Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

This month offers parent education opportunities on IEPs, behavior, mental health and trauma. Please check out the additional information for the Oakland PAC Parent Event on March 14th: "Trauma and Bullying" hosted by Oakland Schools. This is a unique learning opportunity to serve the needs of parents with child(ren) with an IEP.


Clarkston PAC Meeting: March 18th, 6:00 PM at the CCS Administration Building located at 6389 Clarkston Road. Join Kathy Christopher, Director of Student Support Services and your PAC representatives Rebel and Robin for a discussion on current Special Education topics and updates from Oakland Schools. RSVP in the event section.


NEW EVENTS ARE ADDED EACH MONTH - BE SURE TO KEEP SCROLLING (even if things look familiar).


NEW SECTION: WEBINARS! Michigan Alliance for Families offers further parent education opportunities on extended topics via their webinar series. Check out the Winter 2020 series in the "Webinar" section below.


Find the VALENTINE COOKIES - then you have read everything!

A FRIENDLY NOTE TO OUR MONTHLY READERSHIP

Each month we keep the standard local resource agencies near the end of the newsletter so you have information at your fingertips. The colored rectangle "button" will take you to the website for the agency listed.


Please feel free to contact your PAC representatives ANYTIME. We are happy to meet with you and connect you to support and resources for the journey of Special Education.

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CLARKSTON PAC IS ON FACEBOOK

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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.
Intelligent Lives Documentary

Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-intelligent-lives/

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE METRO AREA

UNIFIED BASKETBALL IN CLARKSTON!

Come on out and support the team. The games are played between the JV and Varsity games. We have a lot of talent on the team and are looking forward to an exciting season!

Here is the schedule for the remaining season:


Away vs. Lake Orion- February 4

Home vs. Troy Athens - February 11


Check out the Twitter account: @CHSunifiedbball

Michigan Family Summit & Resource Fair - March 17th and 18th


The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is hosting a Michigan Family Summit and Resource Fair, "Planning for a Good Life for your Family Member," March 17-18, 2020 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Several workshops are being offered including: Charting the Course to a Good Life, Supported Decision Making, IEP Planning, Sexuality Education for individuals with developmental disabilities, Benefits Planning, Future Planning, and Assistive Technology.


Overnight accommodations, travel and childcare reimbursement are available for families of children with I/DD and individuals with I/DD. Registration Deadline is March 2nd.



CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO REGISTER: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V6ZSQN5


Download the flyer below for further details.

Clarkston PAC Meeting

Wednesday, March 18th, 6pm

6389 Clarkston Road

Clarkston, MI

Discussion with Kathy Christopher, Director of Student Support Services and PAC representatives Rebel and Robin. We will be sharing information from Oakland Schools and chatting about current Special Education topics.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

SPARKLE AWARDS: MARCH 25, 2020 at 6 PM

5th Annual Special Education Appreciation Evening

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6pm at

Clarkston Junior High School Auditorium


Download information form below. Also, forms available at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KHGbTP8ild---6pZFFKYhhwWA6tf8xkM

Clarkston SCAMP!

See below for SCAMP dates for Summer 2020. Applications open March 1st.


PLEASE NOTE: SCAMP has been moved to Sashabaw Middle School for the Summer 2020 session.

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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.

http://www.centriaautism.com/events

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

2/25/2020 Novi: Understanding IEPs

This workshop will help you better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students who receive special education services. Our goal is to help you understand how the IEP components work together. Click button above for flyer.

2/27/20 Troy: Youth Mental Health & Trauma

Join us to learn how mental health challenges and trauma can affect children and youth in the school setting and examine strategies and supports that can help them to be more successful. February 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 12 NOON (click button for flyer)

2/28/2020 Flint: Behavior is Communication

With Sally Burton-Hoyle, Ed.D, Eastern Michigan University Professor, Department of Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 5:00PM – 7:30PM ERWIN L. DAVIS EDUCATION CENTER 2413 West Maple Avenue Flint, MI 48507

3/4/2020 10A-12N in Waterford: A Future with Employment

Work is possible for all people regardless of disability. Join us to discuss questions families may have, and to connect with the resources families need to begin advocating for competitive employment. 501 North Cass Lake, Room 105 Waterford, MI

Trauma & Bullying: March 14th 9 AM - 1 PM

Dr. Julie McDaniel, Consultant at Oakland Schools, will respond to your questions and concerns. She will share about trauma and bullying for students with IEPs. Also featuring Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Consultant at Oakland Schools. CLICK ABOVE for flyer.

Info & Registration Link for March 14th Trauma Event

CLICK HERE to see more information about Trauma & Bullying on 3/14/2020 and to register for the event on the Smore page.

3/18/2020: Career Readiness Expo at Oakland Schools

Wednesday, March 18th from 6-8 PM at Oakland Schools 2111 Pontiac Lake Road Waterford 48328. Further information at 248-209-2516 or CFE@oakland.k12.mi.us Download Flyer Below

5/14/2020: Conflict Management in Special Education

When planning for children with special needs, it is crucial that IEP team meetings go well. This highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP team effectively manage conflict prior to, during and after IEP meetings.

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Friendly February 2020

February - the mention of it brings back memories of the childhood tradition of valentine card exhange, candy hearts, and those "valentine mailboxes" made out of a tissue box. This month's Happiness Calendar offers a reframing of Valentine's Day to reach beyond L-O-V-E and include friendliness. As a parent, caregiver, or staff serving individuals with disabilities you demonstrate friendliness and love each day through your care and work that is focused on others. The calendar below offers ideas to add another element of friendliness to your daily actions.

For more keys to happier living, head over to the http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ website.
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RESOURCES

2019 Early On Resource Guide

Early On Oakland publishes a comprehensive resource guide each year. This is a valuable tool as families navigate all of the services available for their children.


Follow these steps to access the 2019 guide:

1.Click the link below to arrive at the Student Support Services webpage:

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/departments/student-support-services

2.Scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Parent Resources Section"

3.Click on "Early On Oakland Community Resource Guide"

4.Click the link for "Community Resource Guide" to preview or download the guide.


Questions or problems accessing the guide? No worries, contact one of your Clarkston PAC representatives for further assistance.


Rebel Molina: mailto:rjm4087@gmail.com

Robin Maloney: mailto:robin.maloney40@gmail.com

A2IDEAS

To support individuals with disabilities and their families through advocacy, ensuring greater access to inclusion opportunities in education and fostering development of self-determination.

The ARC of Oakland County

The Arc of Oakland County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities.

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."

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.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy App

K-12 Education. Explore the app. An app for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing attending IEP meetings, 504 meetings, or other meetings.

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.

Friendship Circle

About Friendship Circle: Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization affiliated with Lubavitch of Michigan. Our goal is to provide every individual with special needs the support friendship and inclusion that they deserve.

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.

Oakland County Moms - Special Needs Event Calendar

Metro Detroit Special Needs Events Calendar – Special needs events calendar for Metro Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan. Events, activities, things to do for individuals with special needs.

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)."

Totally Social ASD

Totally Social ASD services individuals with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome.

Understood.Org

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.

Clarkston PAC Representatives


Robin Maloney: 248.698.3470

mailto:robin.maloney40@gmail.com


Rebel Molina: 248.766.5634

mailto:rjm4087@gmail.com


E-mail Clarkston PAC

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