Office of Specialized Student Services

Contact Information

Clara Flowers
Assistant Superintendent

Phone: (313) 873-7740
Fax: (313) 873-3274

Toni Clover
Acting Director

Phone: (313) 873-7512


Special Education Placement

For all questions, please call (313)748-6499 or visit the placement offices located at:

South Wing/Room #168

2001 West Warren
Detroit, MI 48202

Inside the Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men

Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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


Clara Flowers
Director West Side Schools
West Side Hub
Phone: (313) 873-8490

Toni Clover
Director East Side Schools
3rd Floor Albert Khan
Phone: (313) 873-7512




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 48202

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


Center-Based Special Education Centers

View map of center-based centers

School Name Address Telephone
Banks, Diann Williamson Center 5020 Cadieux
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 347-7280
Detroit Day School For The Deaf 4555 John C. Lodge Freeway
Detroit, MI 48201-1056
Drew Transition Center 9600 Wyoming Street
Detroit, MI 48204-4669
(313) 873-6880
Field, Moses 1100 Sheridan
Detroit, MI 48214-4220
(313) 866-5790
Keidan Special Education Center 4441 Collingwood
Detroit, MI 48204
(313) 873-9400
Oakman Elementary - Orthopedic School 12920 Wadsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48227-3757
Turning Point Academy 12300 Linnhurst St.
Detroit, MI 48205-2627
(313) 866-2200
White, Jerry L. Center 14804 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 416-4200