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


Best practices for Inclusion


Griffin Claw Brewing Company: Friends Night Out

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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Best Practices for Inclusion

November 3, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Media Center

Birmingham Covington School (BCS)

1525 Covington Road • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Best practices for inclusion will share the experience of going through the public school system from a parent of a child with Down’s Syndrome. Cynthia Hutchinson, author, founder of the Band of Angels, public speaker, and advocate for individuals with different learning needs, goes in depth into her first hand experience facilitating inclusive opportunities for her son from Pre-school to vocation. Her wealth of knowledge around how to promote inclusive opportunities, along with her take aways from her positive and negative experiences, gives insight into what effective inclusion could and should look like. This will be followed by a Q & A in which parents can ask Cynthia direct questions or share experiences.

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