Care, Finance and Insurance

1. Financial and Cash Assistance/Grants

2. Healthcare

Healthcare Centers

  • Residents in and around East Lansing, Michigan often seek clinical care at one of Lansing, Michigan’s two primary medical providers, Sparrow Health System and McLaren Health Care Corporation. To learn more about the specific services and programs offered through McLaren and Sparrow, visit our Lansing, Michigan Cerebral Palsy Resources page here.

 Lifestyle Resources

1. Education

  • The Michigan State University Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) provides a comprehensive range of supports, information, services, programs, and resources for all students with disabilities. The RCPD provides resources to students based on ten broad disability categories—autism spectrum disorders, blindness and visual impairment, brain injury, chronic health disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, mobility disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, temporary conditions, and other disabilities.
  • Ingham Intermediate School District Special Education provides special education services to students in Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville, and Williamston. Ingham Intermediate School District runs center-based programs for students with cognitive impairments, emotional impairments, severe multiple impairments, autism, and more. To learn more about their various programs and services, visit this page.
  • DeWitt Public Schools Special Education and Special Services provide special education programming for all students with IEPs in DeWitt, Michigan. To learn more about DeWitt Public Schools Special Education, visit their webpage here.
  • Early On Michigan: Early On Michigan provides early intervention services for children ages 0-3 years with disabilities and/or developmental delays. When Early On meets with a family with a disabled child, service coordinators learn about the child’s specific case and needs, establish a plan, and connect the family with the proper services. Children with autism, blindness or visual impairments, cerebral palsy, deafness or hearing impairments, Down syndrome, and speech impairments commonly benefit from Early On programming. To learn more about Early On Michigan, visit their page here.

2. Care

  • MSU Special Needs Support: The Michigan State University Family Resource Center provides a list of care resources for the parents of children with special needs. They also provide an email address that connects MSU parents and faculty with others who have special needs children.

3. Employment

4. Housing

5. Accessible Playgrounds

  • Henry Fine Park Tot Lot at Henry Fine Park—Pinecrest Elementary School: This playground is located on Winchester Drive in East Lansing, Michigan 48823. The Henry Fine Park Tot Lot features smooth surfaces, cushioned surfaces, and wheelchair ramps within and around the playground.
  • Patriarche Park Playground: Patriarche Park is located in East Lansing, Michigan and includes smooth surfaces, cushioned surfaces, ramps, transfer stations (equipment lifts), and accessible swings. The exact address is 1100 Alton St, East Lansing, MI 48823.
  • All Kids Playground is located at Park 230 E. Dill Dr. in DeWitt, Michigan 48820. This accessible playground includes ramps, sound-play components, and accessible swings.

Organizations, Support and Awareness Information

1. Disability Organizations

  • The Disability Network of Michigan is a nonprofit disability organization located in Haslett, Michigan. The Disability Network of Michigan works to promote community inclusion, equality, and independence among disabled individuals. Some of the many services and programs available through the Disability Network of Michigan include peer counseling, information, advocacy, referral, independent living skills, employment, personal assistance training, support, housing, assistive technologies and adaptive equipment, information, volunteer programs, nursing home transition, school to community transition, loan fund assistance, and more.
  • UCP Michigan: United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a nation-wide nonprofit disability organization that assists individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The UCP Michigan office is located in East Lansing, Michigan and works to connect Michigan residents with the programs, services, and supports they need. Some services and programs available through UCP Michigan include advocacy, referral, information, assistive technology information and loans, community-based programs, and more.

2. Support and Informational Groups

  • The Cerebral Palsy Outreach Network (CPON) is an East Lansing, Michigan internet resource for kids with cerebral palsy and their families. Their website provides information, resources, and advice for those affected by cerebral palsy in East Lansing and other cities around Michigan.

