Resource Library

The DD Council has a collection of electronic and hard copies of our previous and ongoing grant products, as well as other resources from disability organizations and networks. There are links on the page to resources available electronically. You may contact Tracy Vincent at 517-335-3155 to obtain the hard copy resources we have available.

DD Council Grant Products 

Self Advocacy 

Criminal Justice and People With Disabilities 




Transition to Adult Life 



Family Support 


Quality Assurance 






SA.01. Getting What you Want! Self-Advocacy in a Managed Care Environment.    
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 1999 . Two information brochures from this in-service training event: 

a. Self-Advocacy Through Negotiation brochure. The information is a summary of an in-service training event called Getting What you Want! Self-Advocacy in a Managed Care Environment. In English and Spanish.

b. Creating Your Own Self-Advocacy Plan brochure. 

SA.02. Save Everything, Copy Everything, Don't Look for Logic. An Advocate's Manual for Negotiating the SSI and SSDI Programs, Association for Community Advocacy, 2000.
The manual's intent is to share information about "the rules" and then offer suggestions about how to act within the framework of those rules to maximize each individual situation.

SA.03.  Creating Change Together, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 2008.
A leadership/advocacy manual that includes information such as talking to decision-makers, running a meeting, assertiveness, government, and much more.

Appendix 1 Summary Handouts: Handouts are for each chapter of the manual "Creating Change Together." Can be used as a summary or as an easy reading version.

SA.04. Michigan Youth Leadership Forum brochure, Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns,  MYLF is a leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The five-day event, in the state capital, these delegates cultivate leadership, citizenship and social skills.

SA.05.  How to Get a Life with Assistance from ACCMHS, Allegan County CMH 


Criminal Justice and People with Disabilities 

CJ.01.  Equal Justice, A Self-Advocacy Workbook, , Association for Community Advocacy, 1998
Workbook created as one of a growing number of grassroots efforts to address denial of due process rights in all aspects of the American legal system. 

CJ.02. If you Get Arrested, The Arc of Wayne County, 2000-2001. Information on what to do if you get arrested. 



AD.01. Know your Rights, Get the Support you need brochure, Center for Civil Justice, 2007 (available in Spanish). Are you on cash assistance (FIP) and expected to participate in work activities? Do you or a family member have a disability? Know your rights    and get the support you need. 


IN.01. Facilitating Inclusion Through Case Management: A Curriculum for Change, Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute, 1995.Innovative training and support for Michigan case managers, adult service workers, case coordinators, care managers, social workers and case manager supervisors. 

IN.02. Project Include Project Manual, Western Michigan University, 2002. Including people with developmental disabilities in the community. 

IN.03. Being Included: Early Lessons Learned in the Community Participation Initiative, The Arcadia Institute, October, 2007 . The purpose of the initiative is to make it possible for children and adults with disabilities and disorders to participate fully in all aspects of community life, as they choose. The goal for this project is to create partnerships with community agencies that serve all citizens and provide them with the assistance they need to welcome and include children and    adults with mental health needs into their normal program activities. 

IN.04. Mini-Summit Early Childhood Inclusion in Michigan, Michigan State University, 2007 

IN.05.  Good Start, Arc of Calhoun County, 1999


ED.01.Systems Change for Inclusive Education in Michigan Final Report , Wayne State University, DDI, 1994. Michigan Inclusive Education Initiative was designed to provide intense statewide training and technical assistance to schools, policy analysis and development, leadership development, and related activities to facilitate integration of students with disabilities into regular education classes. 

ED.02. Everyone Together Final Evaluation Report,   Wayne State University, Center for Urban Studies, March 2009.The Everyone Together project was designed to build and strengthen parent networks to enable them to demand the inclusion of their children with disabilities into general education settings. Twelve networks across Michigan were funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council to help build systemic change for inclusion. This report summarizes findings of the Everyone Together project. 

ED.03. Cross-Project Evaluation of Minority Family Support to Improve Education Outcomes, Wayne State University, Center for Urban Studies, 2009 

Transition to Adult Life 

TN.01.  Michigan Transition Initiative Evaluation Project  , Michigan State University, 1995-99. A set of reports including: 

a.        Relationship of Transition Practices in Intermediate School Districts & the Status of Special Education Students: A Two Year Comparative Study, 1999. 

b.        Supports and Obstacles on the Road to Successful Transition, 1997. 

c.        In-School Survey, Satisfaction and Annual Survey Results, 1997. 

d.       Colored Maps on Michigan Supported Employment Work Outcomes , 1997. 

e.         Annual Report on Transition Processes and Outcomes: A Report from the Schools, (Six Counties), 1997 

Comparisons of 1997 and 1998 data in Washtenaw, Shiawassee, Alger, Marquette,Utica, Muskegon, Montcalm, Midland, Menominee, Kent, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Huron, Copper Country and Charlevoix-Emmet schools. 


