Please visit the Ingham ISD Parent Advisory Committee Resources webpage for more resources you may find useful while navigating the world of special education.

Able Eyes

Video DocumentAbout Able Eyes

The mission of Able Eyes is to provide visual, state of the art experiences/teaching tools to children and adults with disabilities. Able Eyes provides a user friendly platform to teach skills, and explore environments from several different perspectives. Our ultimate goal is to make businesses and public venues more accessible for people of all abilities by offering video tours, making them “Able Eyes Accessible.”

Contact: Meegan Winters, Co-Founder/CEO, 517.819.7284

ASPPIRE

ASPPIRE is a welcoming community providing collaborative supports, services, and programs for adults with social challenges and disabilities.

Contact: Maria Peak, Director, 989.272.2977

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: Autism Alliance of Michigan

We are leading collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

Autism Society of Michigan

Provides educational resources and materials, workshops, seminars and other services for individuals and families living with autism in Michigan. The Autism Society Of Michigan creates opportunities for families of autism spectrum disorders to network, share information, and offer support.

Balance MI-Skills

Video DocumentBalance MI-Skills, LLC Video Overview

Communication, employment, soft, and social skills learning opportunities for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as autism, ADHD, learning delays, co-existing conditions, and others seeking to improve interpersonal and soft skills for employment.

Contact:

Capital Area District Libraries

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: Capital Area District Libraries

Capital Area District Libraries are dedicated to empowering our diverse communities to learn, imagine and connect.  

Capital Area Down Syndrome Association

The Capital Area Down Syndrome Association (CADSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 55-0821583) that supports people with Down syndrome and their families in the Mid-Michigan area by providing resources, education, advocacy, and awareness. Our objective is to enhance the lives of people living with Down syndrome so they can reach their potential and be valued members of our community.

Cerebral Palsy Resources in South Central Michigan

A list has been compiled of cerebral palsy resources for residents who live in South Central Michigan. We encourage residents with cerebral palsy to contact nearby cities and communities for services, programs, and medical facilities that serve their unique needs.

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices

Video DocumentSpecial Needs Planning

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices serves clients across Michigan with eight convenient offices located in East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Battle Creek, Southfield, Midland, Saginaw, and Ann Arbor with offering practice in estate planning, will and trust contests, guardianship, elder law, special needs, Medicaid planning, estate and trust administration and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. 

Contact: Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, 517.332.3800

Children with Special Needs Fund

The Children with Special Needs Fund provides support for children in Michigan with special health care needs not available through any other funding source. The Fund helps with the purchase of equipment and services that promote optimal health, mobility, and development, enhancing the lives of children and their families.

Dean Transportation

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: Dean Transportation

Dean is proud to be part of our community and connecting people with purpose for more than 50 years. It is our top priority to provide safe, reliable and positive experiences to the students we transport daily.

Disability Network Capital Area

Transforming thinking to improve the environment and quality of life for people with disabilities.

Contacts

  • Jean Harris, Youth Transition Program Manager, 517.999.7517
  • Phil Kozachik, Benefits Planner - Work Incentive Practitioner, 517.999.7529

Michigan Alliance for Families

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: Michigan Alliance for Families

Michigan Alliance for Families  is a statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education. We help facilitate parent involvement as a means of improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

Contact: Andrea Beachnau, Regional Parent Mentor, 517.492.5021

Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) believes in the capacity of people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and independence. BSBP provides training and other services that empower people to achieve their individual goals.

Contact: Rosemarie Van Ham, Rehabilitation Counselor, 517.643.2380

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission is to support people with developmental disabilities to achieve life dreams.

Contact: Mary Shehan-Boogard, 517.284.7288

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of the State of Michigan to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS services include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

Michigan State Police - Vulnerable or Impaired Persons (VIP) Program

In Michigan, MCL 722.774 and MCL 28.274 allow a parent/legal guardian/power of attorney of an individual with special needs to voluntarily provide the Vulnerable or Impaired Person’s (VIP’s) fingerprints and photograph for inclusion in a State of Michigan repository that can be used to assist in identifying the VIP should he/she become lost in the future or find him/herself in a situation in which he/she cannot identify him/herself.

