(AREA) — State Senator Phil Pavlov has been appointed to a statewide council and taskforce that will investigate ways to improve the lives of Michigan children with special needs. Governor Rick Snyder appointed Pavlov to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities and Lt. Governor Brian Calley appointed Pavlov to his newly formed Special Education Task Force. 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 October 31, 2016. 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 October 27-December 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.