IEP/High School Transition

 On June 30, 2010 from 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Detroit,  the Michigan Alliance for Families will present a “IEP/High School Transition” parent training workshop.   

Speaker – Kelly Orginski

The Arc Michigan and Michigan Alliance for Families  


This workshop will help families of children with disabilities better understand the Individual Education Program relating to special education services.  When you have a better understanding of the IEP process, and know how to participate, your child will get the services they need to be successful in school. Topics include:

*Michigan Merit Curriculum, Age of Majority, Diploma or Certificate, Education
  Development Plan (EDP), What Is Your Vision

The address is below and please pre-register by 6/28/10 by calling Celena Barnes, Regional Parent Mentor at (313) 935-0965. 

Power, Hope & Grace Bible Church
6495 West Warren
Detroit, Michigan 48210

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

With all the discussions that have been occuring regarding Assistive Technology, this resource gives perspective as to how AT fits in with students at all levels.  The guide provides answers to “What is Transition?” and “What is Assistive Technology?”, then draws the connection between the two.  Visit the FamilyCenter on Technology and Disability for more information. You can order a free copy of this guide on their website!

April is Autism Awareness Month!


The Autism Society of America has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day and the United States recognizes the month of April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.


Michigan State University is set to release study results regarding the quality of educational services for Michigan students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is the first such investigation of services for the more than 11,000 students with ASD in Michigan’s schools.  The full study is scheduled to be released this summer, but the study website is full of information about ASD and education in Michigan.


> 1 in 110* children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

> 1 in 70* boys has ASD

* Reported by the Center for Disease Control.  Other scientific studies have noted even higher rates.

> More than 67 children are diagnosed per day, about every 20 minutes.
> More children will be diagnosed this year with ASD than with AIDS, Diabetes & Cancer combined.
> Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
> ASD is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime.
> Occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups.
> Can be reliably diagnosed by age 3 & in some cases can be diagnosed as early as 6 months.
> Is almost always first noticed by parents.

> Cannot be prevented at this time.
> Cannot be “cured” but can be effectively treated with early intervention.
> Genetic basis for up to 20 sets of genes may play a role in its development.
> Environmental factors: chemicals & toxins
> No scientific evidence to support vaccinations as a cause, but many parents believe that they may be a causal factor

Many thanks to Anna Leslie, BPS Parent for forwarding these interesting facts in order to promote Autism Awareness!


Want to learn more about Autism?


I found this website really interesting.  Michigan Online Resources for Educators M.O.R.E.  MORE is a large collection of online instructional resources. As the result of partnership beginning between the Michigan Department of Education and Verizon Thinkfinity, there are over  50,000+ high-quality educational resources including standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans, online interactive tools, reference materials.

So, what can you find there? 

Go to–Home.php . Select Search by GLCE/HSCE. Select a Subject Area. You will then see the major content areas.  Select the grade that interests you and then the standard you would like to expand. At this point, you can drill down to the specific elements of any standard.  If you click the little ‘laptop’ icon at any time, you will be directed to links of resources available (e.g. online games, tools, teaching materials, etc..) and lesson plans for teachers that will help students learn the standard.

EXAMPLE: Math (K-8) > Grade 4> Numbers and Operations> Multiply and Divide Whole Numbers> N.FL.04.11 – Divide numbers up to four-digits by one-digit numbers and by 10. > Select the ‘laptop’ icon and you are given a list of online math activities.  Simple and FUN!

What are GLCEs and HSCEs? How do they fit into the IEP?

Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (K-8) and High School Content Expectations (9-12) provide schools, teachers, and parents with the detailed information they need to understand what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The annual MEAP (Michigan Education Assessment Program) and MME testing is intended to be aligned with the GLCEs and HSCEs in order to assess whether students are learning.

Core content expectations are defined by the state and then district curriculums are developed to integrate these criteria/expectations. The following links will give you the high school and K-8 core content standards for the State of Michigan.

ELA (English Language Arts) High School Content Expectations
Math High School Content Expectations

High School Content Expectations a.k.a. HSCEs (pronounced ‘huskies’)
K-8 Math Grade Level Content Expectations
K-8 ELA Grade Level Content Expectations
K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations a.k.a. GLCEs (pronounced ‘glicks’)
More information can be found at

IEP Goals are developed during the IEPT Meeting and based on the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statement. During this time, the IEPT must determine which core content expectation standards are most important for the student to master through their annual goals.

Take a look at the attached one-pager that illustrates the process for using GLCEs and HSCEs to develop IEP Goals.
Click here

Tax Time – Helpful Document from The Arc Michigan

The Arc Michigan tax guide focuses on deductions for care
“This authoritative income tax guide has proven invaluable for families and individuals concerned about tax deductions and credits related to the care and support of a child or an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability. After thirty-six issues, this booklet has become an annual “must-have” for the informed parent (The Arc Michigan).”
The ARC Michigan Tax Guide

Temple Grandin – Coming to Troy! “Living With Autism Workshop”

Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System have announced its third annual “Living With Autism Workshop”, featuring keynote speaker Temple Grandin.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn strategies for coping with the challenges of rasing an autistic child.

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ramada Plaza in Troy

Additional breakout session and opening speaker, Nick Dubin, author of Asperger Syndrome and Bullying Strategies and Solutions.

• Choose three of 12 breakout sessions offered by autism experts

• Make connections with those working or coping with autism
• Visit vendor booths from local autism experts
• Talk to parents of children with autism during the provided continental breakfast and lunch

Register at The website says to check on Tuesday, Mar. 2 to register for the workshop as they are having trouble with their website.