Oakland University Center for Autism
425C Pawley Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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(248) 370-2424
oucares@oakland.edu

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.
March
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
OUCARES Panera Fundraising Night
Dine at Panera Bread and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to OUCARES.  Please hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of the flyer when placing your order.   Flyer
Time:  4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  37 South Livernois Road, Rochester Hills 48309

Thursday, March 9, 2017
3rd Annual Navigating Autism Conference
Join us for the 3rd annual Navigating Autism Conference at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College. This conference is once again completely free to families. Autism heroes from around Michigan will gather to discuss, connect and learn through participation in breakout sessions, panel discussions and interaction with a diverse mix of autism-focused exhibitors. Join AAoM and let’s celebrate a new way of defining success.  Register Here
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd. Livonia, MI  48152

Saturday, March  11, 2017
ASD Teen Friendship Club
Come join us for pizza, snacks & refreshments. Activities include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong, basketball and more.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  Teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.  Information:  go to Facebook@Teen Asperger Friendship Club, or contact Stacey, Sandy or Diane at teenaspergerfriendshipclub@yahoo.com
Time:  7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church –Community Center, 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Twp., MI 48036

Thursday, March 16, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Ready or Not: Sexuality & Autism, presented by Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D.,BCBA-Doctoral Associate Professor, Human Development & Child Studies.  This presentation is designed for parents, educators and other professionals working with youth, specifically between the ages of 15-26 on the autism spectrum. Not Intended for Individuals with ASD.   View flyer for details.
Time:  6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Superior Room A
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.   Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
St.  Paddy's Day dance party for individuals with special needs. Enjoy DJ music, dancing and socialization. Caregiver needs to stay during event.  No pre-registration needed: pay at door.  No fee for caregiver.  Snack included. Pizza & Pop available for purchase.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8pm
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For more information contact:  Grace Venet 586-752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
OUCARES 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)

Saturday, March 25, 2017
OUCARES Annual Family Fun Day
Swimming, arts and crafts, a moonwalk and caricatures are all part of the Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Created for families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, families can learn about available resources and meet with representatives from more than 20 organizations.  Printable Flyer
Oakland University Campus Recreation Center
569 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309
map 
There is No Cost to attend and No RSVP required.  For additional information, email oucares@oakland.edu

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
May
Saturday, May 13, 2017
ASD Teen Friendship Club
Come join us for pizza, snacks & refreshments. Activities include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong, basketball and more.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  Teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.  Information:  go to Facebook@Teen Asperger Friendship Club, or contact Stacey, Sandy or Diane at teenaspergerfriendshipclub@yahoo.com
Time:  7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church –Community Center, 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Twp., MI 48036

Friday, May 19, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Themed dance party for individuals with special needs, with special guest Wendy's of Romeo.  Enjoy DJ music, dancing and socialization. Caregiver needs to stay during event.  No pre-registration needed: pay at door.  No fee for caregiver.  Snack included. Pizza & Pop available for purchase.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8pm
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For more information contact:  Grace Venet 586-752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Friendship Club-Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens 13 yrs.+ and young adults to get together and have fun!  Activities include:  video games, ping pong, basketball, dancing, and more! Pizza and refreshments are provided.  Cost: $5.00 per person, unless specified.    First time attendees must have a parent/caregiver at the event.  Volunteers/organizers cannot be responsible for attendees.  For questions contact: autismsocial2@gmail.com
Time:  7:00 pm- 11:00 pm
Location:  St. Anastasia Activity Center, Troy, MI

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
February
Saturday, February 11, 2017
ASD Teen Friendship Club
Come join us for pizza, snacks & refreshments. Activities include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong, basketball and more.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  Teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.  Information:  go to Facebook@Teen Asperger Friendship Club, or contact Stacey, Sandy or Diane at teenaspergerfriendshipclub@yahoo.com
Time:  7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church –Community Center, 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Twp., MI 48036

