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March 27, 2015

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Join us for a Tribute in honor of

Dohn Hoyle

for 44 years of dedication to Disability Advocacy

Thursday, June 18th, 6:00 pm

University Marriott, 300 M.A.C. Avenue

East Lansing, MI 48823





The Arc Michigan Conference

June 18th & 19th

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

News Items:

Opportunities for Comments and Involvement

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is gearing up for its Annual Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October). This Campaign is designed to highlight people with developmental disabilities who have community-integrated jobs. The council is now accepting recommendations for individuals to participate in this year’s campaign.


Participants will be selected based on the criteria listed in the attached application. Please note the number one criteria: participants must work in a community-integrated setting, not in segregated employment.

Please review the participant criteria for consideration of recommending an individual for the campaign. Complete and submit the application to Meredith Smith at by 5:00pm, Friday, May 15, 2015. Please inform the individual of your recommendation.
If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Smith, Communications Representative at (517) 335-1542 or  

The DD Council wants to hear from YOU!

Are you a person with a developmental disability, a family member of a person with a developmental disability, or an advocate for people with disabilities?

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is gathering information for its next 5-year state plan. This is your chance to tell us what’s important to you and what you want the DD Council to do about it.

Join us to share your story, explore the challenges that affect your life and talk about the issues that are important to you. Please visit the DD Council Website for registration information.            

Summary, House Draft 1 -  DCH Supplemental to current FY 2014-15 & FY 2015-16 Budgets, as reported by the House Subcommittee (pdf)

Summary: Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Years 2015-16 & 2016-17 (pdf)

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

9th Annual Inclusion Conference -  Fetzer Center, WMU, Kalamazoo  -  April 20

Transition & Inclusive Employment Options

This year's conference will include sessions for individuals with disabilities and sessions for employers. Sessions for individuals with disabilities will cover skills for employment, overcoming barriers to employment, how to appropriately disclose a disability, and other employment topics. Key Note speaker will be Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. See more information here or register here 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

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

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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