EM.01.Supported Employment in Michigan , Final Report, Western Michigan University Evaluation, 1991. Supported employment provides jobs for people with disabilities so severe that they could not maintain a job without help. By identifying or creating jobs, and providing the necessary support, this program enables people with disabilities to work. 

EM.02. Employment is Possible!, The Arc of Calhoun county, 2008. 

EM.03. Employment Replication Handbook, Career Concepts, 2008. 

EM.04. Community Employment: Evaluation of Employment Partnerships, Michigan State University, 2009. 

EM. 05. Employment Supports Final Report, Michigan State University, 2005 


HO.01. A Home of My Own Final Report, MOKA Corporation, 1994.

HO.02. Section 8 Made Simple, 2nd Edition, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc., June 2003.

HO.03. Michigan Housing Locator brochure, Michigan   Disability Rights Coalition, 2007. 

HO.04.  Foreclosure Basics, Arc of Livingston, 2007. 

HO.06. Finding Your Way Home!!! Brochure, Disability Network/Lakeshore,  October, 2007. 

HO.07.  ZeroStep Guidelines, Disability Advocates of Kent County, 2008 

HO.08. The Path to Home Ownership for people with disabilities who dream of owning their own home   , Connections for Community Leadership, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, July 2007. Packet of information on home ownership.

HO.09 Lilliana Grows it Green, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Including Our Neighbors, 2013

Family Support 

FS.01. Transition into Retirement for Persons with Developmental Disabilities: a Final Report, Adult Well-Being Services & Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute, 1989. 

FS.02. Family Support Services in Michigan, Evaluation project to assess the availability and accessibility of family support services in Michigan. 

a. Family Support Services in Michigan Part I: Narrative, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, Western Michigan University and Michigan Department of Mental Health, 1992. 

b. Family Support Services in   Michigan Part II:  Figures and Tables , Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, Western Michigan University, and Michigan Department of Mental Health, 1992. 

c.   Family Support Services in    Michigan , Respite Care , Western Michigan University and Michigan Department of Mental Health, 1992. 

FS.03. A Study of the Validity and Impact of Proposed Eligibility Definitions for the Family Support Subsidy, Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute & Autism Society of Michigan, 1993. 

FS.04. Family Support Fact Sheet, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council  , Michigan Department of Mental Health Services, and Wayne State University, College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs, 1994. 

FS.05. Aging Families Dissemination, Final Report, Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute, 2000.

FS.06. Supporting Families in Transition, The Disability Network

FS.07 After We’re Gone, The Arc Michigan, 2011


DI.01.  Family Support Model Demonstration Project of    Michigan Outreach Program Final Report, The Arc Michigan, 2001. 

DI.02.  Promising Approaches for Building Cultural Competence in Human Service and Advocacy Organizations. Goal of the project is to increase the capacity of service delivery and advocacy systems in Michigan to design, implement, and evaluate culturally competent services., Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute. 

DI.03. Successful Approaches for Building Cultural Competence in Human Service and Advocacy Organizations, Sharonlyn Harrison, Ph.D. Building Cultural Competence in Michigan: Addressing the needs of minorities with disabilities, literature review. 

DI.04. Family Support Model Demonstration Project of Michigan Outreach Program Final Report,  The Arc Michigan, 2001 

Quality Assurance 

QA.01.  A Chance to Choose, People with Developmental Disabilities in Michigan and the DD Council, 1989. Summary of input from 1,300 people who attended six public forums around  the state, 300 people with developmental disabilities. The report contains recommendations for improvements targeted at the national, state and local levels, supported by summarized data. 

QA.02. Goal One: Quality Community Services, Beth Ferguson, December 9 and 10, 1992 . 

QA.03. Evaluation of Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Activities, Michigan State University, 1995.  

QA 04. Supporting people recovering form mental illness through the person centered  planning process, trainer manual, Wayne State University Developmental Disabilities Institute, 1997. Objectives include: learn about the history of person-centered planning processes, identify components of the process, identify examples of person-centered planning process for mental health programs, understand administrative issues and learn about resource materials. 

QA.05. Re-thinking Quality: Based on Common Expectations of Ordinary Lives , Center for Outcome Analysis, 2003. 

QA.06. We Lead - An Inclusive Leadership Development Curriculum for Participants With and Without Disabilities, Connections for Community Leadership and MDRC, 2005. 
An inclusive leadership development curriculum for participants with and without disabilities.  

QA.07. Promoting Self-Determination Through Alternatives to Guardianship, Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy. Program was developed in hopes to help the process of building relationships among family and friends, provide tools to help them assist loved ones in decision-making, and assure that court intervention becomes unnecessary. 

QA.08. Personal Life Quality Protocol-MI Version 7.2, Center for Outcome Analysis. 

QA.09.  Michigan Partners for Freedom Brochure, c/o The Arc Michigan.   Mission is to build statewide demand for Self-Determination, 2005. 

QA.10.  Connections for Community Leadership Brochure, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 2005. 

QA.11. Lead On: A Handbook for Starting a Disability Student Organization, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 2007. This handbook includes information such as choosing a purpose, selecting a name, writing a constitution, building coalitions, planning an event, group publicity, maintaining membership and much more. 

