LCISD PAC Newsletter
Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
2021 FALL Newsletter - Edition 1 of 3
What is the LCISD PAC?
The Lapeer County Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of educators and parents representing our local school districts whose primary focus is to stay informed regarding Special Education plans and changes, current trends in Special Education at the County, State, and Federal level, and if needed, to assist and promote partnerships among parents and educators that benefit students with disabilities.
The PAC takes an active role in the development of the Lapeer County Special Education Mandatory Plan, a document which describes the delivery of special education services in Lapeer County. The PAC provides workshops and speakers from the county and Statewide programs which can richly serve not only the parents of children with special needs, but in many instances the individual with the disability.
Meet Your PAC Reps
PAC Meeting Dates & Topics
Presentation & Business Meeting Schedule
Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Dates 2021-2022
September 27, 2021 - Technology – What Parents Need to Know
November 8, 2021 - Respite Care- Follow up Presentation/ Business Meeting
January 10, 2022 - Secondary Transition- A Parents Perspective/ Business Meeting
February 7, 2022 - Guardianship
March 7, 2022 - Business Meeting
May 9, 2022 - Social Security Disability Insurance
*All PAC Meetings for the 2021-2022 School Year Will Be Held Virtually
From 6:00PM-8:00PM via Zoom
*The “all virtual” format may change; if presentations are offered in-person they will be advertised as such on the event flyer
Technology- What Parents Need to Know - "4 Layers of Digital Protection" (Back By Popular Demand, Part 2)
Parent School Communication
If your child has an IEP and you are concern about something related to academics:
Step 1. Reach out to your child's teacher or special education teacher (sometimes special education teachers are also called case managers, especially when students get to middle and high school).
Step 2. If you've tried to resolve the concern with the classroom teacher and special education teacher without resolve, request a meeting with the with the teacher, special education teacher, and principal or assistant principal.
Step 3. If you're still not getting your concern resolved, contact your local district special education director or coordinator.
Here are some other helpful guides:
MDE Family Matters Advocating for Your Child Fact Sheet:
Michigan Alliance for Families
Workshop- Communication & Collaboration with Your Child's Schools
October 29, 2021 from 12:00-1:00PM
Registration Required (at the link below):
Introducing Your Local Special Education Directors:
Social Group - Special Needs Program
The City of Lapeer Community Center
This program is for physically and/or mentally impaired individuals ranging from 13-adult. Every Wednesday there will be a Social Group activity. Examples include game night, crafts, karaoke night, gym time and much more. The also have off site social group events, such as bowling, which will require your own transportation. Once a month on a Saturday night, a holiday or themed dance will also be planned.
Social Group is an atmosphere where everyone is ready to make new friends and have fun! A monthly calendar will be available listing each Social Group activity and will provide times, location and costs. Pre-registering for Social Group is strongly preferred, but not mandatory. Reserve your spot as soon as possible by going to the Lapeerpr.recdesk.com and registering, or you can email or call Aubry Fredricksen, Afredricksen@ci.lapeer.mi.us, (810) 664-4431.
Michigan Alliance for Families Newsletter
What They Do:
- Michigan Alliance for Families provides printed, electronic, and multimedia information/resources.
- Michigan Alliance for Families staff are available to talk to parents and professionals about special education and related services, and disability specific information.
- Michigan Alliance for Families hosts relevant workshops across the state. All of our events and materials are free of charge to parents/ families.
- Michigan Alliance for Families encourages and supports parents in leadership roles.
Michigan Alliance for Families is our state’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. We are a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative. The efforts of Michigan Alliance for Families align with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help improve results for children with disabilities. Michigan Alliance for Families can assist you in knowing your rights, effectively communicating your child’s needs, and advising how to help your child develop and learn. Also, check out our partner agencies and organizations.
Dyslexia Legislation: Overview & Update on the Package of Bills Related to Literacy Education In Michigan
FREE Dyslexia Legislation Webinar - October 27, 2021 at Noon
Who is MiPAAC?
The Michigan Parent, Advocate & Attorney Coalition (MiPAAC) powered by the Autism Alliance of Michigan was formed in 2020 for the purpose of giving voice to families of children with disabilities.
Their work is centered around educating families on current special education issues and topics of interest, as well as to advocate for state policies and legislation that support their needs.
They are unique in that they are an independent group of stakeholders without political interference that is solely focused on advocating for the education needs of students. MiPAAC convenes regularly to collectively identify priorities to address issues which exist across the special education system.
Current priorities include:
• Access to equitable opportunities
• Educational benefit through IEP implementation
• Driving systemic change
CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Sunday!
A Trip To Blake's Orchard
So Many Programs Available To Help!
You can also text "Tots" to 33222 to be contacted by a team member and receive important information and tips for kids ages birth to kindergarten.
Are you worried about your child's development? Complete a FREE online developmental Screening for children ages 2 months and 5 years. It only takes 10 minutes to complete! You'll receive your results within one week via email or a phone call.
Click HERE for Ages and Stages Developmental Screening
- Click HERE for Ages and Stages Developmental Screening - Spanish
- Click HERE for Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Screening
- Click HERE for Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Screening - Spanish
If your still looking for more information you can contact our Early Childhood Coordinator:
Early Childhood Coordinator
Lapeer County Intermediate School District
What is "Child Find?"
Child Find Resources:
Are You In Need Of More Parent Resources?
Below Are Several Helpful Hyperlinked Documents:
Working Together for Student Achievement in Michigan
For Information, Call 833-KIDS-1ST
Mental Health & Wellness
Mental Health Resources Available Right In Lapeer County:
Lapeer Help & HOPE Guide
Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
Call 211 Crisis hotline - will connect you to the resource you need in your community
National Alliance on Mental Health 24/7 helpline 1-800-950-6264
Disaster Distress Helpline, FREE 24/7 Counseling & Support, call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor
National Domestic Violence Hotline call, 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224