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.
December
Saturday, December 2, 2017
OUCARES Holiday Party
Party for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders, ages 15 and older.  Dancing, DJ, caricaturist, sumo suits, games and pizza. No registrations accepted at the door.  Space is limited.  See the flier for important details. 
Cost:  $10 per person.
Location:  Oakland University, Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Time:  7 - 10 p.m.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party
Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Merry Christmas themed dance 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 and pop available for purchase.  www.rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI
September
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

September 2 – September 4, 2017
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats
Enjoy the following fun at the festival:  Free admission for up to 5 family members one of the above days, free parking at specified location, free carnival rides, free bottle of Aquafina, free lunch for the first 550 registrants per day.  Please note: One sign-up per family. You must have a family member with ASD to be eligible for this program. Rights to the program can be forfeited if this policy is violated.  Please also note, in an effort to include as many families as possible, we will be removing additional orders from the list if there are multiple registrations for the same family, putting your total over the 5 ticket limit.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lauren.Lewis@aaomi.org  Information:  Ford Arts, Beats & Eats
Time:  Check in will open at 9:50 a.m. at the Sherman and Lafayette Parking Structure in Royal Oak; guests will NOT be permitted to enter the festival until 10 a.m. Entrance to the festival begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Event entrance for free ends at Noon.
Location:  Royal Oak, MI  Free Parking: North Lafayette Parking Structure, enter off Lafayette, north of 4th St. on the West Side of the Street. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Campfire Night
Register by Sept. 7.  Dinner pre-registration only. Hot dogs, s’mores, hayrides, campfire and nature activities.  No walk-ins. Payment must accompany registration form. Motor Vehicle Day Use fee of $5 for Oakland County residents or Annual Vehicle Permit required at park entry gate.  Questions: (248) 424-7081 Adaptive@oakgov.com
Cost:  $10 participant/$5 caregiver
Time:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W Romeo Rd, Leonard, MI 48367

Friday, September 15, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
The 50’s thru the Beatles themed dance 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 and pop available for purchase.  rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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.  Ages: 18+ yrs.  No cost for this program. Questions? OUCARES@oakland.edu
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Oakland Center (OU Campus)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Getting My Own Address
An introduction to the housing planning process for people with disabilities.  Pre-registration is required.   Community Housing Network  Cost: $30 per person.  Questions? Linda Ronan Brown (248) 269-1346.
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy 48084

Thursday, September 28, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Transition: Planning for High School & Beyond, presented by Sandee Koski, Michigan Alliance for Families.  This presentation is designed to help you better understand and plan for the transition to high school as well as post-high school options.   View flier  for additional details.  There is no cost to attend. Seating is limited, please RSVP by emailing  oucares@oakland.edu or call (248) 370-2424.
Time:  6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Gold Room C    

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at OPC
Rochester Junior Women’s Club 19th Annual Lobster Boil
This event will benefit these local charities- OUCARES, Career Dress,  Sew Much Comfort, Professional Law Enforcement Assoc. Foundation, Inc. and Older Persons’ Commission
Enjoy fresh, whole, succulent New England lobsters, approx. 1-1/4 lbs each. Can be ordered live or cooked and ready to serve. Buying live lobsters? Provide your own container and cook them at home with your favorite recipes! Want us to do the work? Choose the time to pick ‘em up and we’ll cook’em, wrap’em and have’em hot and ready for you. Just drive up, and we’ll get them to you, no need to get out of your car! Pick up your live or cooked lobsters at: OPC-650 Letica Dr, Rochester, MI 48307
To place your order online go to  rjwc.org
For more information contact Phone: (248) 266-1058 E-mail: RochesterJuniorWomensClub@gmail.com
Printable order form
October
Monday, October 2, 2017
Caregiver Workshop
"Recognizing Anxiety in Young Children: Effective Self-Regulation Strategies for a Calmer Household," presented by Kaela Wright, MS, LLP. Focus on identifying anxiety in children, ages 3-10 years.   No registration required.
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township 48302

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Getting My Own Address
An introduction to the housing planning process for people with disabilities.  Pre-registration is required.     Community Housing Network  Cost: $30 per person.  Questions? Linda Ronan Brown (248) 269-1346.
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy 48084

Saturday, October 14, 2017
SENSEational Story Time
Our monthly sensory story time for youth, ages 3 - 10, with developmental delays and/or sensitivity to sensory overload. Includes visual schedule, interactive preschool-level stories, and sensory-based activities. Families welcome!  Registration begins September 18.  Please contact the library if you require any additional accommodations.  (248) 642-5800.
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township 48302

Saturday, October 14, 2017
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including individuals with Asperger syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorders, to get together & have fun!  There are all types of activities including: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ for those who enjoy dancing. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers. Parents and siblings are welcome to come. Siblings must be 13 years or older, as this event is geared for teens/young adults.  For additional information:   autismsocial2@gmail.com or  autismsocial.weebly.com
Cost $5 per person
Time:  7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:  St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy (Do not contact the church)

