Special Education

On this page, you will find a digital flipbook with content related to Transportation Services. The same information is also presented in an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible PDF.

Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District provides programs and related services to over 1,300 students with disabilities. Special education staff provide services in various locations throughout the Char-Em ISD. An array of instructional programs and support services are offered to students with disabilities, from birth through age 25, in collaboration with local school districts, public school academies, and non-public schools. Diagnostic services, direct service identified in individual education program plans, consultation with general and special education providers, and the operation of special schools and programs are some of the services provided by Char-Em ISD.

PDF DocumentChar-Em ISD Plan for Delivery of Special Education Services
PDF DocumentChar-Em ISD Special Education Programs Student and Parent Handbook

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology needs must be considered as a part of all individualized education program (IEP) plans. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines assistive technology devices as "any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities." Assistive technology can be low/no, mid, or high technology and is identified by using a Student Environment Task Tool (SETT). This framework for discussion assists teams in their consideration of the student, the environments, and the tasks required for active participation in the activities of the environments.

The term "assistive technology" refers to an array of devices and services used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of a student with a disability. Assistive technology may include equipment and/or instructional strategies needed to assist communication (spoken and written), mobility, self-care and other needs arising from sensory, motor, cognitive or social impairments. Assistive technology devices may range from simple modifications to sophisticated technical equipment.

"Assistive Technology Services" involve evaluation, selection, acquisition, coordination and instruction necessary for a student's successful participation in their learning environments. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers and enable individuals with disabilities to be participating and contributing members of society.

Parent and Educator Guide for Assistive Technology (Michigan Alliance for Families)

Direct Service Providers

Evaluation Services

Char-Em ISD provides schools with diagnostic evaluation team personnel qualified to analyze existing evaluation data, provide further assessment when necessary, and provide the individualized education program team with a written report to assist in the determination of whether a student meets criteria as a student with a disability. In addition, staff provides consultation with teachers, school support personnel, coordination of community agency involvement, and a resource for parents and students.

To obtain an evaluation - If you believe your child/student may have a disability and qualify for special education services - contact your building principal to discuss your concerns.


Michigan has participated in a federal Medicaid program called School-based Services since 1993. Under the direction of the Michigan Department of Community Health, this program assists school districts by providing partial reimbursement for medically-related services (such as Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Services, School Social Work) that are recorded on a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Partial reimbursement to schools is possible for students who are Medicaid eligible. However, services are provided to ALL students with disabilities regardless of their Medicaid eligibility status.

Medicaid funds for this program come from a special source for schools, and DO NOT affect the family's Medicaid insurance benefits, and are at NO COST to the family. Annual parent consent is required to access the funds. This consent simply seeks permission to claim funds reserved by the state to help schools provide the services listed on an IEP or IFSP.

Resource Center
PDF DocumentMedicaid Manual
PDF DocumentQuality Assurance Plan

Monitoring and Technical Assistance

Regulations, Rules and Procedural Safeguards
Three documents provide a foundation for special education compliance in Michigan:

  1. The Federal Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
  2. The Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE)
  3. The rights for parents/guardians whose children are eligible for special education: Procedural Safeguards Notice 

Parent Resources

The resources below provide information that can address specific needs of parents and guardians. Char-Em ISD is dedicated to providing parents and guardians with information that can enable active participation in the special education process. Click on the links below to access resources that may meet the needs of your student and family.

Family Matters (MDE)
Family Resource Guide

Laws and Rules:
Federal Regulations
Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Programs and Services

Special Education Programs
Special education programs operated by Char-Em ISD consist of classrooms located at​ the​ Patricia A. Taylor School for Exceptional Learners in Petoskey and in several of our local school districts​, including Alanson, Boyne Falls, East Jordan and Harbor Springs.

Several classrooms are designed to provide a special education program option for students who have, or function as if they have, moderate or severe cognitive impairment. Placement consideration should only be made following implementation of comprehensive intervention plans that have included curriculum modification and intensive intervention by special education personnel. Students participate in state assessments based upon alternate achievement standards.

Additional classrooms provide an educational environment that supports students with severe emotional and behavioral needs whose physical behavior is so aggressive the student is unable to access the general education curriculum through meaningful participation in the local district setting. Lessons are designed to support students academically and emotionally to enable students to continue to participate and progress toward grade level standards.

PDF Document2018-2019 Special Education Programs Calendar

PDF DocumentStudent and Parent Handbook Documentation of Consent

Student Transportation

Char-Em ISD provides specialized transportation for students who attend a special education classroom operated by the intermediate school district. A transportation plan involving parents, support personnel (such as the occupational or physical therapist), and transportation staff is developed to ensure safe transportation for the student.

Transportation Change Request
Student Transportation in Private Vehicle

Notification of School Closings
TV 9 and 10
TV 7 and 4

Transportation Services Brochure

External LinkTransportation Services Brochure Digital Flipbook
PDF DocumentTransportation Services Brochure ADA Accessible PDF