Registration Open: Parents Weekend- Raising Children with Disabilities with Disability Pride

Thursday, March 14, 2024


Registration and payment for the 2024 Raising Children with Disabilities: With Disability Pride. A Weekend of Learning and Celebration for Parents* of Children with Disabilities. Registration is due by April 5, 2024. Please note that we only have 15 participant slots and will close when they are full. Payment must be received to be fully registered.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) and LETA Solutions Her Power are excited to host a three-day event for parents of children with disabilities. We will meet at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark in Frankenmuth from April 19th to 21st, 2024.

Due to the many stereotypes and stigma surrounding disability, children with disabilities are often encouraged to ‘fit in’ and ‘overcome’ their disabilities. In this weekend retreat, parents* will come together to explore a disability justice model of disability and further their understanding of the concept of disability pride.

This weekend’s event will celebrate the lives of people with disabilities. Parents will dig deeper into disability history and culture while embracing disability as part of their child’s identity. Celebrating disability identity leads to self-empowerment and a sense of belonging. Parents play an essential role in creating an environment where children with disabilities can explore disability history, culture, and pride and are encouraged to accept all parts of their identities.

Parents who have attended in the past have said things like, “The trainers were knowledgeable, engaging, and authentic,” and “life-changing and thoughtful content that changed our perspectives.”

Parents/Caregivers will:

Learn how to move through shame and gain pride

Explore the vital role that disability history, culture, and pride play in the lives of people with disabilities

Discuss ways that family members can support the development of pride and power in the lives of their

Discover how they can be an ally to the disability community

Registration Fee:
$100 ($50 of the registration fee) will be returned on the last day for participants that attend. Money will be returned after full participation and evaluation are submitted in person on Sunday. If you do not attend, the registration fee is non-refundable. Please note that the content builds on itself; the same parent/guardian must attend the entire time. Need-based scholarships are available for participants from Wayne and Macomb counties and Detroit. Need-based scholarships are also available to current foster parents or parents who adopted a child with a disability.

What’s Included?

  • All training and materials
  • An opportunity to connect with families of children with disabilities
  • Lodging for three days (2 nights) for up to 3 people per registered participant (4 people per room). Please reach out if your immediate family is more than four people (parents, guardians, and minors).
  • Up to 4 waterpark tickets per room for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Dinner is Friday night. Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday (for participants only)
  • Total of $100 stipend for dinners (distributed throughout the weekend, only to parent/guardian in total attendance)

The schedule and materials will be sent out to those who register. A brief overview is

  • Friday, April 19th, 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (can check-in to hotel at 4:00 PM)
  • Saturday, April 20th, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21st, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (includes lunch). Please note checkout is at 11:00 AM.
* When using the term parent, we also include guardians and other caregivers. We embrace all types of families (i.e., same-sex partnerships, grandparents raising grandchildren, co-parenting, kinship and foster parents, etc.). We support families of choice, which can include parents, step-parents, domestic partners,
neighbors, communities, religious leaders, and any other person the individual with a disability defines as
a parent.
*A child with a disability must be 18 or younger.
This weekend is brought to you by generous donations and is run by the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and LETA Solutions.