Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

October Newsletter

As the 2022-2023 year kicks off we are excited to re-vamp, re-engage, and re-launch the Clarkston PAC. The team is looking forward to collaborating across many groups, trying new ways to reach parents and ensuring that our kids have access to all of the resources that are available.

The PAC would like to introduce the new PAC District Representative, Kristen Latimer. Kristen serves as the VP of Administration for Reliance One, Inc. and is a mom to 3 children. Jake, a 2022 Clarkston graduate (currently at U of M) along with Emma and Luke that attend Pine Knob Elementary (PKE). Luke has 18p deletion syndrome, and is a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic with a gluten allergy. Kristen has a mission in life to advocate, help others and to solve any problem that comes her way. She welcomes any opportunity to have a conversation to collaborate, to be supportive or to just get to know each other.


As a reminder, the District PAC representative will be responsible for attending the Oakland Schools PAC meetings, working with the Clarkston School Board, creating communications such as this newsletter/Facebook page and creating opportunities to grow the Clarkston PAC.

If you in interested in joining the PAC, please email:


Virtual Saturday Parent Mentor Training

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 9am-3pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Saturday Parent Mentor Training Tickets, Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

If you are a parent, caregiver, or guardian of a child/youth with special health care needs and would like to make a difference in the lives of others, please join us for this opportunity to become a trained Parent Mentor. **Participants will be given a $50 gift card and a Medical Care Binder for attending the entire training**

Michigan Alliance For Families Events

October 2022

In partnership with Disability Network Southwest Michigan, “Paving the Way to Self Determination” is a series of workshops for families and their children with developmental disabilities (ages birth-12) to develop skills that lead to self-determined lives.
October topics include: Disability Pride and History (October 4, October 20), Rise Up! Disability History, Pride & Allyship (October 5), Supported Decision Making (October 6), Philosophy & Self-Directed Services (October 10, October 19), How to Ask for an Accommodation (October 11) Registration for Paving the Way to Self Determination

October 5 How to Develop and Maintain Trust in School-Family Partnership with Special Education Mediation Services 12:00pm-2:00pm. Register at

October 6 IEP: A Closer Look with Stephanie Nicholls 10:00am-11:30am. Register at

October 12 Assistive Technology for Trauma with Ajaune Thomas and Aimee Sterk, MI Disability Rights Coalition 12:00pm-1:30pm or 6:30-8:00pm. Register at Register at

October 14 & 21 Sensory Processing Disorders with Sally Burton Hoyle 1:00pm-2:30pm. Register at

October 20 Collaborative Communication in Special Education The Who, What, When, How of Special Education Mediation Services 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at

October 20 The Basics of Supported Decision-Making with Mary Shehan-Boogaard 4:00pm-5:30pm. Register at

October 26 Assistive Technology to Support an Inclusive Classroom with Carolyn O’Hearn, Alt+Shift 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at

October 27 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with Stephanie Nicholls 1:00-2:30pm. Register at


Each section has new additions as well as the standard "go-to" buttons that are helpful to have at your fingertips every month.

Quick link to Student Support Services Page on CCS Website:

Quick link to the public Google Drive from Oakland Schools, Students with Disabilities:

If you need further support or guidance beyond what is offered in this newsletter and links, please contact us anytime at

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network

Follow the Oakland Special Education Parent Resources Network on Facebook for more resources.

Clarkston PAC

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Oakland County Mental Health Resources

The Oakland County Health Division has compiled a list of mental health and support resources. These resources include crisis helplines, conversation guidance, and how to manage your mental health following a violent event.

Students with Disabilities - Public Google Drive

This is a public Google drive managed by Oakland Schools ISD. Click the button above to view folders on the following topics: government memos, transition, speech & language, school social work, school psychology, community programs, and MORE!

MI Dept of Educ - Office of Special Education

Information Line: 1-888-320-8384 or e-mail:

Disability Rights Michigan

"Disability Rights MI (DRM) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Michigan."