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!

AAPS – Ann Arbor Public Schools


Advocacy / Mediation / Dispute Resolution

Also see our list of advocates, below.








Art Therapy

  • Johanna Mabry – specializes in autism – LMSW, MEd, ATR 734-657-8978
  • Susan Menard


Assistive Technology



See Lawyers




Behavioral Issues


Blindness and Visual Impairment


Brain Injury


Camp – for kids with special needs


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




Deafness and Hearing Impairment


Dentists – local, for kids with special needs


Developmental Disabilities




Down Syndrome



  • Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southeastern Michigan – Facebook and website


Early Childhood / Infancy / Preschool





– Places to have a child evaluated. Some do a neuropsych evaluation:


Fetal Alcohol


Financing a Disability

  • The Children’s Special Healthcare Services program (CSHCS) – provides a variety of assistance to families with a child with any of 2,700 physical conditions. Pays for healthcare, provides information, and can connect parents with each other.
  • The Medicaid waiver provides home and community services such as childcare and other services to a limited number of children around the state, chosen by prioritizing which families have the largest needs for the service.
  • Make A Wish, Michigan – grants wishes to children with critical illnesses
  • 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.
  • 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.


Individualized Education Plan (IEP)


Inclusion and Empowerment


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
  • Homegrown Community is a local group that is working on creating a community where adults with special needs can live.


Laws and Rights



– for drawing up special needs trusts, guardianship, etc.:


Learning Disabilities


Mental Health / Mental Illness


Muscular Dystrophy


Parenting Classes

  • Local parent Melanie Sobocinski offers a class for parents of challenging children, with or without a diagnosis. More information is at at or, 734-272-7905. The plan is to to offer the live class 2-3 times per year, or more often upon request. A flyer is posted here.


Physical Therapy




Recreation Therapy


Social Skills Groups


Testing and Evaluations




Toilet Training


Tourette’s Syndrome


Transition to Adulthood / Turning 18


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.


Other Topics

Last updated November 21, 2019