Oakland University Conference Will Examine How Autism and the Law Intersect

Event will be May 3 in the Golf and Learning Center Building Oakland University’s Department of Human Development and Child Studies, in collaboration with the Oakland University Center for Autism*, will present “Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System” from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Golf and Learning Center Building at 464 Golf View Lane in Rochester. The goal of the conference is to educate professionals in the criminal … [Read more...]

Family Fun Day from OU Autism Center

OUCARES to host 14th annual Family Fun Day March 25 Swimming, arts and crafts, a moonwalk and face painting are all part of the Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 25. Created for families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, the event will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Oakland University Recreation Center. A sensory room staffed by professionals from Kaufman Children's Center will be available, … [Read more...]

OUCARES Helps Individuals with Autism Succeed in the Workplace

For several days a week, Evan Hodge can be found working at his job as a courtesy clerk at a Kroger store near his hometown of Rochester. The 24-year-old greets customers, helps bag groceries and uses a pulley system to retrieve shopping carts from outside the building, among other responsibilities. He landed his job last October, after taking part in several OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Trainings, 12-week workshops that are specifically designed to help individuals with autism prepare to … [Read more...]

Van Hoosen Middle School Celebrates Authors’ In April & Autism Awareness Month

The Van Hoosen Middle School Autism program and the language arts department are partnering to provide students, staff, parents, and the community with an opportunity to engage in a month of reading while learning more about Autism. During the month of April, Van Hoosen sixth grade students and parents will be reading Anything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin, the school’s designated Author in April. “Anything But Typical is written from the perspective of Jason Blake, a 12-year old … [Read more...]

Hearts of Hope – Quest for a Rett Syndrome Cure

When you watch a new house under construction, you anticipate confidently that one day the builder will indeed finish it to completion. With the right plans, and the adequate funding, there’s an expectation that the project will succeed. This same philosophy describes the passionate certainty that Bridget MacDonald and other families like hers feel about curing the consuming and debilitating disorder that is known as Rett Syndrome. Bridget MacDonald is the Rochester mom of beautiful Annie, … [Read more...]

Community Kindness

The last time my husband went to the grocery store, the checkout clerk told him how friendly our special needs son was on our previous trip there. She mentioned how happy he seemed with "the nanny." The thing is, we don't have a nanny. Trust me, I'd love a nanny — I dream of what it would be like if we did. And I'll take it as a compliment that I look young enough compared to my husband to be confused as "the nanny." What made this humorous experience so notable to me wasn't the flattering … [Read more...]

Program discusses housing for people with autism

Rochester Community Schools’ Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will present a free overview for parents, individuals and professionals called Getting My Own Address for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. The program will be held in Rochester on Thursday, October 27, 7–9 p.m. in the school administration building’s Harrison Room, 501 W. University and will be offered on different dates in other school districts. The presentation will introduce … [Read more...]