Bridges4Kids Logo

 

What's New? | Positive Behavior Support | Wrightslaw

Michigan Education Law Center | Michigan Family Voices | The Arc Michigan

Michigan Alliance for Families | Yellow Pages for Kids

Our Children Left Behind | Respectability Law Center

 

Home Page Contact Us About Us State & National Links Search Contact Your Legislators Book & Video Reviews Download/Order Publications Disabilities & Disorders IDEA Reauthorization Special Education SSI/Medicaid/Medicare/FSS Child Care & Respite Information Wraparound Services Insurance Information PAC Information General Ed Reform Literacy Community Schools Children At-Risk Section 504 School Climate & Bullying in Schools Cultural Issues Professional Development Parenting & Adoption Support/Information Home Schooling Community Living Health & Safety Summer Camp Kids & Teens College & Financial Aid Charter, Private & Alternative Schools Legal Research Recent Court Cases Juvenile Justice Advocacy Child Protective Services Statistics New Legislation Ask the Attorney Bridges4Kids Main Menu

 
 Where to find help for a child in Michigan, Anywhere in the U.S., or Canada
 
Bridges4Kids is now on Facebook. Become a fan today!
 
Last Updated: 10/29/2014
 

Add Bridges4Kids to my favorites!

 

Bridges4Kids - Helping parents and professionals with Michigan's most comprehensive source of information on education news and resources for special needs and at-risk children from birth to transition to adult life.
Home

Make Bridges4Kids your home page!

Click here for our Michigan Calendar of Events.

Click here for our National Calendar of Events.

Welcome to Bridges4Kids!  We are a non-profit organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals seeking help for children from birth through transition to adult life.

Breaking News

starLooking for Goals & Objectives for an Upcoming IEP? Click here.star

starMI Gov. Must Lead By Example in Hiring People w/Disabilitiesstar

Also see the Executive Directive

starClaims of Abuse are Outside of IDEAstar

and Administrative Remedies Do Not Have To Be Pursued

The district court erred by dismissing plaintiffs' § 1983 and breach of contract claims, which arose from allegations that the defendant-school district's (MCS) aides physically, sexually, and verbally abused the plaintiff-child, because the § 1983 claims did not arise under the IDEA. In an issue of first impression, the court also held that the claim for breach of a settlement agreement need not be exhausted before filing suit.

starFeatured Resource: Math Blasterstar

starFeatured Resource: Special Education Guidestar

starFeatured Resource: Jumpstartstar

Jumpstart offers free grade and subject based worksheets, printables and educational games for kids. Hiccup’s Science Workshop features science experiments, free printables and worksheets with a focus on the scientific method.

starComputer and Software Accessibility for the Disabledstar

starMI "Progress" Being Made On Mental Health Issues in Michiganstar
"Michigan has made great strides in improving how mental health and wellness issues are handled since a special commission created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 released its recommendations in January. That Executive Order and commission resulted from a special message on health and wellness the governor presented in the fall of 2011."

starList of 125 Twitter Pages Related to Disabilitiesstar

starCourt Throws Out Mental Retardation: Columnstar

starLooking for Summer Camps? Try Bridge Center in MAstar

starHelmets Do Little to Help Moderate Infant Skull Flatteningstar
Luke Reissig wears a helmet that is supposed to correct for skull flatness. A new report says, however, that these helmets are ineffective. Pediatricians have long urged parents to put newborns to sleep on their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. While the practice undoubtedly has saved lives, it also has increased the numbers of babies with flattened skulls.

starChildren’s Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroomstar

This document gives information regarding symptoms/behaviors, educational implications and instructional strategies/accommodations broken down by disorder. A very useful resource for use in preparing IEPs.

starCould These 'Smart Scales' Cure Anorexia?star
75% of patients who used device were free of symptoms a year later.

starSaving Elizastar
Last July, our 4-year-old daughter Eliza was diagnosed with a rare terminal genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome-Type A. In one terrifying instant, we were told that we would have to watch her fade away before our eyes.

starPA Teen Reported to Police and Fined for Secretly Filming Bulliesstar
Christian Stanfield, 15, made a seven-minute recording of alleged bullies at Pennsylvania's South Fayette High School in February. The ADHD sufferer said he did it after months of harassment. School officials accused him of wiretapping and called police. A court found Stanfield guilty of disorderly conduct and fined him $25. His family is suing the school district and appealing the judge's ruling. Stanfield's mom is furious that her son, and not his alleged bullies, has been punished.

