Parent/Staff Resources

  • Special services are provided to students living within our district boundaries according to federal and state laws and regulations that guide processes, programs, and services for children who present with a potential, or demonstrated need beyond what general education programs provide. The Special Services Department within Birmingham Public Schools is here to help parents and guardians, as together we seek to support our students’ needs and champion their success. We have access to innumerable resources and databases of information, some of which are listed below. We encourage families with questions to reach out to their child’s school, or to our department staff who stand ready to help regardless of the need. 

    Family Matters provides parents & families with information about Special Education and other resources.  Please click the ink below for more information.  

    Michigan Department of Education -- Family Matters

    Community Resources for Parents

    Referral Process Flowchart
    The student support team is a collaborative effort between district personnel and parents to intervene when a student has been identified as making minimal academic and/or emotional progress in the general education setting. The Referral Process Flowchart illustrates the steps that are taken once a student has been identified. This process is ongoing, in that, it continues to identify and evaluate problems, solutions and progress within the student's academic setting.

    IEP Timeline
    Timelines/Process from Referral to Reevaluation

    REED Manual
    Procedures for Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) and Development of an Evaluation Plan

    Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) Process
    Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) Process Flow Chart

    Birmingham Schools SLD Determination Process
    Specific Learning Disability Determination

    Procedural Safeguards
    Procedural Safeguards notice for parent of a child with disabilities

    Early On
    Visit the Parent Resource Library at Midvale Early Childhood Center. 

    Manual for Section 504
    Section 504 Manual

    Michigan Alliance for Families
    Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information. Michigan Alliances' goal is to increase the involvement of families in their children’s education. To do this, we offer learning opportunities across the state, leadership mentoring, and support. Parents can connect directly to a local mentor to address the families’ needs.  All Michigan families are able to access 1:1 support, electronic and printed resource information, and referrals to local community resources.  See the Michigan Alliance for Families map to get in touch with a Michigan Alliance for Families staff person.

    Michigan Alliance for Families is a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative.  Michigan Alliance for Families is our state’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. For more information, please go to

    Autism Awareness

    BPS Celebrates Autism Awareness Acceptance Month: Includes "About Autism" from The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.

    Dyslexia Awareness

    October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

    International Dyslexia Association

    Dyslexia Resources

    Oakland Intermediate School District Special Populations
    Oakland Schools has user-friendly, helpful information on their website for the parent community.  Please click the link for more information on Special Education: Oakland Schools: Special Populations

    • Oakland Schools Special Populations Compliance 
      The Compliance Unit of the Department of Special Education provides services that support districts in ensuring compliant practices. Click on Compliance Resources to find contact information for the Intermediate District Compliance Staff.   

    • Oakland Schools Augmentative/Alternative Communication
      The Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Team supports local district teams servicing students who are in need of communication support through augmentative or alternative means. The goal is for all students to become competent communicators. Click here Augmentative/Alternative Communication for more information.