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Michigan Agencies

Abilities Center (248-926-0909) Enriching environment specifically designed to enhance opportunities for children to move, explore, experience, learn and develop new skills

AMBUCS  (1-800-749-0546) Provides AmTrykes, therapeutic tricycles for children with disabilities, including children with low muscle tone

ARC Michigan (1-800-292-7851) Provides information on legislative advocacy activities, conferences, special insurance rates, educational materials, newsletter, free parent and professional training, assistance locating high quality services and provides advocacy for people of all ages with developmental disabilities

Autism Society of Michigan (517-882-2800 or 1-800-223-6722) Offers educational resources and materials, workshops, seminars, support groups and other services for individuals with autism and their families

Bridges4Kids (1-877-553-KIDS) Provides a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents of children from birth through transition to adulthood

Center for Educational Networking (CEN) (1-800-593-9146) Publishes two newsletters Leading Change and Focus on Results, and a free publication for parents Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education.  Other publications available for a fee

Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities (634-936-2607) Conducts and disseminates basic scientific research to better understand complexity of individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.  Designs and tests innovative clinical services

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (616-454-7979) Provides number of programs and services, including disability awareness training, education and support programs, workshops, conferences, advocacy programs and education and consultation services

Family Independence Agency (1-517-373-2035) State funded programs for individual and family services such as children’s services, foster care, adult programs, adoption, and youth programs.  Also may provide assistance for disabilities, SSI, and medical services

Family Information Exchange (FIE) (1-800-292-7851, ext 128) Publishes Key Player Packet in conjunction with ARC Michigan or families involved in the Early On program

Family Resource Center (517-432-3745) Provides information and resources for students, faculty and staff who are balancing education, employment and family responsibilities

Fowler Center (989-673-2050) Outdoor recreation and education facility providing camps and programs with particular emphasis on people with developmental and physical disabilities

LAP Respite Center (517-372-6671) Family-directed program to identify, provide and improve respite services.  Services may be provided for a few hours or a few days, in the family home or at the Respite House

Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan (517-485-8160 or toll-free 1-888-597-7809) Provides advocacy, education, training, services and support for individuals with learning disabilities and their families

MI Child (1-888-988-6300) Health insurance program for uninsured children of Michigan’s working families

Michigan Assistive Technology Resource (800-274-7426) Provides information services, support materials, technical assistance, and training to local and intermediate school districts in Michigan to increase their capacity to address the needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology

Michigan Department of Community Health (517-373-3740) Responsible of health policy and management of Michigan’s publicly funded health systems

Michigan Department of Education (517-373-3324) Responsible for publicly funded educational options; includes Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (517-334-6123) Promotes changing of support programs and advocates for changes in support of persons with developmental disabilities across the state

Michigan Great Start (517-373-8483) Provides information on what’s happening in your county

Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) (1-800-724-7426) Provides information services, support materials and professional learning opportunities to improve outcomes for all students

Michigan Positive Behavior Support Network Provides information and resources regarding children with behavioral issues in the state of Michigan

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service (MPAS) (1-800-288-5923) Publishes a free newsletter Exchange and free comprehensive packet of information on special education, including materials from CAUSE and NICHCY.  Available to answer questions and provide advocacy

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (517-485-2274) Offers information and mediation services free of charge to both parents and schools in order to make collaboration work

Parents as Teachers – National Curriculum Call your local school district for information about preschool programs and activities for families with young children

Positive Behavior Support for Young Children (PBSYC) (517-541-1318 ext 9 or toll-free 1-800-593-9146 ext 9) Provides information, training and workshops designed to teach defining and addressing behavior concerns from within the learning environment

Project PERFORM (1-800-552-4821) Free packets of resource information on a variety of topics including advocacy, behavior management, ADD, autism, Down syndrome, inclusion, post-school transition, speech and language impaired and parent support

Special Olympics Michigan (989-774-3034 or toll-free 1-800-644-6404) Provides opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities to participate and receive respect in the field of athletics

United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan (517-203-1200 or toll-free 1-800-828-2714) Works for productivity, independence and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities; offers information on housing, special education, employment, technology and many other topics

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is an affiliate of:
National Down Syndrome CongressDown Syndrome Affiliates in Action