Michigan State University Autism Lab

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: MSU Autism Lab

The MSU Autism Lab focuses on the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based, community-viable interventions for children with ASD and their families, with the goal of improving meaningful outcomes. 

Michigan State University Family School Community Connections Lab

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: MSU Family School Community Connections Lab

We are devoted to the promotion of meaningful, collaborative connections between families, schools, and their communities to support child and adolescent well-being and positive outcomes. A special emphasis is placed on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. 

Mid-Michigan Autism Association

Video DocumentMid-Michigan Autism Association

The Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA) is made up of local people working to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with developmental disability in Mid-Michigan. In 2008, the MMAA was started by a small group of parents and professionals who wanted to understand best treatment options and local resources for our kids with autism. Early on, we identified that the work we were doing applied to families living with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Thus the by line Autism Driven, not Autism Specific.

Official Driving School

At Official Driving School we believe that everyone should have access to quality instruction in order to pursue the dream of driving.  One of the first steps in learning to drive is deciding whether you are ready to drive.

Special Education Mediation Services

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction

Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS), formerly known as Michigan Special Education Mediation Program, provides mediation, facilitation and training services for working through disagreements so that children with disabilities promptly receive the services they need to develop and succeed in school. These services often help to avoid disputes or help resolve them early.

Contact: Cindy Van Neste, 517.819.5456

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project

The Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project is funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education to provide evidence-based training, technical assistance, and resources to educators in Michigan that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

U of M Health System: Your Child Development & Behavior Resources

Parenting is an adventure! The Your Child library was designed to provide parents with helpful information on common physical, mental and social health topics.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

We are a statewide network of vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals developing creative, customized solutions that meet the needs of individuals and business. We deliver individualized services that assist potential employees with differing abilities pursue and retain careers. We partner with business in employee development, business consulting and corporate relations. We are committed to building the workforce of tomorrow . . . today.

New Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Referrals

  • Justine Bond, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for all Ingham ISD service area schools.

Established Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

  • Justine Bond, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for students in grades 11 and 12 (East Lansing, Holt, Lansing Public Schools, and Secondary Learning Center)
  • Kathy Mantay, Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for students in grades 11 and 12 (Dansville, Haslett, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Public School Academies, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville, and Williamston)

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

  • Brian Townsel, Pre-ETS Counselor for Pre-ETS students (grades 9 and 10)

Peckham

Video DocumentPeckham School To Work and Youth Career Development
Video DocumentPeckham's Corporate Video

Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization, provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. Peckham provides people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and socio-economic challenges, a platform to demonstrate their ability, learn new skills, participate in work and enjoy the rewards of their success. Peckham provides opportunities so clients can experience meaningful employment growth.

Contact: Alyse Johnson Munishamaiah, LMSW, 517.492.8129

Children's Special Health Care Services - Ingham County Health Department

CSHCS is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, serving each county, This program provides services for children and some adults, with chronic medical conditions and special health care needs and costs.

Community Mental Health-CEI (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham)

Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) is a public agency serving people in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. 

Community Mental Health-CEI/Community Services for Developmentally Disabled - CSDD

The mission of CSDD is to promote and support ongoing choices and opportunities for children and adults and their families to be full and equal citizens in the community.

Ingham County Health Department - Immunizations

Video DocumentPersonal Introduction: Ingham County Health Department - Immunizations

Ingham County is an open, participatory government working to assure a safe, secure, healthy community where all individuals are enabled and encouraged to seek their highest potential.

Michigan Family to Family - Health Information Center

MI F2F is one of a network of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers around the country. We partner with many other agencies to serve the families of children with special health care needs in Michigan and the professionals who support them. Learn more about our focus here.

