Paving the Way to Self Determination

Virtual Learning Opportunities

Virtual Learning Opportunities

Below are the webinars being offered within the Paving the Way to Self Determination program at this time. Review the topics and descriptions and select the sessions you would like to attend. All webinars are live and interactive; participation is available through an internet connection or a phone call. Scroll down to complete the registration form.


Disability Pride and History

Ages 12 and under.
Disability is a natural, beautiful part of the human condition. People with disabilities are not charity cases, nor items that need to be fixed. This fun, interactive training for youth up to age 12 will highlight the many important contributions that people with disabilities have made in society. It will illustrate the unique perspectives and experiences of young people in the disability community. Most importantly, it will show participants why being a part of this community is an awesome thing, and that we’re amazing, just as we are. (Presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan.)

  • Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Registration Closed)
  • Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Rise Up! Disability History, Pride & Allyship

For family/guardians.
Many parents and guardians of a child with developmental disabilities are unaware of the rich history in the disability community. Family and friends can sometimes lack the knowledge of disability history and struggle to find ways to support their loved-one’s journey to disability pride. Let’s change that! (Presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan.)

  • Thursday, August 18 at 12:00 to 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 13 at 9:00 to 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM

How to Ask for an Accommodation

For family/guardians & ages 12 and under.
This webinar focuses on identifying a child’s strengths and disability related needs to request appropriate accommodations in school or future employment. Youth ages 12 and under, will participate in a fun activity to help them explore their strengths, while learning more about accommodations. Guardians and family members will continue training by being provided information on the protections provided through IDEA, 504 Plans vs. IEPs, types of accommodations, and options available when accommodation requests don’t go as planned. (Presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan.)

  • Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Registration Closed)
  • Thursday, August 25 at 6:00 to 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Supported Decision Making

For family/guardians.
Every adult has the right to make life decisions, to direct their life and to be treated with dignity, as an autonomous adult. All adults need and get advice and counsel when making different life decisions. Many options, other than guardianship, are available to provide counsel, guidance, and assistance with making decisions. Person Centered Planning and Self-Determination require that adults with disabilities are respected and honored to make life decisions with the support and counsel, they need and to remain as independent and autonomous as possible. Multiple avenues are available to support individuals to make decisions and direct their own life. This presentation will discuss tools, that can be used to support people in decision-making while retaining their rights. (Presented by Michigan DD Council.)

  • Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM (Registration Closed)
  • Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM

IL Philosophy & Self-Directed Services

For family/guardians & ages 12 and under.
Independent living philosophy includes directing, or in the case of young people – learning to direct, one’s life. This webinar will help families and youth understand the concepts behind the Independent Living Philosophy and selecting supports. Youth will participate in a fun independent living activity. Adults will continue with training in exploring support options. If you or your son or daughter receive Community Mental Health services, you can control how the money for your services is spent by using an independent budget and financial management services. This option is called self-directed services for adults, choice waiver services for children, or sometimes self-determination. Partners Advancing Self-Determination will cover the basics. (Presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan & PASD.)

  • Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Monday, October 10 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Social Security Benefits

For family/guardians.
Parents and guardians often feel lost when it comes to navigating Social Security disability benefits for their loved one with a developmental disability. This training will provide an overview of the two Social Security disability benefit programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – which can provide financial support to individuals with disabilities. Presenters will touch on the benefit application process, important factors around turning age 18, the impact of parental income/assets, and the myth that people receiving benefits can’t hold employment to reach further financial security. (Presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan.)

  • Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Registration Closed)
  • Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Charting the LifeCourse


For family/guardians.
Charting the LifeCourse is a framework that was created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Participants will receive an overview of Charting the LifeCourse and learn how the framework and tools for Supported Decision-Making. Participants will also see real life examples on how to use the tools to support their good life. (Presented by Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.)

  • Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Registration

Please register in advance using the form below. Disability Network Southwest Michigan believes all people deserve full access and inclusion in our programs and services and will make every effort to secure necessary accommodations for participants in our events. Please register as soon as possible if you will require an accommodation to participate.

Is the registrant:

Disability Pride and History (For ages 12 and under.)
Tues, September 20, 6:00 PMTues, October 4, 7:00 PMThurs, October 20, 6:00 PM

Rise Up! Disability History, Pride & Allyship (For Family/Guardians)
Thurs, August 18, 12:00 PMTues, September 13, 9:00 AMThurs, September 22, 7:00 PMWed, October 5, 6:00 PM

How to Ask for an Accommodation (For Family/Guardians & ages 12 and under.)
Thurs, August 25, 6:00 PMWed, September 28, 7:00 PMTues, October 11, 6:00 PM

Supported Decision Making (For Family/Guardians)
Thurs, September 8, 7:00 PMThurs, October 6, 6:00 PM

IL Philosophy & Self-Directed Services (For Family/Guardians & ages 12 and under.)
Wed, September 7, 6:00 PMMon, October 10, 6:00 PMWed, October 19, 6:00 PM

Social Security Benefits (For Family/Guardians)
Tues, August 23, 7:00 PMThurs, September 15, 7:00 PMTues, September 27, 7:00 PM

Charting the LifeCourse (For Family/Guardians)
Wed, November 16, 6:00 PM