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ASOC Family Get-Together

Our first annual family get-together at Pump It Up was a wonderful success!!  We are delighted to have the opportunity to network with our families and look forward to more such events in the future!

For more information:  ASOC Family Event

 

Autism and the Holidays

The holidays can be a hectic, stressful time for all families. This time of year can be especially overwhelming for families of individuals with autism. We have put together some tips and resources to help you ease your stress during the holidays, and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

For more information: Autism and the Holidays


Autism Insurance Reform

Senate bills 414, 415, and 981 were signed by the governor.  
Passing the autism insurance legislation is the first step to creating an extensive network of qualified providers who will be able to service children with autism in Michigan. These services will include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-behavior therapy, occupational therapy (OT) for sensory-based interventions and speech therapy through 18 years old.

For further information visit the official website or read this Overview on the ASOC webpage.

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Autism Making It Work

This 60 minute program will explore the growing needs of adolescent and young adults with autism. In 1991 the number of autism cases increased sharply. That population will begin exiting the school system to enter the general population. What are their needs? What can parents do to plan for their future? What?s in place to ensure their success?

For more information: Autism Making It Work



NEW Autism Resource Materials

The Living with Autism Series, which started in 2006 has evolved to provide easy to understand, practical information related to the autism spectrum for a broad audience on a wide range of topics.  Information is applicable for all ages - birth through adulthood.  These materials are designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, friends and professionals.

For more information view: Autism Resource Materials

Autism and the Holidays

The ASOC was pleased to take part in the Autism Summit at Oakland University.

This ground-breaking effort brought together a wide range of non-profit organizations, medical, housing, support and other professionals to exchange ideas and see what we can accomplish by working together.

The opportunity for collaborative efforts to further our ability to meet the needs of those impacted by autism is very exciting.  We look forward to building on those ideas to help families within our community.

Behavioral Interventions

The authors reviewed scientific reports published since January 2010 and found that a wide range of behavioral interventions improved outcomes of people with ASD. Such scientific confirmation is crucial for securing health insurance coverage for bona fide ASD treatments. 

For more information: Behavioral Interventions


Getting My Own Address

Getting My Own Address for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities (GMOA) is a program for people with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities and their families.  The program makes clear the steps, options and choices that are available to plan for housing in the community of one's choice.

For more information: Getting My Own Address

 

Employment and Vocational Education Support

Our golf outing day also featured a wide range of vendors, the advocacy of job coaches from MORC and even an on-site interview opportunity.  It was encouraging to see so many wonderful adults with special needs and professionals sharing their creativity and expertise!

For more information: Vendor and Employment Information


Golf Outing Success

Our 17th Annual golf outing was held at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center. Over 200 people came out to enjoy the beautiful day!  Thanks to those who continue to support ASOC.  The funds raised will enable us to continue to support services and groups for those impacted by autism throughout our community.

For more information: ASOC Golf Outing

Going Out to Eat

Going out to eat at a restaurant can be difficult for any family, but especially for families of individuals with autism. This page was designed to provide you with tips and resources to help make dining out a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone! 

For more information: Going Out To Eat


Inclusive Storybooks

The Children's Books Honored for Inclusive Storylines.  Four children's books have been recognized for authentically portraying characters with developmental disabilities.  The books — two chapter books and two picture books — are winners of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award. The honor handed out every other year since 2000 goes to books that include main or supporting characters with developmental disabilities.

For more information: Inclusive Storybooks



Autism Insurance Coverage in Michigan

Passing the autism insurance legislation is the first step to creating an extensive network of qualified providers who will be able to service children with autism in Michigan. These services will include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-behavior therapy, occupational therapy (OT) for sensory-based interventions and speech therapy through 18 years old.

For further information visit the official website or read this Overview on the ASOC webpage.


Music as a Path to Language

As many as three in ten children with autism are nonverbal. Yet many children with autism have superior auditory skills and a particular attraction to music. Based on these observations, I and my colleagues have been using forms of music-making that encourage vocalization as a pathway to developing language.

For more information: Music as a Path to Language


Public Service Announcements

April is National Autism Awareness Month. These public service announcements are designed to raise awareness regarding the many faces of autism.  

For more information view: Autism Awareness Videos

Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.

For more information: Sensory Friendly Films

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