Michigan

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - uses autism spectrum disorder and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - uses cognitive impairment and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional impairment and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility categories (Page 34).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Michigan reported the following:

  • Autism - 16,730 students, 7.9 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Intellectual disability - 20,749 students, 9.8 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 12,580 students, 6 percent of the total population of students with disabilities

Support service structure

Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

Michigan's Autism Spectrum Disorder State Plan Development Committee published the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan Findings and Recommendations in 2012.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Michigan does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Michigan does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Michigan enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Michigan insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Michigan had 12 supervisors (direct service providers) and 63 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Michigan Alliance for Families is Michigan's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Michigan are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Michigan is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Michigan may be found at military education resources.

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