All Michigan children can learn and succeed in school and life, given the right supports. Unfortunately, children with disabilities, especially children with challenging disability-related behavior, fare far worse than children without disabilities. Schools compound the problem by failing to identify disability-related issues, failing to provide research-based student supports, failing to provide adequate training and resources to teachers and other educators, or by excluding children from school completely.

People with disabilities benefit from policies that:

  • Provide a right to education for all Michigan students.
  • Hold Michigan schools and state oversight agencies accountable for providing appropriate special education services and supports.
  • Promote the use of positive behavior supports, both for individuals and school-wide, to keep children in school and increase success.
  • Include students with disabilities in general education reform, including state planning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).