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.
The mission of Jasmynn's Voice is to give iPads as an AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) device to those who have autism and struggle with language deficits/delays.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
Works through education, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.
Promotes inclusion for all by breaking down barriers and opening paths towards independence and personal choice through resources, advocacy, information, support, and education.
An independent, private, nonprofit, nonpartisan protection and advocacy organization authorized by Federal and State law to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan.
From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
A statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education.
Provides mediation, facilitation and training services for working through disagreements so that children with disabilities promptly receive the services they need to develop and succeed in school.
Dedicated to providing quality services and support intended to strengthen the capacity of Oakland County public school districts.
Improving the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.
Downloadable resources with advice on the interactions between autistic people and policing, public safety, and criminal justice professionals.
Teens and Young Adults with Autism & Asperger Syndrome are invited to have fun and enjoy social and recreational events in Troy, Michigan.
Committed to improving the lives of all affected by autism across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.
Providing therapeutic, behavioral and support services that improve the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
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.
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.
Promotes understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD.
Provides innovative programs for teachers and programming for individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Wrightslaw : All about IEPs –by Sandra Webb O'Connor and Pamela Darr Wright
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition –by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Wrightslaw : The Special Education Survival Guide: from Emotions to Advocacy –by Pam Wright & Pete Wright
Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism –by Temple Grandin
Uniquely Human (A Different Way of Seeing Autism) –by Barry M. Prizant
The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism – by Ellen Sabin
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Cby Sonia Sotomayor
My Brother Sammy – by Becky Edwards
It’s Okay to be Different – by Todd Parr
All Children Have Different Eyes – by Edie A. Glaser
All My Stripes (A Story for Children With Autism) - by Shaina Rudolph
A Friend Like Simon: A Friend Like Simon (Special Stories Series) – by Kate Gaynot
Thank You, Mr. Falker Hardcover – by Patricia Polacco
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin – by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley
Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK! - by Clay Morton, Gail Morton
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship – by Jessica Kensky
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism – by Naoki Higashida
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism – by Naoki Higashida
Look Me in the Eye - by John Elder Robison
Rules (Scholastic Gold) Paperback – by Cynthia Lord
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism - by Ron Suskind
My Brother Otto - An Autism Awareness Book - by Meg Raby
Be a Friend - by Salina Yoon
We’re All Wonders - by R. J. Palacio
How to Build a Hug - by Amy Guglielmo
Ella Bella Just Can’t Tell Ya - by Hallie Sherman
My Brother Charlie - By Holly Robinson Peete
Arnie and his school tools – by Jennifer Veenendall
How Katie Got a Voice: (and a cool new nickname) - by Patricia Mervine
Views from our Shoes - by Donald Joseph Meyer and Cary Pillo
My Friend Isabelle - by Eliza Woloson
Meeting Mimi – by Francie Dolan
CAMPS AND CLASSES
Provides camps and programs for children with special needs.
Provides summer programs provide a behavior-based educational summer experience for ages 4 through adult.
Middle and high school youth who play instruments are part of a performing ensemble tailored to youth with special needs.
Offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through Adult.
Summer camp for individuals ages 5 - 25 with special needs.
Resource listing special needs camps in Michigan.
Resource listing special needs camps in Michigan.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
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.
Provides camps and programs for children with special needs.
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.
Focuses on educating medical providers, nurturing new parents, and fostering engagement among families with community events.
The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.
Your driving skills will be evaluated by one of our Occupational Therapists, Certified Driving Instructors and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists who have been board certified by Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED).
They can install a passenger side brake for practicing at home with students or when they have their permit.
Ask for Rachel, who has experience working with young adults and adults with disabilities.
Provides information, support, resources, referral and advocacy for children and youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.
Helping parents navigate the IEP process.
A non-profit organization providing an internet-based system of information and referral for parents and professionals seeking help for children from birth through transition to adult life.
The GSPC is dedicated to informing and shaping early childhood initiatives, and helping families raise children who are supported and prioritized.
Supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for youth and adults with special needs.
A Kid Again fosters hope, happiness and healing for families raising children with life-threatening conditions. They host year-round events to support these families while providing memories that will last a lifetime.!
Unique movie showings where they turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
Provides recreational, social, educational and vocational programming.
An art studio uniquely designed to offer people living with disabilities the opportunity to explore the visual arts in an inspiring and innovative environment.
Adaptive programs for sport and recreation.
This specialized programming offers those with physical, cognitive, developmental, or other acquired disabilities the chance to fully participate in their community, with focus on health, wellness, and recreation for all.
Through the Council for Exceptional Children. Need a current IEP. Up to $250.
Up to $250 every other year.
Recipients must have a primary diagnosis of Autism. Up to $250 available.
OUCARES offers their own scholarship on a first come, first served basis if you attend camps and programs there.
If you attend RARA Scamp you can earn up to $125 towards camp by volunteering, donating raffle items or participating in the bowling fundraiser. Contact Lyndsey for details.
The Family Center is fortunate to be granted privately supported funds through the Children’s with Special Needs Fund (CSN Fund) which supports unique services and projects for children with special health care needs that are not provided by state or federal funds.
Live Safe Academy, LLC is an approved Criminal Justice Training Provider by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Our experienced, dedicated staff consists of law enforcement officers, attorneys, military personnel, registered nurses, and professional educators and trainers. We specialize in real-world training that saves lives, including first aid, assault and crime prevention, unarmed self-defense and the use of personal protection devices.
The form will be flagged to alert responding police and fire to the special needs information you provided.
TRANSITIONS TO ADULTHOOD
A nonprofit organization providing housing and housing resources for people with disabilities.
Providing community-based services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seniors and those with chronic illness, that are living in the greater metropolitan area.
Develops customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.
Coordinates long-term supports for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly in Southeast Michigan.
Accessible Chef is a collection of free visual recipes and other resources to help teach cooking skills to individuals with disabilities at home
This document is intended to provide general guidance. Due to the complexity of the law, policies and guidance will continue to evolve. For specific information regarding the law, please refer to MCL 380.1278a and MCL 380.1278b.
The Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) is not a curriculum in the traditional sense - it is legislation that specifies all students awarded a diploma have demonstrated proficiency with the content outlined by the state academic standards, benchmarks or guidelines.
This resource guide helps parents of students with disabilities understand the obligations imposed under Section 504 by summarizing key requirements.