OUR MISSION

To ensure all children in West Michigan receive the quality education they need to thrive

WHAT WE DO

Provide comprehensive non-legal advocacy and legal representation to West Michigan children for all educational needs. This includes:
  • Pairing families with a non-attorney advocate, supervised by an attorney, to provide wide-ranging support in obtaining and monitoring their child’s education needs. Our trained advocates provide weekly contact with families to address all education issues.
  • Working closely with related service providers to assist parents in fully understanding their child’s disability, strengths, areas of need, and recommended services and interventions.
  • Representing children and parents for due process hearings and related legal proceedings to ensure every child receives the free and appropriate public education they are entitled to when non-legal advocacy is no longer effective in addressing the student’s needs.

WHO WE SERVE

Children in West Michigan*, ages Birth to 26, with a particular focus on:
  • Low-income students with disabilities
  • Minority students with disabilities
  • Students involved in the juvenile justice system
  • Students involved in the child welfare system (foster or kinship care)
*MI AECRES primarily serves children in the following counties: Allegan, Benzie, Berrien, Berry, Cass, Grand Traverse, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Leelenau, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren, and Wexford.
If you reside outside of these counties, please still reach out! We may be able to provide services on a case-by-case basis, or connect you with someone who can!