Michigan

Learn more about what Michigan is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Guidance to Address Return to Learn for Students with IEPs

Summary: The Michigan Department of Education released guidance on addressing the return to school for students with IEPs. Topics include developing a contingency plan, parent counseling and training, informal assessments and recovery services.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Office of Special Education Online Resources

Summary: This document provides resources for schools regarding best practices for online learning for special education during COVID-19. These resources are grouped by subject area, and allow parents to engage with the distance learning process for students with disabilities. Additionally, this resource includes resources regarding transition to secondary education or the workforce.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Transition

Guidance for Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This guidance document requires that schools continue to provide special education during COVID-19. It specifies legal requirements for adjusting distance learning provision for students with disabilities. It also discusses IEP adjustment requirements and the process by which schools should conduct virtual IEP meetings.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Guidance to Address Foregone Learning for Students with IEPs as a Result of the COVID19 Pandemic

Summary: The Michigan Department of Education released a guidance document, which addresses foregone learning for students with IEPs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The document explains recovery services which are supplemental to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Due to school building closures and the potential additional impact of the loss for a student with an IEP, the Department of Education shares information on implementing recovery services into the IEP.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Navigating Extended Time Away From School: Information for Families With Children Receiving Special Education Services

Summary: This is a fact sheet for parents of students with disabilities to help guide them through the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides best practices for creating the optimal learning environment based on a student’s disability. It also lists various resources to assist students with disabilities in adjusting to a virtual educational environment.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

OSE Grant Funded Initiatives Online Resources

Summary: These are resources for grant funded initiatives and other programs/offices for families, students, and teachers. These resources include assistive technology for qualifying students with disabilities, additional educational programs for students with disabilities, and various other programs. Notably, the document briefly describes each program individually.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement 

MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020- 21 Return to School Roadmap

Summary: This document highlights various legal requirements for Michigan schools instructing students with disabilities upon reopening schools. It discusses new measures to be included in IEPs, including distance learning requirements, PPE or facemask adjustments, instructional changes, learning plan changes, and additional measures to promote the health and well-being of students with disabilities

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Summary: This webpage highlights specific adjustments that should be made to virtual IEP meetings, addressing the issue from the perspectives of the student, the IEP provider, the parent, the teacher, and the administrator. Additionally, this page provides information on additional IEP services that may be applicable in different scenarios. Finally, this page provides guidance for identifying and adjusting education plans to disabilities virtually, analyzing both cognitive and physical disabilities. 

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning

MDE COVID-19 Social and Emotional Learning Resources

Summary: This web page includes resources for Michigan students and families facing increased trauma or mental health concerns due to COVID-19. It includes informational videos on how COVID-19 may impact mental health concerns, resources and activities to help students cope with mental health concerns, and resources discussing how adults can best address youth mental health concerns related to COVID-19.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health 

CTE: Special Populations

Summary: This web page provides resources for students with disabilities participating in CTE programs during COVID-19. Specifically, these resources provide specialized help for students with disabilities adjusting to CTE online, including online education resources, life skills resources, and so on. 

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning 

MDE COVID-19 Family Engagement Resources

Summary: This resource lists a comprehensive set of resources for families engaging in their student’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic, for both in-person and virtual learning. The resources include resources assisting educators engaging with families and for families attempting to better engage in their student’s education.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

Comparison of Compensatory Education and Recovery Services Due to COVID-19

Summary: This document lists the potential adjustments for students with disabilities’ IEPs for IEP providers preparing for IEP meetings in response to COVID-19. These adjustments include compensatory education services and recovery education services. For both options, the document lists the specific steps that a student must take in either service, and it states the circumstances under which students should receive either service.

Operated by: Michigan Department of Education

Topic: IEP