Children with special needs and their families are all thriving members of the community.
We empower children to overcome challenges.
We invest in children
We invest in their families
We invest in our partners
Where others see limits or disabilities, we see potential and possibilities.
Working as a team with families, caregivers, and our partners to create an environment that supports and nurtures development and independent functioning for special needs children.
Continuous learning and innovation in order to be the voice of knowledge and influence within our communities.
Uncompromising honesty and accountability to our employees, donors, partners, and the children and families we serve.
Improving the lives an experiences of special needs children and all those we interact with through open communication, inclusion and passion for our mission.
Providing Michigan’s special needs children and their families with accessibility to the best possible programs and services.
In 1920, the non-profit, Detroit Orthopedic Clinic was founded by a group of young women in response to the effects of polio and tuberculosis on the children of the Detroit metro area. Two profound principles guided the clinic and the care it provided: service to the disabled community, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay, and concentration on treating not just the disability, but the whole child. As medical care became more advanced and the clinic grew, it became apparent that Detroit’s children needed more than just orthopedic care, and the clinic was re-christened the Detroit Institute for Children. The focus shifted to providing care for children with physical, neurological, developmental, emotional and/or behavioral special needs.
Currently, the agency serves children with special needs in over 150 schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Metro Detroit, southeast, central and southwest Michigan. Services provided include speech language pathology, occupational and physical therapies, social work, psychological services, special education consulting and mental health services. While the agency has evolved, the founding principles remain at the cornerstone of the organization today.
2045 E. West Maple Road
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.