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    Michigan Alliance for Families:

    Your free guide to special education.

    Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.

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Special Education Resources

Answers about your child's special education program

Disability Information

Information about your child's disability


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Upcoming Events

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Need help navigating the special education system? Talk to a parent who's been there.

Connect directly with one of our local parent mentors to address your family's needs. Their perspective can not only help you navigate the system, but they can also help you be more involved in your child's education. All Michigan families are able to access an extensive collection of electronic or printed resources, informational support and referrals to local community resources. To get in touch with a Michigan Alliance for Families staff member, Contact Us.


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    A new document from MDE OSE provides a visual representation of the timeline for initial evaluations to determine eligibility for special education programs and services.

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Individuals with disabilities face challenges in the labor market. Career and Technical Education is one way of bolstering educational attainment and providing valuable job skills. These programs cultivate work readiness and can help students prepare to transition to life after high school.Did you know that students with a disability who complete a CTE program are 48% more likely to graduate high school relative to those who never enroll in a CTE program?More stats at youthpolicylab.umich.edu/publications/career-technical-education-in-michigan-students-with-disabi...At ED, we're raising the bar and turning "what ifs" into reality. 🎓🌟Learn more about how we're working with state and local leaders to ensure that all students have access to work-based learning programs and pathways to high-quality careers: www.ed.gov/raisethebar/postsecondary-pathways#CTE #CTEMonth ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us today, February 20 at noon. Register at tinyurl.com/25h62nj7Dealing with discipline issues?Is your child being sent home from school?Has your student been suspended from school?RSVP today to join us on Tuesday, February 20 at noon when our partners from @studentadvocacycenter present "Rethinking Discipline".Learn more about:✔️What does Michigan school discipline law require?✔️What protections does your student have?✔️What is the difference between a suspension and expulsion?✔️What are the seven factors that must be considered before any suspension or expulsion?Register at tinyurl.com/25h62nj7 ... See MoreSee Less
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In partnership with Alt+Shift - Intermediate School District teams:Save the date for “From Involvement to Engagement: Redefining Family Partnerships in Educational Systems” at Crystal Mountain Resort on June 18 and 19, 2024.This event is designed for teams of diverse perspectives from Intermediate School Districts. Throughout the events, teams will think systemically about family engagement practices and how to strengthen their instructional initiatives.Visit info.altshift.education/Summer2024 for more information and stay tuned for registration details ... See MoreSee Less
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Funding Statement

Michigan Alliance for Families is a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative. Michigan Alliance for Families is our state's federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, H328M200015. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, David Emenheiser.

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