Community Agencies and Transition Planning Resources

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Arc of Kent County
629 Michigan Ave NE Ste D Grand Rapids, MI. 49503
The Arc Kent County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities.  They strive to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire community and influence public policy.

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP):

350 Ottawa Ave NW 4th floor Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The (Michigan) Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Transition Services help students age 14 and over to successfully make the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS):
4328 Kalamazoo AVE SE Grand Rapids MI 49508  
Provide communication, human services and education to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities with the goal of inclusiveness in Western Michigan.   

Disability Advocates of Kent County:
3600 Camelot Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Disability Advocates of Kent County advocate and facilitate action by persons with disabilities and the community to achieve equal access for all. 

e-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
A Statewide coalition of agencies and organizations working together to improve accessibility and services for Michigan's Deaf and Hard of hearing people.

Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue Northeast  Washington, DC
A bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc:

455 Grand Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Goodwill offers a range of short and long-term training options; in-depth workshops that teach people the soft skills necessary for succeeding in the workplace, such as office etiquette, work culture, preparing for an interview, how to deal with conflict in the workplace, and how to balance work and home responsibilities. Additional training options may include specialized training in the health care field, as well as transitional work and on-the-job training experience. 

ASSETS Program
New Directions Program
LITE Program for Youth on the Autism Spectrum
WIA Youth
Information Sessions
Career Center
Financial Opportunities Services

Grand Rapids Community College:

122 Lyon Street  Student Center 368 Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure equal access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by the institution.

GRCC 10 Steps to Registration and Disability Support

Grand Valley State University Disability Support Resources:

1 Campus Dr. STU 200 Allendale, MI 49401-9403

GVSU Disability S
upport Resource Center will provide support resources and accommodations for individuals with disabilities, that enhances the college environment and helps to promote disability awareness education in the community.

Hope Network:

3075 Orchard Vista Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Hope Network aims to provide a greater level of independence through Specialty Health and Community Services.  They offer a broad continuum of care in various areas of expertise—including, the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries, mental illness, and developmental disabilities. In addition, Hope Network provides specialized transportation and residential services, as well as job training and placement, and conducts applied research

Indian Trails Camp
O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Indian Trails is a remarkable facility that brings adaptive recreation to the lives of each camper.  Indian Trails offers a barrier-free camp setting in which those with disabilities can participate in all manner of activities the outside world is ill-equipped to provide.

Indian Trails Camp accepts campers with a broad range of developmental and/or physical disabilities.  Year round programming includes weekend respites and a community integrated skill building program.  Seasonal programs include summer camps and day camps.

Indian Trails Brochure

Michigan Rehabilitation Services:
750 Front St. NW Suite 211 Grand Rapids, MI. 49504

MRS works with eligible customers and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. We work in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment, including exploring the possibilities of self-employment or owning a small business.

Michigan Career & Technical Institute:
11611 West Pine Lake Rd. Plainwell, MI 49080

The MCTI conducts vocational and technical training programs and provides the supportive services needed to prepare Michigan citizens with disabilities for competitive employment.


820 Monroe Avenue, NW Suite 150 Grand Rapids

MOKA provides support and services to assist individuals with disabilities to become valued members of their communities. They offer treatment in specialized community based homes, training and support to live in your own home, skill building with the goal of employment, skill development and job placement, and family support of children with autism and other disabilities.

Social Coaching Class Brochure

Social Coaching Class Schedule

Social Coaching Class Application

National Stuttering Association - Kent County Chapter
The NSA provides support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, instilling the sense of self worth so often missing in the lives of those who battle this disorder.  With members nationwide and over 100 self-support groups in the US, the NSA provides information about stuttering, increases public awareness of stuttering, serves as a support and advocacy group, and is a referral organization for speech therapy sources throughout the US.  Our support groups provide attendees with the opportunity to share fears, frustration, and triumphs; practice therapeutic techniques to help control stuttering in a safe and supportive environment; engage in speaking experiences they might shy away from in their daily lives; and, perhaps most importantly, assist others in achieving these goals.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
52 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623
Provide deaf and hard of hearing students with outstanding state of the art technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning.

 Network 180 Access Center:

790 Fuller Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

Network180 connects individuals and their families to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, or developmental disabilities

Oasis Community:
775 36th St. SE (Hope Network Education Center)
A Learning community: Building Circles of Support to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to create a “good life” together by making connections and working on common issues; like housing, transportation, employment and friendships.

 Project SEARCH:
Project SEARCH is a High School, transition-to-work program that offers a unique employment and educational opportunity for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Project SEARCH serves as an alternative for students in their last year of high school. The program prepares these young adults for their future by equipping them with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market.

Real Life Living Services:

1100 N. Main St. Suite 217 Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Real Life Living Services (RLLS) is a non-profit agency that provides community and home-based care of developmentally and/or physically challenged adults and children, as well as Senior Care.  We promote maximum self-sufficiency and services delivered in a dignified and humane manner.

Social Security Administration:

3045 Knapp St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Through the SSA, individuals can request a new or replacement social security card or apply for Supplemental Security income (SSI).  The SSI program pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources.

Spectrum Community Services:

28303 Joy Rd Westland, MI 48185

We are a child welfare, family preservation and mental health human services organization. Our services include foster care, adoption, family preservation, mental health treatment services, substance abuse treatment, employment/career training, programs for adjudicated youth, and group homes for developmentally disabled adults. For 35 years, we have served children, youth and families throughout ten counties in the state of Michigan with innovative and superior programs. We are committed to enriching the lives and capabilities of the individuals and families we serve.

The Rapid ~ Trainer Sarah Green
Central Offices 300 Ellsworth SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4005
Rapids Central Station 250 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond for individuals with and without disabilities.

Individual Travel Training


1225 Lake Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Thresholds provides services to Kent County residents who have a developmental disability and to their families. Their mission is to enable adults with developmental disabilities to live as productively and independently as possible in the community. They offer an array of services including supports coordination services, specialized residential supports and services and respite care supports.

Western Michigan University Office of Disability Services for Students:

WMU 2210 Wilbur Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5277

The mission of Disability Services for Students at Western Michigan University is to make education accessible. A student is a student, regardless of the issues, challenges or conditions faced. DSS advocates for the student to be provided with the appropriate tools to allow that person the opportunity to reach goals and potential.