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.
August
Register for the  Brooksie Way
The 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 or training program with the code: OUCA  and $10.00 off the 10k and 5k with code: OUCB.  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  thebrooksieway.com    Flier
Location:  Oakland University, 2200 N Squirrel Rd 48309 Rochester, MI
May
Monday, May 1, 2017
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training - Information Session
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training (for adults with ASD) Information Session is an opportunity for anyone interested in the program.  Come meet instructors, get questions answered and see what the twelve week skills training is about. Limited scholarships available thanks to generous support from the Ted Lindsay Foundation.  To attend, RSVP to oucares@oakland.edu   View the flyer for details.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Teen Asperger Friendship Club
The Teen Asperger Friendship Club will be hosting it's first social event.  Activities will include; a movie, video games, board games and more.  Pizza, snacks & refreshments will be provided. Teen/young adult must be accompanied by a parent or care provider.  Information: Teen Asperger Friendship Club Facebook page or contact Stacey, Sandy or Diane at TeenAspergerFriendshipClub@yahoo.com
Cost: $5.00 per person
Time:  7 pm - 11 pm
Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church –Community Center, 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Twp., MI 48036

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10th Annual Wildcat Race
Oxford brings awareness to autism at the 10th annual 5K Walk & Run/10K Run/Kid Fun Run. $20 to race, T-shirt included.   Flyer
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Oxford Middle School, 1420 Lakeville Rd. Oxford, 48371

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017
Warrior Moms Pajama Party
For Moms of children with diagnoses such as: ADD/ADHD, PANDAS, RAD, FASD, ASD, sensory issues, anxiety, depression and more.  Do something for yourself that will bring you joy, fun and relaxation.  Overnight accommodations include lunch and breakfast, inspirational speakers, makeovers and more! Cost $147. Order tickets today and reserve your space.   HealingComplexKids.org
Location:  Somerset Inn, Troy, MI

Tuesday, May 9, 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.  * New location.
Ages: 18+ yrs. No cost for this program. 
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Oakland Center, Lower Level, Lake Superior Room B (OU Campus)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Getting My Own Address
An introduction to the housing-planning process for people with disabilities including:  Making housing goals using the Person-Centered Planning process and Self-Determination principles, Creating a housing budget, including private and public funding sources,  Deciding the appropriate level of direct care and other supports, Options for affordable housing through renting or buying, Finding a roommate to share housing costs and companionship.  We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule the presentation if registrations fail to meet the minimum participation level. Questions? Contact Presenter Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or  LBrown@chninc.net Cost $30/ person.  Pre-registration is required 48 hours (two days) prior to the presentation at communityhousingnetwork.org
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI 48084

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017
SIBSHOP
Sibshop, a fun energetic opportunity for Siblings of children with Special Needs to celebrate the contributions they make to their families.  Information and discussion exercises interspersed with games, crafts, cooking and more. Monthly sessions, every second Saturday of the month.  Ages 8-13.  If interested, contact Michele Hafeli mhsibshop@gmail.com or 248-391-9740.
Time:  9:30 am - Noon
Location:  Lake Orion Methodist Church, 140 E. Flint St., Lake Orion 48362

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
2017 SpringElation JARC Apalooza
An inclusive family friendly event with entertainment and movies in the theaters, a rockin' dance by StarTrax, bowling and dinner by Quality Kosher Catering.  Activities and prizes for kids of all abilities. Make your gift today. jarc.org/events/2017springelation  Information: carolkaczander@jarc.org or phone (248) 538-6611.
Time:  5:30-8:30pm
Location:  Emagine, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak 48067

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Total Education Solutions Free Parent Workshop
Birth to Preschool:  Speech and Language Red Flags & Promoting Better Communication.
This workshop will help to identify concerns in communication development, teach communications do’s and don’ts and incorporate easy but effective tips for promoting better communication for your child in your daily environment.  Presented by Courtney Gegg, Pediatric Speech Therapist.  Reserve your spot by May 15, by calling 248-544-0360.
Time:  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location:  GUTS Training Center, 1008 Orchard St., Ferndale, 48220

Thursday, May 18, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Guardianships & Alternative Options, Presented by Thomas Kendziorski, Esq. Executive Director, The Arc of Oakland County. The presentation topics will include: Guardianship and options available to families, guardianship laws in Michigan, the application process and documentation needed and medical, financial and estate planning options.   View flyer for details.
Time:  6pm-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, 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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Getting My Own Address
An introduction to the housing-planning process for people with disabilities including:  Making housing goals using the Person-Centered Planning process and Self-Determination principles, Creating a housing budget, including private and public funding sources,  Deciding the appropriate level of direct care and other supports, Options for affordable housing through renting or buying, Finding a roommate to share housing costs and companionship.  We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule the presentation if registrations fail to meet the minimum participation level. Questions? Contact Presenter Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or  LBrown@chninc.net Cost $30/ person.  Pre-registration is required 48 hours (two days) prior to the presentation at communityhousingnetwork.org
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI 48084
June
Register for the  Brooksie Way
The 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 or training program with the code: OUCA  and $10.00 off the 10k and 5k with code: OUCB.  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  thebrooksieway.com    Flier
Location:  Oakland University, 2200 N Squirrel Rd 48309 Rochester, MI

Thursday, June 1, 2017
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training - Information Session
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training (for adults with ASD) Information Session is an opportunity for anyone interested in the program.  Come meet instructors, get questions answered and see what the twelve week skills training is about. Limited scholarships available thanks to generous support from the Ted Lindsay Foundation. To attend, RSVP to oucares@oakland.edu  Flier

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Special Needs and Sensory Friendly Bounce
Total Sports Farmington is pleased to announce a Special Needs and Sensory Friendly Bounce!  This event is for our friends with autism, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and other challenges. For further information or to register call (248) 957-8394 or visit  totalsportscomplex.com or email  Chad@totalsportscomplex.com  See the  Flier for cost.
Time:  2-5 pm
Location:  Total Sports Farmington, 22777 Farmington Rd., Farmington 48336

Saturday, June 10, 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

Tuesday, June 13, 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. * New location.
Ages: 18+ yrs. No cost for this program. 
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Oakland Center, Lower Level, Lake Michigan Room (OU Campus)

Friday, June 16, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
We Love the Zoo 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 Senior Center/Municipal Building, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For additional information: (586) 752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org

Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Twelfth Annual Out & About Autism
5K Run/Walk 1 Mile Fun Walk.  For registration and donation information: macombasa.org or contact Autismrunwalk2017@comcast.net or call Theresa Gabalis (586) 445-4915, leave a message. 
Time:  8:00 am
Location:  Stony Creek Metro Park, 4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township,  MI 48316

June 19-23, 2017
iCan Bike
It is understood that the vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill.  For information or to register for this bike camp please e-mail Dr. Leah Ketcheson directly at leahketcheson@lightupnow.org or call (734) 678-1698. icanshine.org/ican-bike-ann-arbor-mi/
Location:  Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, 48105
July
Register for the  Brooksie Way
The 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 or training program with the code: OUCA  and $10.00 off the 10k and 5k with code: OUCB.  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  thebrooksieway.com    Flier
Location:  Oakland University, 2200 N Squirrel Rd 48309 Rochester, MI

Friday, July 21, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Red, White & Blue 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 Senior Center/Municipal Building, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
For additional information: (586) 752-6543 x1402 or email venetg@rwbparksrec.org