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!

2018-19                   MEETING SCHEDULE            

OCTOBER 4, 2018
BPS Specialized Instruction Vision & Focus 2018-19: Overview by the Superintendent and Department of Specialized Instruction & Student Services (SISS)

NOVEMBER 1, 2018
ALICE for Different Learners: Trends in Safety and How Different Learners May Be Affected

JANUARY 10, 2019
Through High School & Beyond: Technical Training, Personal Curriculum & Sign Language Options

JANUARY 26, 2019
Camp & Resource Fair at Groves

FEBRUARY 7, 2019
It Takes More than a Fidget: Managing Stress and Mental Health

MARCH 7, 2019
Co-Teaching: How Does That Work? Clarification by the BPS SISS Department

APRIL 11, 2019
Bringing Sensory Learning into the Classroom and Home

MAY 2, 2019
Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Oh My: Navigating a Holistic Healthy Lifestyle 

JUNE 6, 2019
Wrap Up 2018-2019 & Plan 2019-2020

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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Co-Coordinators Needed for Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) 

The highly successful and well received DAW needs two (2) people to help out with managing the program for Birmingham Public Schools. This program is a hands-on, activity-based workshop designed to help students understand how challenging and complex daily living can be for individuals with disabilities. The program includes activities centered on an empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision and learning impairments. The students participate in a wheelchair obstacle course, wear glasses that give them momentary vision impairments, experience speaking with an electric larynx and experience reading disabilities. This hands-on experience teaches our students that people should be respected no matter how they may look, act, walk or talk and aid an integral part of Character Education. All 4th grade Elementary students and 5/6 grade Covington Students participate in the workshop. There are 8-9 workshops spread out between October and May of the school year. This is a truly life changing event for many students and parents!

Job Description:

  • Work with School Principals/Secretaries/CSO's/Social Workers to schedule and plan the workshop.
  • Provide instructions to Building Coordinators at each school and answer any questions they may have.
  • Set up the DAW Kit (equipment, signs, stock low items, etc.) the night before the workshop
  • Be present at the beginning of the Workshop to ensure it is off to a smooth start. No need to stay the entire time.
  • At the end of the school year, clean and inventory the kit. Repair and replace items as necessary.

Never done this before? No worries! On the job training will be provided all of next year. Ideally, three (3) people will manage this kit together so responsibilities will be shared. If you are interested or would like to hear more about this position, please contact Denise Moore at 248-990-8282 or