About Friends of Different Learners

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

Where Differences are Celebrated!

Kids come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors with brains that work in all different ways. 

Unfortunately  Some  Differences  May  Cause  Problems  In  School.

Kids who Struggle need Help but it’s not always easy to find.

Friends of Different Learners is a group of parents with children from preschool to adult who have been through the trenches and have years of experience navigating the Birmingham Public School District.  We are a safe, judgement free place where families can share their concerns about their child’s challenges and we offer support, acceptance, advice and guidance.  Whether you need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, a supportive ear or information, we are here to help you figure out…

• Why does my child struggle?         • How/who/where to go for an assessment?         • How/who/where to find help?

 Friends of Different Learners can Help!

We don’t have all the answers but we will help and guide you to find assistance if your child struggles with:

Reading, Writing, Math, Making Friends, Bullying, Behavior Issues, Organization, Emotional Regulation, Sensory Overload


History of Friends of Different Learners