Special Education / Student Services
Shear Early Childhood Center & Student Services
26141 Schoolcraft
Redford,  Michigan 48239
313-535-4000 ext 1028
Director: Sheila Horbatch

Administrative Assistant: Sue Hunter

Mission Statement:
The Department of Student Services is committed to supporting the diverse academic, emotional, social and behavioral needs of students by collaborating with students, families, and school personnel to provide services that empower students to become active, successful, and contributing members of society through the continuous development of their individual strengths and abilities.
The South Redford School District offers quality special education programs and services through a continuum of student success models, including co-teaching, behavior intervention, teacher consultant services, resource support, speech and language services, school social work/counseling services, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Center program placements for students with low incidence handicapping conditions whose needs cannot be met in the District are coordinated with those programs. Our primary focus is maximizing services to students within the least restrictive environment to support their access to and success within the core curriculum.

At the secondary level, special education staff work with students to develop transition plans to support their post-secondary vision. A transition plan is the section of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines transition goals and services for the student. The transition plan is based on a high school student's individual needs, strengths, skills, and interests. Transition planning is used to identify and develop goals which need to be accomplished during the current school year to assist the student in meeting his/her post-high school goals.

For access to the Wayne County Special Education Plan, please use the following link:

Early On

Early On® is an IDEA mandated initiative designed to provide unduplicated, comprehensive services to eligible infants and toddlers who may be experiencing developmental delays and their families. The South Redford School District is supported in the identification of young children with developmental concerns through direct parent contact as well as through Wayne RESA's collaboration with other Wayne County human service agencies. District resident parents can contact the Department of Student Services directly with concerns, or use the following resource to access information about Early On services: 
Early On

Child Find

If you suspect your child has a disability affecting his or her school performance, please notify your child's teacher, counselor, principal, or the Student Services Office at 313 535-4000 ext. 1028. Parent requests for an evaluation for special education must be made in writing, and they must include suspected areas of disability. The written requests need to be received by the Director of Student Services in order for timeline requirements to be established.

Many disabilities can only be identified after educational interventions have been implemented, systematically, over an extended period of time, with modifications, as needed, during their implementation. If there is a reason to believe that a child has a disability, an evaluation must be completed. Parents or teachers may request an evaluation. Parents will be invited to a Review of Existing Evaluation Data meeting to review child review existing data, determine what testing is needed, develop and evaluation plan, and determine who will provide the testing. Parents are invited to the REED. During the REED, the parent must consent to an evaluation before the testing can begin.

The REED not only documents when this has been completed, but identifies when more needs to be done prior to a special education evaluation. 

A “Student With a Disability” is defined, according to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education as:

"a person who is determined by an individualized education program team or a hearing officer to have one or more of the impairments specified in this part (cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical impairment, other health impairment, speech and language impairment, early childhood developmental delay, specific learning disability, severe multiple impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury) that necessitates special education or related services, or both, who is not more than 25 years of age as of September 1 of the school year of enrollment, who has not completed a normal course of study, and who has not graduated from high school. A student who reaches the age of 26 years after September 1 is a student with a disability and entitled to continue a special education program or service until the end of that school year."
The link below provides access to the Wayne County website explaining changes to the identification process for students with specific learning disabilities, and the Wayne County model:
Learning Disabilities
Wayne RESA Understanding Learning Disabilities site 

Shear Early Childhood Center

South Redford School District is very proud of our dedication to our youngest students. The Shear Center offers the only school-based tuition-free Preschool Program in Wayne County, serving students during the year prior to their eligibility for kindergarten. The Program provides enrichment activities designed to encourage the development of readiness skills necessary for a successful kindergarten experience. For school year 2014/2015, children must be 4-years old by September 1, 2013 to enroll in the preschool program. For additional information on the program, please contact Michelle DiLorenzo or Barb Wyler at 313 535-4000, ext. 1036.

The Early Childhood Developmental Delay Program (ECDD) is offered to students ages three through five years with identified disabilities that require early intervention. The program goal is to provide children with an enriching curriculum and opportunities that promote educational success and enable our young students to become inquiring, independent learners, and successful kindergarten students. For additional information on the program, please contact the Department of Student Services at 313 535-4000, ext.1028.

Speech and language services are provided to our young students who require some support to encourage the development of age appropriate articulation, receptive language, and expressive language skills. Services are provided at on-site at Shear by a teacher of the speech and language impaired. For additional information on these services, please contact the Department of Student Services at 313 535-4000, ext.1028.  

Community Partnerships 

  • Wayne County Early On
  • Madonna University College of Nursing and Health
  • Wayne County RESA Coordinated School Health Team Health and Education
  • Botsford Health Care System
  • South Redford School Based Health Center
  • Wayne Metro Headstart Program
  • Chartwells Food Services