Special Education Advocacy & Development
SEAD came from the Group of 10,000, a grass roots organization developed to stop proposed changes to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education, or the MARSE, proposed by the Michigan Department of Education in 2014. The Group of 10,000 was a drive by parents, families, teachers & professionals to prevent the MDE from radically changing the way special education was to be delivered to students. Most notably, we felt the lack of a voice in the process for families and little consideration given to the impact on students being served. You can read more about that fight here.
The team that worked so hard to defeat the MARSE changes realized that once we had won, we had not really improved special education - we had only prevented it from becoming worse. Inspired by the wonderful people we met along that journey, living lives so familiar and smilar to our own, we decided to continue working for our wonderful children, who deserve every opportunity to succeed and grow. SEAD was officially established in late 2014 and you can meet the executive group here. (coming soon)
We are a non-partisan, unaffiliated group comprised of parents & professionals whose mission is to see that students needs have an equal voice in policy, rules, lawmaking and in local districts. We are growing by adding local chapters of parents around Michigan to provide parents with strength in numbers at the local level and to provide strength to our voice in Lansing.
We believe strongly in a collective voice for special education and working collaboratively with schools, districts and lawmakers. We seek to have parents voices recognized as meaningful stakeholders in the process.
We hope you will consider joining with us to stand up for special education students and families in the Great State of Michigan.
An Enviable Life for All Our Children
From IEP's, initial diagnoses or qualifications, questions and resrouces, you can find our information collection located linked or resding in this section.
Membership is open to those with children in Special Education in Michigan Public Schools and the educators and administrators who serve them
Our programs are quite varried and include sports opportunities, resources for families, outreach and advocacy. You can see our current activities here.