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Kids come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors with brains that work in all different ways.
Unfortunately some differences may cause problems in school. Kids who struggle need help but it’s not always easy to find.
Friends of Different Learners is a group of parents with children from preschool to adult who have been through the trenches and have years of experience navigating the Birmingham Public School District. We are a safe, judgement free place where families can share their concerns about their child’s challenges and we offer support, acceptance, advice and guidance.
Whether you need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, a supportive ear or information, we are here to help you figure out…
Why does my child struggle?
How/who/where to go for an assessment?
How/who/where to find help?
Friends of Different Learners can Help!
We don’t have all the answers but we will help and guide you to find assistance if your child struggles with: Reading, Writing, Math, Making Friends, Bullying, Behavior Issues, Organization, Emotional Regulation, Sensory Overload
Click HERE to download our Mission Statement.
Friends of Different Learners is proud of the many volunteers who lend enthusiastic support, strong leadership, and heartfelt advocacy to our organization and community. Countless hours and boundless energy allow our many annual projects like the Appreciation Awards, Camp & Resource Fair, Disability Awareness Workshop, and LINKS to continue to flourish.
The Executive Committee serves as the administrative unit of Friends.
Carrie Chapie & Stacie Makris
Contact us if interested
Building Reps & LINKS
Camp & Resource Fair
Disability Awareness Workshop
The Advisory Committee consists of past presidents and executive committee members selected annually by the current Executive Committee to serve in an advisory capacity.
Berkshire Middle School
Derby Middle School
Groves High School
Seaholm High School
West Maple Elementary
Friends was created, then known as Friends of Different Learners, as a...
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Friends brought in the links program
Friends convinced Birmingham Public School System to pilot Sign Language in the High Schools.