Special Education Services and Information

Special education is a broad term that describes a wide variety of instructional services for those students who have a mentally, physical, social and/or emotional disability.

Being diagnosed with a disability is not a guarantee of Special Education Services under the as the nation’s special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Does the child have a disability is the first question when determining if a student qualifies for services.  The evaluation team must also answer two additional questions:

  • Does the disability impact the child’s educational progress?
  • Does the child need specially designed instruction (which is the IDEA definition of special education)? 

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) special education is not a place or a class. Children have the right to receive education in the ‘‘least restrictive environment.’’ That means that children should remain included with students without disabilities to the greatest degree possible while still receiving those services that allow the child to make progress toward his or her individual goals. The services are based on a child’s individual needs. The strategies developed to achieve the goals determine the most appropriate type of placement for the implementation of the IEP.

This website is designed to be a resource for students and parents of students with special needs to assist them with locating information to better educate, serve and transition our diverse population.  Periodically, I will post or update information that I hope will be helpful to all.  

Learning Resources

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They offer assistance with tackling math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. https://www.khanacademy.org/

Transitioning Information

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) works with eligible customers and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. They work in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment, including exploring the possibilities of self-employment or owning a small business. Employment services to individuals with disabilities are provided in all 83 Michigan counties.  MRS also assists employers find and retain qualified workers with disabilities. MRS helps employers save time and money, and maintain a motivated, reliable and dependable workforce. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/

Project BOLD is a unique program designed to assist students with neurologically-based learning disorders (specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders) in making a successful transition to college. This program was created in 1987 and combines the expertise and resources of Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Counseling Department at the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, and specially trained Learning Specialist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Key components of Project BOLD include:                                                                                                                                                               Customized academic therapy based on the student’s  psycho-educational evaluation                                                                                                                                                             Extensive career and educational counseling services                                                                                                                                                                                                                     24-30 hours per semester of one-on-one academic therapy services with a master’s level learning specialist                                                                                                                       Training in self-advocacy and self-management skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A team of professionals who meet weekly to monitor student progress and identify appropriate services and strategies                                                                                                   Post-OCC support with the assistance of Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) including transition to 4 year colleges/universities, career training                                                institutes and/or employment.

Special Education Websites

Special Education Explained

Special Education Administration and Compliance in Wayne County Michigan

Special Education Law & Advocacy

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Post-Secondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators


FYI Corner

Famous People with Special Needs:
OCD-Jessica Alba, Donald Trump, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, David Beckham, Justin Timberlake
Mood Disorders (such as bipolar, depression, emotional impairment)-Ben Stiller, Drew Carey, Billy Joel, Jim Carrey
Asperger's Syndrome-Bill Gates, Beethoven, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein
Learning Disorders-Charles Schwab, Tom Cruise
Dyslexia-Orlando Bloom




Contact Information
Mrs. Maffett-Clemons, MA
Teacher Consultant/Resource Teacher
Summer Credit Recovery Program Coordinator
Academic Support Achievement Program Coordinator
School Improvement Team Member
Dance Sponsor/Director
313.982.6200 x2903
pclemons@hfa-dearborn.org