Michigan Alliance for Families is a statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education. We help facilitate parent involvement as a means of improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.
Michigan Alliance for Families can assist you in knowing your rights, effectively communicating your child’s needs, and advising how to help them develop and learn. We have 2 versions of our brochure available in 3 languages. While both are the same visually, they are formatted differently for optimal screen viewing and optimal printing. For optimal screen viewing: MAF Brochure (English), MAF Brochure (Spanish), MAF Brochure (Arabic). For optimal printing (2-page layout): English (Printer Friendly), Spanish (Printer Friendly), Arabic (Printer Friendly).
Who we are
Each Michigan Alliance staff member is a parent or family member of an individual with disabilities who has first-hand experience with the aspects of the special education system. Every staff member is trained in listening, communicating, and problem-solving.
Families can connect directly to a Regional Parent Mentor. Parent Mentors can assist you in navigating the educational system and are knowledgeable about state and local resources. Parent Mentors support existing and emerging parent leaders involved with groups such as Local Interagency Coordinating Councils (LICCs), Parent Advisory Committees (PACs), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), and the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC).
What we do
- Michigan Alliance for Families provides printed, electronic, and multimedia information/resources.
- Michigan Alliance for Families staff are available to talk to parents and professionals about special education and related services, and disability specific information.
- Michigan Alliance for Families hosts relevant workshops across the state. All of our events and materials are free of charge to parents/ families.
- Michigan Alliance for Families encourages and supports parents in leadership roles.
Michigan Alliance for Families is our state’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. We are a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative. The efforts of Michigan Alliance for Families align with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help improve results for children with disabilities. Michigan Alliance for Families can assist you in knowing your rights, effectively communicating your child’s needs, and advising how to help your child develop and learn. Also, check out our partner agencies and organizations.