Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)


February Workshops and Metro Area Events

Apologies to everyone for the PAC meeting cancellation in January. The weather dictated our schedules and likely delivered some cabin fever to a few households. This month, we are offering another PAC parent meeting in the evening on February 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

February has many learning opportunities for parents of children with an IEP. You will see a preview of a few workshops coming along in March. Also, a few different venues for documentaries related to disabilities as well as information about TEAM GUTS - a local fitness program designed for the special needs community.

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. We want to honor all of the amazing individuals that support our students in Clarkston. Let's celebrate our inclusive community of Clarkston!

Find the roses - then you have read everything!

Parent Survey

Big thanks to those of you who have completed our parent survey. If you have not completed it yet, please take a few minutes to give us some feedback and ideas for your needs. I promise it is short. We want to serve YOU!

Education Needs Related to Mental Health & Trauma

Michigan Alliance for Families is hosting a workshop on Supporting the Educational Needs of Students with Mental Health Challenges or Trauma. February 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Macomb ISD. Click for more information on registration.

IEP workshop 2/11/19 from 10 AM - 1 PM in Hartland.

This workshop provides a better understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students who receive special education services. Ideal for parents, school staff, or anyone working with a student with disabilities/learning challenges.

Addressing Emerging Sexuality in Children with ASD; TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12TH from 6:00-7:30 PM at Judson Center

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event

Addressing Emerging Sexuality in Children with ASD

For Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with Children with ASD

Not Intended for Children

Presented by Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D., BCBA-Doctoral

Associate Professor, Human Development & Child Studies

The human body experiences biological, social and emotional changes regardless of disability or ability. Sexual awareness is normal. Sexual feelings are normal. Talking about sex, teaching about sex, and making informed decisions about sex are difficult topics for parents and educators. Please join us as we discuss: Who are Adolescents? Challenges in Puberty, Multi-Dimensional Changes, Issues of Gender and Adolescence, Young Girls and Menstruation, Young Boys and Body Changes, Sexuality. This presentation is designed for parents, educators, and other professionals working with youth, specifically children 12 and under, on the Autism Spectrum. No Cost to Attend. Please RSVP by emailing or call 248-370-2424.


Judson Center

4410 W. 13 Mile Rd.

Royal Oak , MI 48073 Map & Directions

The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit Opening the Doors Program

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IEP and Behavior in Clinton Twp 2/13/19 6:30-8:30 PM

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 above to view flyer and read further details.

Conflict Management in Special Education 2/27/19

This FREE workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP team effectively manage conflict related to IEP meetings. It is ideal for any school staff working in special education, parent, or support person who is involved in the IEP process.


Getting Ready for Kindergarten and Beyond

With Clare Brick


6:00PM - 8:00PM

and pizza at 5:30PM


Main Auditorium

40900 Romeo Plank Road

Clinton Township, Michigan 48038

This workshop is for families with young children (birth through age six) who are thinking about the transition to kindergarten.

* How can I best include my child's strengths and needs in the IEP?

* How do I build a communication plan with my child's teacher?

* What kinds of supports and services are possible in kindergarten?

* Where will my child go to school?

RSVP with Donesa Crivella by February 20th 2019

586-469-1600 ext. 121 or

Register online

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.


Clarkston PAC

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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.

Friendly February 2019

Friends - we all need them and this type of social support can be vital to the parent/caregiver of a special needs child. It's easy to put our own socialization on the back burner as we work to support the daily needs of our students. Come join us at the February PAC meeting on Wednesday the 13th at 6:30 PM (Clarkston Admin Bldg) to make some new friends! For more keys to happier living, head over to the website. You deserve to have your own set of personal friendships and buddies beyond your student.
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Clarkston PAC Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 6:30-8pm

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.

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.

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:

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.

4th Annual Special Education Appreciation Evening (SPARKLE AWARDS)

Tuesday, March 26th, 6pm

6595 Waldon Road

Clarkston, MI



MORE QUESTIONS? No worries, contact Heather Roeser

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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.

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)."

Clarkston PAC Representatives

Robin Maloney: 248.698.3470

Rebel Molina: 248.766.5634

E-mail Clarkston PAC

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