The SEAD Mission
SEAD was founded by parents and professionals who saw Special Education being radically changed within the State of Michigan, without families being given a meaningful voice.
We believe that the voices of families must be valued and heard when any substantive changes to Special Education are contemplated. The current methods provided for our voices are insufficient and we seek to make SEAD a collective loud and prominent voice for families concerning Special Education policy on the State level and seperately at the local level within districts.
SEAD has a mission to provide parents with a means to unify their voices in local districts in order to end the isolation of Special Education families within communities. Local Chapters of Special Education Advocacy & Development parents are critical to providing strength, support and a unified voice for our children’s needs. Join us today!
SEAD and Special Education in Public Schools - Keeping it LOCAL!
SEAD seeks to empower stakeholder parents and families to have a significant voice in development of all facets of special education policy. Good policy comes from having real world information, and we believe that good policy must be informed by local voices of affected families. SEAD chapters can be developed in any community as a place for parents and families to meet and support each other within a community. A single voice is never as strong as a full community of voices working together. Local chapters can be clearing houses for information, education, support for new Special Education parents and a continuing resource for families along the journey of education, developing new programs within districts and informing the State about our needs.
The founding chapter in Dexter, MI meets as a group and has special meetings with the district special education Director and key staff from the ISD. We see working to develop a collegial relationship with schools as key to improving our collective future and the outcomes for our children. We take support and encouragement from each other and the common thread of our unique children and the provenance their needs have in our lives.
If you would like to start a local chapter in your area, please contact us! We are happy to come out and help you get meetings off the ground, meet with your local school and begin making a stronger future!
SEAD and the Wider State of Michigan
SEAD believes that the resolution to most problems within our community, and especially with Special Education, is found within our local communities. We believe strongly that the involved and reciprocal model we have established with our local schools is one which can help other communities achieve similar successful relationships. In that light, we help other parent communities establish similar local organizations to work with their community schools.
At times, however, we see that there are issues at the State level, weather of policy, law or structure, that require action from our community and a loud voice to people who affect these issues. SEAD maintains a strict non partisan stance and takes positions on issues relevant to our community and the people we serve. We know that in order for our community to be heard and our views to be considered, we must speak with a unified voice. The nature of our community is such that picking up and coming to Lansing for hearings or meetings is simply not possible for many of us. The issues our families face are very different and create less flexibility in our lives for this type of action. SEAD, through the strength of local chapters, can be that voice for us on these issues.