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.

 


 

Advocates:

 


 

ADD and ADHD

 


 

Allergies

 


 

Art Therapy

  • Johanna Mabry – specializes in autism – LMSW, MEd, ATR 734-657-8978 Jomabry@yahoo.com
  • Susan Menard

 


 

Assistive Technology

 


 

Attorneys

See Lawyers

 


 

Autism

 


 

Behavioral Issues

 


 

Blindness and Visual Impairment

 


 

Brain Injury

 


 

Camp – for kids with special needs

 


 

Celiac & Gluten-Free

 


 

Cerebral Palsy

 


 

Counseling

 


 

Deafness and Hearing Impairment

 


 

Dentists (and Orthodontists) – local, for kids with special needs

 


 

Developmental Pediatricians

 


 

Developmental Disabilities

 


 

Diabetes

 


 

Down Syndrome

 


 

Dyslexia

 


 

Early Childhood / Infancy / Preschool

 


 

Epilepsy

 


 

Evaluations

– 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

 


 

Lawyers

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

 


 

Learning Disabilities

 


 

Mental Health / Mental Illness

 


 

Muscular Dystrophy

 


 

Neurologists

  • Martha Carlson at Pediatric Neurology at U of M – 734-936-4179
  • Several parents recommended Dr. Leber at U of M. They said that he listens especially well to their input.

 


 

Occupational Therapy

 


 

Parenting Classes

  • Local parent Melanie Sobocinski offers a class for parents of challenging children, with or without a diagnosis. More information is at at sanityschool.com/a2 or melanie@proforganizer.com, 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.

 


 

Pediatricians

  • A parent said that Dr. Jessica Fealy at Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults is fantastic with her kids, including one with significant special needs.
  • A parent said that Dr. Frei at IHA takes into account a child’s sensory issues and makes sure the child is comfortable and healthy.
  • A parent said that Dr. Langlois at U of M in Canton is compassionate, soft-spoken, listens well, gives parents the facts and lets the parents decide, and has identified medical issues.
  • A parent said that Dr. Beth Barclay at Liberty Pediatrics is thoughtful and gentle with all of her kids, and the whole staff there remembers her child’s sensory needs. If you call with a question, they have several nurses there who are absolutely amazing!

 


 

Physical Therapy

 


 

Psychiatrists

  • Community Mental Health, if your child has Medicaid or the Medicaid Waiver
  • Eva Olson – (734) 332-3976
  • University Center For the Child and Family
  • Cruz Clinic in Livonia – one parent says it is worth the drive
  • Jennifer Jenks – may not be taking new patients
  • Pamela Sohoni
  • Norman Alessi – does not take insurance; will get to know your child and make frequent changes to get things to work well. (Dr. Alessi was hugely helpful with finding meds to reduce extreme aggression in our webmaster’s child.) (734) 222-6222
  • Charlotte Harrington is a new therapist at Still Waters Counseling in Ann Arbor – (517) 266-8500. Several parents recommended her.

 


 

Recreation Therapy

 


 

Social Skills Groups

 


 

Siblings of kids with special needs

  • The Arc in Livingston County has a Sibshop support group

 


 

Testing and Evaluations

 


 

Therapy

 


 

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 August 29, 2020