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Welcome to Michigan Disability Rights Coalition's Website!

Chris Wardell has set up a fundraiser for MDRC to build resources for disability community advocacy. Moriarty's Pub at 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912,  just down from Sparrow Hospital toward the State Capitol, is hosting a chance for fun and resistance from 3 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2017. There will be music from Big Sur and Atomic Boogaloo, great pub food, and a chance for a real conversation about all that the disability community faces right now. 

The suggested donation is $10, and you can make a check out to Michigan Disability Rights Coalition or use a credit card at the Pub.

Many Thanks to Chris for creating this opportunity.

If you can't make it to the Pub, but want to support MDRC's advocacy, you can still donate.  Thanks!

The BOLD (Building Options for Long-term Decision-making) Council, an inter-departmental group comprised of employees from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is seeking input and feedback on proposed changes to the Nursing Facility Transition program.

The Nursing Facility Transition program identifies people who live in nursing homes and assists them in obtaining nursing home-level of care services at home. Transition services include finding housing, if needed, equipping living space with furniture and household goods, and arranging for necessary in-home services. Services also include connecting people in the program to other qualifying programs and opportunities in their communities. 

Due to the expiration of federal funding, Michigan has an opportunity to redesign and improve the Nursing Facility Transition program. A state-level team and four action teams have been working on proposed improvements over the past six months and are looking for feedback/input on this work from aging and disability network partners as well as the general public.

To participate, simply arrive at one of the scheduled feedback/input sessions listed below. There is no need to reserve a spot in advance or register. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for those in attendance. If you are unable to make a session, this is the second round of three tours and the third tour will be scheduled soon. There will also be a webinar available.

Schedule and Locations

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CONSUMERS ONLY)
    Senior Services, Inc
    918 Jasper St.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001
    Board Room
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Crowne Plaza Lansing West
    925 S. Creyts Rd
    Lansing, MI 48917
    Aurora Room
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
    The Senior Alliance
    5454 Venoy
    Wayne, MI 48184
    Meeting Room #3
  • Friday, August 25, 2017 – 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Region VII Area Agency on Aging
    1615 S. Euchlid Ave
    Bay City, MI 48706
    Conference Room #2
  • Monday, August 28, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
    UPCAP Services, Inc.
    2501 14th Avenue South
    Escanaba, MI 49829
    Board Room (Downstairs)
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Cambria Hotel & Suites
    255 Munson Ave US 31
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    Old Mission Room

With great excitement, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) is implementing the Leadership Development Opportunities Fellowship Program (LDO Fellows). Funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, the purpose of the Leadership Development Opportunities Fellowship Program is to build the leadership skills and abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Michigan.

MDRC is seeking applicants with intellectual/developmental disabilities to apply to become LDO Fellows. Each year, five LDO Fellows will be selected to participate from the pool of applicants. MDRC especially encourages women, people of color, and other traditionally underrepresented people with developmental disabilities who want to develop their leadership skills to apply.

See the attachments (PDF and Word) for more information. Deadline for application is September 4, 2017 (Labor Day).

LDO Fellowship Information in PDF format

LDO Fellowship Information in MS Word format to print

LDO Fellowship Information in MS Word format didgital form

The Affordable Care Act and the Health Michigan Plan (expanded Medicaid) have not been repealed! MDRC can still help you find affordable health care. Contact our Navigator, Kathleen at 517-333- 2477 x 313.