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

At Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, our mission is to create opportunities and transform lives. We strive to be the leader in maximizing access to innovative services with exceptional results. This is at the heart of what we do every single day. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults with neurological dysfunction.

Lansing Housing Commission

The Lansing Housing Commission is a Public Housing Agency that provides rental housing units and rental assistance to families. We strive toward a brighter future for our residents by providing them a quality standard of housing while making it affordable in their journey to become financially independent.

Contact: Kristine Ranger, Resident Engagement Specialist, 517.974.5697

Lansing Intentional Communities (LINCS)

Our mission is to integrate adults with autism and other developmental disabilities into their communities while maximizing their independence and positive outcomes.

Rainbow Homes

Rainbow Homes provides ecumenical Christian housing and services for adults with cognitive disabilities, where they may grow personally and spiritually to reach their God-given potential, all while being nurtured in a home-like Christian setting.

Ingham ISD Special Education Services

Video DocumentItinerant Services video

All students deserve to have the support they require to get the most out of their education. Whether they need adaptive equipment, audiology services or various therapies to help them be successful, Ingham ISD has a dedicated team ready to support them. Our School Psychologists and Social Workers also work with local districts and community partners to promote and support students’ academic and social success.

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Physical Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • School Social Work
  • Speech & Language Impaired
  • Visually Impaired

Ingham ISD Special Education Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

Ingham Intermediate School District offers programming for children, pre-k through fifth grade, who are eligible as a special education student with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The major focus of ASD programming is to assist in the development of a broad range of functional abilities through meaningful engagement within an intentional, structured learning environment. The ultimate goal is for students to return to their home school district. Instructional services are designed to meet the changing needs of students as they acquire and generalize skills. Program staff and parents work collaboratively to enhance the child's communication, social, behavioral, cognitive, and sensorimotor development with particular emphasis on areas of need.

Early Childhood Programs
 

Evergreen Program (Kindergarten - grade 8)

Video DocumentEvergreen Program video

The mission of the Evergreen Program is to provide a therapeutic setting with comprehensive, coordinated care and education for students grades K-8 with severe mental health issues that improves their social and academic outcomes for life functioning. The focus of the program is to assist in the development of a broad range of functional abilities through engagement within a structured and safe learning environment. Instructional services will be designed to meet the changing needs of students as they acquire and generalize skills. Program staff and the family collaborate to enhance the child's social/emotional, behavioral, communication, cognitive, and sensory-motor development with a particular emphasis on areas of need. 

Heartwood School (ages 3-26)

Video DocumentHeartwood School video

All students will achieve their greatest potential in a climate where there are high expectations.

Malcolm Williams School

Video DocumentMalcolm Williams School video

Malcolm Williams School is operated by Ingham Intermediate School District and provides the educational program for court adjudicated male youth placed in the Highfields residential program. This partnership between Ingham ISD and Highfields has been in existence since 1974, providing students the educational foundation to return to school programs in their respective communities.

Secondary Learning Center

Video DocumentSecondary Learning Center video

It is the mission of the Secondary Learning Center to provide a supportive educational alternative to adolescents with emotional/behavioral difficulties which have created barriers to learning. Our goal is for students to achieve reintegration to a local district program or fulfillment of graduation requirements, while modifying behavior and developing appropriate social interaction skills.

St. Vincent Home School

St. Vincent Home School is operated by Ingham Intermediate School District and provides the educational program for children placed in the Residential Treatment Program and Case Planning Program at St. Vincent Home for Children. St. Vincent Home School operates on the Ingham ISD school year calendar. The curricular focus is to provide instruction in the core academic areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Additionally, the program provides a stable school environment for children whose lives have been disrupted and strives to provide a smooth transition to future school placements.

