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.