Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)


March Workshops, Resources, and Metro Area Events

This month, we are offering another PAC parent meeting in the evening on March 13th at 6:30 PM in the Board Conference Room at the Clarkston Community Schools Admin Bldg. Please RSVP through the event link in the newsletter OR by emailing us

Sparkle Awards will be March 26th at 6:00 PM at Clarkston Junior High School. The information sheet with nomination forms are attached again this month. Please nominate soon. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 5TH. We want to honor all of the amazing individuals that support our students in Clarkston. Let's celebrate our inclusive community of Clarkston!

RESOURCE SECTION: We have added several links for area agencies and resources. The gray rectangle "button" will take you to the website for the agency listed.

Find the Irish greeting - then you have read everything!


Clarkston PAC Families - Here is a message from our friends at Berkley Schools:

On Monday, March 4th, Berkley is hosting a resource fair specifically for students that have IEPs or 504s. While many community agencies will be there, we will also have representatives from several college disability offices to discuss alternatives to the traditional college experience.

We welcome students and families from other districts to attend this fair. Please share the attached flier as you see fit.

Resource Fair: Monday, March 4th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Berkley High School Gym

4th Annual Special Education Appreciation Evening (SPARKLE AWARDS)

Tuesday, March 26th, 6pm

6595 Waldon Road

Clarkston, MI



MORE QUESTIONS? No worries, contact Heather Roeser

SCAMP Applications begin on March 1st!

CLICK above to access the application on the website.


Resolving IEP Disagreements on 3/6/19 at Macomb ISD

Do you have a child with an IEP? Disagreements are bound to come up at some point in the IEP process. Resolving these issues without destroying the relationship is important. CLICK for more information and to register to attend 3/6/19 6:30-8:30 PM.

Mental Health 101/First Aid for Parents - FREE WORKSHOP

Oakland PAC Partnership in Action. Saturday Learning for Parents of Students with an IEP: Mental Health First Aid. March 16, 2019 8:30-4:30 PM.

3/26/19 6-7:30 PM: OUCARES - Addressing Emerging Sexuality in Children with ASD

March 26, 6:00-7:30 pm

Judson Center, 4410 W 13 Mile, Royal Oak

For parents, caregivers and professionals working with children with ASD.

Please RSVP: or 248-370-2424

IEP and Behavior 3/27/19, 6:30-8:30 PM at Macomb ISD

Does your child have challenging behaviors at school? Come learn about services provided through the IEP to teach and support positive behaviors at school. Bring your child’s IEP to this meeting! CLICK for more information and registration.

Let's Talk Transition 3/28/19 9AM-2:30 PM Troy Beaumont

Workshop will provide transition information, resources and tools to start planning for the future. Learn how high school classes and the school environment can help develop important skills and build pre-employment knowledge. CLICK for registration.

Let's Talk Transition

Join us for a day-long workshop to learn about making the transition to adulthood.


9:00AM - 2:30PM

opens at 8:30AM

Lunch provided.


Moceri Learning Center

Maibach Classrooms A & B

44201 Dequindre Road, Troy 48085

Park in northwest lot adjacent to the Moceri Learning Center entrance

Morning session with Sandee Koski from Michigan Alliance for Families

We will provide you with information, resources and tools to start planning for the future. Learn how high school classes and the school environment can help develop important skills and build pre-employment knowledge.

Afternoon session with Lisa Cook Gordon, Michigan Family Voices and & Terra Depew, CSHCS Transition Consultant

This workshop will give an overview of Medical Transition, including * Planning

and identifying future goals * Objectives and concerns for the future * Barriers to Medical Transition Participants will be provided with medical transition health

care skills checklists, coverage options, planning tools and resources

RSVP with Stephanie Nicholls by March 21, 2019
(248) 667-8567 or

Or online at

If it is after the deadline and you haven't registered, please call or email to check the

status of the event.

If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know one week before the workshop.

Rethinking Guardianship with Dohn Hoyle of The Arc MI

This workshop covers guardianship from a historical perspective, strangers as guardians, and alternatives to guardianship. TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019 10:00AM – 1:00PM Farmington Community Library. Click button above for registration information.


Clarkston PAC

Click to view our Facebook page and/or e-mail us! We want you to be a member of our community of parents! Share our posts with your FB friends and other FB groups - help us help other families with useful resources and upcoming events.

Mindful March 2019

Mindfulness is a popular term that has been integrated into our everyday language. Sure it sounds like a great idea.... But - how do we practice this trend in the midst of our never-ending list of responsibilities on a typical day? Factor in the emotional energy requirements of parent/caregiver, teacher, or support staff of a special needs child and mindfulness may not make the cut! Here are a few ideas to introduce this practice into your day (yes, practice - no need for Mastery here!). For more keys to happier living, head over to the website. You deserve to carve out a few minutes of the day for your own personal development.
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Clarkston PAC Parent Meeting

Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

Clarkston Community Schools Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road

Meeting located in the Board Conference Room. Join us for an informal discussion with Student Support Services leaders and fellow PAC parents. Light refreshments provided.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Autism Friendly Movies & Fun

WHO: Any child/teen/adult with special challenges that would make a regular movie experience challenging and of course their friends and family members.

WHAT: "Autism Friendly" Movies at Emagine Theater on the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of the month. Sensory friendly (Lights up a bit, Sound down a bit) with the ability to get up, move & make noise. Families with allergies can bring their own snacks.

WHEN: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30 am

WHERE: Select Emagine Theaters

WHY: Going to the movies is something every person should be able to do,

Benefits for Children with Disabilities

The Social Security Administration has updated the "Benefits for Children with Disabilities" pamphlet describing benefits available to eligible children with disabilities and how to apply, including SSI and SSDI. Click button above.

Easter Seals Michigan

Children and adults with disabilities and other special needs find proven, best-practice services designed to meet their individual needs at Easterseals Michigan. Click button above to explore their programs and locations.

Independence Township Therapeutic Recreation Activities

We are looking to add more exciting programs and events throughout the year, which we will announce in our newsletters. Join our mailing list! Call TR Coordinator, Sarah Deo, at (248) 625-8223, or email to be added.

Michigan Alliance for Families

Michigan Alliance for Families is a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative. Michigan Alliance for Families is our state's federally funded Parent Training and Information Center.

Macomb Oakland Regional Center (MORC)

MORC is a human services agency that coordinates long-term supports for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities and the elderly in Southeast Michigan. Our mission is to maximize human potential.

MSU Project Venture June 23-26, 2019

Michigan State University is accepting applications for Project Venture, a college transition program for high school students with disabilities ages 16-18. Project Venture offers students the chance to "try on" university life.

OU Cares Programs at Oakland University

"OUCARES provides innovative programs for teachers and programming for individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)."


Parents want the best for their children. At Understood, we do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

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Intelligent Lives Documentary

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March 21st 7:30 PM at AMC John R in Madison Heights

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

Film length: 70 minutes

Cost: $12 per person

To register visit:

Where: AMC John R in Madison Heights

When: March 21 at 7:30pm

What: The documentary "Intelligent Lives" follows three students with disabilities, including a student from Berkley, Michigan through-out their educational career and into adulthood.

Intelligent Lives theatrical trailer:

JCC Detroit

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Clarkston PAC Representatives

Robin Maloney: 248.698.3470

Rebel Molina: 248.766.5634

E-mail Clarkston PAC

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