Oakland Schools

Oakland Schools is a regional service agency that offers support services to school personnel that are best delivered regionally and provide cost, size and quality advantages to those we serve. Oakland Schools is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan General School Laws and is one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) established in Michigan in 1962.
Oakland Schools organizes our organization strategies around these central objectives:

    • Increase student achievement
    • Serve diverse needs of schools
    • Decrease costs/increase efficiency

Penrickton Center for the Blind: Active Learning

This website provides ongoing educational information and tools for implementing active learning techniques in the home, school or daycare environment. All children learn through activity. Active Learning helps to promote independence in children with multiple special needs. This website includes detailed explanation of equipment, overall theory concepts, helpful hints, assessment tools and conference information.

The ARC of Oakland County

The Arc of Oakland County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities. They strive to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire our community and influence public policy.

Community Living Services (CLS)

CLS has been providing supports and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for decades. CLS Supports Coordinators are on the front lines every day, accessing resources in communities, helping find employment and volunteer opportunities and working toward a future of independence and freedom for those that they serve.

Macomb Oakland Regional Center (MORC)

The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) is the premier resource for providing services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in southeast Michigan.


JARC is known as a prototype for innovative, high-quality community-based residential and support programs, serving nearly 200 adults in its group homes and various supported independent living arrangements.


Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs.

Angel’s Place

Angels’ Place provides people-centered services, including homes and professional support, for adults with developmental disabilities. Our homes offer a Christian family environment of love and compassion, coupled with an atmosphere of acceptance, dignity, well-being and the potential for personal growth and acceptance.

On My Own

On My Own of Michigan serves adults with mild developmental intellectual disabilities including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Learning Disabilities.

Lekotek/Oakland Family Services

The Lekotek program uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life.

Joni and Friends of Southeast Michigan

Joni and Friends works together with local churches and organizations, forming outreach programs throughout the community and ministering hope and the message of Christ to those who face the daily challenges of life with a disability. The Southeast Michigan office is committed to reaching individuals and families affected by disability in our community with the love of Christ.


Oakland County Mental Health

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority leads a provider service network that assists more than 27,000 Oakland County citizens. People who receive public mental health services through the OCCMHA provider network include those who have a intellectual/developmental disability, adults with a mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with substance use disorders. OCCMHA exists to ensure that all of these individuals are made aware of and have accessibility to services and supports that will improve their health and quality of life, as well as ensure their engagement in full community participation.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Assistance programs, adult and children services, safety and injury prevention. MDHHS offers a number of programs to help you and your family with temporary assistance when times are tough.

Oakland County Health Division

The Health Division’s 30+ programs/services focus on preventing the spread of disease; ensuring a safe and clean environment; promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; preparing for emergencies; surveillance of disease threats; and ensuring accessibility of health services. The Health Division identifies real public health issues affecting the community and addresses needs with cost effective services. OCHD programs benefit every Oakland County resident, as well as countless visitors.

Children with Special Needs Fund

The Children with Special Needs Fund provides support for children in Michigan with special health care needs not available through any other funding source. The Fund helps with the purchase of equipment and services that promote optimal health, mobility, and development, enhancing the lives of children and their families. Call: (517)241-7420

Dental Care

Joslyn Smile Center

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) community partnership offering complete, coordinated, high quality primary, mental and dental health care throughout Oakland County, Michigan. Services are open to all, regardless of insurance, place of residence, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation. Call (248) 724-7600

Children’s Hospital Dental Department

The Dental Department at Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center includes specialists on staff in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics. For decades the department has been focused on providing services to medically and psychologically handicapped children, including those with oral clefts and facial anomalies, medical disorders and mental impairments. Routine clinical care is offered, as is care under sedation and general anesthesia.

Leisure and Recreation

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families by providing recreational, social, educational and vocational programming. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving. Friendship Circle also provides support to individuals and families struggling with isolation, addiction and other family-related crises.

Oakland County Michigan Parks: Adaptive Recreation

Oakland County Parks provides leisure and sports opportunities. Inclusion services are offered so individuals with disabilities can participate in any program or event hosted by Oakland County Parks. A certifies recreation specialist coordinates programs and assists individuals during programs.

Southfield Parks and Recreation

Beech Woods Recreation Center offers several fun and exciting sporting opportunities for people with disabilities. Adaptive programs include wheelchair basketball, golf and tennis.

Claudia Brewer at (248) 796-4673


Michigan Adaptive Sports

MAS is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization established for the purpose of providing sports, recreation and physical fitness opportunities for persons with disabilities. We offer a competitive aspect as a part of our program for those seeking a higher challenge. We host many annual clinics and events which provide ample challenges and opportunities for fun and excitement. We are able to provide these sports and activities to a very wide range of people. Our participants are of all ages, from young children to adults, and their disabilities include amputation, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, head injuries, and many others.

