Adult Transition Services

Adult Transition Agencies, Resources & Web Sites

Agency Linkages:

1.  http://www.michigan.gov/dhs 
Clinton Township Main MRS Office
Department of Human Services-Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Atrium Office Center
43630 Hayes Road, Suite 120
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-412-1510
877-620-7943 (Toll Free)
586-412-1510 (TTY/Voice)
The mission of Michigan Rehabilitation Services is to assist individuals with disabilities into employment and self-sufficiency.

2. http://www.arcservices.org/
ARC Services of Macomb, Inc.
44050 Gratiot Avenue
Clinton Twp., MI 48036-1308
Phone:  (586)469-1600
Fax:      (586)469-2527
ARC Services of Macomb, Inc. is a CARF accredited, 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association comprised of people with disabilities, parents, friends and professionals involved with supporting people with disabilities in Macomb County, Michigan.

3. http://www.omcil.org
Disability Network Oakland & Macomb (formerly Center for Independent Living)
16645 15 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI 48035
Phone: (586) 268-4160
Fax:     (586) 268-9942
The Oakland & Macomb Center for Independent Living (OMCIL) is a consumer driven, non-residential; community based organization helping people with disabilities live independently and become participating members of society. The Staff and Board, most of whom are people with disabilities, are strongly committed to supporting others in their efforts toward independence.

4. http://www.macombcountymi.gov/communitymentalhealth/index.asp
Macomb County Community Mental Health
10 N. Main 5th Floor, Mt. Clemens Michigan 48043
Phone Access Center: (586) 948-0222
 Macomb County Community Mental Health provides a wide variety of mental health treatment and support services to adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse treatment needs. Individual services provided may include assessment; outpatient or home-based treatment; mental health assessment prior to nursing home placement; residential, respite or support services; or other alternatives as determined by individual needs.

5. http://www.ssa.gov/
Social Security
44400 Van Dyke Ave.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Toll-Free:  1-800-772-1213
TTY:       1-800-325-0778
Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if you cannot do work that you did before and we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s). Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

6. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs
Department of Health & Human Services
Macomb County DHS - Sterling Heights District
41227 Mound Road, Suite A
Sterling Heights MI 48314
Phone:  (586) 254-1500 
Fax:      (586) 254-8029
Independent Living Services (ILS) offers a range of Medicaid and non-Medicaid services to individuals of any age who require consultation or assistance to maintain and maximize functional capacity within their own homes or other independent living arrangements.

7. www.morcinc.org
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC)
Clinton Township Office
16200 Nineteen Mile Road
P.O. Box 380710
Clinton Township, Michigan 48038-0070
Phone: (586) 263-8700
Fax:     (586) 412-7889
TTY:   (586) 286-5036
The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, human services agency.  The mission of MORC is to serve men, women and children with differing abilities so they may, as true citizens, celebrate life, freedom and independence in the community.

Post Secondary Education Transition Programs/Resources

1. http://www.misd.net/Lutz/
Lutz School
19600 Cass Ave.
Clinton Township, MI 48043
586-286-0230

Lutz School is a Special Education Center, operated by the Macomb Intermediate School District, which serves more than 270 special needs students ages 18 to 26 who live in Macomb County Michigan.

We provide experiences and training to promote each student's transition from school to community life. As a work based educational program, we provide training to help develop appropriate work habits and attitudes.

2. Macomb STEP Program
A Macomb County Post-Secondary Program designed to assist special education students with mild impairments, on a Certificate of Completion course of study, between the ages of 18-26. Year round calendar, alternate school hours, instruction in classroom, community-based experiences, agency connections. The student must be referred by resident district and placement determined by IEP. For further information contact the MISD or your local Special Education Department.

3. http://macombacademy.net/
Macomb Academy
39092 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-228-2201

Macomb Academy is a charter school servicing special needs students 18 – 26 years old. Our program focuses on daily living and employment skills. We strive to challenge each student and provide new experiences to learn and grow.

4. http://www.risingstars2013.com/ 
Rising Stars Academy
23855 Lawrence Street
Centerline, MI 48015
586-806-6455
With a "farm to plate" philosophy, Rising Stars is open to special needs students ages 18-26 who leave high school with a certificate of completion.

5. http://www.csdd.org/
Comprehensive Services for the Developmentally Disabled  was established in Michigan in 1983 and is dedicated to providing vocational services and community integration skills training for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

The vision of CSDD is to inspire and encourage participants to grow within a positive, success oriented environment and to recognize their own self worth and confidence.

CSDD has convenient Southeast Michigan locations in New Haven, Monroe, Shelby Township, and Warren. This program is accessed through Community Mental Health & is available to eligible clients with no age limits.

