Pavlov appointed to council, taskforce looking to improve the lives of special-needs children

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Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov has been appointed to a statewide council and a taskforce that will investigate ways to improve the lives of Michigan children with special needs.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Pavlov to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley appointed Pavlov to Calley’s newly formed Special Education Task Force.

“It is crucial that we devote time and energy to addressing the unique challenges of educating children with special needs,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “That is what this council and task force will do. I am honored to be asked to serve as a member of each of them.”

The Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities consists of 21 members who advise the Michigan Department of Education in the preparation of applications for financial and other assistance for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities.

The council also advises and assists the department regarding the appropriate services for children from birth through age five. Pavlov will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Oct. 31, 2016.

“I am thankful for this group of appointees and their interest in helping to make a better quality of life for Michigan children with developmental disabilities,” Snyder said.

The Special Education Task Force will investigate five issues of concern: the special education rulemaking process, service coordination, restraint and seclusion practices, dispute resolution, and parental resources.

The task force will meet every week from Oct. 27 through Dec. 17. They will then deliver a report with recommendations on how Michigan can move forward more positively for those children with special needs and their families.

“Educating a child with special needs can present unique and difficult challenges, but it also is an opportunity to help a child build an independent, productive and self-determined future,” Calley said.