Advocacy Resources

Arc United States

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Arc Michigan

Tax Guide: The Arc MI provides a yearly tax guide for individuals and their families with disabilities.

The mission of The Arc Michigan is to ensure that people with Developmental Disabilities are valued in order that they and their families can participate fully in and contribute to their community.


ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Minnesota Developmental Disabilities Council – Parallels in Time

A History of Developmental Disability

Minnesota Developmental Disabilities Council – Partners in Policymaking Online

5 Online Courses:

  • Partners in Living
  • Partners in Time
  • Partners in Education
  • Making Your Case
  • Partners in Employment

Minnesota Developmental Disabilities Council – App – Telling Your Story

  • iPhone/iPad
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Android tablet & phone

The app, “Telling Your Story,” helps you create and practice your personal story with tips on how to best present yourself, to help inform and educate your elected public officials about issues that are important to you.

Developmental Disabilities Institute – WSU – Possibilities


View 5-6 minute videos telling the story of people with developmental disabilities leading their lives.

The ARC Michigan Michigan History of Our State Institutions for People with Developmental Disabilities

This video documents this regretful history and celebrates the hard work of families and advocates with the final closure of our last institution in Michigan in 2010.

Living My Own Life: Adults with Disabilities (2000)

Washtenaw ACA and DDI video showing people living in their community. (2000)

Michigan Partner in Freedom “What Does Freedom Mean”

Video of individuals with I/DD expressing what “Freedom” means to them.

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