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Recreational
Programs
Recreational programs at OUCARES are provided for individuals with ASD ages 4 through adulthood. Click on the age group below for details on programs offered for that specific age group.
Please note that parents/caregivers must remain on the premises while any participant (under age 18) is involved in an OUCARES program.
Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  https://wwwp.oakland.edu/about/youth

Parent Support Group
Families of children with ASD often feel scared, frustrated, helpless and alone.  This group offers a place for parents to share their experiences, obtain information and support while connecting with other parents/caregivers in similar situations.  The mission of this group is support & strengthen parents of children with ASD through connections and shared experiences.
Dates: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: OU Campus 
No Cost for this Program. Registration is Required 


Click on the "REGISTRATION" tab above to register.
Teen and Adult

Bowling Leagues
OUCARES Bowling League is for individuals 16+ yrs on the Autism Spectrum to have the opportunity to bowl in a supportive and controlled environment. No experience necessary! Social participation will be encouraged to help participants develop friendships in a community setting. Overall well-being will be enhanced as they perform a physical activity, resulting in better fitness for healthier living. Emotional well-being will be fostered as they build self-esteem and confidence in a positive, supportive environment. The parent/caregiver will need to remain with the bowler if one on one assistance is required.

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, June 18 - August 20 (No Session July 2)
Ages: 16+
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Classic Lanes - 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills, MI
$45/person  - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and an awards ceremony (with pizza!) at the end of the season.

Macomb County - Pin Crushers League at Bowling MD
Thursdays, June 16 - August 18 (No session June 30)
Ages: 16+
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bowling MD (formerly Bowling IQ) - 7023 E. 14 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI
$45/person - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and an awards ceremony (with pizza!) at the end of the season.

Photoshop Design
Participants will learn the foundation of graphic design, including core art elements and creative design thinking. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the tools necessary to create unique art and will be able to take home a final printed project. Instructed by professional graphic designers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Aspergers, High - Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 
Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.    

Mondays, June 27 - August 22 (no session July 4) 
Ages: 13+ yrs.
Time: 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200 Limited Scholarships Available

Video Editing 
Participants will learn the foundation of filming videos and the core principles of basic video editing. Instructed by professional videographers & photographers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Aspergers, High - Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 
Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.

Mondays, June 27 - August 22 (No Session July 4)
Ages: 13+ yrs.
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location : Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200 Limited Scholarships Available

Camps


The Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through Adult. 

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  https://wwwp.oakland.edu/about/youth



Life Skills Camps - Adults (16 yrs & Up)

Adult Life Skills (16 yrs and up) is located at AIM High School in Farmington Hills.

Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning life skills including:

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Initiative/dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills, and self-confidence.
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Campers plan and prepare lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp

Camp Assessments
All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will call you to schedule an assessment. A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms. For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your application and sent a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect information about your camper

2016 ADULT LIFE SKILLS:
Adults (16yrs and up): Two Sessions Mon - Fri 9am-3pm
Session 1: July 11-July22
Session 2: July 25-July August 5

$650.00 per 2 week session
AIM High School, 29230 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills

Application Form - You may fax completed applications back to (248)370-4242 or email back to oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited Scholarships are available.  


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Pee Wee Camp - Children 3-6 years old - ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL
The Pee Wee Summer Day Camp is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3 - 6 years old. Our Pee Wee Camp activities will be focusing on maintaining known skills and acquiring new skills to improve quality of life. All activities are structured and are planned around a theme. Language Arts, Sensory Fun, Water Fun, Sports & Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Social Skills, Music, Fine Motor Fun and so much more!

Camp Assessments: All pee wee campers will be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will contact you to schedule an assessment.

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2016 Four 2 Week sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 20-July 1
Session 2: July 5 - July 15 (No July 4th)
Session 3: July 18 -July 29
Session 4: August 1 - August 12

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each 2 week session

Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old  - ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL
Each week will be filled with loads of fun including indoor swimming, arts and crafts, sensory time, social skills, field trips, sports and fitness, nature walks and much more! Camp activities will be recreational with an academic component. All activities are highly structured and are planned around a weekly theme.

Camp Assessments: All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will call you to schedule an assessment. A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your application and sent a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2016 Four 2 Week Sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 20 -July 1
Session 2: July 5 - July 15 (No July 4th)
Session 3: July 18 -July 29
Session 4: August 1 - August 12

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each 2 week session

Life Skills Camps - Teens (11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs)  - ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Teen Life Skills (2 Groups: 11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs) is located at Meadows Learning Center in Rochester.

Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning life skills including:

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Initiative/dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills, and self-confidence.
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Campers plan and prepare lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp

Camp Assessments
All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will call you to schedule an assessment. A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms. For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your application and sent a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect information about your camper

2016 Teen Life Skills Camp:
Ages 15-18 yrs: Two Sessions Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 20-July 1
Session 2: July 5 - July 15 (No July 4th)

Ages 11-14 yrs: Two Sessions Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Session 1: July 18 - July 29
Session 2: August 1 - August 12

$650.00 per 2-week session
Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

For Summer Day Camp, Pee Wee Camp, Teen Life Skills Camp &  Adult Life Skills Camp, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when your participant is admitted (OUCARES will send you an email) to secure your participant's placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 1. 

