Membership Value

MARO provides the best information available, and the highest level of connectivity, to support our members & promote success in a transformative and dramatically changing policy landscape.

Member Services

MARO holds quarterly policy workgroup meetings on community mental health and vocational rehabilitation, and facilitates regular regional meetings hosted by our members in each of our six regions. MARO’s online Communities of Practice provide additional opportunities for members to discuss hot topics, advice, feedback, collaboration and best practices in several focus areas.

Through the distinguished, Lansing-based lobbying firm of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, the Association works with the legislative and executive branches of state government. MARO advocates for legislation and policies that increase opportunities for optimal independence and inclusion for all. MARO meets frequently with officials from the Department of  Health and Human Services to promote the services provided by its members. MARO also provides training and resources for members to develop their grass roots lobbying skills.

MARO provides a variety of education and training sessions addressing current trends and practices in the field of rehabilitation. Recent topics have included Job Development & Coaching, Benefits Planning and Coordination, Micro-Enterprise Development, CARF Standards, and Wage & Hour Compliance. The Association holds an annual Spring Leadership Conference and is the co-sponsor and manager of re:con – the convention of new beginnings.

The MARO Update provides members with critical information on issues affecting their organizations – including legislation and policies, grants, seminars, meetings, employment opportunities and more. The Update is sent via e-mail to MARO members on a weekly basis. 

MARO is committed to, and invested in, the development of future leaders with high potential to positively impact future industry growth and success. Click here to learn more about our leadership development programs.

MARO administers a self-funded, group Workers’ Compensation Fund. In operation since 1988, it has saved members millions of dollars in premium costs for worker comp coverage.

MARO staff provide safety trainings for organizations working with individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Topics include: Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomics, Job Safety Analysis, Safety Committee Activities, Right to Know as well as others. This service is free to MARO members. Contact Services Director, Gloria McMullan to schedule a training in your agency.

Technical Assistance is usually only a phone call away. MARO staff have a wealth of professional experience in the areas of direct service provision, public policy formulation, program administration, occupational health and safety and legislative advocacy. MARO also offers Website & Social Media Evaluations for MARO Organizational Members.

Become an Organizational Member

We welcome the opportunity to visit with you about becoming part of MARO, a valuable network of organizations and the only association of its kind in Michigan. MARO Organizational Membership is open to organizations that provide one or more service promoting community access and inclusion that are committed to diversity, optimal independence and engagement in the community to enhance the quality and fullness of life for people with disabilities and other barriers. Click here to learn more about Organizational Membership.

Become an Associate Member

MARO Associate Membership is open to organizations and individuals who do not provide direct services and who wish to support the work of the Association, and whose objectives are consistent with the Association’s. Associate Members are non-voting categories of membership.

Associate Members benefit from engaging with our Organizational Members in various ways, click here to view Associate Member Opportunities.