RespectABILITY Law Center

RespectABILITY Law Center Respect ABILITY Law Center...making a difference for families. Calvin Luker, Attorney -- Tricia Luker, Advocate -- Royal Oak, MI -- Phone: (248) 544-7223 -- Fax: (248) 544-7233 -- Email: [email protected]
Calvin Luker, Attorney Tricia Luker, Advocate Calvin has been a lawyer since 1981 and has concentrated exclusively on issues related to people with disabilities since 1990, including 10 years with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. Calvin specializes in individual representation in Special Education; end of life issues; fair housing law; guardianship/conservatorship law; juvenile justice; and other legal areas when they directly impact his clients with disabilities. Calvin also has been involved in issue/systems work through governmental lobbying, non-profit and parent group advocacy. He has presented seminars and workshops locally and nationally on many disability-related issues including special education; housing law; alternatives to guardianships and conservatorships; respite care; advocacy strategies; positive behavior support; alternatives to restraint and seclusion; ADA; and ADHD. Calvin is a disabled Vietnam veteran. Tricia is and always will be Jessica's Mom. Beginning in 1975, Tricia obtained her expertise in special education, community supports and parent advocacy through her direct efforts for Jessica and her family. She was the Director of Training at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service for 6 years, and the Director of Family Services for Michigan's Parent Training and Information Center. Tricia has worked as a consultant for the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas and at Exceptional Parent Magazine. She also has created and managed parent training programs for the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Tricia was a core member/consultant for MI Department of Education Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Pilot Project, where she co-wrote state PBS manual, conducted PBS awareness seminars for parents and professionals and acted as a PBS coach at a pilot inner city middle school. Tricia has presented seminars nationally on special education, service delivery, PBS, alternatives to restraint and seclusion and other issues important to children and young adults who have disabilities and the families who support them. Tricia’s work as a legal advocate concentrates on special education and Medicaid home and community-based waivers for children and adults. Calvin and Tricia are proud founders and team members of Our Children Left Behind, created in 2003 to preserve the protections in IDEA '97. They also have been active in efforts in Michigan and nationally to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraints and aversives in public and charter schools; and have made presentations on the dangers of restraint/seclusion/aversives nationally. The Respect ABILITY Law Center is a vehicle Tricia and Calvin created in 2001 to advance the civil, service and support rights of and for people with disabilities and their families. The Respect ABILITY Law Center is a founding member of the Alliance to Prevent Aversive Intervention and Seclusion [APRAISE], a national organization dedicated to the enactment and implementation of national legislation to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraint and aversives in all schools. original member of Alliance to Prevent Aversive Intervention and Seclusion.

Michigan Legislature boosts mental health, autism funding for 2020
05/16/2019
Michigan Legislature boosts mental health, autism funding for 2020

Michigan Legislature boosts mental health, autism funding for 2020

Breadcrumb Home Health Care May 16, 2019 01:51 PM Michigan Legislature boosts mental health, autism funding for 2020 Jay Greene Tweet Share Share Email More Print Lawmakers approve largest increase in mental health funding in years Ten regional public mental health funding entities to receive 2.75%....

LI parents plan future for special-needs children
05/16/2019
LI parents plan future for special-needs children

LI parents plan future for special-needs children

It's not just a matter of navigating day by day: Parents need the foresight to plan for their child's future - especially for when they will no longer be around.

Fighting On | USC Marshall
05/16/2019
Fighting On | USC Marshall

Fighting On | USC Marshall

Fighting On When Jake Olson lost his eyesight at 12, giving up was never an option. Now, about to graduate from USC, he looks back on a multitude of victories May 09, 2019 Home News & Events News at USC Marshall Fighting On Share this: There was never really any question about which university he’...

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Singing 'makes him feel more alive'

Singing 'makes him feel more alive'

Sam Pittick amazed the audience when he sang for Soundabout inclusive choir for the first time.

When Drivers & Mobility Canes Intersect
05/16/2019
When Drivers & Mobility Canes Intersect

When Drivers & Mobility Canes Intersect

Guest post by Kai Owens for Navigating Blindness Hi, I’m Kai Owens. I am a 16-year-old athlete, drummer, and mainstream high school student. I’m also legally blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa. …

Hospitalized teen with Down syndrome gets prom surprise
05/16/2019
Hospitalized teen with Down syndrome gets prom surprise

Hospitalized teen with Down syndrome gets prom surprise

Alexza has Down syndrome and needed an unexpected trip to the hospital, which ruined her much anticipated prom plans. So her friends and hospital staff worked together to make sure Alexza got her prom.

School District Fires Woman Accused of Duct-Taping Student
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School District Fires Woman Accused of Duct-Taping Student

School District Fires Woman Accused of Duct-Taping Student

The three adults present in a special education classroom in western New York when a 12-year-old had his wrists duct taped together have all resigned or been fired.

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This Resort Is The First-Ever Certified Resort For Children On The Autism Spectrum

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WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville

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Blake surprised everyone at his preschool graduation in Marion, Ohio. Instead of using his wheelchair, he walked across the stage to receive his certificate.
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Special education system stacked against parents
05/16/2019
Special education system stacked against parents

Special education system stacked against parents

Teachers, social workers, language pathologists and others don’t have the time (or training) to provide the services students need and are legally entitled to.

The Arc of Oakland County News & UpdatesEnsuring Adequate Funding for Individuals with Special NeedsThursday, May 30, 20...
05/16/2019

The Arc of Oakland County News & Updates
Ensuring Adequate Funding for Individuals with Special Needs

Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Troy Community Center / Room 304
3179 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083

Keynote Speaker - Dr. George Mellos from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Why Is This Topic Important For All Stakeholders?

