Michigan President: Maria King
National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development
The Michigan Chapter of the Job Placement Division focuses and fulfills the mission of the National JPD of exchanging ideas, increasing understanding, identifying goals and cooperative actions in meeting the needs of people with disabilities.
We accomplish this by maintaining an “open door” policy of welcoming professionals throughout the spectrum of rehabilitation case management, partnering with both public and private sector service providers. The Michigan JPD maintains membership that includes Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Consultants, Job Developers, Case Managers, Vocational Experts among other disciplines. This broad-based membership brings a unique vitality to our table, sharing ideas and observations of the latest trends in employment, disability management, job placement and legal issues affecting people with disabilities.
Each year, we partner with other professional organizations to present educational seminars and workshops increase understanding of our unique role of getting people back to work and staying at work. These events provide a rare opportunity to interact with our peers, form alliances and partnerships across professions, creating bonds that increase our effectiveness in getting people working.
Our partnerships also provide us a forum to learn of recent advances in adaptive technology, legal protections for all workers, and most significantly, effective strategies for getting people back to work.
We respectfully welcome one and all to the Michigan JPD!
On April 7, 2015, the MI-JPD chapter was notified that the development grant proposal we had submitted to the National JPD Board was accepted. The MI-JPD will receive $200 to be used in activities aimed at recruiting new members. More details about those activities will be forthcoming.
The JPD board meets in Lansing at the MRS District Offices at Pierpont every other month. Meetings are open to all JPD and MRA members who may be interested in learning more about the association. The next board meeting will be on May 21, 2015, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. A phone conference line is available to call-in for those who are unable to attend in-person.