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Greenfield Village Sensory Friendly Hallowe’en
Step inside Hallowe’en’s classic tales as you stroll a reimagined path in Greenfield Village lit by 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns. The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing and pumpkins are singing, all to make this the most stirring night of the year. Join us for an exclusive event designed for guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory processing disorders.  An event map will show locations of loud sounds and other effects on the Hallowe’en program.  Noise-canceling headphones and earplugs will be available for guests.  Ticket prices are complimentary with advance reservations, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Registration is required and walk-ups will not be allowed. Tickets are only available by calling the Call Center at (313) 982-6001, press #1, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Mention promo code SENSORYHWEEN. Information:   Sensory Friendly Halloween
Time:   Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; please arrive before 7 p.m.
Your experience includes an exclusive time slot reserved only for Sensory-Friendly Event guests.  You are welcome to stay as long as you wish, but note that general public time slots begin at 7 p.m.
Location:   The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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.  Ages: 18+ yrs.  No cost for this program.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Oakland Center (OU Campus)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
OUCARES Evening Enrichment -Free Event
Achieving a Better Life Experience: The Michigan ABLE Act, presented by R. Scott de Varona MBA, Michigan Department of Treasury.  This presentation is designed to help you better understand the Michigan ABLE Act.     View flier  for additional details.  There is no cost to attend. Seating is limited, please RSVP by emailing  oucares@oakland.edu or call (248) 370-2424.
Time:  6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room

Friday, October 20, 2017
Adaptive Recreation: Friday Night Dance Party Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
Halloween Hullabaloo themed dance 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 and pop available for purchase.  rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543.
Cost:  $4 at door - caregiver no charge
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke N or 26 Mile Rd., Washington, MI

Monday, October 23, 2017
Getting My Own Address
An introduction to the housing planning process for people with disabilities.  Pre-registration is required.   Community Housing Network  Cost: $30 per person.  Questions? Linda Ronan Brown (248) 269-1346.
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy 48084
November
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Special Needs Family Fun Morning
Join us before the library opens for a special less-crowded, sensory-friendly fun morning of accessible library time just for families of children, teens and adults with special needs!  You will find; accessible browsing with visual aids, “calm-down” space, gluten-free snacks and more!  Reflections Child and Therapy Group will lead an interactive session for families, learning simple exercises to promote self-control, calming and healthy sleep habits.  Please contact the library if you require any additional accommodations.  (248) 642-5800.
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township 48302

Monday, November 6, 2017
OUCARES Parent Networking Series
Join us for an evening full of fun!  Meet with other parents, create new connections, dinner and Bocce.  This event is for parents of children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Space is limited, register early.  Oakland.edu/oucaresstore Information: OUCARES@oakland.edu  This program is generously supported by the Autism Society of Oakland County.
Cost:  $15 per person (includes dinner and Bocce)
Time:  6 p.m - 9 p.m
Location:  Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion 

Friday, November 10, 2017
Breaking Down Barriers to Employment
This event is open to all members of the campus community, as well as the greater community.  The event will address barriers to employment and strategies to successfully overcome those barriers.  Event facilitator, Karen Markel, Ph.D., Professor of Management, who specializes in the area of human resource management; specifically diversity management and the employment of people with disabilities.  Free event.  For additional information email: studentsuccess@oakland.edu  Click  Flier for resource fair information and presenters.
Time:  3 - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University, Elliott Hall Auditorium and Atrium, 275 Varner Dr., Rochester

Friday, November 17, 2017
Adaptive Recreation–Let’s Play BINGO! Romeo Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation
$3 to play! Pay at the door! All ages welcome. No registration. Caregiver must stay & can play at same price if they want. Pizza and pop available to purchase. Light snack provided. www.rwbparksrec.org  (586) 752-6543
Time:  6 -7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Washington Center, 57900 Van Dyke, N of 26 Mile Rd., Washington, 48094

Saturday, November 18, 2017
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social
This is an opportunity for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including individuals with Asperger syndrome & Pervasive Development Disorders, to get together & have fun!  There are all types of activities including: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ for those who enjoy dancing. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers. Parents and siblings are welcome to come. Siblings must be 13 years or older, as this event is geared for teens/young adults.  For additional information:  autismsocial2@gmail.com or autismsocial.weebly.com
Cost $5 per person
Time:  7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location:  St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy (Do not contact the church)

Saturday, November 18, 2017
SENSEational Story Time Our monthly sensory story time for youth, ages 3 - 10, with developmental delays and/or sensitivity to sensory overload. Includes visual schedule, interactive preschool-level stories, and sensory-based activities. Families welcome!  Registration begins October 14.  .  Please contact the library if you require any additional accommodations.  (248) 642-5800.
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township 48302