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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

Find an online workshop or view a recording

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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Our final IEP workshop of this school year is coming up on Friday, May 31 at 9:30AM. Register at tinyurl.com/2vhwjkr6.Parents and caregivers can take a deeper dive into the parts of the IEP and learn how to use the IEP process to address your concerns.To get the information to parents when they need it, we offer a free IEP webinar every month - scheduled at different times of day to meet the needs of parents and caregivers.Tuesday, June 11th 6:30PM-8:00PM tinyurl.com/4hkznaxuMonday, July 8th 9:30AM-11:00AM tinyurl.com/4we5vftjThursday, August 8th 12:00PM-1:30PM tinyurl.com/yd73zx4vMonday, September 23rd 4:00PM-5:30PM tinyurl.com/5n8jx538 See our full calendar of events at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less
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NEW VIDEO! Advocating for Your Child with Epilepsy in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of MichiganIt’s important that schools are prepared to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for children and youth with epilepsy. Learn more information on epilepsy, triggers, medication aide effects, and first aid to support students and be prepared for emergencies. Seizure Action Plans, IEPs and 504 Plans and Communication considerations are also explored.youtu.be/VLf-ifp_GEw ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out this early literacy training happening on Tuesday, May 28th at 8pm.Register at bit.ly/ExtraSpring2024Contact Courtney Aldrich, aldric82@msu.edu, with questions.Have you ever wondered how you can give children a jump start on reading and help them to develop valuable pre-reading skills? This workshop will discuss the importance of reading on grade level by 3rd grade, what we mean by early literacy, and how to help children acquire these skills through playing, singing, listening, talking and reading.Tuesday, May 28th from 8-9:3:0pm. Certificates are available. Registration is required: bit.ly/ExtraSpring2024Please contact Courtney Aldrich, aldric82@msu.edu, with questions. ... 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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