Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)


Happy Mother's Day to all of you - the Moms, Aunts, Sisters, Grandmothers, Caregivers, Family Friends, and Staff - all of you who love and cheer on our students!

This month we are also talking about the important topic of Mental Health. The journey of change, isolation, and adaption during this past year of a global pandemic shines a new light on this critical area. Check out the information and resources under the "May is Mental Health Awareness Month" title.

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 Resources 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

Find the BARN AT SUNRISE- then you have read everything!

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

In a crisis? Call 800-273-8255 OR text TALK to 741741

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Easter Seals Michigan

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Your mental health is important. Take 5 minutes for our free, anonymous, online mental health screening. Give yourself a checkup from the neck up!"

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

"During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families."

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Tech Toolbox Ideas from Oakland Schools

Peer 2 Peer Resources:

More tech tools and resources from Oakland Schools can be found in the all-access public Google Drive for Students with Disabilities:

Assistive Technology Training from CCS

CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE to access the materials from the Assistive Technology Training for Parents presentation from October 29th.

Assistive Tech Tools - CCS

Great resources for each area of need. These resources may include: Google Extensions, Google Apps, Apple iPad/Android Apps, or websites.

Family Resources for Remote Learning - Oakland Schools

"This collection of resources in intended to support families with maintaining structure, engagement and support during this time of remote learning."


For Understood's most recent expert chat - Kara Ball, NBCT discussed how to improve distance learning for students with disabilities. Kara offers a valuable perspective as a student—and now educator—with learning disabilities.

Social-Emotional Learning Hub

This is a resource from our Clarkston Community Schools secondary level social workers.

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Virtual Workshops from MI Alliance for Families

May 2021

May 18 IEP: A Closer Look with Clare Brick, 10-11:30am. Register at

June 2021

June 15 IEP: A Closer Look with Clare Brick, 6-7:30pm. Register at

July 2021

July 20 IEP: A Closer Look with Clare Brick, 10-11:30am. Register at

August 2021

August 17 IEP: A Closer Look with Clare Brick, 6-7:30pm. Register at

September 2021

September 21 IEP: A Closer Look with Clare Brick, 10-11:30am. Register at

Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive event updates. Remember, we do have a large selection of free recorded presentations available for viewing at home

Conflict Management in Special Education - May 13, 2021

This FREE and highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP team be effective. The cost is FREE for this workshop. See PHOTO below for more details. Also, check out the information PDF in the download below the photo.

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The Great Lakes Special Needs Planning Symposium is a one-day immersion course dedicated to building a foundation of knowledge to special needs planners and families. This course is for those who want to learn more about this area of practice as well as experienced planners. Lead by national experts in special needs planning, you will have an opportunity to learn, chat, and mingle with them and top resources to help you in your practice as you are Moving to Mastery™ in this complex and rewarding field.


MI Alliance Upcoming Events for Parent Learning

CLICK Button above for comprehensive webpage with flyers and registration links to all upcoming events. All workshop webinars are recorded and available for later review on the MAF YouTube channel.

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Project Connect Helpline: 888-847-3209

"Project Connect is a telehealth line that is free and available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation."

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:

Oakland Schools ISD Plan (Updated from 2009 Version)

"It is with pleasure to share the updated Oakland Schools ISD Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services (OS ISD Plan). Modifications to the OS ISD Plan have been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)."

Disability Rights Michigan

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

Take N.O.T.E. from

"Figuring out what’s going on can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help. Introducing a simple step-by-step tool to help you figure out if the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning and thinking difference."


CLICK BUTTON ABOVE to access the list. Scroll to the bottom of the Student Support Services webpage, click on "Useful Links" under Parent Resources.


Guidance to Address Foregone Learning for IEP Students

Recovery services are supplemental to the offer of FAPE and are in response to foregone learning that may have occurred as a result of closure during the pandemic and the potential additional impact of the loss for a student with an IEP. 7-7-2020

Comparison of Comp Educ & Recovery Services in COVID-19

When determining whether recovery services are required, the IEP team must consider the actual impact of the extended school closure on the student’s ability to retain skills and make progress toward their IEP goals and in the general curriculum.6/20

Oakland County COVID-Related Resources

Topics include: COVID-19 General, Health, Mental Health, Food Assistance, Household & Utilities, Legal Resources, Safety, LGBTQ+, and many more!

MI Safe Schools: MI 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap

Return to School Roadmap provides guidance to districts creating local plans for in-person and remote learning in the fall. The Roadmap safety protocols are divided into required, highly recommended, and recommended for each of the areas. 6-30-2020

COVID-19 Testing in Oakland County

Who Qualifies: All adults age 18 and over Children 4- to 17-years-old. Child must have symptoms of coronavirus and be a resident of or attend school in Oakland County. Appointment required. Call 1-800-848-5533

Thrive with Your Family Web Series - Michigan Medicine

"Our nationally recognized panel held candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic." CLICK BUTTON ABOVE Coronavirus Latest Updates & Tips

" We’ll be providing updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and working from home. So keep checking back." MANY LINKS AND INFORMATION FEATURING MULTIPLE TOPICS ON THIS WEBPAGE.


Oakland Schools Podcast: "Educationally Speaking"

"Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI."


Click the button above to access: "Planning a More Secure Future" and "MI ABLE: Save Without Losing Benefits". Webinars are ideal for those planning a future for a student who may be a disabled adult and/or attending the post-high program.

Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel

"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators." YouTube Channel

"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work." "In It" podcast

"In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently"



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.

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook

Click below for additional resources from your Oakland Schools PAC Executive Board

Action Calendar: Meaningful May 2021

"This month's theme is all about reflecting on what gives our life meaning. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again."

For more keys to happier living, head over to the website. Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".

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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

Clarkston PAC Representative

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