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MDCR is committed to preventing discrimination and bridging gaps in understanding and trust. The department provides training and educational services on a range of civil rights topics.

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Michigan & Federal Disability Civil Rights Laws

Know your rights and protections! Join the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) ADA Compliance Division for our first public awareness session on Michigan & Federal Disability Civil Rights Laws. This session will cover the basics of disability rights protections under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (ADA), and Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA) including state government requirements to effectively communicate and provide reasonable modifications.

What is a Disability?

Did you know that the term "disability" can have different definitions under different laws? This session breaks down the three prongs of disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The presenter will use brief examples to show how someone may or may not qualify as a person with a disability under this law.

ADA Service Animal Basics

What is a service animal? Are they required to be “registered” or carry documentation? What about emotional support animals? Learn the answers to these questions and many more in this session covering the basic public access requirements for service animals under the ADA.

Reasonable Modifications & The Interactive Process

How do I request an ASL interpreter or materials in Braille? What if I need someone to read out or explain an application? This session will cover the basic ADA process and requirements for requesting accommodations to access state programs and services.

Implicit Bias

For all residents of Michigan to experience equitable opportunities to grow and thrive, we must establish a shared understanding of the role that history and culture play in perpetuating and fueling racial disparities. MDCR’s training solutions focus on race extensively, but not exclusively, as we recognize the wide range of polarized messages that impact us all as well as the intersectionality and multilayer complexity of systems created around socially constructed categories.

Cultural Competency Training

Sessions are focused on different aspects of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities. Highlights include in depth-discussions on history, cultural norms, communication options, and dispelling common bias and misconceptions.

Effective Communication Best Practices

Provides input on best practices and resources related to strategies for effective communication and accommodations in various settings. Target audiences include service providers and stakeholders who may interact with residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.

Advocacy and Accessibility

Designed to provide a review of relevant state and federal laws which impact the rights of residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing. Highlights include discussion on the interactive process and trends related to communication access. Target audiences include residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing and other stakeholders.

General Civil Rights 101 Presentation

This training offers information about the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, what civil rights laws we enforce, how to prevent discrimination, and the complaint process.

Sexual Harassment

This training offers information about the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, what civil rights laws we enforce, and what is prohibited under the law as it relates to Sexual Harassment in Employment. This training will focus on identifying and explaining terminology, types and acts of what constitutes Sexual Harassment.

Hate Crime 101

This training is designed to assist crime victim service providers and law enforcement to better understand how to define and respond to bias incidents. Participants will learn the definition of a hate crime and how to use available resources, including hate crime laws, to respond effectively within the community. 

Building Cultural Competence

This training is designed to enhance six major cultural groups: African American, American Indian, Arab American, Asian American, Latino American, and LGBTQIA+. The workshop will also help participants to recognize, understand and control their personal biases, and interact more effectively with colleagues and customers across cultural boundaries.

Fair Housing Training

This training offers information, skills, and tools to enhance participants’ understanding of defining housing discrimination, an overview of Fair Housing Laws and the protected classes under the law, and emerging trends.

General Civil Rights for Managers

This training offers information, skills, and tools to enhance participants’ understanding of addressing accommodation requests throughout the hiring process. In addition, this session is designed to help participants become familiar with barriers to inclusive employment, rights, and responsibilities under the ADA/state policy and critical definitions of defining disability. There will be facilitated discussion, a slide presentation, and a Q & A session.

 

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