Transition Programs and Services

Video DocumentProject SEARCH

Project SEARCH combines classroom instruction provided by Ingham Intermediate School District with a year-long unpaid internship at either Michigan State University or the State of Michigan. This combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace prepares interns to meet employer expectations. Participants gain experience in a variety of settings that will align to their interests, abilities and availability.

Video DocumentSchool to Work (S2W)

Students gain both classroom experience and practical experience in the School to Work program. In the classroom, they gain an understanding of workplace and expectations, behaviors, understand the use of math and money, explore career options and work with community agencies to better understand what supports are available. In addition, this program provides work-based learning and individual job coaching through our community partners. Our business partners are essential in providing real-life, work-based learning opportunities for students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Video DocumentSkills for Adult Independent Living (SAIL)

Each student has individual goals developed by a team and identified in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Educational activities focus on employment and job training, community involvement, mobility, safety, daily living skills, academics, health, recreation, leisure and social communication skills.

Ingham ISD partners with local businesses and organizations to expand student skills and provide job training through volunteer, nonpaid and/or paid positions. This further enhances the learning that happens in the classroom. The SAIL program also facilitates connections to agencies and community resources that can provide support services.

Capital Area Down Syndrome Association (CADSA)

The Capital Area Down Syndrome Association (CADSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 55-0821583) that supports people with Down syndrome and their families in the Mid-Michigan area by providing resources, education, advocacy, and awareness. Our objective is to enhance the lives of people living with Down syndrome so they can reach their potential and be valued members of our community.

Michigan Alliance for Families
 

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education 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. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.

Mid-Michigan Autism Association

The Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA) is made up of local people working to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with developmental disability in Mid-Michigan. In 2008, the MMAA was started by a small group of parents and professionals who wanted to understand best treatment options and local resources for our kids with autism. Early on, we identified that the work we were doing applied to families living with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Thus the by line Autism Driven, not Autism Specific.

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide (MDE)

Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning.

This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.

Capital Area College Access Network

Video DocumentFive College Tips and Tricks

To increase college and career readiness, participation and completion particularly among low-income, first generation college-going students, and students of color.

Contact: Michele Strasz, Executive Director, 517.203.5011

Graduation Alliance

Video DocumentHow Graduation Alliance Works with School Districts

Graduation Alliance partners with districts in Ingham County to provide an online education program with robust wraparound supports. The high school diploma program includes courses that help prepare students for college and career opportunities. The following districts have programs in place with Graduation Alliance: East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Mason, Okemos, and Williamston.

Contact: To learn more please call 888.615.6115

Lansing Community College - Center for Student Access

Support for students with disabilities at Lansing Community College

Michigan Career and Technical Institute

The Michigan Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) is an educational center for adults with disabilities in Michigan offering career assessment services that help students explore job options.

Contact: MCTI Admissions, 269.664.4461

Community Mental Health-Clinton, Eaton, Ingham

CMHA-CEI has formed many partnerships in the community of which resources are shared in hopes to help enrich the lives of the persons who receive services, and help family, friends. In addition these resources can be of help to educate, bring awareness, and reduce stigma.  

Equine Center for Learning at Beekman

The Equine Center For Learning at Beekman provides therapeutic horseback riding, natural horsemanship, horse camps, and specialized workshops for children and adults.

Contact: Julie Vruggink, Program Manager

LansingStrong

"Sports without Limits" LansingStrong is a team of athletes competing by Ability, NOT Disability at the Annual Michigan Victory Games held at Michigan State University (Third week in May)

Miracle League of Mid-Michigan

The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan is dedicated to helping children with physical and cognitive challenges to develop and achieve their fill potential cognitively, socially and physically by providing the opportunity for them to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league.

Special Olympics Michigan, Area 8 - Ingham & Eaton Counties

The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. The athletes achieve their dreams with the support of caring volunteers, coaches, family members and staff. Donations from Michigan citizens and businesses provide funding for the program.

American Printing House (APH)

The American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)

Giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.

National Federation of the Blind

You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Extensive resources for teachers and parents of students with visual impairments.