BY DIAGNOSIS

Often as a parent of a child with special needs, we can feel alone and don’t know where to look for help. We start googling and aren’t sure that what we see is going to work out for our family's needs. The RCS PAC continually collects and shares resources that have helped us. Here are some resources which we have found helpful in advocating for our children. We hope they make this sometimes daunting task a little less chaotic for you too.

ADHD

CHADD

The leading non-profit national organization for children and adults with ADHD.

AUTISM

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Improving the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

Autism Risk Management

Downloadable resources with advice on the interactions between autistic people and policing, public safety, and criminal justice professionals.

Autism Friendship Club

Teens and Young Adults with Autism & Asperger Syndrome are invited to have fun and enjoy social and recreational events in Troy, Michigan.

Autism Society of America

Committed to improving the lives of all affected by autism across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.

Judson Center

Providing therapeutic, behavioral and support services that improve the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. 

Michigan Parent, Advocate & Attorney Coalition (MiPAAC)

The MiPAAC powered by Autism Alliance of Michigan is a newly statewide group focused on student-centered advocacy. MiPAAC aims to educate families of children with special education needs on specific topics relevant to their advocacy efforts.

Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA)

The Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA) is made up of local people working to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with developmental disability in Mid-Michigan.

Oakland University Center for Autism

Promotes understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD.

OUCares

Provides innovative programs for teachers and programming for individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Pediatric Audiology Links to Services

EHDI-PALS is a web-based searchable national directory. It helps families, healthcare professionals, and state public health organizations to find pediatric audiology expertise for children ages birth to five. The website provides information about childhood hearing to support families and professionals through the process of screening, diagnosis, and intervention.

Michigan Hands and Voices

Provides camps and programs for children with special needs.

Oakland Schools Deaf and Hard of Hearing Facebook Group

In order to be added into the group, families must first "follow" the general Oakland Schools Facebook group.

DOWN SYNDROME

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan

The DSG's mission is to provide support, resources, and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers with the aim of increasing educational and employment opportunities for them as well as increasing community awareness of their unlimited potential.

Families Exploring Down Syndrome

Focuses on educating medical providers, nurturing new parents, and fostering engagement among families with community events. 

National Down Syndrome Society

The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

MENTAL HEALTH

Association for Children’s Mental Health

Provides information, support, resources, referral and advocacy for children and youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.