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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.

Ages 4-5
Click on the "REGISTRATION" tab above to register.


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, August 9 - October 4 (no session Aug. 30)
4-9 years old - 9:30-10:30 a.m.
10 years and up - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:   Outdoor Lower Soccer Fields (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, October 11 - December 6 (no session Nov. 29)
4-9 years old - 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location:  Campus Recreation Center Rec Gym
Cost:  $60


Social Skills
This program is for individuals with conversational language skills who have the diagnosis of Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. This program is designed to teach social interaction skills and encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers. Learning will occur via role-plays, games, video clips, social stories, hands-on activities and other engaging activities. Students are given real-life scenarios from which to practice skills. Must be 5 years or older to participate.

We are offering Social Skills at both our Oakland University location and our Meadows School location:

Tuesdays, October 7 - Dec 2 (No Session Oct. 28)
Grades 3-5 -  5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Grades 6-9 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Grades 10-12 - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 202 at Meadows School (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $130

Wednesdays, October 8 - December 3 (No Session Nov. 12)
Grades K-2 - 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Grades 3-5 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Grades 6-9 - 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location:  Pawley Hall - Room 190 (OU Campus)
Cost:  $130



Ages 6-12
Click on the "REGISTRATION" tab above to register.

Baseball
The OU Mens'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, alont with learning show to interact as a team player.

Tuesdays, September 9-October 14
Ages 6+ years  -  5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location:  OU Baseball Fields
Cost:  $50


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,  October 11 - December 6 (No session Nov 29)
6-9 years  10:30-11:30am
Location:  OU Rec Center Gym
Cost:  $60

Fridays,
October 10 - December 12 (No session Oct 31 or Nov 28)
10-15 years old - 6-7 p.m.  
16 years and up - 7-8 p.m.  
Location: OU Rec Center Gym
Cost:  $60


Comic Book Club
This program offers an opportunity for children and teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about and discussing fun Marvel comics! Across the 8 weeks, participants will create super hero symbols, play games, read exciting Marvel 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 Aspergers with conversational language skills.

Thursdays, October 2 - November 20
8-12 years old - 5:30-7 p.m.
13 years and up - 7-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Meadows School- room 201 (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $100


Intro to Judo
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Blackbelt 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!

Tuesdays, October 7 - December 9 (no class Nov. 25)
8-13 years  -  6-7pm
14 years and up  -  7:15-8:15pm
Location: OU Pawley Hall Atrium
Cost:$80


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, August 9 - October 4 (No session Aug 30)
4-9 years old - 9:30-10:30 a.m.
10 years and up - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:  OU Lower Soccer Fields
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, October 11 - December 6 (no session Nov. 29)
4-9 years old - 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location:  Campus Recreation Center Rec Gym
Cost:  $60


SNAG Golf
Description: Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment. Goals include improving motor skills, direction following, and social skills. This program is for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Mondays, September 8 - October 13
8 years old and up - 6:30-7:30pm
Location:  OU Campus Location
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. This program is designed to teach social interaction skills and encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers. Learning will occur via role-plays, games, video clips, social stories, hands-on activities and other engaging activities. Students are given real-life scenarios from which to practice skills.

We are offering Social Skills at both our Oakland University location and our Meadows School location:

Tuesdays, October 7 - Dec 2 (No Session Oct. 28)
Grades 3-5 - 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Grades 6-9 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Grades 10-12 - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 202 at Meadows School (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills
Cost:  $130

Wednesdays, October 8 - December 3 (No Session Nov. 12)
Grades: K-2nd Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Grades: 3rd - 5th Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Grades: 6th - 9th Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Pawley Hall – Room 190 (on Oakland University's campus)
Cost:  $130



Teen and Adult
Click on the "REGISTRATION" tab above to register.


Advanced Animation
This vocational program builds upon the skills learned in the "Photoshop Basics" program.  Participants in Advanced Animation learn advanced tools in Photoshop and Anime Studio Pro to learn the steps to animate graphics and build a portfolio of their work.  The advanced techniques are employable skills that will equip participants with many skills needed to get an IT job in the future. The instructor has over 15 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.
Wednesdays, October 1- November 19
16-26 years old    -   6-9pm
Location:  Meadows School- room 202 (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $200


Bowling League

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. This program is made available through the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County and the Autism Society of Macomb/Saint Clair.

