- Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to restraint or seclusion.
- Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to abuse or neglect, including inappropriate or coercive treatments or unnecessary institutionalization.
- Individuals with disabilities will not be subjected to unwarranted guardianships or unnecessarily restrictive guardianships.
Mission, Vision, and Values
Empowering all to uphold the rights of people with disabilities.
DRM envisions a world where human rights are protected, and
differences are celebrated.
In ensuring services are accessible to all (ACCESS).
That people have the right to make their
own decisions. (CHOICE).
In respecting and honoring all cultures (CULTURE).
In uplifting and celebrating diversity (DIVERSITY).
In moving toward fairness for all (EQUITY).
In serving our clients with honesty and
In striving to eliminate systemic injustice (JUSTICE).
Commitment to Equity and Diversity
DRM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, political belief, creed, national origin, marital status, or disability.
DRM celebrates diversity and strives to reflect Michigan’s ethnic, language, disability and geographic diversity in our staff and the people we serve. Our advocacy efforts will engage and empower traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.
DRM believes the disability rights movement is inseparable from the human rights movements for racial, economic, and gender equity. We renew our commitment to dismantle racism, ableism, sexism, and bigotry in all their forms, by looking within, through our client work, and in our pursuit of institutional and cultural change.
Current Focus Areas
Each year DRM identifies areas of focus to guide deployment of our limited advocacy resources. DRM’s board approves these areas of focus in September after considering community input, including the nature of information and referral requests, the results of DRM public issue surveys, input from DRM staff, focus groups conducted by DRM, or other advocacy organizations, and state and national research on emerging issues.
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- Individuals with disabilities will exercise their voting rights.
- Representative payees identified by the Social Security Administration will be reviewed for compliance with federal requirements.
- Individuals with disabilities, their family members, and caregivers will have equitable access to vaccinations (including COVID-19 vaccine) and related health care.
- Improve access and rights to services within vocational rehabilitation and centers for independent living
- Individuals with disabilities will have employment options in the competitive and integrated workforce.
- Individuals with disabilities will have access to social security work incentives.
- Transition needs from post education to integrated, community employment will be identified and addressed.
- Individuals with disabilities will be assured services and supports that support them in the community and prevent institutionalization, negative criminal or juvenile court involvement, or segregation.
- Individuals with disabilities in institutional/facility/service provider settings will have access to services and supports that promote discharge and community inclusion, and independence.
- Students at risk of push out due to disability-related behavior will be identified, evaluated, and provided with a program of special education supports to remain in school and make appropriate progress.
- Students with behavioral and/or mental health needs will have access to appropriate individualized positive behavior supports identified and implemented by adequately trained personnel.
What Makes Us Unique
DRM is a federally-mandated, independent, statewide organization. We are:
- Driven by the expressed wishes of the people we serve.
- Authorized to pursue legal remedies, on behalf of our clients and in our own name, to achieve individual and systemic change.
- Empowered through access authority to identify and address abuse and neglect in facilities.
Learn About P&A
Disability Rights Michigan was formerly known as Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS). DRM is part of the protection and advocacy (P&A) network and is the P&A agency for Michigan. There is a P&A agency, even if it goes by a different name, in every state and territory.