6. http://www.specialdreamsfarm.org/index.html

Special Dreams Farm
6524 Fred Moore Highway
St. Clair Township, MI  48079
586-716-9863

Where Dreams Are Becoming Reality
Our program will enable all individuals, mainly adults, of varying special needs and developmental disabilities to participate in various aspects of the farm.
Part of our DREAM includes future activities such as:
• Non-Competitive Meaningful Work for disabled adults
• Day Programs for developmentally disabled adults
• Summer Camps for developmentally disabled adults
• Therapeutic Horseback Riding for developmentally disabled adults
• Supported Living for developmentally disabled adults
• Residential Living for developmentally disabled adults
• Individual Vocational Courses for Transitional Special Needs High School Students
• Advocacy and Training for developmentally disabled adults

Post Secondary Education/College/Training/Resources

1.  http://www.miconnections.org/hshtcollege.php

MiConnections (pronounced "My" Connections) is an enrichment project that links youth with disabilities to opportunities to explore jobs and careers in technology-related fields. MiConnections is part of a national model known as High School/High Tech. It is a systems change demonstration project funded through a federal grant* that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth - Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

2. http://cenmi.org/tspmi/collegecontacts.asp

Contact Information for Michigan Colleges and Universities.

3. www.ed.gov/ocr

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 14620
Washington, DC 20044-4620
202 208 2545
OCR.DC@ed.gov

4. http://www.thinkcollege.net/

Youth with disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.

5. http://www.khake.com/index.html

VOCATIONAL INFORMATION CENTER
Explore vocational and technical careers, check out the skills employers really want, find a trade school, research technical topics, and look at the current job market within the Vocational Information Center.

Web-Site Resources:

6. http://www.family-friendly-fun.com/aspire-achieve

Terry Scott Cohen has written a book dedicated to kids and young adults who are having a hard time dealing with their disabilities. He has a disease called myotonic muscular dystrophy which has no cure.  He has accepted the disease and gone on to live his life.

7. http://cenmi.org

CEN responds to the information needs of families, educators, community service providers, and others across the state of Michigan who have a vested interest in the education of individuals with disabilities.  There is a link to Michigan Transition Resources

8. http://www.ncld.org

The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

9. http://www.youthhood.org/index.asp

This site is a place teens. Here teens can start thinking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives. This Web site was built to help plan for the future. What will you do after high school? Will you work? Go to college? Live in a place of your own? By using this Web site, plans for the future can start right now!

10. http://www.ncset.org

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

11. http://depts.washington.edu/healthtr/Checklists/intro.htm

Adolescent Autonomy Checklists:  These checklists were developed by the Youth In Transition Project (1984-1987) at the University of Washington Division of Adolescent Medicine. They are based on a model developed by the Children's Rehabilitation Center at the University of Virginia. Use these checklists as an ongoing measurement of the independent skills your child achieves.

12.  http://www.acrnetwork.org/students.aspx

America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration. ACRN is focused on helping students and adults make the best possible decisions about education, training and career development. ACRN helps learners identify their skills and interests, and plan an education and training pathway that makes the most of their natural abilities and leads directly to fulfilling work.

13.  http://www.cacareerzone.org/flash/index.html

California CareerZone is a spin-off of the New York CareerZone, a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.

14.  http://www.careercruising.com

Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages. If you want to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training, you've come to the right place!  Visit your High School Counseling Office for Login Name and Password.

15.  http://www.macomb.k12.mi.us/careered

Career Development/Macomb ISD
• Self assessment of interest, personality, work values, and skills
• Exploration of job clusters and specific occupations
• Participate in other career development activities

16.  http://www.nichcy.org

NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on:
• disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
• IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
• No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and
• research-based information on effective educational practices.

17.  http://www.kylestreehouse.org

Kyle's Treehouse Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to empowering all people touched by autism to make effective choices. Through our Web site, Kyle's Treehouse provides information about autism, comprehensive and objective overviews on a wide range of treatment options, and emotional support for those caring for an autistic child.

18.  http://www.jacksplaceforautism.com

Jack's Place intends to provide persons at any age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a comprehensive menu of supportive, educational and referral services.

19.  http://www.okcareertech.org/guidance/parent_guide.html

Parent's Guide to Career Information: Here are resources that can help parents guide their children, whether they are preschoolers, teenagers or young adults.

20.  http://www.pacer.org

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

1. http://colleges.suite101.com/article.cfm/scholarships_for_learning_disabled

2. http://www.ncsd.org/scholar/scholarship.htm

3. http://www.ldrc.ca/scholarships.php

4. http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html

5. http://www.edufax.com/faq/l63.html

6. http://www.greatschools.net/cgi-bin/showarticle/2259

7. http://www.ldonline.org/scholarship_ops

8. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fin.aid.index.htm

9. http://www.suite101.com/reference/scholarships

10. http://www.everything-about-college.com/

11. http://www.ldresources.org/1996/11/27/choosing-a-college-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/

12. http://www.newmobility.com/articleViewIE.cfm?id=122

13. http://sites.salineschools.com/lmc/shs/college%20planning%20all.htm

14. http://www.new-horizons.org/edusch.html

15. http://ncld.softsourcecorp.net/content/view/1019/389/

16. http://www.bridges4kids.org/College.html

17. http://www.ehow.com/how_2154893_get-scholarships-disabled-students.html

Check local banks, businesses, local clubs, specific disability networks, individual colleges, etc.