Office of Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

Detroit Public Schools Community District provides students with exceptional needs the support, intervention and enrichment activities they need to flourish. We work to ensure our students have access to participate in the varied opportunities DPSCD provides.

DPSCD’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department has one of the most robust program offerings for students with disabilities throughout the state of Michigan, with programs for students through age 26.

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. Our ESE staff mission is to build capacity through best practices to enhance outcomes for all students.


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 DPSCD 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 48208

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

Center-Based Special Education Centers

School Name Address Telephone
Diann Banks Williamson Education Center
5020 Cadieux, Detroit MI,48224|Diann Banks Williamson Education Center|42.4074|-82.9297|Banks|9-12, ESE
5020 Cadieux
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 347-7280