ARIE Co-Curricular Project

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The ARIE Co-Curricular Project is a joint effort between MI-DDI and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. The aim is to assist medical students in obtaining volunteer hours while directly working with families of children with disabilities. First and second-year medical students meet with families who have children with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. MI-DDI provides evidence-based Family Support and Disability Awareness training to the medical students that participate in this project and to recruit families.


The goal of this project is to give medical students an opportunity to interact with families in order to learn about the unique stressors families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities face. The medical students coordinate the family visits; conduct a brief survey with the families, offer resources and age-appropriate gifts to the children. Parents and caregivers are compensated for their time to participate in the project.


Elizabeth Janks
Phone: (313) 577-6368

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