Sara Grivetti, Disability Network/Michigan’s Chief Executive Officer, has recently been accepted into the Rehabilitation Counseling Education doctoral program at Michigan State University. Earning her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University in 2006, Ms. Grivetti feels this is the next logical step in her professional development.
“The field of rehabilitation is focused on helping individuals with disabilities live independent, self-sufficient lives. Advancing my studies in the field will assist me in supporting Michigan’s Centers for Independent Living (CILs) with program development, evidenced-based practices and developing innovative new approaches to barrier removal,” states Grivetti.
Grivetti also states “Since the American’s with Disabilities Act passed in 1990 there has been little change in the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. And, the most significantly disabled individuals continue to be placed in facility-based employment settings, rather community settings. My desire is to research service delivery models which could have a positive impact on people moving toward economic self-sufficiency. My belief is that there are funding models that could be braided and blended to improve the service-delivery and result in greater employment outcomes.”
Grivetti will begin the program in the fall of 2016 and has set the goal of completing her coursework and dissertation within five years.