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all NEW Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all NEW Teen and Adult Life Skills campers are required to complete a casual assessment with OUCARES staff prior to camp. All campers who have an assessment are required to pay a $50 non-refundable assessment fee which is due prior to the day of assessment. This is a one-time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. There will be no assessment for returning Summer Day campers or returning Teen & Adult Life Skills campers. If you have a Pee Wee camper (age 3-6) or a new Summer Day (ages 7-12) or Teen or Adult Life Skills camper, OUCARES will contact you once we receive your registration forms. An OUCARES staff member will then schedule your camper’s assessment during a time that fits your schedule.


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CAMP INFORMATION

For Pee Wee Campers (age 3-6), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at the entrance to the Lowry Center on the 1st floor of Pawley Hall. For Summer Day Campers (age 7-12), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff on the 3rd floor main lobby of Pawley Hall. Your child will be given a room assignment at that time. You will then drop off and pick up your child at that assigned room location for the remainder of the session. For Meadows Teen Life Skills Campers, please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at room 201 on the second floor of Meadows Learning Center. Meadows is located at 1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills.  For Adult Life Skills Campers, more detailed information will be provided at a later date. AIM High School is located at 2923- W. 12 Mile in Farmington Hills .

Should your camper be absent or late, please call (248-370-2424) or email ( oucares@oakland.edu) the OUCARES offices no later than 8:30 a.m. the morning your camper will be absent or late.

Each camper should have sunscreen, a hat to block the sun, a water bottle, a towel, a change of clothes, any medicines they need, and their daily take home folder. Also for Pee Wee and Summer Day campers, please bring a sack lunch and snacks labeled with your child’s name each day to camp. We will not have access to a refrigerator, so be sure to pack food accordingly. For those days that Summer Day campers will be swimming, be sure your camper has a swim suit.

Pee Wee camp typically begins each day with fun sensory activities to help campers get out energy at the beginning of the day. The morning is divided into structured play times, circle time (including reading and singing), playground time, and structured activities at the table. After lunch, Pee Wee campers may have some quiet choice time, followed by creative expression activities, outdoor fun, snack time, and social skills practice.

Summer Day campers start their day with structured free choice activities and morning circle time. Mornings continue with outdoor activities and life skills training. After lunch, campers go swimming on certain days, or they may go for a nature walk or on the playground. In the afternoon, campers focus on structured activities before closing circle time. Summer Day campers will go on field trips to the park on most Fridays.

Life Skills camp begins every day with campers learning good hygiene practices and enjoying a pre-made snack. Then, campers may have a structured outdoor activity before engaging in creative thinking, team-building, and life skills projects. Life Skills campers prepare and eat their own lunches and then have a quiet free choice time. The afternoon consists of more social skills activities, learning about a micro-enterprise, and camper-planned activities. Life Skills campers will go on field trips into the community on certain days as well in order to practice the life skills they have been learning.
Employable Skills Programs
Photoshop Design
Participants will learn the foundation of graphic design, including core art elements and creative design thinking. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the tools necessary to create unique art and will be able to take home a final printed project. Instructed by professional graphic designers.  This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.
Mondays, June 27 - August 22 (No Session July 4)
Ages: 13+ yrs.  Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Location: Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.) Limited Scholarships Available


Video Editing 
Participants will learn the foundation of filming videos and the core principles of basic video editing. Instructed by professional videographers & photographers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 
Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.
Mondays, June 27 - August 22 (No Session July 4)
Ages: 13+ yrs.  Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Location : Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.) Limited Scholarships Available
PRE-EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING  - For Adults with ASD 
12 weeks of pre-employment skills training with strong focus on:
  • "Soft" interpersonal skills (communication, social awareness, networking, team work, accepting criticism, collaboration)
  • Understanding employment (career options, resumes, applications, maintaining a job)
  • Independent living skills (hygiene, money management, community understanding, goal setting)

    INFORMATION SESSION - JUNE 28, 2016
    6-7:30 PM
    Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd, Rochester, MI
    To attend, RSVP to oucares@oakand.edu

Monday - Friday July 18 - October 7 (12 weeks)
Age:  Adult
Location:  Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd, Rochester, MI
Cost:  $3000 Limited Scholarships Available Thanks to Generous Support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Registration
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SUMMER  2016

To register online, complete the online program registration and submit payment. You will also have to print and fill out the release and assumption of risk form  and mail it to the above address.


Video Editing & Photoshop Design 


Printable PROGRAM BROCHURE of all OUCARES Summer 2016 Recreational Programs.

To register by mail, complete the program registration form and mail it along with the registration fee (checks payable to Oakland University) to: 

OUCARES
425C Pawley Hal
Rochester, MI 48309

SUMMER CAMP 2016


If you would like to volunteer to help with a program, complete the volunteer application and background check form.