Friday, February 17, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Valentine's Party for individuals with special needs. Enjoy DJ music, dancing and socialization.  Caregiver needs to stay during event.  No pre-registration needed: pay at door.  No fee for caregiver.  Snack included. Pizza & Pop available for purchase.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8pm
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For more information contact:  Grace Venet 586-752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friendship Club-Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens 13 yrs.+ and young adults to get together and have fun!  Activities include:  video games, ping pong, basketball, dancing, and more! Pizza and refreshments are provided.  Cost: $5.00 per person, unless specified.    First time attendees must have a parent/caregiver at the event.  Volunteers/organizers cannot be responsible for attendees.  For questions contact: autismsocial2@gmail.com
Time:  7:00 pm- 11:00 pm
Location:  St. Anastasia Activity Center, Troy, MI

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Games Night -Free Event
Join us for a night of fun! Adults 18+ with Special Needs. Start with dinner, then basketball, volleyball, bowling, Wii, table games, karaoke and more! RSVP by February 13 at specialneedsgamenight.eventbrite.com   Questions: contact Greg at gregmcdougall@woodsidebible.org or 248-879-8533 ext. 197  Sponsored by On My Own of Michigan and Woodside Special Needs.
Time:  5:30-8:00 pm
Location:  Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Road, Troy (Just south of M59)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Adaptive Recreation for Adults
Free Informational Meeting about Next Chapter Book Club
Do you love stories or like to read? Come hear about our weekly reading club, just for special needs adults. Registration required.  Space limited.  Sponsored by: Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation and Romeo District Library.  Call RWB Parks & Rec 586-752-6543
Cost:  No charge
Time:  7 pm
Location: Graubner Library, 65821 Van Dyke (Between 30 and 31 Mile), Washington, 48095

Thursday, February 23, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Autism, Athletics & Activities: Empower Your Child to Learn Social Skills Through Engagement, presented by Ron Sandison, adult with ASD & author of "A Parent's Guide to Autism."  During the presentation Ron will discuss how athletics and activities can be used as tools to assist an individual on the spectrum to increase their social skills and confidence.   View flyer for additional details.
Time:  6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Gold Room C
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.   Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
OUCARES 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, February 28, 2017
Beyond Hello Group
Meet others in a relaxed setting for food, fun and conversation.  Do you live in independent housing or are you hoping to do so in the next few years?  This group is for participants age 20 years +.   Group facilitators:  Susan H. Rogers, Director of Parare Counseling and Consulting and Jean Hellekjaer.  Participants must RSVP.  For additional information contact Susan 248-691-8500 or srogers@parareconsulting.com
Cost:  $25.00 includes dinner
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Southfield Township Office, Meeting Room, 18550 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, 48025

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, 4832
April
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Friendship Club-Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens 13 yrs.+ and young adults to get together and have fun!  Activities include:  video games, ping pong, basketball, dancing, and more! Pizza and refreshments are provided.  Cost: $5.00 per person, unless specified.    First time attendees must have a parent/caregiver at the event.  Volunteers/organizers cannot be responsible for attendees.  For questions contact: autismsocial2@gmail.com
Time:  7:00 pm- 11:00 pm
Location:  St. Anastasia Activity Center, Troy, MI

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Shrine Circus with AAOM & The Alhambra of Michigan
Join the Autism Alliance of Michigan and The Alhambra of Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace for the legendary Shrine Circus. Guests will receive a ticket, parking, hot dog, water and cookies. Tickets are first come, first serve. Please RSVP to Lauren.Lewis@aaomi.org by March 1st to reserve your space. General Admission Seating.
Time:  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location:  Suburban Showplace Collection, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374

Friday, April 7, 2017
Metro Parent - Living with Autism Workshop
Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System are hosting this annual autism conference for a 10th year. This day-long event gives parents and professionals the chance to connect with doctors, service providers and more. World-renowned autism spokesperson Dr. Temple Grandin is the keynote speaker.  For registration and information. 
Time:  7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Marriott Hotel, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy 48084

Thursday, April 20, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Strategies for a Positive IEP Meeting:  Planning Your Child's Special Education Services, presented by Valerie Weyhing, Ed.S. Autism Consultant.  This presentation is designed to help you better understand and participate in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process for children and youth who receive Special Education Services. View flyer for additional details.
Time:  6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room
There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.   Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Easter Party themed dance party for individuals with special needs. Enjoy DJ music, dancing and socialization. Caregiver needs to stay during event.  No pre-registration needed: pay at door.  No fee for caregiver.  Snack included. Pizza & Pop available for purchase.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8pm
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For more information contact:  Grace Venet 586-752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org

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