Oakland University Center for Autism

425C Pawley Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(location map)
(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.
April
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Family Days
These days are designed exclusively for families with special needs. Join us for adapted theater presentations, explainer demos, and a sounds-down, lights-up atmosphere, all included with the price of general admission. Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Field Trip Days
MiSci is hosting field trip days, which will feature adaptive planetarium shows, hands-on STEM fairs hosted by partner organizations, and teacher professional development webinars.  Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Saturday, April 14, 2018
ASD Teen Friendship Club 
The ASD Teen Friendship Club will be hosting it’s monthly social event.  Activities are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month and will include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong and more.  Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. 
For  additional  information contact Sandy or Dianne  TeenAspergerFriendshipClub@yahoo.com
Cost is $5.00 per person & teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.
Time: 7 – 11:00 p.m.
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Center, 38900 Harper Avenue, Clinton Twp 48036  (Entrance is in the back of the building).

Saturday, April 14, 2018
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social 
This is an opportunity for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including individuals with Asperger syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorders, to get together & have fun!  There are all types of activities including: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ for those who enjoy dancing. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers. Parents and siblings are welcome to come. Siblings must be 13 years or older, as this event is geared for teens/young adults.  For additional information:   autismsocial2@gmail.com or  autismsocial.weebly.com
Cost $5 per person
Time:  7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:  St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy (Do not contact the church)
May

Friday, May 4, 2018
Metro Parent Living with Autism Workshop
Parents and professionals are invited to join Metro Parent Media Group and Henry Ford Health System for the 11th annual Living with Autism conference.   This year, Ron and Owen Suskind, as well as Ron Fournier, are the keynote speakers.  Registration Information
Time:  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Family Days
These days are designed exclusively for families with special needs. Join us for adapted theater presentations, explainer demos, and a sounds-down, lights-up atmosphere, all included with the price of general admission. Visit   Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility  for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Tuesday, May 8 , 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Field Trip Days
MiSci is hosting field trip days, which will feature adaptive planetarium shows, hands-on STEM fairs hosted by partner organizations, and teacher professional development webinars. Visit  Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility  for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Saturday, May 12, 2018 
ASD Teen Friendship Club 
The ASD Teen Friendship Club will be hosting it’s monthly social event.  Activities are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month and will include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong and more.  Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. 
For  additional  information contact Sandy or Dianne TeenAspergerFriendshipClub@yahoo.com
Cost is $5.00 per person & teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.
Time: 7 – 11:00 p.m.
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Center, 38900 Harper Avenue, Clinton Twp 48036  (Entrance is in the back of the building).

Saturday, May 12, 2018
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social  
This is an opportunity for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including individuals with Asperger syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorders, to get together & have fun!  There are all types of activities including: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ for those who enjoy dancing. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers. Parents and siblings are welcome to come. Siblings must be 13 years or older, as this event is geared for teens/young adults.  For additional information:    autismsocial2@gmail.com  or autismsocial.weebly.com
Cost $5 per person
Time:  7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:  St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy (Do not contact the church)

Friday, May 18, 2018
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Crazy TShirt 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 and pop available for purchase.   rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57880 Van Dyke, Romeo 48094
February
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Finding Hope Seminar for Parents/Caregivers
Are you struggling because you have a child with unique and special needs? When the life that we had hoped for our child is not the life that we have come to experience, emotional trauma is inevitable. With this trauma, the needs of parents are often overlooked as we tend to our kid’s needs. These seminars and support gatherings will teach you how to better care for yourself and to develop unique coping skills you need to live a more balanced and healthy life as you redevelop your vision for your child, yourself and your family.  Free of charge for parents and caregivers of children with special and unique needs.  See the flier for additional information.   Registration required at findinghopeseminar.eventbrite.com
Time:  1- 5 p.m.
Location:   MORC Auburn Hills, 1270 Doris Road Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Family Days
These days are designed exclusively for families with special needs. Join us for adapted theater presentations, explainer demos, and a sounds-down, lights-up atmosphere, all included with the price of general admission. Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Saturday, February 10, 2018
ASD Teen Friendship Club 
The ASD Teen Friendship Club will be hosting a Valentine Party.  Activities are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month and will include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong and more.  Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. 
For  additional  information contact Sandy or Dianne  TeenAspergerFriendshipClub@yahoo.com
Cost is $5.00 per person & teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.
Time: 7 – 11:00 p.m.
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Center, 38900 Harper Avenue, Clinton Twp 48036  (Entrance is in the back of the building).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Field Trip Days
MiSci is hosting field trip days, which will feature adaptive planetarium shows, hands-on STEM fairs hosted by partner organizations, and teacher professional development webinars. Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information. 
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Friday, February 16, 2018
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Valentine’s Day 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 and pop available for purchase.   rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57880 Van Dyke, Romeo 48094

