strive to provide current information, resources, and support
organizations. Please visit the following links for useful information.
Parent Advisory Committees:
Wayne RESA Special Education
Description obtained from the Wayne RESA Special Education website, Wayne RESA Special Education
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.
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
Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University
Description obtained from the Autism Collaborative Center at EMU website, Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University
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
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
Description obtained from the RFB&B website: Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
- The Arc
Michigan facilitates a statewide network of local chapters
assisting persons with developmental disabilities and their
families through education, training, technical assistance and
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
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
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)
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
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
Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP) helps parents,
educators, and service providers develop productive relationships for
resolving issues in early intervention and special education.
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)
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)
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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