Office of Specialized Student Services

Detroit Public Schools provides students with special needs the supports, interventions and enrichment activities they need to flourish. We work to ensure their access to and participation in the varied opportunities DPS provides.

This access to instructional and other support services will result in every individual maximizing their potential to successfully participate in school, work, and community life.

View the Office of Specialized Services Brochure


Our Services

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Learning Disabled
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Physical and Other Health Impairments
  • Early Childhood Developmental Disorder
  • Day Treatment
  • Early Intervention (0-3 years)


Our Staff

Our staff receives a wide range of training on how to best serve ALL students. And, given the number of schools and programs DPS offers, we have programs and classes to fit students’ needs. Support staff includes trained school psychologists, school nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists and school social workers.


What We Offer

  • Instructional support: Ranging from specialized classes to resource teachers supporting students in general education classrooms, DPS strives to educate all students in a general education setting.
  • Behavior and counseling support
  • Assistance with physical mobility and fine motor skills
  • Speech services
  • Transition and work skills to help students pursue post-secondary and work opportunities


Transportation services are provided for students according to the recommendations on their Individualized Education Program.

Direct requests concerning transportation eligibility should come to the Placement Center:

South Wing/Room #168

2001 West Warren
Detroit, MI 48208

Inside the Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men

Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed Thursdays

Phone: (313) 748-6499
Fax: (313) 748-6498



Schools throughout DPSCD serve students with special needs. The district also offers center-based schools to serve specialized populations.

Center-Based Special Education Centers

School Name Address Telephone
Banks, Diann Williamson Center
5020 Cadieux, Detroit MI,48224|Banks, Diann Williamson Center|42.4074|-82.9297|Banks|9-12, SpecEd
5020 Cadieux
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 347-7280
Drew Transition Center
9600 Wyoming Street, Detroit MI,48204-4669|Drew Transition Center|42.3674|-83.1565|Drew|SpecEd
9600 Wyoming Street
Detroit, MI 48204-4669
(313) 873-6880
Field, Moses
1100 Sheridan, Detroit MI,48214-4220|Field, Moses|42.3518|-83.0016|Field|K - 8, SpecEd, PK
1100 Sheridan
Detroit, MI 48214-4220
(313) 866-5790
Keidan Special Education Center
4441 Collingwood, Detroit MI,48204|Keidan Special Education Center|42.3739|-83.1282|Keidan|K - 8, SpecEd
4441 Collingwood
Detroit, MI 48204
(313) 873-9400
Turning Point Academy
12300 Linnhurst St., Detroit MI,48205-2627|Turning Point Academy|42.4309|-82.9996|TurningPoint|K - 12, SpecEd
12300 Linnhurst St.
Detroit, MI 48205-2627
(313) 866-2200
White, Jerry L. Center
14804 W. McNichols, Detroit MI,48235|White, Jerry L. Center |42.4163|-83.1921|White|9 - 12, SpecEd
14804 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 416-4200