Nearly 100 years of helping children with special needs succeed in today’s world.
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We Are What Special Needs
We are driven, as part of our core values, to develop relationships with and to work with other community-based organizations who share in our mission to provide children with special needs and their families with the support and care they need to become thriving members of our communities. Serving children with special needs is ALL WE DO!
Our staff professionals are special education trained, IEP proficient, licensed in the State of Michigan and we provide continuity of care, with one of the highest retention rates in the industry.
We are a non-profit organization with almost 100 years of dedicated service to children with special needs and their families.
Nearly a century of providing services to children with special needs and their families
80+ dedicated professionals providing services, resources and support to children with special needs and their families.
Currently, the agency serves children with special needs in over 150 schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit, Southeast Michigan and the Grand Rapids area.
Hours of services provided to children annually.
"The Detroit Institute is an incredible organization. We use the DIC to help support the needs of our students in a variety of ways. The staff are extremely professional and have proven to be strong advocates for our students."
Special Education Supervisor
"I absolutely love working with the DIC! The staff members I have from the DIC are professional passionate and work hard to assure the individual needs of our students are met."
Head of School
Macomb Montessori Academy
"CSA has had and continues to have a strong partnership with the DIC. We value the responsive communication that we have with the staff at the DIC. It is always known that we can be real with each other and have conversation that always have kids best interest in mind and in our hearts."
Director of Specially Designed Instruction and Student Services
"Tipton Academy is blessed to have such a wonderful team from the DIC. We currently have a social work, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Psychologist working at Tipton from the DIC."
Tipton Academy Principal
Summer Learning Individualized Developmental Experiences
The Detroit Institute for Children is proud to present SLIDE, our summer learning program for children with special needs. SLIDE gives children an opportunity to receive crucial therapies and prevent learning loss over the summer months.
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The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.