Special Education

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Regardless of the nature or severity of a child's disability, our exceptionally-trained staff is dedicated to addressing a wide range of needs. Bloomfield Hills Schools' Special Education programs operates in accordance with all state and federal guidelines.

The BHS special education program assists children with a variety of social, emotional and learning impairments. Children are assimilated into traditional classrooms as much as possible dependent upon their individual needs.

A number of special education programs at each building assist children in challenging areas, provide academic skills training, and help with learning difficulties.

Special Education Listserv

As a member of this listserv you will receive information concerning Special Education in Bloomfield Hills Schools including meeting notices and agendas. Click to go to the Parent Email List.

Wing Lake Developmental Center

The professional, committed staff and dedicated volunteers at the Wing Lake Developmental Center provide a warm and welcoming environment for students, ages 3 through 25, with severe cognitive and multiple impairments. Available to all eligible residents of Oakland County, Wing Lake helps students acquire basic skills to improve their quality of life.

Additional information can be found on the Wing Lake Developmental Webpage.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

Debra Belavek
Supervisor
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
248.341.7175
Beth Caverly
Secretary
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
248.341.7177

BHS provides instruction to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing and reside in Oakland County. Students attend classes with teachers, who have hearing impaired certification, at Fox Hills and Conant preschools, Eastover and Conant elementary schools, East Hills and Bloomfield Hills High School. Sign language interpreters are present when students who are Deaf or hard of hearing are included in general education classes at Eastover Elementary, East Hills Middle School, and Lahser High School.

Additional information can be found on the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Webpage.

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Bloomfield Hills Schools
Parent Advisory Committee Representatives:

PAC Representative
Htet Nyunt
248.229.8946            
PAC Representative
Jennifer Keegan
248.644.3838

The Oakland County Parent Advisory Committee represents each Local Educating Agency (LEA)/Public School Academy (PSA) within Oakland County. Parent representatives have a child/children with a disability(ies) and are appointed by the LEA/PSA and Oakland County School Boards. The committee participates in the development and review of the Oakland Schools County Plan for Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services. The PAC also provides advisory input on matters regarding improvement of Special Education services within the Intermediate School District (ISD).

PAC Mission Statement: To ensure a full continuum of services and options to all special education students that maintains excellence and equity and that is ever respectful in providing for the unique needs of each child.

Parent representatives are appointed by the LEA/PSA and Oakland County School Boards. They have a child/children with a disability(ies). They attend monthly meetings during the school year held at Oakland Schools Intermediate School District. As PAC members they: attend and participate at scheduled meetings; share information and ideas with the LEA/PSA members and others; cooperate in the development and review of the Oakland County Special Education Plan; provide families opportunities to be informed of special education processes; mentor new PAC members; encourage effective partnerships between families and schools; and disseminate information about our group and current issues in special education.

Project Find / Child Find

What is Project Find?

The early years are important in a child’s development; therefore, specific attention is given to this age group for whom school attendance is not mandatory.  Impairments, whether mild or severe, interfere with the learning process of a child, so early intervention is critical.

Project Find is a program of active outreach by the Michigan Department of Education and local school districts.  Within Bloomfield Hills Schools, Project Find specifically refers to the identification and service for youngsters birth through age six.  The primary purpose is to identify young children with disabilities that make learning difficult and to find appropriate special education services to aid in the child’s development.

Programs are mandated by IDEA (federal law) and Michigan rules for persons who are affected by one or more learning impairments including hearing, vision, speech, mental, physical, and emotional.

Here are some of our Project Find services available to families:

  • Referrals to and consultation with community agencies, preschools, and day care centers.
  • Screenings   and   diagnostic   assessments   in   the   area   of   speech   and   language,   self-help, social/emotional, learning, and physical development.
  • Information  to  parents  about  child  development  consultation,  parent  groups,  and  information resources.

For more information, please contact our District Project Find Coordinator Julie Magulak.  You may reach her at 248.341.7962.

Child Find

Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who are in need of early intervention or special education services.   To receive Early Intervention Programming or Special Education, children must meet eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA.  If you suspect your child has a disability affecting his or her school performance, please notify your child’s teacher, counselor, principal, or Pam Schoemer, Director of Special Education at 248.341.5415.

 

Free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening

Oakland Schools offers a free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening where parents can access developmental information, services, and resources for children four-months through five-years (60- months) of age.

For a free screening, go to http://asq.uoregon.edu/.  To learn more, contact Dr. Dawn Koger at 248.209.2266 or email dawn.koger@oakland.k12.mi.us.

