Office of Exceptional Student Education (formerly Special Education)

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) provides students with exceptional needs the supports, interventions, and enrichment activities needed to flourish. We work to ensure students have access and the opportunity to participate in the varied opportunities DPSCD provides.

    This access to instructional and other support services will result in every student maximizing their potential to successfully participate in school, work, and community life.

    Our Programs:
    Mild Cognitive Impairments
    Moderate Cognitive Impairments
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Day Treatment
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Emotional Impairment
    Early Childhood Special Education
    Visual Impairments
    Work Skills
    Post Secondary Transition
    Our Services:
    Physical and Other Health Impairments
    Early Childhood Developmental Disorder
    Early Intervention Diagnostic Center
    Speech & Language Pathology
    Occupational Therapy
    Physical Therapy
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Orientation & Mobility
    School Social Work
    Our Staff

    Our staff receives a wide range of training on how to best serve ALL students. Given the number of schools and programs DPSCD offers, we have programs and classes to fit each student’s needs. Support staff includes trained school psychologists, school nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, audiologist and school social workers.

    What We Offer

    • Instructional support: ranging from specialized classes to resource teachers supporting students in general education classrooms, DPSCD strives to educate all students first in a general education setting
    • Behavior and counseling support
    • Assistance with physical mobility and fine motor skills
    • Speech services
    • Accommodations and modifications
    • Transition and work skills to help students pursue post-secondary and work opportunities     
    Center-Based Special Education Centers

    Charles R. Drew Transition Center           
    9600 Wyoming Street                             
    Detroit, MI 48204-4669                          

    Diann Banks Williamson Education Center
    5020 Cadieux
    Detroit, MI 48224

    Jerry L. White Center
    14804 W. McNichols
    Detroit, MI 48235

    Keidan Special Education Center
    4441 Collingwood
    Detroit, MI 48204

    Moses Field Center
    1100 Sheridan
    Detroit, MI 48214-4220

    Turning Point Academy at Fleming
    18501 Waltham St.
    Detroit, MI 48205

    Turning Point Academy at Henry Ford
    20000 Evergreen Rd.
    Detroit, MI 48219

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