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
- ADD and ADHD
- Assistive Technology
- Behavioral Issues
- Blindness and Visual Impairment
- Brain Injury
- Camp – for kids with special needs
- Celiac & Gluten-Free
- Cerebral Palsy
- Deafness and Hearing Impairment
- Developmental Disabilities
- Down Syndrome
- Early Childhood / Infancy / Preschool
- Emotional Disorders
- Fetal Alcohol
- Inclusion and Empowerment
- Independent Living
- Laws and Rights
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health / Mental Illness
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Testing and Evaluations
- Transition to Adulthood
- WISD – Washtenaw Intermediate School District
- Other Topics
AAPAC – that is, us!
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
- A2IDEAS (Ann Arbor Individual Disability Education Advocacy Services) – Heather Eckner heather@a2ideasorg and Patricia Memmott email@example.com
- Marcie Lipsitt – 248-514-2101 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) has a member directory. www.copaa.org/search/default.asp?
- Wrightslaw has a “Yellow Pages for Kids” resource listing by state. Here’s the one for Michigan: www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/mi.htm
- The Michigan Alliance for Families www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org | 1-800-552-4821 | email@example.com . They have parent mentors and tons of information available on their website.
- Debora Blake at ACCESS Education Advocacy – 1-888-834-4340 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Advocacy Center of Michigan, Ypsi, 734-482-0489 email@example.com
- Holly A. Brommer – 586-707-9033 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy, but they are usually very overloaded, so probably not open to an emergency or quick availabilty. 734-662-1256
- Christine Rans – email@example.com or 810-923-5620 – www.totallysocialasd.com/about-uscontact-us.html (scroll down to find her)
- For legal representation, Charlotte Garry Carne – firstname.lastname@example.org – 734-545-4858 – www.facebook.com/annarboradvocate
- Marcy Epstein at Ann Arbor Educational Associates – annarboreducationa.wixsite.com/home – or send a text to (734) 972-6272 – email@example.com
- Attorney Laura Athens lathenslaw.com
- Also see our list of More advocates
ADD and ADHD
ArborKidsAllergies – an e-mail list for families of local kids with allergies to connect with each other
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
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
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
Deafness and Hearing Impairment
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
U of M Pediatric Diabetes – has a list of local supports
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
Center for Neuropsychology Learning and Development – Dr. Roger Lauer’s practice
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: www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm
Inclusion and Empowerment
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
Mental Health / Mental Illness
Testing and Evaluations
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
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
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