BHASE Bloomfield Hills Association for Special Education

Dear Parents:

Whether you are new to Bloomfield Hills Schools, or have been here for many years, and your family uses special education services, your journey can be overwhelming. Bloomfield Hills Schools has a parent/teacher group called Bloomfield Hills Association for Special Education (BHASE).  BHASE is here to serve families who have an IEP or a 504 and are affected by disabilities.  It has a rich heritage of family and teacher collaboration for over 30 years serving families and supporting teachers.

You're invited to take the opportunity to connect with other parents who have similar needs and interests at a BHASE lunch meeting and/or at other venues related to special needs in the community.  Please see the schedule located on the Special Education home page - SAVE THE DATE

"Be informed…stay informed…stay connected!"
Parents have found it helpful to sign up for the Special Education Listserv to keep up on timely meeting invites and other emails of interest. This is the quickest way to get in the loop with parent-to-parent communications, notices from Pam’s office, and trainings or happenings in our community or in other school districts related to special education. 

Items of interest:

  • Disability Awareness Workshops are held at each elementary school, designed to help fourth-grade students get a taste of what life is like when a family or individual is affected by disability. Sponsored by Bloomfield Hills and presented by parent volunteers, these workshops take students through a variety of stations that simulate different disabilities.  Contact your PTO or Barbara Kappy at 248.341.5839 or bkappy@bloomfield.org for more information.
  • Bloomfield Hills Schools sends two representatives to the Oakland Schools Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). Members of the PAC participate in developing the county’s plan for the delivery of special education programs and services.   PAC members also receive information about special education issues around the county and state.  That information is shared at the BHASE lunch meetings held at the Doyle Center.  PAC representatives are appointed by their local Board of Education and serve a three-year term.   For more information on PAC go to: http://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/Departments/SpecialEducation/ParentAdvisoryCommittee/OaklandSchoolsPAC/tabid/931/Default.aspx

 

Transition

Our District Transition Coordinator is Lisa Brown - 248.341.5715.

The link below will take you to Lisa's Transition BLOG.
She has great information for families.

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Parent Resources - Forms

SAVE the DATE



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February 19 - Transition to High School

WHAT: Transition to High School
WHO:  Cathy Schmidt, Transition Consultant, Oakland Schools
WHERE:  Doyle Center - 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
WHEN:  11:30 AM - 1 PM on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cathy Schmidt joined the Oakland Schools team in 2004 as a Special Education Consultant, working with over 30 local districts and public school academies in the areas of secondary compliance and transition.  As the Oakland Schools liaison to the 50 member Oakland County Transition Association (OCTA), she supports compliance and the development of evidence based practices for transition.  As a member of the Collaborative team including education, rehabilitation, and mental health, she helped establish Project SEARCH a school transition employment model in Oakland County. Her experience also includes over 20 years as a Special Education Teacher in the Pontiac School District.  She earned a Masters Degree in Counseling at Oakland University.  On a personal note - she got married last year and inherited 5 grown children, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandson!

February 27 - Transitions

WHAT: Transitions
WHO:  Farmington Special Education
WHERE:  Harison High School - Media Center
WHEN:  February 27, 2014    6:30 - 8:30 PM

Middle School to High School, High School to College, Age 26 leaving public education.

March 20 - APPsolutely Marvelous

WHAT: APPsoulutely Marvelous
WHO:  Farmington Special Education - Parent Connect
WHERE:  Harrison High School
WHEN:  March 20, 2014   6:30 - 8:30 PM

APPs, APPs, and more APPs!

April 30 - Behavioral Supports

WHAT: Behavioral Supports
WHO:  Jason Novetsky, Ph.D., School Psychology Consultant, Macomb ISD
WHERE:  Doyle Center - 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
WHEN:  11:30 AM - 1 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Join Dr. Jason Novetsky, a parent of two boys, the School Psychology Consultant for Behavior & Learning Support from Macomb Intermediate School District and private Sport Psychology Consultant to learn how to see behavior from an ecological point of view, the difference between skill deficits and performance deficits, use a positive behavior support approach to handle challenging behavior and most importantly have some fun thinking about your children.

May 8 - Visual Supports for Home

WHAT: Visual Supports for Home
WHO:  Farmington Special Education - Parent Connect
WHERE:  Harrison High School - Media Center
WHEN:  May 8, 2014   6:30 - 8:30 PM

Make It and Take It, Visual Supports for Home.

CONTACTS

Pam Schoemer
Director - Special Education
248.341.5415

Lilly Meek
Secretary - Special Education
248.341.5417

Denise Garner
Secretary - Special Education
248.341.5419