Special Populations Association
Giving an Individual’s Needs Special Attention Since 1975
What is MOSPA?
The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association was formed in 1975 to improve opportunities while giving support to career technical students with special needs.
The purpose of MOSPA is to inform members of the requirements of the Perkins legislation and assist in its implementation at the local level to ensure that the needs of the special population student are well served at the secondary and postsecondary levels. In addition, a goal of the organization and the state conference is to enhance the professional development of educators and paraprofessionals working with special population students.
Who are Special Populations Students?
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 refer to an identifiable segment of the career and technical education population as individuals who are members of special populations. The Act defines “special populations” as:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children
• Individuals preparing for non-traditional fields
• Single parents, including single-pregnant women
• Displaced homemakers; and
• Individuals with limited English proficiency
The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association is committed to providing equal access to all persons in admission, access, or operation of programs or services