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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

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Our partners at Statewide Autism Resources & Training (START) are offering "Transforming Transition Together (T3) - Education, Transition Services, and IEP" on December 18 at 4pm.The transition from school to community should be an exciting time for students and families. However, it can also be a time of uncertainty, filled with confusing language and limited options for adult supports. By taking a strengths-based approach to transition planning, stakeholders can keep the focus on where it is important - identifying what a good life looks like and setting goals to reach that vision. This interactive webinar will provide information that helps stakeholders raise expectations, understand the transition process, and to ask the right questions so the transition years can be maximized. Register via the QR code on the flyer or at www.gvsu.edu/autismcenter/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=D7F803D6-FC6E-7E4C-0F56E963F487AC03 ... See MoreSee Less
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All behavior is communication. We know that children who exhibit unacceptable behavior do so for a specific reason. Join us for a two-part virtual workshop starting Friday that can help you determine what they are saying with their behavior and how to substitute a more acceptable way to communicate that message.Behavior is Communication Two Fridays: December 1 & 8 at 1pmRegister at tinyurl.com/mpm44wudCheck out our full calendar of events for the rest of December and into 2024 at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our transition webinars aim to provide families of students with disabilities the tools, knowledge, and support they need to navigate a successful transition from school to adult life. Join us next on November 30 at 6:30pm to discuss Employment Expectations. Register at tinyurl.com/mt3t6buyAnd next week:December 6 Building Blocks of Self-Advocacy at 12:00pm. Register at tinyurl.com/3vc3vhrs And later this winter:December 21 Transition: Beyond IDEA at 6:30pm. Register at tinyurl.com/ye6kw96c And into 2024:January 10 Transition: What You Need to Know at 6:30pm Register at tinyurl.com/yc7exvk9 January 17 Personal Curriculum at 6:30pm-8:00pm. Register at tinyurl.com/22zdnvs3 Come learn with us! More events, shareable flyers, clickable registration, and full details on our website calendar:www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events ... 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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