Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

BACK TO SCHOOL NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER

Welcome back Clarkston PAC families, friends, students, and staff! We hope all of you have had a pleasant, relaxed summer. Everyone needs a break from the school year and all of the responsibilities that come with homework and after-school activities.


RESOURCE SECTION: There are several links for area agencies and resources. WE HAVE ADDED NEW BUTTONS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER - CHECK IT OUT! The gray rectangle "button" will take you to the website for the agency listed.


Stay tuned for a complete list of Clarkston PAC meetings for the 2019-2020 school year. Feel free to email us with ideas for topics or speakers. We really do want to hear from our families.


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.



Find the beach chairs - then you have read everything!

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Join Michigan Alliance for Families Parent Mentors for a series of FREE webinars for parents and caregivers preparing for the new school year.


All webinars take place on Thursdays. Each topic is presented twice, at noon and 7pm. Attend the entire series or just the ones that interest you most.


September 5 - Preparing for Your Next IEP Meeting with Debbie Rock and Genevieve Hecht

Get ready for your child's next IEP. Learn tips for what to expect for each section of the IEP, and tools for writing an effective parent input letter.

September 12 - Effective Advocacy and Communication Tips with Emilie Mullins and Stephanie Nicholls

Explore the skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, as well as tools to be a better communicator.

September 19 - Advocating for Inclusion with Clare Brick, Joyce Dearhamer, and Emilie Mullins

Hear from fellow parents about special education services and supports that are available to ensure that children with IEPs receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

September 26 - Do I Really Need an Advocate? with Kristen Columbus and Nicole Miller

A parent is their child's first and best advocate. But if things aren't working, who can you go to for help? We'll discuss concrete steps that can be done before needing to call an advocate. Learn the difference between a mentor and an advocate.

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TR THEATER CAMP - A FEW WORDS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP

Parks, Recreation, & Seniors partners with a wonderful company call 4th Wall Theatre Company.


4th Wall theatre Company, aims to empower people with special needs, every age, to break through the fourth wall, get on stage, and shine.


Learning about theatre through singing, dancing, and acting.


Enriching the theatre experience with music and movement therapy creating a showcase performance for family and friends on the last day of the workshop.

MORE THERAPEUTIC RECREATION ACTIVITIES.....

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS and EVENTS IN THE METRO AREA

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy TWO DATES AVAILABLE!

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

with Patti Banks


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th- 6:30PM - 8:30PM

HAVENWYCK HOSPITAL -1525 University Drive Auburn Hills, MI 48326

https://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Skills-2019-09-19-Auburn-Hills.pdf

OR

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th - 6:00PM - 8:00PM

JUDSON CENTER - 4410 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak 48073

https://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Skills-2019-09-25-Royal-Oak.pdf


This workshop will explore skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including:

* understanding your child's disability

* knowing your school district

* knowing your rights and responsibilities

* using clear and effective communication

* understanding the special education process

* knowing the dispute resolution process


Register with Patti Banks

248-714-4426 or patti.b@michiganallianceforfamilies.org

Or online at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/rsvp


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.

DYSLEXIA AWARENESS EVENT:SATURDAY OCTOBER 5TH BRIGHTON

What is Dyslexia and How Do I Know if My Child Has It? Experts in the field of dyslexia discuss: • Testing • Remediation • Advocacy CLICK BELOW FOR PDF FLYER

Conflict Management In Special Education 10/7/19

This highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP team effectively manage conflict before, during, and after the IEP meetings. Oakland Mediation Center on October 7th, 2019

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.

Self-Care September

Self-Care is a common term in our wellness oriented world. In reality, it can easily slip away from our other priorities as caregivers of a child with a disability or other special needs. The old cliche, "put on your own oxygen mask first" truly does apply to everyone - especially caregivers, family members, and staff serving our children. September 1st sets the tone nicely for us: "Self-care is not selfish, it is essential".

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.

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.

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.

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

See below for detailed information about this resource!

Totally Social ASD services individuals with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the following areas:

  • Social skills training to individuals and groups in a community setting
  • Coordinate fun outings and engaging clubs to build relationships
  • Executive functioning training
  • Job coaching
  • Legal and educational consultation
  • Promote and teach self-advocacy skills
  • Provide support in obtaining government assistance
  • Develop and coordinate an individualized plan of action
  • Conduct seminars and trainings for families, first responders & communities
  • Recruit, integrate and support qualified individuals on the autism spectrum into community businesses

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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