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Recreational
Programs
Recreational programs at OUCARES are provided for individuals with ASD ages 3 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.



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Ages 4-5
Swimming
This new program will teach the basics to new swimmers. Taught by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety and learn basic swim techniques. Parents/guardians are expected to participate with their children with ASD.

Sundays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15  
Ages: 5-10
Time: 10am-10:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130

Outdoor soccer
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Aug. 15-October 10 (no session Sept. 5)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: Outdoor (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60

Indoor soccer
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.
Saturdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 12 (no session Nov. 28)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.

Saturdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 12 (no session Nov. 28)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 Ages 6-12
Ages 6-12
Swimming
This new program will teach the basics to new swimmers.  Taught by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety and learn basic swim techniques. Parents/guardians are expected to participate with their children with ASD. 

Sundays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15
Ages: 5-10  
Time: 10am-10:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130.00 


Advanced Swimming

This new program will teach advanced swimming techniques.  Taught by a certified lifeguard with experience working with people with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable learning new swim strokes, understand water safety and have fun. Parents/guardians may be asked to participate with their individual with ASD if 1:1 support is needed.

Sundays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15
Ages: 11-16   
TIME: 11am-11:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130


OUTDOOR SOCCER
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Aug. 15-October 10 (no session Sept. 5)
Ages: 4-9     Time: 9:30-10:30am
Ages: 10+    Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Outdoor (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60


INDOOR SOCCER
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 12 (no session Nov. 28)
Ages: 4-9 yrs. Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60


BASKETBALL
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.

Fridays, Oct. 2-Dec. 11 (no session Oct. 23, Nov 20, Nov. 27)
Ages: 10-15 
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS) 

Saturdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 12 (no session Nov. 28)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60


JUDO
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD, this martial arts program will focus on the basics of judo including controlled movements and learning how to fall safely. Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning self-defense and listening skills, and it will encourage participants to practice self-control and discipline. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the US Judo Federation.

Tuesdays, Sept. 22—Nov. 10
Ages: 6-11
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Pawley Hall Atrium (OU CAMPUS)

Thursdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12
Ages: 12+
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Pawley Hall Atrium (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $80

SNAG GOLF
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment. Goals include improving motor skills, direction following, and social skills. This program is for people with a diagnosis of Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS. We will be using the OU Recreation Center and OU’s Par 3 golf course throughout the program. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19
Ages: 8+
Time: 5:30-6:30
Location: OU Golf Course
Cost: $80

SOCIAL SKILLS
This program is for individuals with conversational language skills who have the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Designed to teach skills in social interaction, this program will encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers.

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.

Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24

Grades: 3rd-5th
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Grades: 6th-9th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Grades: 10th-12th
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Room 202 (MEADOWS SCHOOL, 1435 W Auburn Rd)
Cost: $130

BASEBALL
The OU Men’s Baseball Team teaches participants the fundamentals of baseball through skill stations and modified games. Skills such as hitting, throwing and catching will be practiced each week, along with learning how to interact as a team player. 

Tuesdays, Sept. 8 -Oct. 13
Ages: 8-14
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: OU Baseball Fields (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $50

Teen and Adult
Advanced Swimming
This new program will teach advanced swimming techniques.  Taught by a certified lifeguard with experience working with people with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable learning new swim strokes, understand water safety and have fun. Parents/guardians may be asked to participate with their individual with ASD if 1:1 support is needed.

Sundays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15
11-16 years old  TIME: 11:00am-11:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130

Outdoor Soccer
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Aug. 15-October 10 (no session Sept. 5)
Age: 10+
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Outdoor (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.

Fridays, Oct. 2-Dec. 11 (no session Oct 23, Nov 20, Nov. 27)
Ages: 10-15   Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages: 16+      Time : 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 

Judo
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD, this martial arts program will focus on the basics of judo including controlled movements and learning how to fall safely. Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning self-defense and listening skills, and it will encourage participants to practice self-control and discipline. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the US Judo Federation.

Thursdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12
Ages: 12   & up
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Pawley Hall Atrium (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $80

Snag Golf
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment. Goals include improving motor skills, direction following, and social skills. This program is for people with a diagnosis of Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS. We will be using the OU Recreation Center and OU’s Par 3 golf course throughout the program. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19
Ages: 8 + yrs
Time: 5:30-6:30
Location: OU Golf Course
Cost: $80

Social Skills
This program is for individuals with conversational language skills who have the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Designed to teach skills in social interaction, this program will encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.

Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24
Grades: 3rd-5th           Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Grades: 6th-9th           Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Grades: 10th-12th       Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Room 202 (MEADOWS SCHOOL, 1435 W Auburn Rd)
Cost: $130 

Baseball
The OU Men’s Baseball Team teaches participants the fundamentals of baseball through skill stations and modified games. Skills such as hitting, throwing and catching will be practiced each week, along with learning how to interact as a team player. 

Tuesdays, Sept. 8 -Oct. 13Ages: 8-14 yrs
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: OU Baseball Fields (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $50

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. There will be a 3:1 ratio of staff to bowlers.

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, Oct. 10 - Dec. 12 ( No Session Nov. 28)
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, Oct. 1 - Dec. 3 (No Session Nov. 26)
Ages: 16+
Time: 6:30 - 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. The Macomb County bowling program is made possible in part through the generous support of the Autism Society of Macomb/Saint Clair.

Photoshop Basics 
This is an introduction to the basic techniques and tools in Photoshop. Participants will learn to create and edit graphics while also increasing their listening skills, creativity, and direction-following. The instructor has many years experience in graphic design and many years experience working with individuals with ASD. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism. Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Community Mental Health and Autism Speaks, Inc

Mondays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 23
Ages: 13-26
Time:  6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost: $200 

Advanced Photoshop for the Workplace
This program builds on the skills and techniques learned in Photoshop Basics. It is designed for individuals interested in obtaining job-related skills and knowledge, with a workplace environment focus. Participants will be asked to provide a presentation of their accumulated projects to the instructor or guests within the industry. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.   This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Community Mental Health and Autism Speaks, Inc

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.    
Wednesdays, Oct. 7 - Dec. 2 (No Session Nov. 25)
Ages: 16-26
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200

Animation
Participants will learn skills and techniques with the program Anime Studio Pro. This program assists participants in learning how to animate graphics. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism. Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.   This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Community Mental Health and Autism Speaks, Inc

Wednesdays, Oct. 7 - Dec. 2 (No Session Nov. 25)
Ages: 13-26
Time: 7:30-9pm
Location : Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200

Volleyball
Participants learn to play a sport while socializing and having fun! Players learn basics of volleyball while also learning team work, increasing their confidence, improving their motor skills and coordination. Program designed for individuals with conversational language skills who follow simple directions with a diagnosis of PDD/NOS, Asperger’s, or High Functioning Autism.

Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24
Age: 16+  
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Location: Woodland Elementary Gym (6465 Livernois, Troy)
Cost: $40

Comic Book Club
This program offers an opportunity for children and teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about and discussing fun Star Wars or Marvel comics!  Across the 8 weeks, participants will create super hero symbols, play games, read exciting comics, and make their very own comic strips. The instructor will use a variety of techniques (visual schedules, group activities, questioning character feelings, etc.) to teach skills in social interaction, encourage independence, and promote participants’ understanding of others' emotions. This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s with conversational language skills.  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.

Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19
Ages: 13+    
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Room 201 (MEADOWS SCHOOL, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $100

Camps


The Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for children on the autism spectrum ages 3 - 18 years old. 

Pee Wee Camp - Children 3-6 years old
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.

Four 2 Week sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 15-June 26 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: June 29-July 10 (no July 3) - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 3: July 13-July 24
Session 4: July 27-August 7

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$600 for each 2 week session

Application form - You may fax completed applications to (248) 370-4242 or email  oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available.  Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form

Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old
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.

Four 2 Week Sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 15-June 26 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: June 29-July 10 (no July 3) - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 3: July 13-July 24
Session 4: July 27-August 7

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$600 for each 2 week session

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to  oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available.  Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form


Life Skills Camp - Adolescents 11-14 years old, 15-18 years old, & 18 years & Up

3 Locations - Meadows in Rochester, Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, Rising Stars Academy in Center Line

Life Skills Camps 


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 child. 

