or upcoming events on the site or using the #MyLifeWithoutLimits hashtag on social media. top

Joint letter from DOJ and DHHS addressing the importance of states' implementation of the Final Rule while maintaining Title II obligations under the ADA

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) jointly issued the attached letter (pdf), which addresses the importance of States’ implementing the Final Rule in ways that comply with their obligations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter instructs States to consider whether reasonable modifications are necessary to avoid placing individuals who receive home care services at serious risk of institutionalization or segregation. Specifically, the letter explains that states need to consider reasonable modifications to policies capping overtime and travel time for home care workers, including exceptions to these caps when individuals with disabilities otherwise would be placed at serious risk of institutionalization. top

The Able Act passed the U.S. Senate December 16th

A big bipartisan measure to enable people with disabilities to become more independent and to be able to achieve their dreams, just like everyone else, is becoming a reality. This follows on the historic Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act, which also passed recently and was already signed into law.                        top

Medical Services Administration Bulletin (MSA 14-58) Provider Enrollment and Service Verification

This bulletin addresses modifications to the requirements for provider enrollment and verification of provided services in the Medicaid Home Help program. Specifically, it updates and replaces processes identified in the Adult Services Manual. This bulletin will apply to all individual providers in the program who receive an individual rate for services. Additional guidance will be provided to agency providers as changes are made that would affect them. Click here to download bulletin.               top

Leaders in Policy Advocacy Now Accepting Applications for April 2015 Class in U.P.

Leaders in Policy Advocacy, an intensive leadership development project administered by the Arc Michigan and funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, is now accepting applications for the next class in the Upper Peninsula, scheduled to begin in April 2015.  Eligible applicants are adults with developmental disabilities and parents of minor children with DD. More information and an application form can be found here:      top

A Quick and Easy Method of Screening for Medicaid Eligibility Under the Pickle Amendment: 2015 Numbers - from Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, by Gordon Bonnyman, Attorney, Tennessee Justice Center

"Screening for Medicaid eligibility under the Pickle Amendment is quick and simple. Without the necessity of performing any mathematical calculations, screening eliminates the great majority of those who are not eligible." Click here for more information on screening and a simple formula for performing necessary calculations.    top

Gov. Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in efforts to hire people with disabilities - Executive directive calls for new policies, training across agencies, departments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Read entire press release (pdf)
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting, Gov. Rick Snyder said.


Snyder on Monday issued an Executive Directive (pdf) requiring the government adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people with disabilities as they seek a career in public service.


Snyder also called for increased training for all state employees to raise awareness of disability etiquette and best practices, ensuring every employee is treated with dignity and respect at all times.                                                         top

MPAS Employment First in Michigan September 2014 Report

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., Developmental Disabilities Institute-Wayne State University, and Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council have completed their September report, Michigan Employment First in Michigan (pdf). It talks about the unemployment rates and strong reliance on 14c waivers.     top

Michigan Alliance for Families DVD “Making the Most of Early On®”  "Making the Most of Earlyon" is designed to help parents better understand and access the system of supports and services for children from birth through age three.
This video is chaptered into six easy to navigate topics:

  • What is Early On?

  • Parent to Parent Advice

  • Natural Environments

  • Problem Solving

  • Transition: Leaving Early On

  • Parent Survey

Each topic includes options for Spanish subtitles, Arabic subtitles, and English closed caption. In addition to the DVD, parents can find more early intervention resources at:

Parents and professionals can view the videos via the Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel  at

A limited quantity of DVDs is available.

“Making the Most of Early On®” was produced through an IDEA grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education to Michigan Alliance for Families.


Michigan Alliance for Families' upcoming workshops can be viewed at:  Upcoming and archived Webinars can be viewed at:

Check out our new brochure (pdf)        top

Michigan History of Our State Institutions for People with Developmental Disabilities

This video documents this regretful history and celebrates the hard work of families and advocates with the final closure of our last institution in Michigan in 2010.  top

The White House Disability Group E-mail Distribution List
In order to keep the public informed about various disability issues the White House has been hosting monthly calls. To learn about future calls, request to be added to the White House Disability email distribution list, by visiting the White House website.

These calls are open to the public and offer a unique opportunity to hear about important disability issues from individuals who work in the Federal government. You can also submit questions before the call at                              

Michigan Alliance for Families Web site offers Resources to help Families

Michigan Alliance for Families is excited to announce that our website ( now includes information to help families become more involved in the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Michigan Alliance for Families, in partnership with Early On Michigan, announces resources to help families know their rights, better communicate their child’s needs, support the development of infants and toddlers, and prepare for the transition out of Early On into the preschool years. These resources are available to families, Early On Service Coordinators and Service Providers to increase the involvement of Michigan families in the growth and development of infants and toddlers.
Website resources include:

Handouts and video information on developmental milestones and how to promote development and learning through play

  • Handouts and video information to help families prepare to leave Early On and move on to Preschool
  • Learning tools to help families improve communication skills
  • Information to help families know their rights (Procedural Safeguards), including evaluation, Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, natural environments and service coordination.                       top



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