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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.


News & Updates


    Do you have a child with an IEP who attends/attended a virtual school? We want to hear from you via a short survey by May 31

    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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As youth with disabilities grow and move through school, we need to be thinking about what comes next. Learn more about the tools, resources, and support needed to navigate a successful transition from school to adult life. Topics include:✔️Age of majority✔️Alternatives to guardianship✔️Public benefits✔️Person centered planning✔️Adult servicesMay 22 at 12pm or 6:30pm - Transition: Beyond IDEAAn overview of community resources to assist with the transition from school to adult life.For the noon webinar, register at tinyurl.com/yfnh8zub For the evening webinar, register at tinyurl.com/yfy4nndx ... See MoreSee Less
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Plan to join us on Thursday, May 16 for a webinar on Promoting Literacy Success, in partnership with Michigan's MTSS Technical Assistance CenterThe benefits of family and school partnerships in fosteringliteracy success are overwhelming. This presentation will provide families with knowledge and skills in promoting literacy skills.Families will be able to:• Discuss the benefits of partnering with their child'sschool to support literacy learning• Identify key principles in supporting literacy learning• Learn about the research and strategies to supportliteracy learning• Collect resources to support families in their child's literacy successRegister at tinyurl.com/52yuzvacFind more learning opportunities on our website calendar: www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less
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If you have questions about your child’s development, about Early On Michigan or how it works, this new video is for you!youtu.be/JzfD55Rn6i4“Introduction to Early On® Michigan”This video is chaptered, which makes it easy to come back to review the topics covered, which includes:Developmental MilestonesEvaluation AreasEligibility DeterminationInterventions and ServicesYour Family Rights ... See MoreSee Less
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Si tienes preguntas sobre el desarrollo de tu hijo, o que es Early On Michigan y cómo funciona, este video es para ti!youtu.be/d8Ap6yDMJwQ“Introducción a Early On MichiganEste video está dividido en capítulos para facilitar volver a revisar los temas tratados. Algunos de estos temas son:Marcadores del DesarrolloÁreas de EvaluaciónDeterminación de elegibilidadIntervenciones y ServiciosLos Derechos de la FamiliaContáctenos ‪313-217-1060 Si desea hacer preguntas o necesita ayuda con un asunto de educación especial, póngase en contacto con la Michigan Alliance for Families. ... 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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