Early On services are available for children from birth to three years of age who have a minimal degree of developmental delay. A Family Service Plan outlines the priorities for each family and identifies appropriate services. Services are provided to meet the needs of the family through community agencies or through Early On staff.
This early intervention program serves families with children from birth to three years of age who have been identified as having an area of special educational need such as developmental delay, autism, physical challenge, hearing or visual impairment or severely/multiply impaired. This program serves families from Kalamazoo County through home-based services.
This free, fun and rewarding program is designed for all parents of children ages three and under who want to see their children succeed in school and in life. Parents can choose from a "menu" of parent and child play groups, child development screening and home visits to design a program that meets their schedule and the interests of their family.
Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Local Districts
Teacher consultants who specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders support the local district staff through team-building, teaching, modeling and collaboration.
WoodsEdge Learning Center is a Kalamazoo RESA-operated program that provides classroom services for students with autism, severe cognitive and multiple impairments (ages 3 through 26). We also have satellite classrooms for students with autism located in Portage, Parchment and Schoolcraft Public Schools.
Classroom instruction focuses on the individual needs of the child as determined by their IEP’s. Included within each plan may be services from any of the following disciplines: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Hearing Impaired Consultation, Visually Impaired Consultation and Adapted Physical Education.
Kalamazoo RESA offers classroom programs for students with hearing impairments ages 2-26 located within Kalamazoo and Portage Public Schools. Teacher consultants who specialize in hearing impairments work collaboratively with hearing impaired students, their families and school personnel to provide appropriate services, materials and equipment.
The Juvenile Home Schools (JHS) provide educational services for adjudicated youth from
Kalamazoo County. The JHS have two components. The Youth Center School (YCS) serves youth that are currently detained in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home. The Intensive Learning Center (ILC) serves youth that are placed in the school through court order, but remain living at their home or in foster placement.
Lakeside School provides educational services to students in a residential program, Lakeside Academy. Students are placed at Lakeside Academy by outside agencies throughout Michigan and other states. Students are in grades 6-12.
Coordination of continuous improvement monitoring of special education programs and services operated by local districts or by Kalamazoo RESA is provided. All data for state and federal reporting as requested by the Department of Education are collected, reported and otherwise managed by this office. Program planning, dispute resolution and complaints related to state and federal regulation are coordinated by this office and reported. Additionally, phases of Kalamazoo RESA’s participation in two Medicaid programs are also administered within this division office.
Transition services facilitate the shift from school to adult life for students with disabilities. The areas of employment, post-secondary education, adult living, and community participation are covered by transition services and are addressed to help support students in reaching their desired post-school goals. Examples of transition services at Kalamazoo RESA include: informational sessions for parents and teachers, professional development for teachers and staff, relationships with/linkages to adult community agencies, individualized transition planning with staff and families, and participation in Michigan’s Transition Outcome Project.
The Young Adult Program (YAP) provides developmentally disabled 18-26 year olds with the necessary tools to learn skills to make a successful transition into a meaningful and more independent lifestyle.
Valley Center School is a Kalamazoo RESA-operated program that delivers special education services to students with emotional impairments or unique behavioral needs. Referrals are accepted from all our constituent districts via the LEA Director of Special Education. Once enrolled, our goal is to enable students to return to their local districts and/or function better in their communities.
Kalamazoo RESA provides teacher consultants, orientation and mobility specialists and a Braille/media specialist who plan, coordinate, and implement services for visually impaired students within the regional educational service area. They work with visually impaired students, their families and school personnel in providing appropriate services, materials and equipment.