Arc Michigan:

Offering a wide spectrum of programs and resources for people with disabilities and their families. Leader in advocacy programs through local Arc efforts and government at all levels..

On Arc Michigan Site:

MAF provides information, support, and education for families who have children who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding 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. Parents can connect directly to a local mentor to address the families’ needs.

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

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

A leadership development program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of minor children with developmental disabilities. The project trains and supports participants to become leaders in the disability rights movement.

LIPA is free. Participation requires a significant time commitment, and the excellent series of weekend workshops are well worth the time.


Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Australia): 

This site from Australia has good basic information and a video on the question,
“What is Cerebral Palsy?”

Children’s Special Health Care Services (MDCH-CSHCS):

Provides information about the state program to improve health outcomes for children with disabilities. It list the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Developmental Disabilities Institute of Wayne State University

The mission of DDI is is to contribute to the development of inclusive communities and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through a culturally sensitive statewide program of interdisciplinary education, community support and services, research and dissemination of information.

Epilepsy Foundation Michigan:

Easy-to-navigate site focusing on current programs and news about epilepsy.

Easter Seals Michigan:

Information of the many programs and resources offered by Easter Seals of Michigan for people with disabilities and their families.

Legal Aid:

Legal help for low income people.

March of Dimes:

National in scope. Specializes in premature birth questions and answers, plus attendant websites.

Provides Michigan events and contact information.

Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH):

Provides resource information about the Affordable Care Act ) and how it helps people.

Confused about the new healthcare law and how it could impact you, your family or your small business?  Enroll Michigan is here to help. It is an official, valuable site for accessing information and materials for enrolling. The blog answers many questions. Site shows how to get in touch with Navigators who assist consumers in “navigating” the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Basic description of Michigan’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Council is to support people with developmental disabilities to achieve life dreams.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC):

 Communities of Power is a source of information about important issues in Michigan’s Disability Community! It is also an invitation to you to participate in making our communities accessible, integrated, and supportive – to make full citizenship for seniors and people with disabilities an expectation, not a goal. Issues include Assistive Technology, Housing, Leadership, Recovery and Long Term Care.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services (MPAS):

. It provides Information and Referral services, training and system advocacy. MPAS priorities are:

  • Eliminating the abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities.
  • Access to independent and effective rights protection.
  • Eliminate Employment Barriers and Enforce Rights
  • Ensure the Right to High Quality Education
  • Improve Access to Services

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA):

Excellent resource page for muscle diseases.

A page from the site above, featuring local events and MDA office numbers and addresses. A search for “cerebral palsy” yields a treasure of blogs and webpages on disability issues.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

Information and research on Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Olmstead Coalition

Summary of purpose of the Michigan coalition’s efforts to enforce the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C.,  The ruling requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

Social Security Administration

Info and a list of resources. Even has all the necessary forms for signing up! Convenient local SSA office locater page.

Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI):

Resource provides background and process for signing up for Special Olympics events.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP):

UCP’s national site. UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions..

Page from national website providing an excellent resource guide.

Work incentives and Planning Assistance (WIPA):

WIPA is a step by step process to assist people with disabilities, receiving benefits from Social Security, with understanding how employment will affect their Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other benefits they may receive. WIPA also helps beneficiaries to understand how they can increase their financial independence.