Opportunity for Action: Self-Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Lansing

Self-Advocacy Day at the Capitol 
Registration Closes Soon!!
The Self-Advocates of Michigan (SAM) and
Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
are co-hosting:
Self-Advocacy Day at the Capitol
On March 3, 2020
Self-advocates, people with disabilities, and
family members of people with disabilities

from around the state
are invited to come to Lansing
meet with their lawmakers
to discuss issues important to people with disabilities.
There is no cost to participate for this great event.
For more information call Brett at 517-284-7289
or email WilliamsB18@Michigan.gov
Please register at:

Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2020


Social Group Starts Again–young men and young women

WHAT? A social group with a Financial Literacy focus, for young adults with disabilities. We’ll play some games and get to know each other, but we’ll also take a bit of time to talk about banking and other financial topics. Also room for parents to meet next door if desired. Parents do not have to stay through the group time.

WHEN? We’ll start on Friday, February 28 and go through April 3.(Fridays 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). Arrive between 6 and 6:30, browse the books, get a cup of hot cocoa, then we start at 6:30 and run through almost 8 PM when the store closes.

WHERE? Bestsellers Books across from the Courthouse in Mason, Michigan, 15 minutes south of Lansing. Bestsellers has a cafe for drinks and a few snacks.

WHO? This group is for young men and women, ages 16 to 30 or so. We are kind of flexible on ages…young people must be able to communicate verbally and take care of basic needs. Every participant should plan to attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions, making the group more stable for everyone’s participation. The group runs FREE of charge.

WHY? Everybody wants to spend time with friends. If your young adult child wants to make some friends, laugh a lot, and talk a little about taking on life as a young adult with disabilities, come on out.

HOW? Fill out the contact form below or email Lydia at edentransitionalliance@gmail.com.

Eden Transition Alliance is a small, community-based, non-profit organization that sponsors activities for young people with disabilities. Browse through our blog topics, and SIGN UP in the right hand margin to receive an email when this blog is updated.


Become financially literate–social group

We are planning a 6 week series on Financial Literacy. It’ll be held in Mason, Michigan, right downtown at Bestsellers across from the courthouse. Friday evenings. Stay tuned for dates and times. Series is for youth and young adults with disabilities. We’ll welcome boys and young men for this series.

Stop a second. Think. Is there someone you know who might want to know about our social groups? Send them our way. edentransition.org

Your chance to learn about banking, paychecks, and credit cards. Don’t miss it.


Increasing Emotional Resilience in Young Adults who have Autism

Have you heard of Dialectical Behavior Therapy? It’s a set of practical strategies for resolving some of the emotional distress associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A group will be starting at MSU in the new year for young adults with autism to learn DBT strategies. The name of the DBT program is Emotion Regulation. See details below. We’ve also attached a flyer for you to share.
Emotion Regulation is about understanding and reducing vulnerability to emotions, changing unwanted emotions, and increasing emotional resilience.
We are looking for:
College students with ASD
Young Adults (18 -26 yrs) Diagnosed with  ASD
Understand my emotions
Decrease emotional suffering
Change unwanted emotions C
Tips for emotional coping strategies
90 minute program
8 week group intervention
Where? Michigan State University Campus
For more information, please contact: Gloria Lee Ph.D., CRC  (517) 432-3623   leekalai@msu.edu OR Heekyung Lee M.A.  (734) 623-960   leeheek1@msu.edu
Download a flyer about the program and share with friends and colleagues.

ER intervention flyer


A Fun and Safe Social Group for Young Women-December 6-last meeting for 2019

Friday, December 6 will be our last meeting in 2019. We’ve been talking about community. What does it mean? What is my community, versus the community of school or my town? At our last meeting for the year, we’ll wrap up this 6 week series with a little celebration of our group community at our usual location, Bestsellers Books and Cafe in Mason, from 6 to 8 PM. This group is for girls 16 and up, those who have disabilities or other issues, and who want to make new friends in a safe and fun group.

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Girls’ Social Group: December 6, sharing traditions and planning for the future

Friday, December 6 will be our last meeting in 2019. We’ve been talking about community. What does it mean? What is my community, versus the community of school or my town?


What have we been talking about over the last 6 weeks?

  • Places we think visitors to Lansing would enjoy: Everything at MSU, Impression 5 museum, Noodles and Company, Silver Bells in the City, and more
  • Places we only go to if we have to: hospital, shopping, school, Secretary of State
  • The sensory experiences of living in a city like Lansing: are the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of Lansing?
  • What do you do if there’s an emergency? What does an emergency sound and look and smell like?
  • At our most recent meeting on November 15, we talked about churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. These community institutions provide supports and services of all kinds!

On December 6, we’ll share a snack and talk about holiday traditions we have and traditions in our communities. Girls ages 16 and up are welcome. Join us at Bestsellers Books and Cafe in the town square of Mason. The trees are all lit up and it’ll be a festive meeting!

December 6 will be our last meeting for the year of 2019.

In 2020, we’ll have a six-week session starting end of February or beginning of March. Keep watching this site to find out when.



If we were having coffee right now…

… we might be at Bestsellers Books and Cafe. You might be the parent of one of the girls in the social group meeting in the next room. I’d be talking with you and other parents for a few minutes about your news and resources you might need.cup of coffee orange

If we were having coffee right now … your daughter might be in the next room, talking with friends she just met, or someone she met the last time our Girls’ Social Group met. And tomorrow, she’d be in school, telling her teacher or classmate about what her friend said last night. Her friend! (Sometimes kids with disabilities only have adult friends.)

If we were having coffee right now … I’d walk away so that I could go join the Girls” Social Group participants in the next room. I’m the facilitator. I really enjoy teens, and  my own daughter with disabilities is long past the teen years. Over the years, I gathered a lot of information and, dare I say, wisdom, about ways to make the transition to adulthood easier.

If we were having coffee right now … the girls might be having their own girl-time, while I come back to chat with you. I’d show you what the cup of coffee tealgirls talked about … maybe “what is a community” or “how do I join the community of adults as I grow up”. The group would have talked about places in the community where they go with or without parents.

If I were having coffee right now … the day before the girls group happens … I’d be hoping that you will be there tomorrow, October 18 at 6 PM, at Bestsellers in Mason.