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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


    Self-Advocacy Story Time is a great opportunity to learn about living a self-determined life, and how to reach their goals by advocating for themselves. Email Fortneym@dnswm.org to schedule a virtual illustrated read. 

    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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Two opportunities to learn with Michigan Alliance for Families this week! Tuesday, April 16 Assistive Technology: More than Checking a Box with Sara Pericolosi from Alt+Shift from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at tinyurl.com/bdzz3wt4Friday, April 19 (and 26) Behavior is Communication with Sally Burton-Hoyle from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Register at tinyurl.com/39vrhapcFind more details and see the full calendar at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you have a loved one with a disability? Are you a caregiver 50+ years old who is supporting an adult family member with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)?Learn more about Future Planning for Aging Caregivers-with Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute For more information visit: bit.ly/3wKnC4VDo you have a loved one with a disability? Do you feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders? Future Planning for Aging Caregivers is here to help!The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) has partnered with the Dani Plan to bring you the Future Planning for Aging Caregivers (FPAC) project. The Dani Plan is a tool designed to keep track of important information about your loved one with special needs. Participants will work with a Family Support Navigator (FSN) to use the Dani Plan to create a care plan.MI-DDI is recruiting a limited number of families. Participants must be caregivers at least 50 years old and support an adult family member with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).Participation in the project is completely FREE. Families who participate will receive:• Support from an FSN to guide the creation of a care plan for your loved one• A Dani Plan for your loved oneFor more information visit here: bit.ly/3wKnC4VTo register visit here: bit.ly/48KAoh4[DT]Two elderly people are by the seaside. One is standing and another is seated. Both of their faces are obscured from the camera. A rocky shoreline stretches out both behind and in front of them. ... 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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