CENTER LINE:

Two sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for Adults Age 18 and Up

Session 1: June 22-July 2 (no July 3) 

Session 2: July 13-24

$600 per 2 week session

Rising Stars Academy, 23588 Lawrence St, Center Line

Application Form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to  oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

 

MEADOWS:

Three sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. all for ages 11-14
Session 1: June 15-July 2 (3 weeks) -REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: July 6-July 24 (3 weeks)
Session 3: July 27-August 7 (2 weeks)

$900 for session 1 and session 2 (both three weeks long), $600 for session 3 (two weeks)


Meadows School, 1435 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills

Application form - You may fax completed applications to (248) 370-4242 or email oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form

South Lyon Life Skills Camp for 11-14 year olds & 15-18 year olds with High Functioning Autism/Asperger's

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 breakfast and 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

SOUTH LYON:

Two sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Session 1: June 22-July 10 for 11-14 year olds -REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION

Session 2: July 13-July 31 for 15-18 year olds

$900 per 3 week session


Centennial Middle School, 62500 W. Nine Mile Rd., South Lyon

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

  

 

 

Film Camp - Adolescents 11-18 years old

August 10-21, 2015
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Oakland University - Pawley Hall, Rochester, MI
Cost: $700

Join Joey Travolta and his staff from Hollywood in creating and starring in your own short film. You don't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The program is designed to develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through acting, improvisation, and digital film-making. Our students learn essential skills for a career in film in a non-competitive environment. This camp is for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder 11-18 years of age. A sibling or peer buddy within the same age group may also register.

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to   oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available.  Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form

More Information
Additional Information for Admitted Campers

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, and Meadows & South Lyon Life Skills Camps, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when your child is admitted (OUCARES will send you an email) to secure your child's placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 1.  For Center Line Life Skills camp, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when the adult camper is admitted (OUCARES wills end you an email) to secure placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 12.

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all new Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all new Life Skills campers (age 11-14 & age 15-18) 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 Life Skills campers. If you have a Pee Wee camper (age 3-6) or a new Summer Day (ages 7-12) or Life Skills (ages 11-14 or 15-18) 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.

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 Life Skills Campers (age 11-14), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at room 200 on the second floor of Meadows School. Meadows School is located at 1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills.  For South Lyon Life Skills campers (age 11-14 or 15-18), please bring your child to check in at room 209 at Centennial Middle School.  Centennial Middle School is located at  62500 9 Mile Road in South Lyon.

Should your child 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 child 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 making and eating a light breakfast and learning good hygiene practices. 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
PRACTICAL FILM WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM & Other Developmental Disabilities

The Practical Film Workshop for Adults is  a 20 week program  that will empower  adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities  to develop the skills necessary for employment in the film/media entertainment industry. Using film and digital technology, students will learn the art of film-making by working on a professional short film in both the studio and on-location environments. Information is conveyed in an "edutainment" format, meaning that learning is very hands-on and interactive.

The goals of the employable skills program are that students will
  • Gain a working knowledge of the physical production of a film.
  • Understand the concept of script writing, digital video camera/editing, and lighting equipment.
  • Develop social skills and understanding through acting and role playing exercises.
  • Be able to use the skills they learn in micro-enterprising ventures.
  • Learn basic fundamentals of graphic design/advertising strategies for marketing a featured film.
The employable skills taught by experts include
  • Lighting/Camera - Students learn the basics of lighting/camera equipment used in basic film techniques.
  • Acting/Writing - Students will be introduced to script writing/development along with elements of storytelling; including plot, character development, conflict and resolution.
  • Editing - Students will learn how a film is assembled in the editing room, how to fine tune the rough cut, the score, the titles, and any special effects.
  • Producing - Students will learn how to produce a film as they are taught basic administrative duties. Producing will teach participants team work, collaboration, to be respectful, attention to detail, and time & money management.
Cost
The cost of the entire 20 week workshop is $6,000.  

View the Film Workshop flier  |  View the Film Workshop video
 
Who can apply for this workshop?
  • Adults 18yrs and older with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
  • Students that do not pose a threat to themselves or others in the program.
  • Demonstrated social/interpersonal skills and communication skills necessary for vocational or work related training in the film/media industry.
  • Demonstrates willingness to fully participate in the duration of the program.
  • Those who have interests and goals align with that of the workshop.
What is the application process?
  • Fill out an application form.
  • All applicants will be screened to make sure that they meet the minimum and desired qualifications to be successful in the program.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum and desired qualifications will be invited to an initial interview.
  • The final selection process is at the discretion of the interview committee from Inclusion Films and OUCARES.
  • Those selected for the Practical Film Workshop will be informed of their admission to the program and given the start date.
Admissions Application Form

Autobiography Videos
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Program Registration                                 PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICKLY SO REGISTER SOON!

  Fall 2015

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.

Printable registration forms.
 
Complete the participant information form only if you are registering for Social Skills, SNAG Golf, Comic Book Club, or if you are a New Participant.

Printable PROGRAM BROCHURE of all OUCARES Fall 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: 

OUCARE
425C Pawley Hal
Rochester, MI 48309

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