Michigan's public mental health system's funding solutions are 30 years out-of-date. Together, we need to address the ancient funding issues to accommodate new behavioral health care changes, services, and risks. A recent study indicated that 9 out of the 10 regional community mental health agencies serving all of Michigan had operating deficits in fiscal year 2018 that exceeded $100 million, with nearly $40 million in deficits projected for fiscal year 2019. We must work together to find an immediate solution to this funding crisis other than making cuts in services to the people served.

05/16/2019
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AAIDD free webinar "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Supporting Quality Practices to Improve Employment Outcomes" Wed, May 22, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Register at

Members of Gates Foundation's new commission to examine, explore, and define the value of postsecondary education in the...
05/16/2019
Members - Postsecondary Value Commission

Members of Gates Foundation's new commission to examine, explore, and define the value of postsecondary education in the U.S. is short on any expertise on students.

Meet the high-profile experts and national leaders of the Postsecondary Value Commission who are examining the value of education after high school.

Belonging - Inclusive Schooling
05/16/2019
Belonging - Inclusive Schooling

Belonging - Inclusive Schooling

Establishing inclusive schools has to begin with this question: How do we establish an authentic sense of belonging?   We see inclusion and belonging as essential conditions for educating each child. At some schools, implementing an inclusive philosophy meant no self-contained special education cla...

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ABC TV + iview

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"It's just about being open to the possibility."

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service
05/16/2019

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service

Are you a person with a disability that needs help finding a job? Our Client Assistance Program (CAP) improves communication and helps resolve issues between clients and vocational rehabilitation agencies.

MPAS services are free and confidential to clients before, during, and after rehabilitation process.

Call 1.800.288.5923 to learn more.

Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access | National Federation of the Blind
05/16/2019
Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access | National Federation of the Blind

Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access | National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day Thursday, May 16, 2019. Our accessibility resources through CENA—which center on consumer involvement, meaningful partnerships, and technical assistance—continually help inform and improve technology for all o...

Special Education Advocacy Services of Luzerne
05/16/2019

Special Education Advocacy Services of Luzerne

Tip of the Week - Observations and Parental Participation in Special Education Classrooms

This one is really starting to get me mad!
Teachers and administrators telling parents they cannot observe or participate in a special education classroom because of confidentiality of the other students.

💩THIS IS A BIG PILE OF STINKY MANURE💩

You have every right to access your childs placement as if they were in a regular education setting and federal regulation backs you up! Now you will have to play nicey nice and follow the district policy on observations and possibly their clearance requirements if you're planning on volunteering, but bottom line is they cannot have a policy that is different for general education classrooms and one for special education classrooms.....'cause that would be the dirty DD word....DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION, and the feds don't like those complaints.

This applies to ALL students, in regular and special education alike. Refer specifically to Section 1116 (c) it's even in bold. And don't allow them to remove all the other students before you can have access, they don't do that in regular education classrooms for parent volunteers and parent observations. If they try that, first ask for that in writing (this way you have it in black and white to write a complaint), then call them out with the regulations below and their own policy which you will have printed from the school district website (usually found under board policies).

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states:
Section 8101 Definitions
(39) PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT- The term ‘parental involvement’ means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring —
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1116.
Section 1116 Parent and Family Engagement
(d) SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
[…] each school served under this part shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact. […] Such compact shall —
�(2) address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum —
(A) parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement;
(B) frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress; and
(C) reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities [boldface added]; and
(D) ensuring regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school staff, and to the extent practicable, in a language that family members can understand.

Burning Hand
05/16/2019
Burning Hand

Burning Hand

By Aimee Sterk, LMSW, MATP Staff   I’m a fairly accident-prone person. Add that to my recent age-related changes in vision and my already narrow field of vision and lack of depth perception du…

Medicare Is Not “Bankrupt”
05/16/2019
Medicare Is Not “Bankrupt”

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Medicare has grown somewhat stronger financially in both the short and long term but continues to face long-run financing challenges

Judge Rotenberg Center tortures its disabled students – The Miscellany News
05/16/2019
Judge Rotenberg Center tortures its disabled students – The Miscellany News

Judge Rotenberg Center tortures its disabled students – The Miscellany News

Judge Rotenberg Center tortures its disabled students By Jesser Horowitz Posted on May 2, 2019 in Opinions [Trigger Warning: This article describes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, including use of restraints and electric shocks.] “Instead of showers, I was bathed tied to a restraint board, n...

05/16/2019
Students with special needs allege being physically restrained at Concord school
05/15/2019
Students with special needs allege being physically restrained at Concord school

Students with special needs allege being physically restrained at Concord school

Four disabled elementary school students are suing a school in Concord, alleging that staff members have thrown one of them against the wall and forced to write a sentence on the board 100 times, while another was pressed to the ground in a "floor restraint" – all of which...

MI-OCEAN Project Seeking Aging Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities
05/15/2019
MI-OCEAN Project Seeking Aging Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities

MI-OCEAN Project Seeking Aging Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities

                                         The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University is proud to announce The MIchigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN) Family Support Pro...

Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit
05/15/2019

Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit

Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit
05/15/2019

Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit

Woman With Down Syndrome Earns Bachelor's Degree
05/15/2019
Woman With Down Syndrome Earns Bachelor's Degree

Woman With Down Syndrome Earns Bachelor's Degree

Megan McCormick has Down syndrome, but she didn't let that stop her from earning a bachelor's degree, an education that she hopes will lead to a full-time job working with kids like her.

Flaws Exposed In State's Care Of Those Without Guardians
05/15/2019
Flaws Exposed In State's Care Of Those Without Guardians

Flaws Exposed In State's Care Of Those Without Guardians

One man's tumor offers a cautionary tale for any family that lacks legal guardianship of a loved one who, because of a developmental disability, cannot make medical decisions.

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