Supports for Students with Disabilities

Many offices, agencies, and organizations outside of the Office of Special Education (OSE) work with families and schools to support students with disabilities.

Academic Supports

  • Personal Curriculum (PC)
    A PC can be used to modify any content within the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) for a student with an individualized education program (IEP). 

Alternate Assessment

  • MI-Access: Michigan's Alternate Assessment System

    MI-Access is designed for students who have, or function as if they have a significant cognitive impairment. MI-Access satisfies the federal requirement that all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.

    MI-Access is managed through the MDE Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability.

Assistive Technology


Behavior Supports

Blind/Visual Impairment

  • Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO)
    The MDE-LIO provides educational materials and supports to students who are blind/visually impaired (BVI), their families, and school district personnel.
  • Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T)
    Camp T is a campground in Greenville, Michigan owned and operated by the state of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) oversees the operation of the camp and provides programming for students and their families. Camp T is also open to other education groups.
  • Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
    The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) helps students with a visual impairment become employed and gain independence. BSBP provides training and other services that empower people to achieve their individual goals.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Early Childhood Education Services

  • Early On ® Michigan (Birth to 3)
    Early On Michigan offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers birth to three years of age (and their families) with developmental delay(s) and/or disabilities.
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Age 3 to 5)
    Preschool-aged children who are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) from their local school district.
  • Office of Great Start (Birth to 8)
    The Michigan Department of Education Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children ages birth to eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success.


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • Michigan’s MTSS Technical Assistance Center
    The MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center works on behalf of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to provide a continuum of technical assistance to intermediate school districts (ISDs), districts, and schools in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)  framework.

Parent Supports

Transition Services