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ASPPIRE

808 W Lake Lansing Rd. Ste. 101, East Lansing MI 48911

989-272-2977

Counties Served:
Ingham


ASPPIRE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating in the greater Lansing (Michigan) area. In 2008, ASPPIRE started with one group and has now grown to have several groups in the Lansing area as well as one in Plainwell at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute. ASPPIRE is committed to providing needed services for individuals with social and/or cognitive challenges.


Blue Water Center for Independent Living

1042 Griswold Ste. 2, Port Huron MI 48060

810-987-9337

Counties Served:
Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair


Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills, Peer Supports, Advocacy, and Transition; Project Home (Supportive Services to Veterans & Families SSVF); Nursing Facility Transition (NFT); In-school transition programs; Youth Opportunities Unlimited - GED prep program (St. Clair Co. only, does not require a disability); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG housing assistance) (Lapeer, Tuscola, Sanilac and Lapeer Counties); Cooking class (St. Clair Co. only)


Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 East Eighth Street, Traverse City MI 49686

231.922.0903

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


At Disability Network, it’s in our power to change everything, from individual lives to the wider community. We help people with disabilities and their families lead more productive lives in Northern Lower Michigan. But our efforts don’t just benefit them. They help everyone, with or without disabilities, who lives in, works in, or passes through our community. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, we’ve been serving people with disabilities, their families, and the Northern Lower Michigan community since 2002. Our staff provides information, assistance, and support to people of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities. We also work on a larger scale, helping governments, businesses, and other organizations make changes that improve life for everyone in the community.


Healing Complex Kids

P.O. Box 71201, Rochester MI 48307

248-370-8040

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


Healing Complex Kids provides hope and healing to families that are trying to recover their complex (special needs) children from their diagnosis. We believe that recovery is possible! We provide hope in the form of awareness. We want parents, teachers, therapists, and medical practitioners to know that it is possible to greatly improve the cognitive and social abilities of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, FASD, PANDAS, sensory issues, anxiety and depression, learning issues, and other developmental disabilities. We provide healing in the form of education. Through our web site, our social networks, and events we host or sponsor, we present solutions to help complex children recover. We have a strong dedication and interest in helping all families that struggle with finding the resources they need to maintain family stability. Our on-going and long-term mission is to provide families with the resources they need in the form of education, awareness, and interventions so they and their children can have the best family experience possible and help children grow up in healthy, loving families.


Live Better With Disability

2017 Chesaning Dr., Grand Rapids MI 49506

6165580138

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


Disability doesn't just affect your child--it affects your family, marriage and you personally. Live Better With Disability is an online support and membership site that focuses on creating real-life, positive perspective and strategy so you can thrive and grow as you navigate the challenges of special needs. Don't just live with disability, live better!


Michigan Dyslexia Institute

532 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing MI 48912

517-485-4000

Counties Served:
All/Statewide, Emmet, Genesee, Oakland, St. Clair


Dyslexia is an invisible problem with language that is present at birth and continues throughout life for those with it. Without recognition and appropriate instruction, children with dyslexia will struggle with, or fail to read and write; this is in spite of their average or in many cases, above average intelligence. Dyslexics by-and-large are very creative and possess excellent thinking ability, but without specialized training and the necessary time to work with them, our schools cannot solve the problem. MDI has been successfully teaching children with dyslexia for over 33 years. Providing remedial and preventative instruction, we have helped thousands of children with dyslexia realize their true potential.


Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center

2364 Woodlake Drive, Suite 180, Okemos MI 48864

517-324-7396

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


The Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center provides resources, information and education for children and youth with special health care needs, the families who love them and the professionals who support them. We work to ensure that all Michigan families of children or youth with any kind of disability or special health care need are empowered with the knowledge and assistance they require to make informed decisions that support their child or youth's health and development, through advocating the value and power of partnerships between families, healthcare professionals, lawmakers and the community-at-large.


Parent Leadership in State Government

2364 Woodlake Drive, Okemos MI 48864

517-324-8391

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


The Parent Leadership in State Government Initiative (PLISG) is a joint partnership between the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Department of Human Services and The Children's Trust Fund. The PLISG Initiative provides training and support to parents in using their voice to impact program planning and policy development. Parents attend a two-day training where they learn to be leaders and take an active role in the programs which impact their families. Following the training, a Parent Mentor works with training alumni to help parents locate opportunities for involvement and connect them with local, regional, and state level advisory boards.


Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Michigan

310 Broad St., Michigan Center MI 49254

517-764-2483

Counties Served:
All/Statewide


PWSA-MI is a Michigan Chapter. We work under the support of PWSAUSA the National Organization. We give families information and support to handle the problems associated with PWS.


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Resources


Ann Arbor Academy
Ann Arbor Academy is a private, co-educational day school for students with learning differences in grades four through twelve. They are dedicated to helping students, particularly those with AD/HD, autism spectrum disorder, and language based learning disabilities build a foundation for academic and social success. The college preparatory curriculum and supportive social setting help to prepare students for the demands of higher education and the workplace. Ann Arbor Academy's strengths based approach provides an ideal environment for students to build academic skills, self confidence, and the foundation for life long learning.

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Eton Academy
Educates students with reading, attention & other learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing, reading deficiencies, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning differences, and dysgraphia. Also offers a theme based summer camp program for students from any school with learning challenges

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Family 2 Family Newsletter
Family to Family Michigan Update Summer 2014

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN
  • Professionals who work with CYSHCN
  • Policymakers

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Hear to Learn Resources for Parents and Professionals
The Utah State University Listening and Spoken Language program, Sound Beginnings, launched in 2007 to help children with hearing loss reach their potential for academic and life success. Since then, they have conducted multiple studies to better understand parent experiences and professional practices. They have also begun translating what they and others have learned into user friendly materials for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who care for and work with them. The Hear to Learn website was developed to house these resources, bring people together, and foster a community of learning. They have had the opportunity to work with many individuals - students, parents and other professionals, passionate in their desire to help children succeed. Many of whom are acknowledged by name on resources, materials, and publications.

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN
  • Professionals who work with CYSHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Leaders in Policy Advocacy
Leaders in Policy Advocacy is a leadership development program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The projects trains and supports participants to become leaders in the disability rights movement. A new series of classes is being offered this fall.

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a training course offered through local community mental health agencies in Michigan to provide individuals with the basic tools to help others in a mental health crisis situation or who have developing mental health issues.

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Professionals who work with CYSHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Michigan Department of Education Parent Engagement Toolkit
The Michigan Department of Education Offices have developed the "Collaborating For Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit; a comprehensive, research-based resource that includes pertinent and practical information, proven strategies and tools to assist you in enhancing your parent engagement efforts and/or providing a simple yet powerful guide to jump start your program. We encourage you to take full advantage of this excellent resource.Download the Entire "Collaborating For Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury Online Training
This free online training is offered to anyone who is interested in learning more about traumatic brain injury.

Target Audience:
  • Families of CYSHCN
  • Youth with SHCN
  • Professionals who work with CYSHCN

Submitted By:
Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center
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