Paving the Way to Self Determination

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Paving the Way to Self Determination is a program developed to support children with developmental disabilities (ages birth-12) and their families raise expectations people have for them by introducing the concepts and tools they need to lead self-determined lives.

Paving the Way to Self Determination provides virtual (on-line) educational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities and their families on topics that promote self-determination and independence, including history of the disability rights movement, disability pride and ally-ship, how to ask for an accommodation, supported decision-making and self-determination and how employment will impact social security benefits.  The program will also provide information and referral services to families on a statewide level and access to the Charting the Life Course program.

Follow this link to read about the background and need for the Paving the Way to Self Determination program.

If you have any questions about this program, please click here to contact Mary Fortney, Disability Network Program Development Coordinator or call her at 269-345-1516 x 201.

Trainings Now Scheduled

Follow the link below to view a schedule of the live, interactive webinars associated with Paving the Way to Self Determination program. Review the topics and descriptions and sign up for the classes you would like to attend.


Paving the Way to Self Determination is a collaboration with Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, Arc Michigan, Michigan Alliance for Families and Charting the Life Course and was made possible through funding from Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.