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Avondale Special Parents

Friends of Different Learners

... is for parents of children from preschool age through adulthood who have a special need. We are a safe and judgment-free group providing opportunity for parents to share concerns about their child's special challenges; gather useful information; learn about local and national resources that may help them as they support their child's growth; and mostly, connect with other parents for acceptance, advice and guidance.

Parent holding child's hand
Together we can share ideas and advocate for our children who may be struggling with:
Feeling different or out of place
Making friends
Sensory overload
Emotional challenges
Physical challenges
and so much more ...


Read the Friends of Different Learners Newsletters

September 21, 2018 - click here
December 12, 2018 - click here


Meetings and events take place at Avondale High School in the Special Education IEP Room from 6:30 - 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated.

February 12, 2019
GUEST SPEAKER: Oakland Schools
Bullying Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning

March 12, 2019
Planning and Nominations for 1st Annual
"Bestie" or "BFF" Award Evening
Nominate a "friend" in our Avondale Community who has shown exemplary support to our different learners

April 16, 2019
Bestie / BFF Award Evening
Location and Time TBD

May 14, 2019
2018-2018 End of the Year Wrap Up

Sign up to receive the Michigan Alliance for Families 
Monthly Newsletter here.
Friends of Different Learners
Many events coming up

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Download newsletter here.

Bloomfield Township Public Library
Bloomfield Township
Public Library
has many events and activities
designed for special learners.

Click here to visit the Special Needs page on the 
Bloomfield Township Public Library web site.

Parent Resources

Children's Special Health Care Services - Oakland County

Down's Syndrome Guild of Michigan

Friendship Circle of Michigan

Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC)

Michigan Dyslexia Institute

Oakland County Community Mental Health

Play-Place for Autistic Children

Rochester Area Recreation Authority (RARA)

The ARC of Oakland County

*If you would like to share website resources with our families, please contact Annette McAvoy, Avondale School District Communications at Your suggestion will be vetted before being added to this site.