Helpful Links

AAPAC provides the list below as a resource, but does not endorse any organization or website.

Index of topics:


AAPAC – that is, us!

Our AAPAC Brochure
Our Facebook group
Our Yahoogroup


AAPS – Ann Arbor Public Schools

AAPS SISS Administrator Responsibility Chart 2017-18 – this shows who to contact to troubleshoot IEP/504 issues if you can’t resolve it with the school team/principal.
AAPS Special Education Handbook (from 2012)
WISD Compliance and Monitoring – has various documents available, including a blank copy of an AAPS IEP form. You probably receive a draft of your child’s IEP, but the document only includes what the team IS INCLUDING. This allows you to see what the entire document asks the team to consider at your convenience.


Advocacy / Mediation / Dispute Resolution

Also see our list of advocates, below.
Michigan Department of Education: Special Education Problem Solving Process
Michigan Protection and Advocacy, Inc – Special Education: An Advocate’s Manual
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS)
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (Ypsilanti)
The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC)
University of Michigan Law School Pediatric Advocacy Clinic
Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (WACA)
Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP)
iAdvocate — a free advocacy app for parents, families, and advocates





Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
Ann Arbor Area ADHD/ADD Meetup Support Group



ArborKidsAllergies – an e-mail list for families of local kids with allergies to connect with each other


Assistive Technology

Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) – now called Alt+Shift
Assistive Technology through Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Center on Technology and Disability
AAPS Assistive Technology Services
AAPS Assistive Technology Support
Assistive Technology at the Ann Arbor District Library



A2Faces – Ann Arbor Families for Autistic Children’s Education and Support – e-mail list for local parents of kids with autism
Ann Arbor Autism Foundation
Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)
Autism Collaborative Center-EMU
Autism Connections-Judson Center
Autism Society of Michigan
Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START)
START – autism training at WISD


Behavioral Issues

AAPS Behavior Intervention


Blindness and Visual Impairment

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MPVI)
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Michigan
Michigan Medicine – resources for the blind
Foundation Fighting Blindness – list of resources in the Eastern part of Michigan
State of Michigan outreach to provide services to people who are blind or visually impaired and its Parents’ Corner


Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association


Camp – for kids with special needs

Summer Camps and Resources Directory For Kids With Social, Learning, Physical or Other Differences (Ann Arbor area) (last updated April 2015)


Celiac & Gluten-Free

Gluten-Free Ann Arbor – the local support group is an e-mail list for people to connect with each other


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Resources in South Central Michigan (provided by Reiter & Walsh, PC, Detroit and Bloomfield Hills)


Deafness and Hearing Impairment

Deaf C.A.N.
Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH)
Michigan Deaf Association
Michigan School for the Deaf
Michigan Hands & Voices
State of Michigan outreach to provide services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and its Parents’ Corner
Washtenaw ISD Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Program


Developmental Disabilities

Friends of the Developmentally Disabled
Wayne State Developmental Disabilities Institute



U of M Pediatric Diabetes – has a list of local supports


Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Support Team (DSST)
Down Syndrome support groups in Michigan
Down Syndrome Guild of Southeastern Michigan


Early Childhood / Infancy / Preschool

Early On / Early Intervention of Washtenaw County
Preschool and Family Center – Ann Arbor Public Schools
Office of Special Education/Early Intervention Services (OSE/EIS)
State of Michigan – Early On
Free preschool and other early intervention resources in Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Preschool


Emotional Disorders

Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders (MACED)



Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
ArborEpilepsy – fledgling new local support group for people with epilepsy or their parents or caregivers.



Center for Neuropsychology Learning and Development – Dr. Roger Lauer’s practice


Fetal Alcohol

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic at Mott Hospital in Ann Arbor
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – State of Michigan
Fetal Alcohol Resources for Michigan



The Pop-Up IEP – Click on the quote to see good responses to statements you might hear made during an IEP meeting and support for your responses.
NICHCY: Developing Your Child’s IEP – Parent’s Guide from April 2009.
Resolving IEP Disputes – Click on the pop-up box to learn strategies to resolve disagreements, steps to take if you disagree with the school, and options you have if unable to resolve disputes.
Developing Your Child’s IEP – Click on the pop-up box to learn about IDEA requirements, see answers to your questions, find federal law or regulations that support these answers, and a list of additional resources.
Special Factors in IEPs – Find what special factors need to be considered by the IEP team, how the IEP must address these factors, and learn what the federal law and regulations require.
IEP Checklist: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized? – What Does it Take? When you answer the questions on this IEP Checklist, you will know if your child’s IEP is individualized, as the law requires.

See more IEP info at:


Inclusion and Empowerment

Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs – Promoting Inclusion and Empowerment
Including Samuel and later followup with Samuel


Independent Living

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living – nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of children, youth and adults with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.
Intentional Communities of Washtenaw (ICW) – Creating a future where individuals with disabilities can share the common bond of community living in a supportive, dignified and productive manner.
Saint Louis Center – a residential home for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Laws and Rights

IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions
Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)
Wrightslaw – Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA)
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)
Center for Parent Information & Resources


Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan
Washtenaw Learning Disabilities Association


Mental Health / Mental Illness

Michigan Mental Health Network – Washtenaw County
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Washtenaw County


Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Muscular Dystrophy clinic at U of M


Testing and Evaluations

Wrightslaw – Assessing Reading Difficulties and Disabilities



Building Bridges Therapy Center – wide range of therapies, assessment & diagnostic services, and specialty programs.
Spectrum Therapy Center Ann Arbor – treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other speech and language delays/disorders.
Judson Center – comprehensive services for children, adults, families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges.
Sunfield Center – autism, ADHD, and behavioral health.
Novel Responses – home-based therapy, natural environment training, and behavior analysis services.
A2 Therapy Works – speech, OT and feeding therapy.


Transition to Adulthood

Turning 18 with a Developmental Disability in Washtenaw County
AAPS Transition Services


WISD – Washtenaw Intermediate School District

WISD handles a variety of services for several school districts in southeastern Michigan. They provide certain special ed services for some counties, and offer resources and training.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD)
WISD Parent Advisory Committee
Washtenaw Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee Information Handbook


Other Topics

Center for Educational Networking
Council for Exceptional Children – a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards, and professional development.
Easter Seals of Michigan – works to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.
Grandparents as Parents (GAP)
Michigan Alliance for Families – information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) – foster care, adoption, child support, abuse & neglect, Healthy Michigan Plan, Vital Records, emergency preparedness, safe delivery of babies, safe sleep for babies, aging & adult services, behavioral health & developmental disability, crime victim services, help locate missing children.
Michigan Department of Education
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) – To improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.
United Way of SE Michigan – improving lives and empowering every family to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity and health — the cornerstones of a strong, equitable community.
Arborparents – large e-mail list for local parents to connect with each other.
State of Michigan Parent Dashboard for School Transparency – You can select for students with disabilities. Future phases of the Parent Dashboard will include new data not previously reported for schools. Proposed categories include early learning access; access to technology; services to students with disabilities and English learners; and extracurricular activities.

Last updated March 19, 2018