Parent Resources

We strive to provide current information, resources, and support organizations. Please visit the following links for useful information.

Parent Advisory Committees:

Website Resources:

Wayne RESA Special Education
Description obtained from the Wayne RESA Special Education website, Wayne RESA Special Education

  • Wayne RESA ensures the involvement of parents in special education through the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The Wayne County PAC works to provide parents the opportunity to provide input and support to the planning of special education. The PAC participates in the development and implementation of the Wayne County Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services.
  • Guidance and support is provided to parents, teachers, and administrators in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws. Guidelines and standardized forms are accessible on this website to help schools and parents in putting these legal requirements into educational practice.

Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University
Description obtained from the Autism Collaborative Center at EMU website, Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University

  • In collaboration with families and community stakeholders, the Autism Collaborative Center at EMU will provide accessible, high quality assessment, intervention and referral services across the life-span to enable persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders to achieve their maximum potential.  This collaborative is founded on the values of respect, hope, excellence in teaching and learning, and social justice in the community.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
Description obtained from the RFB&B website: Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic

  • Working side by side with educators, the nation’s leading textbook publishers, and technology innovators for over six decades, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D) is uniquely positioned to meet the challenge of serving America’s students with print and learning disabilities.
  • RFB&D records the textbooks used in schools from coast to coast, in every grade level and every subject area. In addition to the classics, RFB&D also works to provide the most current editions of state adopted texts. This is important to ensure that students can follow along with the very same versions of text that their classmates are using, and not a generic adaptation that omits state-specific information or references.

Early-On Public Awareness

Description obtained from the Early On Michigan website: Early On | What Is Early On Michigan?

  • Early On® Michigan is the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delays and/or disabilities. Early On supports families as their children learn and grow.

Michigan Alliance for Families
Description obtained from the Michigan Alliance for Families website: Michigan Alliance for Families

  • Michigan Alliance for Families and Michigan Alliance - PTI provide information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities from birth to age 26 who are in the educational system. The purpose of the projects are to increase the involvement of families in their children's education and the educational system in general.
  • This new approach to serving family members and young adults is based on the concept that everyone involved in education needs to have access to the same information, learning and leadership opportunities, yet be connected to each other.

MDE Low Incidence Outreach
Description obtained from the Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach website: MDE-LIO

  • The current MDE-LIO program was previously known as Michigan School for the Blind-Low Incidence Outreach. MDE-LIO staff provide outreach services to all LEAs, PSAs, ISDs, children with a visual impairment, students who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families, as well as other resource agencies.
  • The overarching goal is to provide technical assistance and resources to enable local service providers to serve and improve the quality of education for students with a visual impairment or those who are deaf/hard of hearing including those with multiple impairments.

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START)
Description obtained from the START website: START Primary Components

  • Ensuring that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach their greatest potential requires that school professionals have a clear understanding of evidence based practices and how to effectively implement those practices for each student. As there is often a gap between this knowledge base and the practices that are actually used, the START Program's focus is to ensure that professionals working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the opportunity to acquire the competencies and support needed to provide the most effective educational opportunities. 

The Arc Michigan
Description obtained from the The Arc Michigan website: The Arc Michigan

  • The mission of The Arc Michigan is to ensure that people with Developmental Disabilities are valued in order that they and their families can participate fully in and contribute to their community.
  • The Arc Michigan facilitates a statewide network of local chapters assisting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through education, training, technical assistance and advocacy.

MDE Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Description obtained from the MDE OSE-EIS website: MDE Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services

  • The Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) oversees the administrative funding of education and early intervention programs and services for young children and students with disabilities.
  • Early intervention services are coordinated for infants and toddlers (birth through age two) with disabilities and their families according to federal regulations and state standards. A free appropriate public education is provided to eligible children and youth from birth through age 25, according to federal statute and regulations, state statute, administrative rules, and standards.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Description obtained from the OSEP website: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

  • The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Description obtained from the Bridges4Kids website: Bridges4Kids

  • A non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life. Bridge4Kids also supports non-profits that share our mission with web design, data collection, telephone referral services and technical assistance.

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program
Description obtained from the MSEMP website: Michigan Special Education Mediation Program

  • The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP) helps parents, educators, and service providers develop productive relationships for resolving issues in early intervention and special education.
  • MSEMP is a federally funded project of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers (ALLIANCE) 
Description obtained from the ALLIANCE website: Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers (ALLIANCE)

  • The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the ALLIANCE) is an innovative partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). These seven projects comprise a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting, and coordinating the over 100 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The national and regional parent technical assistance centers work to strengthen the connections to the larger OSEP Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network and fortify partnerships between Parent Centers and education systems at local, state, and national levels.

Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
Description obtained from the FCTD website: Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)

  • The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

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