Special Education

Special Education

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Teresa Tomala

Special Education Director



18975 Church Street

Roseville, MI  48066


Phone :  (586) 445-5675

Fax:      (586) 445-5679

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Close for lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Roseville Community Schools is committed to providing students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws. Roseville Community Schools offers evaluations, programs, and services to individuals who are identified as having, or who are suspected of having, a disability as defined in either the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Roseville Community School District attendance boundaries. For more information about services, parent/student rights or referral procedures, contact the Roseville Community Schools Special Education Office at 18975 Church Street, Roseville, MI 48066, telephone (586) 445-5675.

The Special Education Department is committed to the academic and social development  of all students with special needs.

This is accomplished through a team approach in evaluation and determining the individual needs of each student.


Historically, the Roseville Community Schools has long considered special education services to be an integral part of its total educational commitment. Programs for handicapped students began in 1954 and have continued to expand and become more comprehensive. Today, almost 900 students are receiving Special Education services in Roseville Community Schools. The Special Education Department helps to facilitate academic and social success for students with special needs. Using a team approach brings professionals with a variety of expertise together to plan an individualized program for each student. These professionals may include a school psychologist, school social worker, school administrator, teacher consultant, special and general education teachers. To receive special education services, a student must be identified and found eligible after a comprehensive evaluation to be certified in one or more of the following areas:


  • LD - Learning Disabled
  • EI - Emotionally Impaired
  • CI - Cognitively Impaired
  • SXI - Severely Multiply Impaired
  • HI - Hearing Impaired
  • AI - Autistic Impaired
  • SLI - Speech and Language Impaired
  • ECDD - Early Childhood Developmental
  • VI - Visually Impaired
  • POHI - Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired




Roseville Community Schools is committed to providing students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws. Roseville Community Schools offers evaluations, programs, and services to individuals who are identified as having, or who are suspected of having, a disability as defined in either the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Roseville Community School District attendance boundaries. For more information about services, parent/student rights or referral procedures, contact the Roseville Community Schools Special Education Office at 18975 Church Street, Roseville, MI 48066, telephone (586) 445-5675.


Roseville Community Schools offers a broad continuum of programs and services that are available to our students. These programs are designed to meet the individual needs of eligible student’s ages 0-26 years old. Families with student nearing post-secondary age can follow this link for information on transition services for their student.



ARC of MI:

Facilitates a statewide network of local chapters assisting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through education, training, technical assistance and advocacy


ARC of Macomb County

Provides a variety for services to families and offers advocacy support


Autism Society of MI:

Serves a membership made up of parents, families, professionals, persons with autism spectrum disorders, advocates, organizations and other community members. Provides advocacy to families and conducts specialized trainings


Autism Society of Macomb-St. Clair Counties:

Holds monthly meetings for parents and organizes social events


C.A.R.E of Southeast Michigan


Developmental Disabilities Institute:

Provides statewide programs designed to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities


Judson Center


Macomb Intermediate School District

44001 Garfield Road – Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone: (586) 228-3300


MDE Family Matters


MI Alliance for Families:

Provides support, information and education to families of children with developmental disabilities, ages: birth-26


Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services


P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909


New Oakland Family Centers


Parent Advisory Committee


Adult Transition Agencies, Resources & Websites

Agency Linkages:


1. Clinton Township Main MRS Office

Department of Human Services-Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Atrium Office Center

43630 Hayes Road, Suite 120

Clinton Township, MI 48038


877-620-7943 (Toll Free)

586-412-1510 (TTY/Voice)

The mission of Michigan Rehabilitation Services is to assist individuals with disabilities into employment and self-sufficiency.


2. ARC Services of Macomb, Inc.

44050 Gratiot Avenue

Clinton Twp., MI 48036-1308

Phone:  (586)469-1600

Fax:      (586)469-2527

ARC Services of Macomb, Inc. is a CARF accredited, 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association comprised of people with disabilities, parents, friends and professionals involved with supporting people with disabilities in Macomb County, Michigan.


3. Disability Network Oakland & Macomb (formerly Center for Independent Living)

16645 15 Mile Road

Clinton Township, MI 48035

Phone: (586) 268-4160

Fax:     (586) 268-9942

The Oakland & Macomb Center for Independent Living (OMCIL) is a consumer driven, non-residential; community based organization helping people with disabilities live independently and become participating members of society. The Staff and Board, most of whom are people with disabilities, are strongly committed to supporting others in their efforts toward independence.


4.Macomb County Community Mental Health

10 N. Main 5th Floor, Mt. Clemens Michigan 48043

Phone Access Center: (586) 948-0222

 Macomb County Community Mental Health provides a wide variety of mental health treatment and support services to adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse treatment needs. Individual services provided may include assessment; outpatient or home-based treatment; mental health assessment prior to nursing home placement; residential, respite or support services; or other alternatives as determined by individual needs.


5. Social Security

44400 Van Dyke Ave.

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Toll-Free:  1-800-772-1213

TTY:       1-800-325-0778

Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if you cannot do work that you did before and we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s). Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.


6. Department of Health & Human Services

Macomb County DHS - Sterling Heights District

41227 Mound Road, Suite A

Sterling Heights MI 48314

Phone:  (586) 254-1500

Fax:      (586) 254-8029

Independent Living Services (ILS) offers a range of Medicaid and non-Medicaid services to individuals of any age who require consultation or assistance to maintain and maximize functional capacity within their own homes or other independent living arrangements.


7. Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC)

Clinton Township Office

16200 Nineteen Mile Road

P.O. Box 380710

Clinton Township, Michigan 48038-0070

Phone: (586) 263-8700

Fax:     (586) 412-7889

TTY:   (586) 286-5036

The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, human services agency.  The mission of MORC is to serve men, women and children with differing abilities so they may, as true citizens, celebrate life, freedom and independence in the community.


Post Secondary Education Transition Programs/Resources

1. Lutz School

19600 Cass Ave.

Clinton Township, MI 48043


Lutz School is a Special Education Center, operated by the Macomb Intermediate School District, which serves more than 270 special needs students ages 18 to 26 who live in Macomb County Michigan.

We provide experiences and training to promote each student's transition from school to community life. As a work based educational program, we provide training to help develop appropriate work habits and attitudes.


2. Macomb STEP Program

A Macomb County Post-Secondary Program designed to assist special education students with mild impairments, on a Certificate of Completion course of study, between the ages of 18-26. Year round calendar, alternate school hours, instruction in classroom, community-based experiences, agency connections. The student must be referred by resident district and placement determined by IEP. For further information contact the MISD or your local Special Education Department.


3. Macomb Academy

39092 Garfield Road

Clinton Township, MI 48038


Macomb Academy is a charter school servicing special needs students 18 – 26 years old. Our program focuses on daily living and employment skills. We strive to challenge each student and provide new experiences to learn and grow.


4. Rising Stars Academy

23855 Lawrence Street

Centerline, MI 48015


With a "farm to plate" philosophy, Rising Stars is open to special needs students ages 18-26 who leave high school with a certificate of completion.


5. Comprehensive Services for the Developmentally Disabled was established in Michigan in 1983 and is dedicated to providing vocational services and community integration skills training for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

The vision of CSDD is to inspire and encourage participants to grow within a positive, success oriented environment and to recognize their own self worth and confidence.

CSDD has convenient Southeast Michigan locations in New Haven, Monroe, Shelby Township, and Warren. This program is accessed through Community Mental Health & is available to eligible clients with no age limits.


6.Special Dreams Farm

6524 Fred Moore Highway

St. Clair Township, MI  48079


Where Dreams Are Becoming Reality

Our program will enable all individuals, mainly adults, of varying special needs and developmental disabilities to participate in various aspects of the farm.

Part of our DREAM includes future activities such as:

• Non-Competitive Meaningful Work for disabled adults

• Day Programs for developmentally disabled adults

• Summer Camps for developmentally disabled adults

• Therapeutic Horseback Riding for developmentally disabled adults

• Supported Living for developmentally disabled adults

• Residential Living for developmentally disabled adults

• Individual Vocational Courses for Transitional Special Needs High School Students

• Advocacy and Training for developmentally disabled adults


7.MTCI (Michigan Career and Technical Institute)

The Michigan Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) is an educational center for adults with disabilities in Michigan offering career assessment services that help students explore job options.

MCTI has 13 training programs - each with an active advisory committee made up of people who work in that business industry and help ensure our curriculum and equipment meet business standards and needs.

MCTI also offers the following services:

Medical and counseling services

Occupational therapy

Interpreters for deaf students

Classroom and job accommodations

Job placement services


Post Secondary Education/College/Training/Resources

1. Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 14620

Washington, DC 20044-4620

202 208 2545



2. Think College

Youth with disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.



Explore vocational and technical careers, check out the skills employers really want, find a trade school, research technical topics, and look at the current job market within the Vocational Information Center.

Web-Site Resources:


4. http://www.family-friendly-fun.com/aspire-achieve

Terry Scott Cohen has written a book dedicated to kids and young adults who are having a hard time dealing with their disabilities. He has a disease called myotonic muscular dystrophy which has no cure.  He has accepted the disease and gone on to live his life.


5. http://cenmi.org

CEN responds to the information needs of families, educators, community service providers, and others across the state of Michigan who have a vested interest in the education of individuals with disabilities.  There is a link to Michigan Transition Resources


6. http://www.ncld.org

The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.


7. http://www.youthhood.org/index.asp

This site is a place teens. Here teens can start thinking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives. This Web site was built to help plan for the future. What will you do after high school? Will you work? Go to college? Live in a place of your own? By using this Web site, plans for the future can start right now!


8. http://www.ncset.org

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


9. http://depts.washington.edu/healthtr/


Adolescent Autonomy Checklists:  These checklists were developed by the Youth In Transition Project (1984-1987) at the University of Washington Division of Adolescent Medicine. They are based on a model developed by the Children's Rehabilitation Center at the University of Virginia. Use these checklists as an ongoing measurement of the independent skills your child achieves.


10.  California CareerZone

California CareerZone is a spin-off of the New York CareerZone, a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.


11.  Career Cruising

Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages. If you want to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training, you've come to the right place!  Visit your High School Counseling Office for Login Name and Password.


12. MI Bright Future

• Self assessment of interest, personality, work values, and skills

• Exploration of job clusters and specific occupations

• Participate in other career development activities


13. Center for Parent Information and Resources

 We serve the nation as a central source of information on:

• disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,

• IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,

• No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and

• research-based information on effective educational practices.


14.. PACER Center

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.



  1.  http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html
  2.  http://www.edufax.com/faq/l63.html
  3. http://www.ldonline.org/scholarship_ops
  4.  http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fin.aid.index.htm
  5.  http://www.new-horizons.org/edusch.html
  6.  http://www.bridges4kids.org/College.html
  7.  http://www.ehow.com/how_2154893_get-scholarships-disabled-students.html
  8. http://www.everything-about-college.com/

Check local banks, businesses, local clubs, specific disability networks, individual colleges, etc.