Special Needs and Disability Resources
Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD)
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.
Area Agency on Aging – Southeast Michigan
The Area Agency on Aging 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. To search for offices in other Michigan counties as well as other states, visit the national site.
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.
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.
State of Michigan Department of Education
The State of Michigan Department of Education offers support for Students with Disabilities and Parent Resources.
Michigan Alliance for Families
The Michigan Alliance for Families is a statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources and partner agencies.
State of Michigan Statewide Search and Reports for Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged
Families can search for licensed, residential Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged in Michigan, including nursing homes, adult foster care homes, and assisted living centers. These facilities care for the elderly or adults with disabilities. Families are encouraged to read the online licensing reports, including Inspections and possible Special Investigations, for any violations.
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).