PTA Special Education

Special Education Toolkit

This toolkit helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services and resources available to them.

Getting Started: An introduction to the Special Education process and how to advocate for your child.

From Pre-K to Graduation: Transitioning your student throughout his or her school career and preparing them for college or the workforce after graduation.

Understanding Federal Policy: An overview of federal disability and special needs policies, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

A Parent’s Dictionary: Key terms to know when getting started in special education.

Acronyms: An overview of acronyms used in special education and disability policies and programs.

Resources: A directory of tools and organizations that families can access for assistance.

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Resource Information For Parents of Brace Children With Disabilities

Association for Children’s Mental Health
Our mission is to promote the development of a system of care for the families of children with emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders through community education and awareness, family support and involvement and the persistent pursuit of advocacy to improve the quality of life for Michigan's families.

Autism Society of Michigan Website
The mission of the Autism Society of Michigan (ASM) is to assure full participation and self determination in every aspect of life for each individual. We will realize this vision by opening avenues of self advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities.

CAUSE Website
Citizens Alliance To Uphold Special Education (CAUSE) is the Parent Training Information Center for the State of Michigan. CAUSE is a statewide non-profit coalition providing free information, referral, support, advocacy, and workshops to parents and professionals working with children with disabilities and special needs.

Easter Seals Website
Easter Seals - Michigan’s mission is to create solutions that change lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families.

Learning Disabilities Assocaition of Michigan Website

Michigan Department of Community Health Website

SSI Disability Benefits Website
Children from birth up to age 18 may get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. They must be disabled and they must have little or no income and resources.

The Arc of Oakland Website
We advocate for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We strive to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire our community and influence public policy. We are a non-profit United Way agency serving individuals and their families throughout Oakland County.

The Family Support Subsidy Website
The Family Support Subsidy (FSS) Program provides financial assistance to families that include a child with severe developmental disabilities. The intent is to help make it possible for children with developmental disabilities to remain with or return to their birth or adoptive families. The program provides a monthly payment of $222.11. Families are able to use this money for special expenses incurred while caring for their child.