3. Advocacy

Treatment and Therapy Resources

1. Interdisciplinary Therapy Programs

  • Capitol Physical Therapy is a Michigan therapy center that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, pediatric therapy, pediatric speech therapy, and hand therapy services. Other services include functional capacity evaluations, job-site analysis, injury prevention programs, and custom splinting. Because Capitol Physical Therapy specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, many patients at Capitol Physical Therapy are children with cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, birth injuries, and related conditions and injuries. Capitol Physical Therapy has locations in Lansing, DeWitt, East Lansing, and Charlotte, Michigan. To learn more about each program, visit the attached link.
  • Michigan State University Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic in East Lansing that offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, and psychology services. Below we’ll explain some of their therapy programs in greater detail:
    • Physical therapy services aim to restore and improve balance, symmetry, and control through exercise, gait analysis, balance training, postural education, manual therapy, and more.
    • Psychology and neuropsychology services help patients improve mental health, maximize overall function, and minimize disability. Practice areas include acquired brain injury, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, learning disabilities, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, stress management, and more. Treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and neuro-cognitive therapy.
      • The MSU Rehabilitation ATTEND program is a neurocognitive retraining program that treats individuals with brain dysfunctions and related disorders including anoxia, ADD/ADHD, mild and moderate traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, and mild cognitive impairments.
  • PhysioTherapy is an East Lansing, Michigan multidisciplinary therapy provider. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, manual therapy, post- and pre-operative therapy, aquatic therapy, disability evaluation, hand therapy, neurologic rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, upper and lower extremity solutions, prosthetics, orthotics, and more.
    • The PhysioKids Program provides pediatric rehabilitation services including:
      • Physical Therapy: This program works on gross motor skill, strength and range of motion, balance, coordination, tight cords, and more. Typical patients have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, hypotonia, torticollis, orthopedic injuries, and related conditions.
      • Occupational Therapy: This program works on visual skills, motor skills, feeding, upper extremity strength, sensory processing, social skills, neuromuscular and developmental performance, posture, orthotics, and more. Typical patients have cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, and more.
      • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy: This program aims to benefit concerns related to oral motor and swallowing, communication disorders, autism, language disorders, auditory processing, cognitive and attention impairment, apraxia of speech, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, craniofacial abnormalities, hearing impairment, neurological disorders, brain injury, voice disorders, and more.
      • Social Thinking Program: This program involves speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy tactics. Many participants have communication disorders, autism, sensory integration dysfunction, and more.
      • Feeding Dysfunction Program: This program aims to treat medical, oral, motor, sensory, emotional, and environmental challenges that influence one’s ability to eat.

2. Recreational Therapy

  • Sleepy Hollow State Park offers accessible camping, fishing, paddling, and recreational facilities. Barrier-free facilities include a boat launch, beach house, and picnic tables. Sleepy Hollow State park is located in Langsburg, Michigan.

Animal Therapy

Sports Therapy

  • The Michigan State University Adaptive Recreation Program offers a range of adaptive sports and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Activities offered through the MSU Adaptive Recreation Program include swimming and aquatics, goal ball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, open recreation, fitness center access, the Adaptive Sports Club, boccia ball, slalom, track, field events, hand cycling, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, and more. The program takes place at MSU’s IM West Building in East Lansing, Michigan.
  • The Michigan Victory Games provide disabled athletes with the ability to participate in competitive, organized sports. Since its formation, the Michigan Victory Games have sent several athletes to the Paralympics, World Games, and National Sports Festival. Competitions are offered in individual and team sports, boccia, bowling, cross country, cycling, hand cycling, power lifting, slalom, swimming, table tennis, and track and field. The Michigan Victory Games takes place at and is based out of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

3. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

  • Creative Wellness is an East Lansing holistic therapy center that provides a handful of alternative and complementary therapy programs. Services include massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, acute pain management, energy work, Ayurveda, infant massage, hand and foot, nutrition and cooking, meditation, yoga, and more.

4. Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Counseling

  • The Abbott Road Center for the Family is an East Lansing, Michigan behavioral, mental, and emotional health care and treatment facility. Clinical psychologists use psychotherapy and counseling tactics to improve the emotional and mental health of patients.

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