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Advocacy Night Part II
Are you worried about changes to the Michigan Behavioral Health System, the critical shortage of caregivers due to low wages or recent changes in service delivery affecting your family?  Come share your concerns and questions with local legislators, State of Michigan Health Policy & Appropriations Committee Members and Oakland Community Health Network.  
Time:  6:30 - 9 p.m.
Location:  Faith Apostolic Church, 6710 Crooks, Troy, MI 48098

Saturday, February 24, 2018
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including individuals with Asperger syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorders, to get together & have fun!  There are all types of activities including: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ for those who enjoy dancing. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers. Parents and siblings are welcome to come. Siblings must be 13 years or older, as this event is geared for teens/young adults.  For additional information:   autismsocial2@gmail.com or  autismsocial.weebly.com
Cost $5 per person
Time:  7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:  St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy (Do not contact the church)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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 (OU Campus)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
OUCARES Parent Networking Series
Join us for an evening full of fun!  Meet with other parents, create new connections, dinner and Trivia.  This event is for parents of children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Space is limited, register early.  To register:  Oakland.edu/oucaresstore 
Information: OUCARES@oakland.edu  This program is generously supported by the Autism Society of Oakland County.
Cost:  $15 per person (Includes dinner, Interactive Activities, Trivia and Prizes)
Time:  6 p.m 
Location:  Mr. B's Gastropub, 215 S. Main Street, Royal Oak 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Adaptive Recreation–Let’s Play Daytime BINGO!
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
.50 to play! Pay at the door! No registration. Caregiver must stay (no charge) & assist consumers.  rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Time:  11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Location: Romeo Community Center, 361 Morton, Romeo 48065
March
Thursday, March 1, 2018
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training- Information Session
This information session is for individuals interested in registering for OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training for Adults with Aspergers, HFA, PDD-NOS.  The next 12 week program begins April 2-June 8, 2018.  Come find out more about the program, meet the staff and get all of your questions answered.  Limited Scholarships are available.  RSVP to  oucares@oakland.edu  flier
Time:  6:00-7:30 pm
Location:  Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester, MI

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Family Days
These days are designed exclusively for families with special needs. Join us for adapted theater presentations, explainer demos, and a sounds-down, lights-up atmosphere, all included with the price of general admission. Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information.
Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Thursday, March 8, 2018
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Addressing Emerging Sexuality in Children with ASD 
Talking about sex, teaching about sex, and making informed decisions about sex are difficult topics for parents and educators.  Join us as we discuss: Who are adolescents, Challenges in Puberty, Issues of Gender and Adolescence and more.  This event is for parents, caregivers and professionals working with children with ASD.  Not intended for children.  Presented by Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D., BCBA-Doctoral Associate Professor, Human Development & Child Studies.  Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call (248) 370-2424.   Flier   
Time:  6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room 
312 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester, MI 48309    map 

Saturday, March 10, 2018
ASD Teen Friendship Club 
The ASD Teen Friendship Club will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Party.  Activities are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month and will include; a movie, video games, board games, ping pong and more.  Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.  For  additional  information contact Sandy or Dianne  TeenAspergerFriendshipClub@yahoo.com
Cost is $5.00 per person & teen must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.
Time: 7 – 11:00 p.m.
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Center, 38900 Harper Avenue, Clinton Twp 48036  (Entrance is in the back of the building).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Super Sparks: All Access Field Trip Days
MiSci is hosting field trip days, which will feature adaptive planetarium shows, hands-on STEM fairs hosted by partner organizations, and teacher professional development webinars.  Visit Mi-Sci.org/Accessibility for additional information. 

Location:  Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI  48202

Friday, March 16, 2018
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
St. Paddy’s Day 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 and pop available for purchase.   rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57880 Van Dyke, Romeo 48094

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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 (OU Campus)


Saturday, March 24, 2018

OUCARES Annual Family Fun Day
Swimming, arts and crafts, a moonwalk and Science Center Star Lab are all part of the Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  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

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Clementine-Live Theatre
Sensory-Friendly performance. Recommended for ages 6-11.  You can purchase tickets in person at the ticket office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.  Information and social stories 
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Wharton Center For Performing Arts, Michigan State University, 750 W. Shaw LN, East Lansing, MI

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Adaptive Recreation–Let’s Play Daytime BINGO!
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
.50 to play! Pay at the door! No registration. Caregiver must stay (no charge) & assist consumers.  rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Time:  11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Location: Romeo Community Center, 361 Morton, Romeo 48065