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, October 11 - December 13 (no session Nov 29)

16 years and up   -   10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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, October 9 - December 11 (no session Nov 27)

16 years and up   -   6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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.


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.
Maximum number of participants is 20 per age group.

Fridays,
October 10 - December 12 (No session Oct 31 or Nov 28)
10-15 years old - 6-7 p.m.  
16 years and up - 7-8 p.m.  
Location:  OU Rec Center Gym
Cost:  $60


Comic Book Club
This program offers an opportunity for children and teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about and discussing fun Marvel comics! Across the 8 weeks, participants will create super hero symbols, play games, read exciting Marvel 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 Aspergers with conversational language skills.

Thursdays
, October 2 - November 20
8-12 years old - 5:30-7 p.m.
13 years and up - 7-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Meadows School- room 204 (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $100

Intro to Judo
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Blackbelt 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!

Tuesdays, October 7 - December 9 (no class Nov. 25)
8-13 years  -  6-7pm
14 years and up  -  7:15-8:15pm
Location: OU Pawley Hall Atrium
Cost:$80


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,
  August 9 - October 4 (No session Aug 30)
4-9 years old - 9:30-10:30 a.m.
10 years and up - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:  OU Lower Soccer Fields
Cost:  $60


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 over 15 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.
Mondays, September 29- November 17
13-26 years old    -   6-9pm
Location:  Meadows School- room 202 (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $200


SNAG Golf

Description: Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf, allowing for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment. Goals include improving motor skills, direction following, and social skills. This program is for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program! 

Mondays, September 8 - October 13
8 years old and up - 6:30-7:30pm
Location:  OU Campus Location
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. This program is designed to teach social interaction skills and encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers. Learning will occur via role-plays, games, video clips, social stories, hands-on activities and other engaging activities. Students are given real-life scenarios from which to practice skills. 

We are offering Social Skills at both our Oakland University location and our Meadows School location:

Tuesdays, October 7 - Dec 2 (No Session Oct. 28)
Grades 3-5 - 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Grades 6-9 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Grades 10-12 - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 202 at Meadows School (1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills
Cost:  $130

Wednesdays, October 8 - December 3 (No Session Nov. 12)
Grades: K-2nd Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm 
Grades: 3rd - 5th Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
Grades: 6th - 9th Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
Location: Pawley Hall – Room 190 (on Oakland University's campus)
Cost:  $130


Volleyball
Participants will learn to play a sport while also being able to socialize and have fun! Players will learn the basics of volleyball such as how to serve, bump, and set while also learning about team work, increasing their self-confidence, and improving their motor skills and coordination. This program is designed for individuals with conversational language skills who can follow simple directions who have the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS.

Tuesdays, October 7 - December 2 (No program Nov 25)
16 years old and up  -    6:30-8 p.m.
Location:  Meadows School Gym (1435 West Auburn Road in Rochester Hills)
Cost:  $40


After Hours Adult Social
"After Hours," offered through OUCARES and funded by ASA/OCC, is a support group for those 18 years and over with Asperger's, HFA or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, billiards, and fun! We will meet on the lower level of the Oakland Center near the game room..

We meet one Tuesday a month. It is no longer only on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. We had to adapt our schedule due to space availability.
September 16, 2014
October 14, 2014

November 11, 2014

Time:  6 - 9 p.m.
Location:  Lower Level of the Oakland Center (OU Campus) Lounge next to Bumpers Game Room

There is no cost to attend this program, however donations are welcome and appreciated. We have a donation box at the event.
This program is made possible through the generous support of the Autism Society - Oakland County Chapter.



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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 16 - June 27
Session 2: June 30 - July 11
Session 3: July 14 - July 25
Session 4: July 28 - Aug 8

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)

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 16 - June 27
Session 2: June 30 - July 11
Session 3: July 14 - July 25
Session 4: July 28 - Aug 8

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)

Life Skills Camp - Adolescents 11-14 years old
2 Locations - Meadows in Rochester and Centennial Middle School in South Lyon

Meadows Life Skills Camp for 11-14 year olds with High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers/PDD-NOS

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
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.

