Special Needs and Disability Resources
Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) and other Michigan ISD or RESA agencies
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) provides assessment and other resources, support, and information for Washtenaw County special education students and their families, plus a listing of all other Intermediate School Districts in Michigan. It also helps to manage the transition into independent living. See a Michigan Alliance for Families listing of other Michigan ISDs or RESAs.
Michigan Alliance for Families
Children’s Special Health Care Services Transitioning to Adulthood (Washtenaw County)
This resource directory offers information to youth and their families about the process of transitioning to adulthood for youth with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
State of Michigan Department of Education
AgeWays Nonprofit Senior Services (also known as the Area Agency on Aging 1B – Southeast Michigan)
AgeWays Nonprofit Senior Services (also known as the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is part of a national network, and serves Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties. They help people access the services and programs they need to remain living independently and with dignity in their own home or with family caregivers. They provide direct care programs for seniors as well as adults with disabilities, and support for many community programs. Download their CONNECT resource guide for comprehensive information on long-term care options and resources for caregivers. To search for Area Agency on Aging offices in other Michigan counties as well in as other states, visit Eldercare Locator.
State of Michigan Statewide Search and Reports for Nursing Homes, Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged
Families can search for licensed, residential facilities throughout Michigan, including Nursing Homes and Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged in Michigan. These facilities care for the elderly and/or adults with disabilities. Families are encouraged to read (if posted online) or ask facilities to review licensing reports, including Inspections and possible Special Investigations, for any violations.
Medicare.gov Nursing Home (and other health services) Search and Compare
The Medicare.gov Compare site lists and rates Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the United States (national resource).
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living provides comprehensive resources for individuals with disabilities, and their families and friends.
MORC is a human services agency that coordinates long-term supports for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities and the elderly in southeast Michigan.
Individuals and families can now contribute to ABLE accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings that can fund disability expenses.
The Arc is a national, community-based organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).