Friends of Different Learners is an independent organization of parents, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!

2016-17                     MEETING SCHEDULE

JANUARY 5, 2017

Able Act and Special Needs Trusts


The Cyber World: The Power and the Peril: Electronics Addictions and our children


Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses at *Groves High School Commons


Reading Books with Friends

APRIL 13  

Employability, Job Training and Life Skills

MAY 4   

Appreciation Celebration at *Birmingham Covington School

JUNE 1   

Wrap Up 2017 & Plan 2018!

Meeting and Location Information

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (with a few exceptions - see schedule).
  We start with a brief business meeting followed by the guest speaker and topic presentation.  Informal networking opportunities are available after every meeting to share ideas about how to help our different learners and to learn from each other.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Birmingham Covington School (BCS)
1525 Covington Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301
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Cyber World: The Power and the Peril: Electronics Addiction and Our Children

February 2, 2017

7:00 pm

Birmingham Covington School (BCS), 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Friends of Different Learners invites you to attend, “Cyber World, the Power and the Peril” with author and speaker Kevin Roberts. Kevin is a recovering video game addict, expert on internet addiction and ADHD. He is the author of Cyber Junkie and a dynamic speaker who uses his own experiences and educational knowledge to help transform lives and change others behaviors. Parents and children are encouraged to attend. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!

For more information contact Jane Konoya at 248-497-2706 or

Start reading now and join us on March 2 for

A Book Discussion with Friends!


Please join us for a book discussion of “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children”, written by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian. “This refreshingly frank book, which will make you want to tear your hair out and laugh your head off, should be required reading for parents of disabled children.” Please come ready to discuss and chat with other Friends. There will also be time to share other books that you have read that have helped you with the learning challenges that your children face. Enjoy a chance to renew past acquaintances and meet new Friends.