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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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إذا كان لديك أسئلة حول تطور طفلك، أو حول برنامج "إيرلي أون ميشيغانEarly On Michigan " وكيفية عمله، فإن هذا الفيديو الجديد مخصص لك!"مقدمة إلى إيرلي أون ميشيغان"هذا الفيديو مقسم إلى فصول، مما يسهل عليك العودة لمراجعة المواضيع المغطاة، والتي تشمل:معالم التطورمجالات التقييمتحديد الأهليةالتدخلات والخدماتحقوق عائلتكتواصل مباشرة مع مرشدنا لأولياء الأمور الناطقين باللغه العربية على الرقم248-963-0607youtu.be/1xgvqEkCXpAEarly On Michigan ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 3:30PMPreparing Your Child for Employment (LONG Before Employment!)Many parents worry about the employment future of their child with a disability. This training, led by staff who spent years removing barriers to employment, will focus on important independent living and pre-employment skills that you can help your child start building today in preparation for a successful and fulfilling work life in the future!Presented by Mary Fortney of Disability Network Southwest MichiganRegister at bit.ly/MI-pavingtheway ... See MoreSee Less
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Olmstead is the name of the most important civil rights decision for people with disabilities in our country's history. This 1999 United States Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. It holds that people with disabilities have a right in most instances to live in community rather than institutions. This video tells the story of how the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, ADAPT, and other disability organizations litigated the case. It then tells the story of what happened after the decision and the real changes that began to happen after United States Justice Department embraced Olmstead.This year is the 25th anniversary of the Olmstead v LC decision. ... See MoreSee Less
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Self-advocates, families with middle and high school aged children (and members of the community who support these students) are invited to join us next on June 24 at noon for a webinar on Employment Expectations with Karen Wang, Michigan Alliance for Families Transition Trainer. Register at tinyurl.com/3bz32cdpDuring this free, online workshop learn how employment goals fit into the transition planning process for youth with disabilities.- How to overcome barriers to employment- Creating a vision plan for adult life- How to access vocational rehabilitation services- Best practices to get and keep the first jobSee all of our events at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less
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YOU are invited! Join The White House’s 25th Anniversary Olmstead celebration on Tuesday, June 18th at 1:45 PM! This celebration will be open for the public to attend virtually. Olmstead is the most important U.S. Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities. The Olmstead decision says people with disabilities have THE RIGHT to live in the community rather than in institutions. Since Olmstead is all about community, we invite everyone from the community to attend this event. Hear from real people talking about the real impact Olmstead has had in their lives.Register to celebrate 25 years of community inclusion and learn more about why people with disabilities living in the community is good for the WHOLE community!Register for this FREE event: pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_CnGD53gbT_aMRrKeG-RrOQ#/registrationBe Part of the Conversation! The White House and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) warmly invite you to join us virtually for the 25th Anniversary Observance of the Olmstead Decision. Don't miss this significant event as we reflect on the progress made and the work still ahead for individuals with developmental disabilities. RSVP today and be part of this momentous occasion!bit.ly/Olmstead25[Image Description: Graphic with the outline of a house. Inside the house is the text "25 years and counting". The graphic has text that reads, "Join the White House's Olmstead 25th Anniversary Observance Tuesday, June 18 at 1:45 PM. The graphic has the logo for the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. End image description.]#olmstead25 #InclusiveFuture #DisabilityAdvocacy #olmstead #disabilityrights ... 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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