Human Services

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • www.washtenawaca.org

Mission Statement

To ensure that people with disabilities and their families have choices, opportunities, and the supports they need to be fully included in community life through advocacy and education.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy- Gerneral
  2. Educational Advocacy
  3. Work Incentives Planning and Assistance:
  4. Benefits Advocacy
  5. Trusts management
Service Areas

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Michigan

Washtenaw County.

ruling year

1953

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Sherry Fernandez

Keywords

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Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Milan, Chelsea, Whitmroe Lake

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EIN

38-6029205

 Number

5382375535

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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WACA is a recognized leader in the field of disabilities rights and advocacy throughout Michigan and across the nation.

Programs

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Program 1

Advocacy- Gerneral

Assists individuals with disabilities to obtain supports and accommodations they need to live and participate in their community of choice.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Educational Advocacy

ACA assists parents and students to secure appropriate educational supports and services. Advocates will attend IEP and other school meetings. ACAt staff will council and guide parents through the IEP process including familiarization with required forms.We also assist parents  to understand discipline/suspension /expulsion rules
and assist parents to be proactive to prevent greater consequences for
their student within the school system.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance:

Assists individuals with disabilities who are Social Security beneficiaries plan and return to work.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Benefits Advocacy

Assists with applications and appeals for Social Security and other benefits for which they may qualify.   If an individual is denied benefits Social Security, Medicaid and
other benefits for which the household qualifies, staff will provide
representation in the appeal processes.
ACA staff will assist individuals to get connected with Washtenaw County Health
Organization mental health support services, to facilitate access to
Food Assistance, State Emergency Relief and State Disability Assistance,
and other assistance while their application is pending, and to connect
them with other resources in the community including housing supports,
shelter supports for homeless individuals, MRS services to look at
employment, Legal Aid, as steps in ensuring that the individuals ongoing
needs for supports and services are met.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Trusts management

ACA  manages special needs trusts for individuals with developmental disabilities

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Washtenaw County.

Funding Needs

ACA is currently seeking revenues to fund our Educational Advocate Position. This position has been funded by a private foundation for the past 6 years. This funding will end in December 2012 and is not renewable. We are constantly seeking new streams of revenue. Currently, all of our funding is encumbered in either grants or contracts. ACA seeks contributions and donations to enhance operations. We have cut costs by reducing our office space, laid off staff, dropped incoming phone lines and required our staff to contribute more to their health care/insurance plan. We have not been able to give our staff cost of living increases for 2 years.

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WASHTENAW ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Sherry Fernandez

BIO

Sherry attended the University of Colorado and studied Experiential Education. She holds a teaching certificate for Rehabilitation of the Blind. She has over 35 years of experience in several states providing advocacy and support services to persons with disabilities. She has been employed at ACA since 1995 becoming ACA's President/CEO in 2005. She held the titles of Vice-President, Coordinator of the Young Adult Project and Educational Advocate. She has earned several awards for her excellent work as an advocate on behalf off persons with disabilities.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Throughout our 60 years ACA has provided services thousands of persons with disabilities and their families. ACA never "closes" a case; families and individuals call us years later to assist them with issues they can not resolve on their own. There is an advantage in knowing personal stories, family members as they grow or even pass away. Relationships built over a period of years is comforting knowing that we aren't "just another" service agency."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joshua Fink

Pear, Sperling, Eggan and Daniels

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

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