Blurring the Lines: Living a Life of Inclusion
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