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MICHIGAN PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SERVICE TO PRESENT GM WITH SPECIAL PRO BONO SERVICES AWARD

 DETROIT, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- For three years, the Legal Department of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) has been graciously volunteering its professional services to represent children with disabilities. The efforts of GM legal staff have helped many children realize their legal rights to receive the special education services needed to develop their full potential. In recognition of GM's contribution to families who are unable to afford legal representation to secure these important rights, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service will present GM with a special Pro Bono Services Award. This award will be presented during a luncheon ceremony held in conjunction with a training program on special education law Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Plaza Hotel in Southfield.
 Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service is a private, non-profit organization established to protect and advocate the rights of individuals with mental or physical disabilities. It is the agency designated by the governor to implement a system of rights protection pursuant to federal and state laws. Although the system receives core funding from both governments to support its work, the funding is insufficient to provide the legal services needed by thousands of Michigan's citizens with disabilities. "We are always looking to build capacity for representation in the private sector," said Elizabeth Bauer, executive director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. "Our staff provide training on relevant laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and offer technical assistance to attorneys who take on disability- related cases. We also created an Attorney Referral Network, a database of attorneys in Michigan who are willing to represent people with disabilities. The pro bono services provided by the General Motors legal staff are exemplary. In recognizing their contribution of time and legal expertise on behalf of children with disabilities, we hope to encourage others to get involved."
 For further information, contact Shelli Long Heintz at 1-800-288-5923, or Stewart Hakola at 906-228-5910.
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 /CONTACT: Stewart Hakola of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, 906-228-5910/
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