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The Exchange Fall 2016

Judy's Story: Cover Special Education Manual: 4
From the Executive Director: 2 MDE-OSE Complaint- Case Example: 5
School Child Care Programs: 3 Charter Schools: 6
MI U.S. Supreme Court Case: 3 Update on Restraint and Seclusion: 6
Short-changing Students: 4 Important Voting INformation: 7

The Exchange Summer 2016

BOE Hosts Mock Election: Cover

We Want to Hear Your Story: 4
From the Executive Director: 2 Memorable Voting Experience: 5
Essay Contest Winners: 3 Answers to Your Questions About Votingt: 5-6
Crain's Honors MPAS Board Member:4 Important Voting Information: 7

The Exchange Spring 2016

"Speak Up and Not Be Afraid: Cover PBS Receives Statewide Endorsements: 4
From the Executive Director: 2 Transition Services: The Road to Adulthood: 5
Flint Records Access Update: 3 11 Helpful Tips: Filing an Education Complaint: 6
MI Legal Help Now Online: 3 MDE Reviewing Current Complaint System: 7
Ask the Advocate: 4  

The Exchange Winter 2016

DD Council Report: Cover - 2 Circuit Court Rulings Favor MRS Consumers: 5
From the Executive Director: 2-3 Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest: 6
ABLE Act in Michigan: 3-4 The MI Health Link Ombudsman Program: 7
Monitoring Sub-minimum Wages: 5  

The Exchange Fall 2015

Blake's Story - Cover-2 Ann Arbor Amtrak Event - 5
ADA Signing: An Advocate's Story - 3 Celebrating Medicaid/Medicare - 6
From the Executive Director Service Animal FAQs - 6-7

 

The Exchange Summer 2015

Essay Contest Winners - Cover How to Report Abuse/Neglect - 5
Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes - 2-3 Legal Team Update - 4-6
CAIR Team Success - 3 From the Employment Team - 7
From The Executive Director - 3-4  

 

The Exchange Winter 2015

Annual Legislative Event - Cover ABLE Act - 5
Board of Directors Changes - 2 Ask the Advocate: Advance Directives - 6
From the Executive Director - 3-5 MPAS Legal Team Update - 7

The Exchange Fall 2014

Employment First Report Released - Cover MPAS, Peckham Candidate Forum - 5
Board of Director Changes - 2-3 Job Matching - 6
MDCH Director Steps Down - 3 Gov. Snyder Signs Executive Directive on Employment for People with Disabilities - 7
From the Executive Director - 4-5 Take Advantage of our Online Resources - 7

 

The Exchange Summer 2014

Working with VR Services - Cover Story WIOA Reauthorization - 4
Employment First Report Forthcoming - 2 Restraint and Seclusion Room in Marquette - 5
MPAS Celebrates Website Anniversary - 2 Update on Special Education Reports - 7
From the Executive Director - 3  

 

The Exchange Spring 2014

Annual Legislative Event a Huge Success - Cover Story Community Mental Health Service Appeals - 2, 3
Update on Education Advocacy - 4 From the Executive Director - 5
Long-Serving Board Members Retire - 6 Policy Update - 7
Legal Team Update - 7  

 

The Exchange Winter 2013

Obtaining Employment with a Felony Record - page 2      ........ .....  ..... 2222 From the Executive Director: Post Election Realities 2012 - pages 7 & 8
Employment Team at MPAS: Who we are and what we do - page 4 Informed Choice: Having a Voice in Vocational Rehabilitation - page 9
MPAS Legal Update - pages 3 & 4 Update on Education Advocacy - pages 10 & 11

Ask the Advocate: Can you explain the Vocational Rehabilitation Process? - pages 5 & 6

Two MPAS Board Members Step Down - page 11
Large Crowd Attends Candidate Forum - cover story State Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Know Your Appeal and Hearing Rights! - pages 12-14

 

