Autism Related Events

The community events calendar is a listing of workshops, presentations, conferences and other events which are related to autism and of interest to the community.
August
Register Today - HAP Brooksie Way
The HAP Brooksie Way is one of Oakland County’s premier quality of life events. Sign up to run or walk.  Participants can save $10.00 off the half marathon with code: OUC16half  and $6.00 off the 10k, 5k and kids race with code: OUC16.  A portion of your race registration fee will go to support OUCARES mission of improving the quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Register at  www.thebrooksieway.com
Date:  Sunday, September 25, 2016

Women with Asperger’s Support Group
Please join us as we discuss what it means to be a woman with AS, current research, employment concerns and many other timely topics!  We will meet on the first Saturday of the month.   Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Cost:  Free
Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329.

Parents’ and Caregivers’ Support Group
Parents and caregivers who have a child or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend this support group.  We will discuss the various types in interventions, IEPs and METs, diagnosis, behavioral concerns, how to help siblings and others understand the child with ASD and many other topics.  We will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.  Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Cost:  Free
Time:   10:00-11:30am
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329.

Men with Asperger’s Support Group
Please join us as we discuss what it means to be a man with AS, current research, employment concerns and many other timely topics!  We will meet on the third Saturday of the month.  Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Cost:  Free
Time:   11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
My Turn:  A Sensory Friendly Sunday
Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (TRI) will be open for a FREE, ASD-friendly experience, allowing families to tour our facility, and learn all about horses! Participants will be able to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a working horse farm. They can try some arena games, see what horses eat, use grooming tools, and learn about horse tack (saddles, bridles, etc.). Coloring pages and horse-themed hand-outs will be available as take-aways.  This event is recommended for ages 4 and above, however all are welcome to participate.  Due to safety concerns and insurance policies, we sadly cannot offer any riding or horse contact at this public event. There will, however, be plenty of fun horse-themed activities for participating families!  For registration information go to: www.myturncommunity.org/ 
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Therapeutic Riding, Inc., 3425 East Morgan Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
September
Women with Asperger’s Support Group
Please join us as we discuss what it means to be a woman with AS, current research, employment concerns and many other timely topics!  We will meet on the first Saturday of the month.   Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329
Cost:  Free

Parents’ and Caregivers’ Support Group
Parents and caregivers who have a child or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend this support group.  We will discuss the various types in interventions, IEPs and METs, diagnosis, behavioral concerns, how to help siblings and others understand the child with ASD and many other topics.  We will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.  Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Time:   10:00-11:30am
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329.
Cost:  Free

Men with Asperger’s Support Group
Please join us as we discuss what it means to be a man with AS, current research, employment concerns and many other timely topics!  We will meet on the third Saturday of the month.  Call for more information or to register for this group;  Bonny Pomeroy 248-881-5236 email: bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
Time:   11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave. Waterford, 48329
Cost:  Free

Sunday, September 11, 2016
My Turn:  A Sensory Friendly Sunday
Event at Leslie Science & Nature Center.   For details and registration information go to: www.myturncommunity.org/
Location : Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Why to Go and What to Know! Understanding the Individualized Education Program
This event is hosted by Michigan Alliance for Families.  The purpose of an IEP is to provide the necessary supports and services so a student with a disability is successful in school.  This workshop will provide participants with skills, knowledge and tools to understand:  How the IEP process works, how to work with the school to implement the IEP and more. Light refreshments available.  Register for this FREE event by 8-25-2016 with Donesa Crivella, 586-469-1600 ext. 121 or donesa@michiganallianceforfamilies.org. For additional information go to:  www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm   
Location:  Disability Network Oakland & Macomb, 16645 15 Mile Rd., Clinton Township 48035  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Becoming a Behavior Detective
This event is hosted by Michigan Alliance for Families.  Dr. Jason Novetsky MISD School Psychology Consultant will present the principles of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  The goals of the session are to:  stimulate your thinking related to understanding children’s behavior, understand behavioral performance deficits and more.  Register for this FREE event by 9-13-2016 with Donesa Crivella, 586-469-1600 ext. 121 or donesa@michiganallianceforfamilies.org. For additional information go to:  www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events
Time:  9:00 am – 11:45 am
Location:  Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd., Room 103 A/B, Clinton Township 48038

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
AFTER HOURS ADULT SOCIAL
This is a support group for adults with the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able.  Ages: 18+ yrs.  No cost for this program.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Oakland Center Lower Level TV Lounge (OU Campus)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Why to Go and What to Know! Understanding the Individualized Education Program
This event is hosted by Michigan Alliance for Families.  The purpose of an IEP is to provide the necessary supports and services so a student with a disability is successful in school.  This workshop will provide participants with skills, knowledge and tools to understand:  How the IEP process works, how to work with the school to implement the IEP and more. Lunch included.  Register for this FREE event by 9-14-2016 with Kanika Littleton, 248-557-5070 ext. 115 or kanika@michiganallianceforfamilies.org. For additional information go to:  www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events
Time:  9:30 am – 3:30 pm   
Location:  Walled Lake Church of Christ, 1403 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake 48390

Saturday, September 24, 2016 and Sunday, September 25, 2016
The ABCs of ABA
The Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center's introductory seminars provide an overview of the field of applied behavior analysis and describe its application in teaching children with autism. During these two-day workshops, families learn principles behind techniques used at the Lindsay HOPE Center. Video examples are used to demonstrate many of these techniques. The workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about intervention using behavior analysis. There is no cost for families to attend; there is a fee for professionals. Registration is required.  To register, or for more information, call  248-691-8148  or   email
Time:   9:00  am – 4:00 pm
Location:   Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, Administration Building, Lower Level Classroom #1

