SERVICES

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Information
and Referral

Knowing what resources are available in your community and knowing how to navigate through them can seem overwhelming. Disability Network Wayne County Detroit assists with connecting individuals and families to these resources.

Knowing what resources are available in your community and knowing how to navigate through them can seem overwhelming. Disability Network Wayne County Detroit assists with connecting individuals and families to these resources. This is accomplished through directly providing the service and/or through linking to other service providers. Whether it’s figuring out transportation, housing, or financial supports, we are here to help!

  • Housing: Subsidized, barrier free and home modifications
  • Transportation: In and out of County options
  • Emergency services and supports
  • Assistive Technology: How and where to obtain
  • Social Security and other public benefit programs
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Community Awareness and Advocacy

Disability Network Wayne County Detroit is part of a larger network of Centers for Independent Living bringing disability awareness and advocacy efforts to the forefront. We work on a larger scale to help governments and businesses...

Disability Network Wayne County Detroit is part of a larger network of Centers for Independent Living bringing disability awareness and advocacy efforts to the forefront. We work on a larger scale to help governments and businesses make changes that benefit not just those with disabilities but everyone in the community. The
independent living movement h elps strengthen the idea that “No thing about us, without us.”

  • Systems Change: Speak before Legislature and collaborate with community partners
  • American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws: Education and awareness
  • Work to educate employers on job accommodations when necessary
  • Provide disability awareness presentations to local groups
  • Group and individualized advocacy skill building training
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Independent
Living Skills

It is important to remember that independent living does not necessarily mean doing everything on your own but refers to being able to make your own choices. We believe that people with disabilities are the best experts on their strengths and needs and...

It is important to remember that independent living does not necessarily mean doing everything on your own but
refers to being able to make your own choices. We believe that people with disabilities are the best experts on their strengths and needs and should be in control of their own lives including the services that allow them to live independently. We provide tools to help develop abilities and empower individuals that lead to greater
independence.

  • Vocational and employment prep
  • Group and individualized training
  • Community based recreational opportunities
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Youth
Services

 

Youth Breaking Barriers
Lack of education and skills is a primary barrier for youth and their ability to successfully gain employment. Youth Breaking Barriers, Youth Program provides GED preparation, preparation for employment and/or post...

Youth Breaking Barriers

Lack of education and skills is a primary barrier for youth and their ability to successfully gain employment. Youth Breaking Barriers, Youth Program provides GED preparation, preparation for employment and/or post secondary education, Independent Living skills development, advocacy, peer supports, leadership development, and information & referrals to at-risk youth, ages 16 – 24, who reside in Wayne County. Our goal is to help participants develop critical thinking skills, reduce employment/education barriers, and increase self -esteem and motivation, empowering youth to make their own choices as to what best suits their life goals and needs.

Using both individual and group methods, Youth Breaking Barriers prepares youth to complete their GED, through one-on-one tutoring, official GED Ready pretesting, computer skills upgrading, accommodations, leadership opportunities and more. This Program also offers employment skills such as resume writing, application completion, job search techniques, job retention skills, and labor market research. The YOU Program also offers assistance with career interest exploration, college application completion, and financial aid (FAFSA) assistance.

Life Skills 101
AMP is a program for high school students that combine disability connection and pride, communication skills, goal setting, leadership skills, understanding rights and responsibilities, and self-advocacy.

Youth Transition Services
Youth transition is held in the high schools in Wayne County at this time, providing transition classes to graduating seniors who receive Special Education services. Transition focuses on employment basics, post-secondary education information, money and finances, and independent living.

Summer Youth Leadership Training
SYLT puts all the independent living pieces together for youth to become leaders in their own lives. This eight day training covers topics of diversity, uniqueness, teamwork, leadership skills, volunteering, advocacy, housing, community agencies, goal setting, transition planning, post-secondary education and training, career exploration, and steps to employment.

 

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Employment and
Training Services

Over 50% of individuals with disabilities are unemployed. Whether you are new to employment or trying to reenter the job market; the goal can feel daunting. To help, the Disability Network Capital Area offers a range of employment related services ranging from...

Over 50% of individuals with disabilities are unemployed. Whether you are new to employment or trying to reenter the job market; the goal can feel daunting. To help, the Disability Network Capital Area offers a range of employment related services ranging from information to targeted job skills training. We work with both adults and students. Services include:

  • Disability awareness and job accommodations
  • Self-advocacy – When you need to disclose a disability
  • Transferable skills
  • Systems navigation
  • Interviewing, job applications, resumes
  • Benefits Planning
  • Assistive Technology

Our Employment and Training Services include job readiness training, soft skills training and advance job club, and classes in transferable skills, communication, and travel training. In addition, we also provide information on how to prepare a resume, for a job interviews and complete online applications. Our partners include Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Costs range from no charge to fee-for-service.

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Peer
Support
Services

Every person is unique with their own personal story, however; we tend to have similar experiences. Peer support is an integral component of our core services that promotes a better understanding and greater knowledge of the disability experience...

Every person is unique with their own personal story, however; we tend to have similar experiences. Peer support is an integral component of our core services that promotes a better understanding and greater knowledge of the disability experience.

  • Connect individuals with disabilities for support and information
  • Volunteer placement and training opportunities

Peer Groups
Disability Network Capital Area currently hosts the following peer groups:

  • People First – This an advocacy based group which focuses on disability issues and newsworthy topics. For additional details, check out our Events Calendar.
  • Brain Injury – This support group provides information and resources surrounding Brain Injuries. For additional details, check out our Events Calendar.
  • Veterans Support Group – This group provides information, resources, and fellowship for Veterans. For additional details, check out our Events Calendar.
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Nursing
Facility
Transition

The goal of this program is to provide individuals, regardless of their disability and age, an opportunity to choose community based living as a viable alternative to nursing home residency. This program is open to residents of a...

The goal of this program is to provide individuals, regardless of their disability and age, an opportunity to choose community based living as a viable alternative to nursing home residency. This program is open to residents of a nursing home who are Medicaid eligible and desire to live in the community.

Using a person-centered approach, we will assist people with returning to their own home, moving in with family/friends, or finding new housing.

The Nursing Facility Transition Program offers information and assistance on the following:

  • Housing
  • Accessing Household Items
  • In-Home Support Services
  • Environmental/Home Modifications
  • Assistive Technology
  • Transportation
  • Community Resources
  • Social/Recreational Opportunities
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