We ARE What Special Needs

About Us

100 Years of Helping Children with Special Needs Succeed in Today’s World

We are a non-profit organization with almost 100 years of dedicated service to children with special needs and their families.

We are driven, as part of our core values, to develop relationships and to work with other community-based organizations who share in our mission to provide children with special and their families with the support and care they need to become thriving members of our communities.

Our staff professionals are special education trained, IEP proficient, licensed in the State of Michigan. We provide continuity of care, with one of the highest retention rates In the industry.

Our Impact

We have

provided services to children with special needs and their families for 100 years.

We are

80+ dedicated professionals providing services, resources and support to children with special needs and their families.

We serve

children with special needs in over 180 schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit, Southeast Michigan and the Grand Rapids area.

We dedicated

60,000  hours of services provided to children annually.

Why DIC?

"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."


Nicholas Stage
Special Education Supervisor
Bradford Academy

"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."


Cheryl Paull, M. Ed
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."

Sarah E. Vander Baan M. Ed
Director of Specially Designed Instruction and Student Services
Choice Schools

"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."

Suzanne March
Tipton Academy Principal

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2045 E. West Maple Road

Suite D-407

Commerce Township, MI 48390


The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs through Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech-language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services, and special education consulting.

The Detroit Institute for Children is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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