Paving the Way to Self Determination

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Paving the Way to Self Determination is a program developed to raise the expectations families have for their children with developmental disabilities by introducing concepts to families and people with developmental disabilities (ages birth-12) that will lead to 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.

Parent-Advisors Sought for Input

As part of the Paving the Way to Self Determination program, Disability Network, in partnership with Michigan Alliance for Families and the Developmental Disabilities Council, will offer a series of virtual trainings.  Prior to trainings going live, a parent advisory group will be assembled to provide feedback on the proposed curriculum.  Parents of children with developmental disabilities (ages birth-12) are being sought to virtually meet with Disability Network staff to provide input.  Training feedback sessions are being scheduled for June 13-28, 2022.

If you are interested in providing input on the training curriculum, please click here to contact Mary Fortney, Disability Network Program Development Coordinator or call her at 269-345-1516 x 201.


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.