Miracle League

Every player fields/hits and gets on base every inning and there are no outs. Kids love this Fun, Self Esteem Building league. Players must be at least 4 years old to participate and no baseball experience required. “Able-bodied” Buddies or family members are partnered with each player to assist and protect them during games. Adaptive plastic bats and safety balls are used and no score is kept.

Michigan Horse Directory

Therapeutic Riding Centers and Equine Assisted Therapy Clinics.

Sports Ability-RIM

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s SportsAbility program provides competitive and recreational sporting opportunities for persons with disabilities. SportsAbility members have an opportunity to participate in a number of activities including:

• Wheelchair Basketball
• Fitness Training
• Adaptive Bowling
• Hand cycling clinics
• Adaptive Waterskiing
• Kayaking
• Adaptive snow skiing
• Wheelchair tennis clinics
• Weightlifting clinics

RIM’s Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists (CTRS) assist with the formation of teams, clinics, training, and equipment adaptations.

FAR Conservatory

Far Therapeutic and Performing Arts, provide art and sport classes for children with special needs throughout the year and a camp in the summer as well as hosting teen clubs and activity nights.

Paint A Miracle

Where joy and creativity abound, in an atmosphere of hope, growth and encouragement. Uniquely designed for people who are living with disabilities and other challenges.

The Art Experience

The Art Experience is a place for people with developmental disabilities,
autism or even the “label free” to feel like they’re part of a community. It’s
also an affordable place to paint, draw, CREATE.

JCC Jewish Community Center

Classes and programs offered at both locations throughout the year. Children with special needs participate in the MY BUDDY AND ME program. Gymnastics, swimming, art, and more.

Boys and Girls Club

Youth Abilities baseball program for special need students and a BUDDY
Youth Abilities- Saturday sports special for children with physical disabilities. Activities include parachute games. Sessions run Saturday mornings.

Special Olympics of Michigan

The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Friends of Different Learners

Friends of Different Learners is an independent organization of parents, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

Challenge Mountain

Enrich lives and empower individuals living with disabilities through year-round adaptive recreation.

Program to Educate Cyclists

PEAC empowers individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation, and self-advocacy education.


Children's Hospital of Michigan

Children's Specialty Center
3950 Beaubien Dr.
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313.832.8870

University of Michigan

2850 South Industrial Highway Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734.971.8286

Beaumont Seating Clinic

4949 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248.655.5687
Ask for Deb Adsit, Supervisor of Pediatrics. Request an appointment with Gretchen Backer, PT.

Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families

18501 Rotunda Dr. Suite 200
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: 313.996.1951

Post 26 Programs

New Gateways

This is a Day program. The focus is on skill building and it is social and recreational. They offer community outings. They have an active parent group. This program maintains a waiting list.

Lahser Pre-Vocational Centers

This is a Day program. The focus is on skill building and it is social and recreational.
They offer community outings on a monthly basis.

(248) 435-6090 2836 Industrial Row Troy, MI 48084.

(248) 634-6555 16745 Dixie Highway Davisburg, MI 48350

(248) 623-3067 5871 Dixie Highway Clarkston,MI 48346

Life Skills Center

Life skills Center has multiple locations. LSC’s goal is provide programs, services and activities to consumers which will assist them in obtaining independence, employability, and integration into the community. They offer programs and services which foremost promote consumer choice, provide opportunities to enrich consumer lives, promote independence, and community integration.

Dutton Farm

Dutton Farm is a Life skills and pre-vocational program located on a working farm. Dutton farm strives to positively impact the lives of our participants through partnership, dignity and contentment

Mary’s Children

Mary's Children Family Center provides a structured program for adults with brain injuries who are beyond the stage of recovery where intense rehabilitation is necessary. Our program is structured and strives to improve functional independence and enhance the quality of life for persons who are overcoming brain injuries and now living in the community.

New Horizons

New Horizons empowers individuals with special needs to fulfill their dreams. Through partnerships, community education, and advocacy, they create a brighter future in which our clients are accepted by, participate in, and add value to the community.

Starting Point

Is part of Life Skills Center programming. The focus is going out into the community. This program goes out every day, several times a day. This program maintains a wait list.

(248) 289-6278 305 Barclay Circle suite 1001, Rochester, MI 48307

Overnight Camps

IKUS Life Enrichment Services

IKUS helps individuals with disabilities to discover their potential, experience greater freedom, learn new skills, and have fun in a safe environment. Ultimately, IKUS gives clients the tools they need to make every day another best day.

St. Francis Camp on the Lake

St. Francis Camp on the Lake aims to create an environment where campers live and play together in dignity, respect and love while sharing the ultimate summer camp experience.


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