The Exchange Fall 2012

MDE Reopens Three MPAS Education Complaints -page 2 Voter ID Legislation - page 11 
MPAS Legal Update - pages 3 & 4 Update on Education Advocacy - pages 12 & 13
Supreme Court Finds Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles Unconstitutional -  page 4 Governor Reorganizes Vocational Rehabilitation Services - page 13
Ask the Advocate: Where can I get help to pay my utility bill and avoid shut-off? - pages 5 & 6 OSEP Applies Least Restrictive Environment Standard to Work Settings - page 14
Employment Report - page 6 Preparing for the New School Year - page 15

IDEA and Virtual Education: Challenges and Opportunities - pages 7 & 9

Michigan's 26 years of Special Education Entitlement Fails to Result in Real Employment Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - pages 16 & 17
MPAS Given Award for Assuring Polling Places are Accessible - page 9 Michigan Receives Waiver from Requirements of No Child Left Behind Act - pages 18 & 19
Use Assistive Technology to be More Independent  -pages 10 & 11 Michigan Establishes Order of Selection for Rehabilitation Services - page 19

 

The Exchange Summer 2012

Rights Restored to Student with Behavioral Disability - cover story What do CAIR Team Members do and how can they be of Assistance? - pages 10 & 11
Voting in a Primary Election - page 2 Disability Experts Discuss Public Policy Issues with U.S. Legislator - page 11
Restraint and Seclusion in Schools - page 3 Disability Advocates Speak up at Legislative Luncheon - page 12
We Can't Afford to Lose Michigan's No-Fault Auto Law - page 4 MPAS Disability Essay Contest Winners - pages 12 - 14
Ask the Advocate: What programs are available for children with disabilities who are at risk of out-of home placements? - page 5 MPAS' Brian Sabourin Appointed to Michigan Rehabilitation Council - page 15
Update on Education Advocacy - pages 6 & 7 Disability Agency Names new Director of Government and Media Relations - page 15
Public Policy Platform Clarifications - page 7 Update on Dual Eligibility: Merging Medicare and Medicaid - pages 16 - 18
Returning Residents to the Community is Nursing Facility's Obligation - page 8

Assistive Technology Information You Can Use - page 19

MPAS Update on Recent Legal Action - page 9  

 

The Exchange Spring 2012

MPAS Follows up on Abuse and Neglect in Michigan Nursing Homes - cover story What are Peer Review Documents and Why are They Important? - page 7
Ask the Advocate: My mother lives in a nursing home. What are her rights? - pages 2 & 3 MPAS v. Caruso Prison Lawsuit Closed - page 8
Services Available for Those Interested in Moving Out of Nursing Homes - page 3 MPAS Legal Team Takes Action - page 9
New Federal, State Education Rules Issued - page 4 Filing a Complaint with the State of Michigan's Wage and Hour Division - pages 10 & 11
Saturday Special Education Trainings - page 4 Are you Prepared to Cast Your Vote? - page 11 
Masseau Leaves MPAS to Head Up Wisconsin Disability Rights  - page 5 MPAS Public Policy Platform Fiscal Year 2011-2012 - pages 12 & 13
Results of Surveys from Parents of Children with Behavior-Related Disabilities - page 6 From the Executive Director: Dual Eligibility: Merging Medicare and Medicaid- pages 14 - 17

 

The Exchange Winter 2012

MPAS goes Public on Maggots Found in Michigan Nursing Home Residents' Trachea and Catheter - cover story From the Executive Director: Successes in Fully Integrated Community Employment for People with Disabilities - pages 8 & 9
U.S. Department of Education Coming to Michigan in November 2011 - page 2 Applying for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services  pages 10 & 11
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: a Guide to Filing a Charge in Michigan - pages 3 & 4 When will MPAS Represent Me? - pages 12 - 15
Understanding your Individualized Plan for Employment - pages 4 & 5 MPAS Helps Client Eliminate $20,000 in Disability Overpayments - page 16
Services for Students with Disabilities Transitioning into Adulthood - page 5

Legislative Happenings at the State Capitol - page 17

New Representative Payee Program Reveals Poor Record Keeping and Fraud - page 6 Update on Education Advocacy - page 17
Enter the Annual Disability Advocacy Essay Contest - page 7 Ask the Advocate: I have a letter from Social Security saying they paid me too much SSDI. What do I do now? pages 18 & 19

