Special Education

Special Education

General Information

For evaluations concerning your infant or toddler (ages 0-3), please call the Oakland Schools' Early On office at (248)209-2084.

Concerned about your 3-5 year old child's development? Is your 3-5 year old child presenting developmental problems, such as speech, motor skills, social skills & learning? Programs are available to assist you and your child. Give the Special Education office a call at (248)586-8693.

Director of Special Education

Ray Locke is the Interim Director of Special Education. Mr. Locke oversees department budget and staffing, referrals and placements for students, as well as special education assessment and all Special Education records. He also oversees Early Intervention and Child Find, State/Federal reports and Individual Education Plans (IEP) for all of our students.

Contact Ray Locke at Raymond.Locke@ferndaleschools.org or call
Mr. Locke at (248) 586-8614



Ferndale Friends of Different Learners (FFDL)

Ferndale Friends is an independent organization of parents, teachers, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of all different learners in Ferndale Public Schools such as students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cognitive Impairment (CI), Emotional Impairment (EI), and 504 plans. Ferndale Friends is a resource and support opportunity for all friends of different learners. Friends’ meetings and functions are open to everyone.

Oakland Schools Department of Special Populationsvisit website »

The Oakland Schools Department of Special Populations is dedicated to providing leadership, services and support that strengthens the capacity of Oakland County public school districts and community partners to support the achievement and well-being of all students with special needs.

Special Education Informal Dispute Resolution Processes Brochure PDF Document

Early On Oakland

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Early On® Oakland is a system of services for families of children birth to three years, who have a health condition or a developmental delay.

The system includes a collection of activities, supports, services and resources provided by many different agencies and programs. Early On® Oakland helps you find the individual support that your child and family needs.