Three sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 16 - July 3 (3 weeks)
Session 2: July 7 - July 25 (3 weeks)
Session 3: July 28 - August 8 (2 weeks)

Meadows School, 1435 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills
$900 for session 1 (3 weeks), $900 for session 2 (3 weeks), $600 for session 3 (2 weeks)

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to oucares@oakland.edu. (Limited scholarships are available)

South Lyon Life Skills Camp for 11-14 year olds with High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers/PDD-NOS

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
Two sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 30 - July 18 (3 weeks)

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)

Film Camp - Adolescents 11-18 years old
August 11-22, 2014
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 and a sibling or peer buddy within the same age group.



More Information

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.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due May 5, 2014 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, 2014.

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all new Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all new Life Skills campers (age 11-14) 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 that will be due at the time 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) 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 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.

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.

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PRACTICAL FILM WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

We are again honored to be working with Joey Travolta (actor, director and writer) who for the past 8 years has worked with OUCARES’ Summer Film Camp. Funding for this is coming from a grant awarded to OUCARES from the State of Michigan Department of Community Mental Health to increase lifespan support services for individuals with ASD.

The Practical Film Workshop for Adults with ASD is now a 20 week program that will empower adults with ASD 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.

The goals of the vocational 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 vocational 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.
  • Art Department - Students will learn elements of film-making including prop making, costume design, make-up, and set design. Management of the prop and backdrop stock will be a part of the curriculum.
Cost/Scholarship Opportunities

The cost of the entire 20 week workshop is $7,000.  Scholarship for qualified students up to $3,500.  Click here for scholarship application form.

View the Film Workshop flier | View the Film Workshop video

Admissions Info

Who can apply for this workshop?
  • Adults 18yrs and older with ASD.
  • 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

Workshop Details
We are again honored to be working with Joey Travolta (actor, director and writer) who for the past 8 years has worked with OUCARES’ Summer Film Camp. Funding for this is coming from a grant awarded to OUCARES from the State of Michigan Department of Community Mental Health to increase lifespan support services for individuals with ASD.

Announcing a new employable skills workshop called The Practical Film Workshop for Adults with ASD a 20 week program. Using film and digital technology, the student will learn the art of film-making by working on a professional short film in both the studio and on-location environments.

The goals and objectives of the vocational program are that students will
  • Gain a working knowledge of the physical production of a film.
  • Understand the concept of script writing.
  • Understand the basic fundamentals of digital video editing.
  • Understand the basic fundamentals of lighting equipment and the digital video camera.
  • Develop social skills and understanding through acting and role playing exercises.
  • Be able to use the skills they learn in micro-enterprising ventures.
The vocational skills taught by experts in the field include
  • Lighting/Camera-Students learn the basics of the equipment used in the camera and lighting department as well as basic film techniques. 
  • Acting/Writing –Students will be introduced to script writing and development using the computer program Final Draft along with elements of storytelling; including plot, character development, conflict and resolution. 
  • Editing Using industry standard post-production software, Final Cut Pro, 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.
  • Art Department - The art department will teach the artistic and design elements of film-making including prop making, costume design, make-up and set design. Management of the prop and backdrop stock will be a part of the curriculum
Expected Outcomes for the actively participating students are
  • A working knowledge of the physical production of a film. 
  • Understand the concept of script writing. 
  • Knowledge of the basic fundamentals of digital video editing.
  • Knowledge of the basic fundamentals of lighting equipment and the digital video camera 
  • Develop social skills and understanding and thought action and role playing exercises and by being part of the production team. 
  • Basic fundamentals of graphic design and learn advertising strategies for marketing a featured film 
  • Being exposed to a variety of jobs within the industry, as well as Micro-Enterprise /self-owned business


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Program Registration 

FALL 2014

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.

Click here for 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.

Click here for a printable PROGRAM BROCHURE of all OUCARES 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: 



Oakland University
OUCARES
425C Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309


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


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