Special Populations Compliance

The Compliance U​nit of the Department of Special Education provides services that support districts in ensuring compliant practices.

What is an IEP?

An IEP, or Individual Education Program, assists families, students and educators in creating a plan that creating a learning environment for a child to succeed. IEP detail specific plans to meet a child's individual needs in an educational environment.

Contact us with specific questions or concerns about your child's needs or IEP. We have many resources for families, school administrators and educators.

What is a Section 504?

Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance and ensures that individuals with disabilities have equal access to programs, activities, and services as compared to non-disabled peers. Eligibility is dependent upon an individual having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.

Informal Dispute Resolution

Informal Dispute resolution assists parents, educators, and service providers develop productive relationships for resolving issues in early intervention and special education.​

National Resources

Building the Legacy IDEA (2004) Mediation

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

Michigan Resources

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program

Oakland County Resources

Oakland Mediation Center

Formal Dispute Resolution

State Special Education Complaints and Due Process hearings are the formal mechanisms for resolving disputes​ about the provision of special education to eligible students. 

MDE-OSE Special Education Complaint

Special Education Due Process Complaint

Forms and Procedure Documents for Administrators

Administrators can find forms and procedure documents on the Michigan Department of Education's website.


Shelley Dickerson

Special Education Compliance Consultant

Alan Ellias

Special Education Compliance Consultant

Kelly Friedland

Special Education Compliance Consultant

Matthew Korolden

Special Education Compliance Consultant

Laura Kramer

Project/Department Assistant

Catherine Schmidt

Transition/Post High School Consultant

Elaine Tadajewski

Special Education Early Childhood Consultant

Michelle Wolschlager

Special Education Compliance Consultant