Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Michigan Grant Funded Initiatives

  • Alt+Shift collaborates with districts and buildings to create and sustain accessible educational environments that have a direct and positive impact on every student. The Alt+Shift also provides a Lending Library that contains assistive technology equipment and software that is available to Michigan’s PK-12 public schools for short-term use.

    Build Up Michigan helps parents and their children, ages 3 through 5, get additional educational support as they begin and continue to learn the skills needed to enter kindergarten. Build Up Michigan partners with the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education  to provide child find efforts through targeted outreach efforts.

    The Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) provides statewide information, support, and educational learning opportunities for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. MAF provides services to all families, with an emphasis on assisting families/students from underserved populations. The Michigan Alliance for Families is also Michigan’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center.

    Family Matters fact sheets explain special education laws and practices. The documents are easy to read and give links to more in-depth resources. Family Matters fact sheets are intended to enhance public understanding of Michigan’s special education system and are not a substitute for official laws and regulations. Family Matters is an outrea

    The Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) provides consultation, guidance, training, and resources to families and educational teams serving students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

    Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center (MiMTSS TAC) partners with ISDs and local member school districts throughout the state of Michigan to help implement and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) with proven practices that improve behavioral and academic outcomes for students.

    Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS) helps students by fostering cooperation and effective teamwork among those who plan their education. The overall goal is Working Together for Student Achievement in Michigan to help students, parents and educators make decisions that improve education outcomes. SEMS provides services including Mediation, Facilitation, and Training.

    The START Project provides evidence-based training, technical assistance, and coaching support, and resources to school-based teams in Michigan that support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). START is a statewide collaborative effort to make systems-level changes to improve the educational programming and quality of life for students with ASD.

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