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Avondale Special Parents

Friends of Different Learners

... is for parents of children from preschool age through adulthood who have a special need. We are a safe and judgment-free group providing opportunity for parents to share concerns about their child's special challenges; gather useful information; learn about local and national resources that may help them as they support their child's growth; and mostly, connect with other parents for acceptance, advice and guidance.

Parent holding child's hand
Together we can share ideas and advocate for our children who may be struggling with:
Academics
Bullying
Feeling different or out of place
Making friends
Anxiety
Sensory overload
Emotional challenges
Physical challenges
and so much more ...


Newsletter


Read the Friends of Different Learners Newsletters


September 21, 2018 - click here


Calendar
SAVE THE DATE

Meetings and events take place at Avondale High School in the Special Education IEP Room from 6:30 - 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated.


October 26, 2018   / 5:30 - 7:30 pm
2nd Annual Special Education Halloween Party
hosted by the Avondale SKILL students
Meadows Learning Center / 1435 W Auburn Road
Admission: 2-liter of pop, a bag of chips, or a package of cookies
Costumes are AWESOME but not mandatory

November 13, 2018
An Evening of Appreciation
working together to create small gifts and letters of appreciation for our Special Education staff

January 8, 2019
GUEST SPEAKER: Shannon DeWall
from the Law Office of Shannon DeWall, PLLC
Shannon will speak about wills, trusts, and planning for children with special needs

February 12, 2019
GUEST SPEAKER: Oakland Schools
Bullying Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning


March 12, 2019
Planning and Nominations for 1st Annual
"Bestie" or "BFF" Award Evening
Nominate a "friend" in our Avondale Community who has shown exemplary support to our different learners

April 16, 2019
Bestie / BFF Award Evening
Location and Time TBD


May 14, 2019
2018-2018 End of the Year Wrap Up

Sign up to receive the Michigan Alliance for Families 
Monthly Newsletter here.
Hallow Party Invitation

Friends of Different Learners
Many events coming up

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FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS
Download newsletter here.

Bloomfield Township Public Library
Bloomfield Township
Public Library
has many events and activities
designed for special learners.


Click here to visit the Special Needs page on the 
Bloomfield Township Public Library web site.

Parent Resources


Children's Special Health Care Services - Oakland County
https://www.oakgov.com/health/services/Pages/CSHCS.aspx

Down's Syndrome Guild of Michigan
http://www.dsgsemi.org/


Friendship Circle of Michigan
http://www.friendshipcircle.org/


Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC)
http://morcinc.org/PDF/RespiteServicesBrochure.pdf

Michigan Dyslexia Institute
http://www.dyslexia.net/

Oakland County Community Mental Health
https://www.occmha.org/

Play-Place for Autistic Children
http://www.autisticplayplace.org/

Rochester Area Recreation Authority (RARA)
http://www.rararecreation.org/Special-Needs-Recreation/SCAMP

The ARC of Oakland County

*If you would like to share website resources with our families, please contact Annette McAvoy, Avondale School District Communications at annette.mcavoy@avondale.k12.mi.us. Your suggestion will be vetted before being added to this site. 

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