Michigan Partners for Freedom Resource Page

Michigan Partners for Freedom is a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, organizations and other allies working together to build statewide demand for self-determination.

We uphold the principles of self-determination for all Michigan citizens: Freedom, Responsibility, Authority, Support and Confirmation.

Origin Story:

Our story begins in April 2004, when the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) sponsored a group to take part in the Immersion Learning about Self-Determination in Atlanta, sponsored by the Center for Self-Determination.  The Michigan group included self-advocates,family members, MDDC Council staff and members of several Michigan service providers.

At the event, the group drafted a plan to speed up progress and expand self-determination in Michigan. After returning home, they continued their work, recruited more members and polished a plan of action. In this effort, the Michigan Partners for Freedom was created.


From the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

Thoughts & Stories:

MPF Videos:

More Videos:


Local Leaders:

Jeff Guthrie, Oakland County
Jeff Guthrie, Oakland County
Jon Donlin - Kalamazoo
Jon Donlin – Kalamazoo
Jill Hawley, Jamia Brewer, Eric Thomas, Gizela Schwartz - Genesee County
Jill Hawley, Jamia Brewer, Eric Thomas, Gizela Schwartz – Genesee County

















Contact Information:

Regional Contacts
Mid/Northern Michigan
Alpena, Bay City)

Jan Lampman
The Arc of Midland

Local Leaders Map
Local Leaders Map

(Wayne, Washtenaw,
Oakland, Lenawee,
and Genesee)

Angela Martin
Developmental Disabilities

(Allegan, Berrien,
Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids)

Pat Carver
Community Drive, Inc.





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