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Blurring the Lines: Living a Life of Inclusion

April 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

| $15.00

Blurring the Lines: Living a Life of Inclusion

Conference Schedule


Registration:  8am – 8:45am

Keynote Speaker – Marina Morris: 8:45am – 9:15am

“Hello, my name is Marina Morris. I was born with cerebral palsy, I shake, I limp, but I do not have a disability. I’m here to simply create a vision in your mind, you won’t soon to forget. A vision to inspire. A vision to motivate. A vision to remember. To envision a world where disabilities are ONLY ever your unique and different abilities. I have a story, and it’s about time I told it.” Marina Morris

 Session 1:  9:30am – 10:45am

Session 1A: Michigan Alliance for Families – Inclusive Education

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. We can help you with finding and utilizing information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.

Our goal is to increase the involvement of families in their children’s education. To do this, we offer learning opportunities across the state, leadership mentoring, and support.

Session 1B: Michigan Rehabilitative Services – Employment

Michigan is home to approximately 1.3 million individuals with disabilities. Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) works with eligible customers and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. We work in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment, including exploring the possibilities of self-employment or owning a small business. Employment services to individuals with disabilities are provided in all 83 Michigan counties.

Session 1C: SMART – Transportation

Serving since 1967, SMART is Southeast Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider, offering convenient, reliable and safe transportation for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. SMART’s Fixed-Route and small bus services connect people to employment and educational institutions. SMART is supported by federal and state funding, local contributions through a transit property tax millage from opt-in communities and bus fares.

Session 2:  11am – 12:15pm

Session 2A: MISD – Transition

MISD staff help bring best practices to the classroom, impacting some 150,000 students in both public and nonpublic schools. We help bring education’s best to students of all abilities, including 19,000 who need special educational services. We use our resources to provide quality educational opportunities for general education and special education students, technical and instructional support to school employees, and leadership in all areas impacting education.

Session 2B: The Arc of Macomb County – Work Incentive Programs

The Arc was founded in 1953 by parents with a common concern. The goals of the founding members continue to be reflected in our mission statement:

The Arc of Macomb County exists to ensure that people with disabilities are valued and that they and their families can participate fully in , and contribute to, the life of their communities. We are committed to securing, for all people with disabilities, the opportunities to choose and realize their goals and dreams regarding where and how they learn, live, play, and work.

Session 2C: Macomb County Community Mental Health – Accessing Services after Diagnosis

Macomb County Community Mental Health, guided by the values, strengths and informed choices of the people we serve, provides quality services which promote recovery, community participation, self-sufficiency, and independence.

Lunch:  12:15pm – 1:15pm


Session 3:  1:30pm – 2:45pm

Session 3A : Autism Alliance of Michigan – Community Safety

The mission of Autism Alliance of Michigan is to lead collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

Session 3B: Michigan Family Voices – Medicaid and Mental Health Rights

Michigan Family Voices is a grassroots collaborative that exists to identify and mobilize current and new family member and individual leaders to create a network across the state that will impact and effect positive change in policy. The group will create and maintain a statewide network of leaders to inform, build relationships with and/or work in partnership with decision-makers at all levels.

Session 3C: Wayne State Disability Institute – Utilizing College Disability Support Systems

The Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University is the University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities of Michigan. As a University Center for Excellence, DDI is associated and shares resources with more than 60 universities. The institute’s mission is to contribute to the development of inclusive communities and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. DDI has a Community Advisory Council which includes individuals with disabilities, family members, and representatives from government, advocacy and service organizations. The institute currently implements more than 20 grants and contracts in education, community support and program evaluation and research.

Session:  3pm – 4:15pm

Session 4A: State of Michigan – ABLE Act

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life; and to provide secure funding for qualified disability expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment and other sources.

Session 4B: Michigan Family Voices – Medicaid and Mental Health Rights cont.

Session 4C: Community Housing Network – Housing

At Community Housing Network (CHN), we strengthen communities by connecting people to housing resources. CHN opened its doors in 2001 with funding from Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. At that time, the organization was charged with providing property management for housing for people with disabilities, creation of a Housing Resource Center, and development of additional affordable housing opportunities for people with disabilities.

We have grown rapidly since then in the scope of services and programs we provide, and in the number of people we help.

Our flagship service, the Housing Resource Center (HRC), now receives more than 19,000 calls per year – each call representing someone looking for assistance. Our HRC staff works hard to connect people to vital programs and services to prevent them from becoming homeless, or to help them with their housing needs.


April 28, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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AnnMarie Ottoy


Macomb Intermediate School
44001 Garfield Road
Charter Township of Clinton, MI 48038 United States
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