RESOURCES

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.

AAC

Jasmynn's Voice

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.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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.

ADHD

CHADD

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

ADVOCACY

The Arc of Oakland County

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.

Disability Network

Promotes inclusion for all by breaking down barriers and opening paths towards independence and personal choice through resources, advocacy, information, support, and education.

Disability Rights Michigan (formally MPAS)

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.

Easterseals

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.

Michigan Alliance for Families

A statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education. 

Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS)

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.

Oakland Schools Parent Advisory Committee

Dedicated to providing quality services and support intended to strengthen the capacity of Oakland County public school districts.

Wrightslaw Michigan Yellow Pages for Kids

A directory containing different state resources.

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).

BOOK RECOMENDATIONS

ADULT:

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

STUDENT:

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

Friendship Circle

Provides camps and programs for children with special needs.

Judson Center

Provides summer programs provide a behavior-based educational summer experience for ages 4 through adult.

NoteABLE Youth Ensemble

Middle and high school youth who play instruments are part of a performing ensemble tailored to youth with special needs.

OUCARES

Offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through Adult.

SCAMP

Summer camp for individuals ages 5 - 25 with special needs.

Very Special Camps

Resource listing special needs camps in Michigan.

YMCA

Resource listing special needs camps in Michigan.

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.

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.

DRIVER'S EDUCATION

A & A Driving School

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).

Gresham Driving Aids

They can install a passenger side brake for practicing at home with students or when they have their permit.

Official Driving School

Ask for Rachel, who has experience working with young adults and adults with disabilities.

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.

PARENT SUPPORT

A Day In Our Shoes

Helping parents navigate the IEP process.

Bridges4Kids

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.

Great Start Collaborative Oakland

The GSPC is dedicated to informing and shaping early childhood initiatives, and helping families raise children who are supported and prioritized.

Parents Helping Parents 

Supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for youth and adults with special needs.

RECREATION

A Kid Again

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.!

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

Unique movie showings where they turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

The Friendship Circle

Provides recreational, social, educational and vocational programming. 

Paint A Miracle

An art studio uniquely designed to offer people living with disabilities the opportunity to explore the visual arts in an inspiring and innovative environment.

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority - Adaptive Programs

Adaptive programs for sport and recreation.

Troy Recreation Authority - Adaptive & ADA Accommodations

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

CEC Scholarship

Through the Council for Exceptional Children. Need a current IEP. Up to $250.

Children's Special Health Care

Up to $250 every other year.

Jack’s Place

Recipients must have a primary diagnosis of Autism. Up to $250 available.

OUCARES

OUCARES offers their own scholarship on a first come, first served basis if you attend camps and programs there.

RARA

 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 for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Conference Scholarship

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.

SAFETY

Life Safe Academy

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.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office Special Needs Alert Form

The form will be flagged to alert responding police and fire to the special needs information you provided.

TRANSITIONS TO ADULTHOOD

Community Housing Network

A nonprofit organization providing housing and housing resources for people with disabilities. 

Community Living Services

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.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Develops customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.

Macomb Oakland Regional Center

Coordinates long-term supports for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly in Southeast Michigan.

Accessible Chef

Accessible Chef is a collection of free visual recipes and other resources to help teach cooking skills to individuals with disabilities at home

Michigan Merit Curriculum- High School Graduation Requirements

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.

Michigan Department of Education - Michigan Merit Curriculum

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.

504

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

This resource guide helps parents of students with disabilities understand the obligations imposed under Section 504 by summarizing key requirements.