Sunday, September 25, 2016
HAP Brooksie Way
The HAP Brooksie Way is one of Oakland County’s premier quality of life events. Sign up to run or walk.  Participants can save $10.00 off the half marathon with code: OUC16half  and $6.00 off the 10k, 5k and kids race with code: OUC16.  A portion of your race registration fee will go to support OUCARES mission of improving the quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Register at  www.thebrooksieway.com
Location:  Oakland University, 2200 N Squirrel Rd 48309 Rochester, MI

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Supporting Different Learners:  Students with Learning Challenges, Health Concerns and Disabilities
The Rochester Special Education Parent Advisory Committee and the Rochester PTA Council present this enrichment session for parents.  If you’re confused about the IEP process, or have questions about Section 504 plans, then this is the presentation for you.  Child care will be provided and light refreshments will be served.   For RSVP  information visit: www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/49199/special-education-pac 
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  West Middle School, 500 Old Perch, Rochester Hills, MI  48309

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Female Asperger Syndrome and the Challenges of High Functioning Autism
OUCARES Evening Enrichment - FREE EVENT
Presented by Tracey Cohen, Adult with ASD and author of "Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome." During the presentation, the female perspective of ASD and strategies to support individuals on the spectrum will be discussed.  Further discussion will include why females are often missed in diagnosis, why diagnosis is beneficial and recommend at any age, common myths about high functioning autism and more.  
Time:  6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location:  Gold Rooms at the Oakland Center, Oakland University Campus
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.
October
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
AFTER HOURS ADULT SOCIAL
This is a support group for adults with the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able.  Ages: 18+ yrs.  No cost for this program.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Oakland Center Lower Level TV Lounge (OU Campus)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
The Rochester Special Education Parent Advisory Committee and the Rochester PTA Council present this enrichment session for parents.  The workshop will explore the skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child in their school, district and also legislatively.   Child Care will be provided and light refreshments will be served.   For RSVP information visit:   www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/49199/special-education-pac
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  West Middle School, 500 Old Perch, Rochester Hills, MI  48309

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Supporting Siblings of Children with ASD: What Families Can Do to Help Siblings Understand and Be Involved
OUCARES Evening Enrichment - FREE EVENT
Presented by Tiffanye Teagarden, LPC, LMFT, NCC.  During this presentation, the experience of having a sibling with ASD will be discussed and how to build support within the family.  Further discussion will include possible challenges related to having a sibling with ASD, balancing the needs of both siblings and more. 
Time:  6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location:  Lake Superior Room A, Oakland Center, Oakland University Campus
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.   Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 
Dr. Tony Attwood
Metro Parent is excited to present a rare and exclusive appearance of Tony Attwood.  Dr. Attwood is a clinical psychologist, who has specialized in autism spectrum disorders since 1975. His discussion topics will include: Cognitive Abilities: A Different Way of Thinking and Learning and Managing Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism.   Follow this link for additional information and to register: www.metroparent.com/daily/parenting/autism-resources/metro-parent-living-autism-workshop-2014/
Time:  7:30am – 4:00pm
Location:  San Marino Club, Troy, MI

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Conflict Management in Special Education
This event is hosted by Michigan Alliance for Families.  Kenzi Bisbing Oakland Mediation Center, will present this interactive workshop which is designed to impart skills that will help to effectively manage conflict prior to, during and after IEP meetings.  A light lunch will be served.  Register for this FREE event by 10-11-2016 with Jill Mazur-Skornicka, 248-557-5070 ext. 112 or jill.s@michiganallianceforfamilies.org. For additional information go to:  http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events
Time:  10:30 am – 3:00 pm  
Location:  Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 48220
November
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Benefits of Animal Assistance for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Presented by Amy Johnson, Director of Oakland University Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program. Discussed will be the reality of pet ownership and how the human-animal bond can build your child's self-esteem and self-efficacy. Further discussion will include:  Allowing your child to form a safe, positive relationship with an animal, helping your child to learn social skills through interactions with an animal and more. 
Time:  6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location:  Gold Rooms at the Oakland Center, Oakland University Campus
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.   Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-3434.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Autism Society of Michigan 2016 Conference
Liane Holliday-Willey author of, “Pretending To Be Normal,” and “Safety Skills For Asperger Women,” will be speaking at this event. The presentation focuses on strategies that help to keep kids with ASD or other learning challenges, focused, productive, emotionally and socially secure.  Liane will also share her experiences and emerging research on ASD and aging. Register by calling 517-882-2800 or email online at www.autism-mi.org
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Holiday Inn Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI  48864

Saturday, November 12, 2016 and Sunday, November 13, 2016
The ABCs of ABA
The Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center's introductory seminars provide an overview of the field of applied behavior analysis and describe its application in teaching children with autism. During these two-day workshops, families learn principles behind techniques used at the Lindsay HOPE Center. Video examples are used to demonstrate many of these techniques. The workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about intervention using behavior analysis. There is no cost for families to attend; there is a fee for professionals. Registration is required. To register, or for more information, call   248-691-8148  or   email
Time:   9:00  am – 4:00 pm
Location:   Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, Administration Building, Lower Level Classroom #1

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
AFTER HOURS ADULT SOCIAL
This is a support group for adults with the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able.
Ages: 18+ yrs. No cost for this program
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Oakland Center Lower Level TV Lounge (OU Campus)