Possibilities:  The Developmental Disabilities Institute of Wayne State offers the  Possibilities series of videos.  The videos offer information” on the lives and accomplishments of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Each 4-7 minute video highlights the journeys of different individuals, along with their family and friends, and illustrates the lives possible for all people as they mature, become independent, and pursue their life’s dreams and goals.”

Guardianship Alternatives Information Network (GAIN): the Arc of Michigan.  “There are many alternatives to guardianship.   The primary one is the use of family and friends who are involved in the person’s life.”   Learn more from the Arc of Northwest Wayne County – 313-532-7915 or The Arc of Western Wayne County – 734-729-9100  Gain

Transitioning teens to adults.   The Michigan Transition Outcome Project has a wealth of resources to assist teens growing into adults.   This is the MI-TOP mission:  “Quality Education assists each student in developing a post-school vision and a pathway to obtain the vision. Effective planning and coordinated implementation are critical for successfully transitioning each student through school to adulthood.” 

The I’m Determined Project ( is a state directed project funded by the Virginia department of Education.  It’s focus is on direct instruction, models and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior.  A Transition Guide includes areas for Independent Living (community participation), Employment, Self Determination and Post-secondary Education & Training.

Learning to Drive and Adaptive Vehicles


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a comprehensive website about people with disabilities learning to drive


There are many options and considerations in choosing a modified vehicle.  There are programs that help pay part or all of the cost of vehicle modification, depending on the cause and nature of the person’s disability as well as an employment-related need. The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to purchase adapted vehicles and other assistive technology equipment.


Contact the Loan Fund Manager at 800.828.2714 and view the AT page of this website.

Some manufacturers may have rebate or other plans for modified vehicles.

Daimler Chrysler Corporation (800) 255-9877  (TDD Users: (800) 922-3826)

Ford Motor Company (800) 952-2248 (TDD Users: (800) TDD-0312) 

General Motors Corporation   (800) 323-9935    (TDD Users: (800) TDD-9935)

Saturn (800) 553-6000, Prompt 3    (TDD Users: (800) 833-6000)

Volkswagen   (800) 822-8987 

Audi   (800) 822-2834 

Michigan will waive the sales tax for adaptive devices if you have a doctor’s prescription for their use. You may also be eligible for savings when submitting your federal income tax return. Check with a qualified tax consultant to find out if the cost of your adaptive devices will help you qualify for a medical deduction.

Know the Licensing Requirements – In Michigan, you must be licensed in order to operate a motor vehicle on public streets and highways. You cannot be denied the opportunity to apply for a permit or license because you have a disability. However, you may receive a restricted license, based on your use of adaptive devices.


Department of Transportation Website: 

Department of Transportation Auto Safety Hotline: 888-DASH-2-DOT (888-327-4236).

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists 

Michigan Secretary of State Website

National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association 

Adaptive sports are available throughout Michigan.

Michigan Adaptive Sports

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s SportsAbility

Athletes With Disabilities Network


This is an incomplete list of adaptive sports activities available in Michigan that we compiled in 2012:











NEW report from the Developmental Disabilities Network regarding employment in Michigan:  115075_mpa_employment_first_rprt_prf5

“This report uses data never before collected to paint an accurate picture of the actual state of employment for individuals with disabilities in Michigan,” said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS. “While so much effort is going into assisting our state in its economic recovery, Michigan must be more aggressive in including what is the country’s single largest untapped workforce.  People with disabilities in Michigan have marketable skills and a documented strong desire to work. The fact that we have over 8,000 of our citizens being placed in segregated work environments making an average $2.75 per hour is simply unacceptable. The workers deserve better and we must do better.”

According to MPAS ” Key findings from the report include:

  • 60 percent of individuals with disabilities in Michigan want a job in their community; however, only 17 percent of them have one;

  • There are over 70 non-profit Community Rehabilitation Programs operating sheltered workshops (located in 39 Michigan counties) paying their workers with disabilities significantly less than minimum wage;

  • These sheltered workshops account for over 8,000 individuals with disabilities being compensated an average wage of $2.75/hour;

  • Approximately 23 percent of employees with disabilities earned under $1/hour, while 47 percent of all employees earned below $2 per hour and;

  • 69 percent of individuals with developmental disabilities who are “working” and served by Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs) in Michigan are doing so in segregated, non-competitive employment settings.”

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Services and Supports:  Many people with disabilities obtain services and supports through the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Community Mental Health system.   These systems can be complicated to learn.   Call your local CMH to ask if you are eligible for services. CMH_directory_428570_7


The Arc of Michigan offers a Consumer and Family Guide for people with disabilities.  ARC_brochure_3-24_102655_7   This guide outlines the CMH service system, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and many other issues.

The Arc offers Leaders In Policy Advocacy (LIPA), a leadership development program that trains and supports participants to become leaders in the disability rights movement.

The Arc supports Michigan Partners for Freedom which helps people learn about key concepts in Michigan developmental disability services.

The Michigan Department of Community Health offers the following important guides regarding self determination, person centered planning:


The State of Michigan’s Disability Resource site links users to housing, employment, Medicaid, Medicare and benefits.  – wide ranging resources including employment, health, housing and education.