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Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. Executive Director

Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director

Elmer L. Cerano is the Executive Director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy ServiceElmer L. Cerano serves as executive director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of Michigan to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.

He is a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities. The impact of his uncompromising advocacy has been recognized in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC and throughout the nation.

Mr. Cerano received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, a Masters degree in Educational Sociology from Wayne State University, and attended immersion programs at the University De Grenoble and Harvard Business School.

Mr. Cerano has also served as the executive director of the Arc Maryland as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit. In addition, Cerano served as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy Service.

He is a Director Emeritus of SourceAmerica (formerly NISH), a national private nonprofit organization, based in Vienna, Virginia that facilitates employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the federal AbilityOne Program.  

Mr. Cerano is also a member of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, The Michigan Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and on the Board of Directors of the Community Housing Network, Inc, and the Institute for Population Health in Detroit.

On a national level, he serves as the treasurer of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and serves on the Board of the AIDS Drugs and Advocacy Program (ADAP).