QA.12. Making it Happen, The Michigan Academy on Self-Determination in Midland, June 2007. Self-determination is an idea so important, life affirming, and necessary that to fully understand, one must be given opportunities to hear about it, see it and be involved in it. Therefore, the predominate learning model at the Michigan Academy on Self-Determination was hands-on and experiential. 

 QA.13. Connections for Community Leadership Information Folder, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 2009 

A. Connections for Community Leadership Participant Information. 

B.  Cookie Gant Leadership Development Fund. 

C. We Lead! Curriculum Information Sheet. 

E.  Informed Communities Information Sheet. Contains information about the Informed Communities project, which helps people with disabilities and their families understand national, state and local disability issues; participate in public policy discussions; and take action on issues that affect their lives, by giving 2-4 free informational meetings on public policy issues per year for people with disabilities and their allies. 

G. College Organizations Networking Now Each Creating Ties (CONNECT) Information Sheet.  A program that connects college students with disabilities throughout Michigan to each other and to student organizations, resources, leadership, networking, and scholarship opportunities. 

QA.14. Aging and Developmental Disabilities Project in Michigan, A curriculum resource packet. Lansing Community College, DDI and The Arc Michigan. Two year statewide demonstration grant that promoted the integration of older adults with developmental disabilities into meaningful community activities of their choice. 

QA.15. Sustaining Your Project through Fund Raising, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition. 

QA 16. Comprehensive Summary: A Qualitative Investigation of People with Disabilities, Capitol Research Services, 2009. 

QA 17. Our Hopes for the Future Final Report, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, 2010. 

QA 18. Life in Focus Annual Report, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, 2008 

QA 19. Building Effective Disability Coalitions, Penny Foster-Fishman, PhD and Shelby Berkowitz, 2003. Manual developed as a tool to help your disability coalition find and follow its own path to success. 

QA 20. Working Towards Organizational Learning, J. Kevin Ford, Penny Foster-Fishman, Cori Davis and Michigan State University, 2002.

QA.21 Looking  Back, Towards the Future: A Historical View of Michigan, DD Council 1983-2003

QA.22 People Planning Together, P. Sue Kullen & ELP Learning Community Crawford County Human Services & LEAP, 2003

QA.23 Families Planning Together: Starting Work on an Essential Lifestyle Plan, Smull, Allen, & Bourne, 2001


TR.01. Michigan Land Use Institute Reports on Transit, 2002 

A.    New Economic Engine , Michigan Land Use Institute with United Cerebral Palsy of MI. First of four annual transit reports. National comparison shows Michigan can pull ahead with world-class transit. 

B.   The Regional Ride , Michigan Land Use Institute with United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan. Second of four annual reports. From Detroit to Grand Rapids to the Soo , Michigan's communities use public transit to build great places and link residents with jobs and opportunity. 

C.    Follow the Money, Michigan Land Use Institute. Uncovering and reforming Michigan's sprawl subsidies. 

D.     10 Ways to Increase Michigan's Prosperity , Michigan Land Use Institute .
The Michigan Land Use Leadership Council presented the Legislature a bipartisan plan to improve the quality of life, job security, and economic opportunity for every Michigan citizen.

TR.02. Leaders for Action Transportation Coalition/Mystery Rider Project Report , The Disability Network, 2004. 

TR.03.  People and Pavement: Transportation Design that Respects Communities, Michigan Land Use Institute, 2004 

TR.04.  Improving Public Transportation: A Handbook for Change, Arc of Livingston & Disability Advocates of Kent County. 

TR.05.  Getting There Project Manual, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. 

TR.06. Disability Connections Brochure, Disability Connections, Muskegon. 

TR.07.  Transportation Voucher Program Basics, UCP     (PowerPoint presentation ). 

TR.08. Driving Michigan's Economic Engine, Michigan Public Transit Association 

TR.09.  Transportation Voucher Replication Handbook,  Copper Country CMH, Resource One, The Arc of Shiawassee, Community Living Services, disability Connections, Disability Connection for Independent Living, United, October 2008. This handbook is a resource to help design a voucher program. 

TR. 10. All Aboard Final Report, United Cerebral Palsy, 2008 


HE.01. The Health Care Coverage Guide for Michigan Families of Children with Chronic Illness or Disability, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, 1990. 

HE.02. Medicaid Our Neighbors Our Communities   DVD & discussion guide, UCP of Michigan, 2007. 

HE.03. Healthcare Coordination Handbook, Washtenaw County CSTS, Bay Arenac Mental Health, Western Michigan University, Center for Disability Services, 2008. The handbook was created in an effort to provide information regarding healthcare coordination efforts in each area.

HE.04 Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Benefits in MI, Alliance for Medicaid Access, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, 2013   


RE.01. Recreation for All, Michigan State University, Department of Family and Child Ecology, 2002, Strategies to support individuals with disabilities in community recreation and leisure activities.