Do. Unto. Others.

Wayne Westland DUO

Encouraging hope, spreading joy, and fostering companionship in our local special needs community.

Wayne-Westland DUO is focused on providing supportive programs and fundraising initiatives for our membership that encourage hope, spread joy, and foster companionship at all times. With a variety of programs, we're sure you'll find the support that you, your family and friends need, and will be happy participating in our group.


Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.


See below for a listing of the programs that DUO hopes to provide, articles of DUO in the news, as well as answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.


Our Programs

In 2014, DUO focused on collecting a base of funds to start from. So at first, we were unable to provide a lot of programs to our members.

This year, we are very excited to start hosting several DUO programs! Our goal for these programs are to provide fun, educational, and possibly some exercise at each. See the categories below for the types of programs we plan to provide at least once a month in 2015.
Social & Athletic Activities
Provide meaningful and fun social and athletic activities geared to build friendships, strengthen social skills, and eliminate discrimination.

Examples: dances, game nights, field trips to local sporting events, movie theaters, and cider mills, bowling, kick-ball, and volleyball events

Educational Activities
Providing educational classes that teach cognitive and life skills through specialized classes that encourage independence, self reliance, and also provide support for family members and friends who are affected by intellectual disabilities

Examples: job training, book clubs, pottery, craft, life skills, parenting, and cooking classes

Support Local Athletic Teams
Raising funds to help support the local Wayne-Westland Special Olympics athletic teams.

Examples: providing equipment, jerseys and clothing, transportation, food and beverage, and other specified needs

In the News:

Westland Mayor Wild Provides Warm Welcome to Special Needs Group at Annual Hockey Game


(WESTLAND, MI - March 28, 2015): On Friday, March 20, more than thirty-five members of the newly formed non-profit, Wayne-Westland Do Unto Others (DUO), gathered together at the Mike Modano Ice Arena to watch the Westland Wild Wings take on the Detroit Red Wings Alumni in their annual rivalry game. About half of the DUO members in attendance at the game have intellectual disabilities and many of them are sports stars themselves on the local Wayne-Westland Special Olympics athletics teams.


Read more here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does D.U.O. stand for?
Do Unto Others. We believe that discrimination can be eliminated and boundaries can be erased if everyone vows to treat each other equally, with compassion, and in the same way that we wish to be treated by others.

How is D.U.O. different than Special Olympics?
D.U.O. was created to fill a couple of gaps that the families and coaches of the local Wayne-Westland Special Olympics teams have noticed over the years. D.U.O. is an independent organization, functioning separately from Special Olympics. D.U.O. will provide social events and activities as well as educational and training activities to members and to the community like those that were once provided by the Bailey Center. D.U.O. will also solicit donations from a larger community and regional audience that is complicated for the Special Olympics group to tap into (i.e. corporations, foundations, grants).

Is D.U.O. a non-profit?
Yes! We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations made to D.U.O. are tax deductible.

When will D.U.O. start to provide programming?
In 2014, DUO focused on collecting a base of funds to start from. So at first, we were unable to provide a lot of programs to our members.

This year, we are very excited to start hosting several DUO programs! Our goal for these programs are to provide fun, educational, and possibly some exercise at each. See the categories below for the types of programs we plan to provide at least once a month in 2015.

Will there be a membership?
Yes, we are taking membership now and it is FREE! Eventually, we will charge minimal membership dues to help cover any overhead costs associated with the management of the organaization.*

Please visit our membership page and sign-up today - everyone is welcome!


*If and when dues are established, all members will be given advanced notice and will have the option to cancel membership if they so choose.