Family Matters

Family Matters.

Family Matters provides parents and families with information about special education and other resources.

Informational Flyer

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Family Matters Fact Sheets.

Fact Sheets

Our fact sheets explain special education laws and practices. The documents are easy to read and give links to more in-depth resources. Family Matters fact sheets are intended to enhance public understanding of Michigan's special education system and are not a substitute for official laws and regulations.

Advocating for Your Child

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Communicating for Student Success

Educational Development Plan

Educational Placement and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Educational Teams and Roles

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)

Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Initial Evaluation for Special Education

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)

Nonpublic and Home Schools

Parent Advisory Committees (PAC)

Personal Curriculum (PC)

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at Home

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at School

Privacy and Access to Records

Procedural Safeguards

Seclusion and Restraint

Special Education Problem Solving

Special Education Process