Bauer, of Ferndale, is a parent of a daughter with a developmental disability. She served as executive director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., for 20 years. Bauer also is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Bauer also is on the outreach committee for the Michigan Department of Community Health and is a current member of the Board of Directors for both MORC and its independent fundraising entity, The Futures Foundation.
The event is sponsored by the Association for the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, a nonprofit started more than three decades ago by parents of children with disabilities to help get them services they need.
Jerry Wolffe is the Writer-in-Residence/Advocate-at-Large at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center. He can be reached at 586 263-8950.