Special Events

Take the Next Step: College & Career Resource and Transition Fair

For Students and Families

As you begin to plan for your post-high school transition, join Dearborn Academy and the USA 500 Club's Special Needs Consortium at Take the Next Step: The College & Career Resource and Transition Fair on Tuesday, October 17, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Dearborn Academy in the Gymnasium Building (limited accessibility).The event is specially designed to help students from special education schools and programs learn about the many options open to them.

Visit exhibitors from colleges, postsecondary training programs, government and the private sector who can share advice and discuss your options for:

  • Postsecondary Education
  • Employment
  • Independent Living, including Social Security
  • As well as Community Resources, Financial Planning, Recreation, Transportation and Guardianship State Agencies

Then check out the Special Needs Consortium panel of legal, financial and educational experts who will address students and familiesquestions and concerns. Learn more and register.

For Exhibitors

This is an excellent event for your college, training program, agency or business to connect with students with special needs and their families in the process of planning for their post-high school years. Learn more about exhibitor opportunities, including Early Bird Savings of more than 20%.

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Dearborn Academy Annual Benefit

The Dearborn Academy Annual Benefit brings together supporters, families, faculty, alums, educators and local leaders to celebrate the success of our students and the hard work of and innovative strategies used by our dedicated staff. Past events have raised funds to support a new music program, purchase equipment for our state-of-the-art shop programs, outfit our gym and start new cutting-edge programs.

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Arts and Crafts Sales

Twice a year, Dearborn Academy's young artists offer a few pieces of their best work -- from unique hand-crafted jewelry to sculpture -- for sale to the general public. For many of our students, the Arts and Crafts Sale provides a special entrée into the world's of work, arts and crafts. This year's Winter Arts and Crafts Sale took place on Thursday, December 20th. Watch this space for the next one! View the 2019 flyer. 


Howard Rossman Speakers Series 

Thinking Differently about Learning Differently


Planning for the 2019-20 Thinking Differently about Learning Differently series is underway. Get the latest information about Dearborn events and activities. And be sure to be part of these dynamic community discussions and presentations.

The 2018-2019 season brought excellent speakers to the Dearborn community. Through it, we celebrated the varied ways in which students learn, the cornerstone of the Dearborn philosophy. Featuring three expert-led community discussions, the series helped families, educators, advocates and others understand how to help young people who learn differently build strategies to achieve academic and social success.

The series began in late January with Understanding & Treating Anxiety in Children with Dr. Sabrina Popp. It was followed in March with a screening Angst: A Movie of Hope and a Q&A with Dr. Robert Brooks and Dearborn staff member Amy Piepiora, associate director of clinical services. Dr. Ellen Braaten rounded out the series in early May with Slow Brain Processing in a Warp-Drive World.

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We host many small school and community events throughout the year including professional talks and open house events. If you'd like to get notices of events by email, please join our mailing list. Thanks.