 

The Exchange Fall 2011

MPAS Advocacy Results in Systemic Changes within School District - cover story Transition for Students with Emotional Impairments: What Next? - pages 10 & 11
Special Education Administrative Complaints - pages 3 & 4 Preparing for Your Health Care Transition - page 12
Current MPAS Priorities in Educational Advocacy - page 4 Helping Young Adults with Disabilities Reach Their Hopes and Dreams - page 13
Ask the Advocate: My child is receiving special education services. Do I  have to apply for guardianship for him when he turns 18? - page 5  Call for Advisory Council Members - page 13
Do Your Homework Before You Go to College - page 6 Gardens in State Facilities, Part II - page 14
Texas Study Shows 75 Percent of Students with Disabilities are Suspended or Expelled at Least Once - page 7

Transitioning Social Security Benefits at Age 18 - pages 14 & 15

 

For our Executive Director: What is Really Happening in our Educational Systems? - page 8 MPAS Reaches out to Community - page 15
Legislative Happenings at the State Capitol - page 9  

 

The Exchange Summer 2011

Improving the Outcomes for Students with Disability-Related Challenging Behaviors - cover page From the Executive Director: Pay it Forward - page 8
Working to Change the Systems - page 2 Forensic Status - What Does This Mean - page 9
Behavioral Disability Survey Results - page 3 Self Advocacy Basics - page 10
Phone App Senses When You Fall - page 3 MPAS Applauds Introduction of Background Check Bills - page 11
Michigan Family Takes Stand Against Bullying - page 4 Summer Events - pages 12 & 13
Ask the Advocate: What can I do if my child is being bullied at school? - pages 5 & 6 Gardens in State Facilities Provide Activity Therapy  pages 14 & 15
Coordinated/Uncoordinated Auto Insurance - page 6 Partnership for Health and Disability  - page 15
MPAS Polling Place Accessibility Report, Annual Report, and Questionnaire on Priorities are here - page 7 Zucchini Muffin Recipe - page 15
VA Benefits - Have You Signed Up Yet? - page 7  

 

The Exchange Spring 2011

Our annual priority planning survey was included with the Spring 2011 Exchange.

Fostering Independence and Self-Reliance Through Least Restrictive Placement - cover story Making School Safe for Everyone - page 9
Beekman Award to Secretary of State - page 2 From the Executive Director: Why Do We Still Have Segregated Work Sites for People with Disabilities? pages 10 & 11

X Marks the Spot: Signing Documents your Way - page 2

When Will MPAS Represent Me?  - pages 12 & 13
NDRN Releases Report on Barriers to Employment  -page 9 Partnership Proves to be Successful Polling Place Access for All - page 13
MPAS says Goodbye to Longtime Employees - page 5 Thank you for Your Generous Donations - pages 14 & 15
MPAS Public Policy Platform - pages 6 & 7 Ask the Advocate: Have the rules which require parents to sign the IEPs changed? - page 15
MPAS' Advocacy Contest Winners - page 9  

 

The Exchange Winter 2011

Candidate Forum Draws Crowd - cover story Recipient Rights Bill in House - page 10
Improving Access to Polling Places - pages 2 & 3 Parents: Know Your Rights - page 15
From the Executive Director: The Debate on Deviated Wages Continues - pages 4 & 5 Project Homeless Connect - page 15
President Signs Rosa's Law - page 5 Will MRS Buy or Repair my Car? - page 16
When Your Counselor says, "No" - pages 6 & 7 Seclusion and Restraint Bill Tabled - page 17
Interpreters Amendments Act - page 7 Consumer Voice for Vocational Rehab - page 17
Demo Days - page 8 Enter the Disability Advocacy Contest - page 18
Join MPAS Facebook - page 8 Final Census Participation Results - page 19
Ask the Advocate: My supervisor is unwilling to consider job accommodations. What should I do? - page 9 Human Services Web Sites Inaccessible - page 19
Keep Kids in School and out of Prison - page 10