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