starAuthor Details How Disney Movies Helped His Son With Autismstar
In his new book, “Life, Animated,” Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son’s emotions. Owen Suskind was a typical toddler until age 3, when his developing language and social skills vanished. He was diagnosed with regressive autism. Gradually, Owen became fascinated by Disney movies, watching and re-watching them endlessly. One day, at his brother Walter’s ninth birthday party, Walter became a bit teary. “Walter doesn’t want to grow up, like Mowgli or Peter Pan,” said Owen. Comparing his brother to Disney characters was the most sophisticated thing Owen, then 6, had uttered in years.

starEnvironmental Exposure Linked to Autismstar

Three decades ago, when I was still in medical school, autism affected one in 10,000 children. What changed between then and now to cause one in 50 children to become autistic? Mounting research—not to mention plain logic—indicates that brain disorders are the result of excessive exposure to toxins from multiple sources—including the mother, while in utero. One 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins.

starMI 7th Annual Living with Autism Workshop in Aprilstar

Metro Parent is very excited to host our 7th Annual Living with Autism Workshop on April 25th. At www.MetroParent.com/AutismEvent, you can get all the details!

starMI Stabenow's Effort to Expand CMH Services Signed into Lawstar
President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would expand access to community mental health services. The legislation has been a personal crusade for Stabenow, D-Lansing, whose father went undiagnosed with bipolar disorder for about a decade as she was growing up in Clare. The bipartisan legislation would set up a pilot program in eight unspecified states to fund comprehensive community mental health, such as 24-hour emergency psychiatric services. “It’s really a landmark step forward in community mental health funding,” Stabenow said Tuesday.

starNY Restrained Boy at Leake and Watts in Yonkers Diesstar

starMI Michigan Alliance PTI Now Offering Free Webinarsstar

Join Michigan Alliance for Families as they present a series of webinars focusing on specific parts of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

starBridges4kids Featured Resource: Michigan Law School Programstar

starMI Highly Recommended! The Education Law Centerstar

A one-stop resource for information on the laws that apply in a school setting. ELC lawyers have years of practical experience and include John Brower, Bridges4Kids’ resource attorney.

starSketchUp: Kids With Autism Love This Softwarestar
A program from Google, created for architects, is an unexpected hit with children on the autism spectrum.

star10 Tips for Good Advocatesstar
Wrightslaw's Pat Howey says parents need to understand that the law gives them power to use in educational decisions for their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power. But, there are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings in a Mack Truck. Here are Pat's newest tips for effective, successful advocates.

Bridges4Kids does not endorse ads listed here. Comments?

   

 

 

 

 

starMI Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion & Restraintstar
The document, Supporting Student Behavior: Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint is now available on the Office of Special Education Web site. The document summarizes how a positive behavior support approach uses proactive strategies to reduce or eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint; defines the terms "seclusion" and "restraint"; outlines procedures for emergency use of seclusion and restraint; and provides a framework for training.

starResource Sites for Parents and Studentsstar
FunBrain, Scholastic Kids, Homework Spot, PBS Kids, Game Goo, Learning that Sticks, Aplusmath.com! This web site was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. S.O.S. Mathematics - for high school math support. Math.com, and University of Cambridge.

starHow to Resolve Special Education Disputesstar
In drafting the provisions of IDEA, Congress clearly contemplated that, at times, there would be disagreements between parents of children with disabilities and the school districts providing special education and related services to their children. When such disagreements occur, parents and school districts can turn to IDEA’s dispute resolution options. Find out what those options are---there’s a new one. NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, has posted a training module covering Options for Dispute Resolution which includes PowerPoint slide shows to use in training sessions, a detailed discussion of IDEA for trainers, and handouts for audience participants.

starMI Michigan Seclusion and Restraint Standards (PDF)star

starMI Bridges4Kids Parent Resource Guide (PDF)star
Find out where to find help for children in Michigan at all ages and stages. Includes toll-free numbers and websites, early childhood-specific resources and school age resources. Updated March 2008.

starMI Free Mediation Servicesstar

Free services to help schools & parents communicate before battle lines are drawn. Call (800) 873-7658.

starSpecial Education Law Questions and Answersstar

Link to Important Programs, Partnerships, and Websites Related to the Education of Children (National)
Connect For Kids Education News No Child Left Behind Wrightslaw
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
Disabled Action Committee for Virginia (DAC4Virginia) AUTCOM: Autism National Committee
 

Link to Important Programs, Partnerships, and Websites Related to the Education of Children (Michigan)

  Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

Michigan Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association

Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH)  Michigan Public Schools Online
Michigan Special Ed Law Center VSA Arts of Michigan Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DDI) Partnership for Learning
Center for Educational Networking (CEN) Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) The Education Law Center Michigan PTA
 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) The Arc Michigan

Michigan 4C Association

Michigan Alliance for Families

 

© 2002-2014 Bridges4Kids