Thursday, December 17, 2015

More Autism Friendly Movies at Emagine - Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks!

WHAT : “Autism Friendly” Movies at Emagine theater on the 1st & 3rd Saturday’s of the month. Sensory friendly (light up a bit, sound down a bit) with the ability to get up, move, make noise. Families with allergies can bring in their own snacks.

WHO: Any child/teen/adult with special challenges that would make a regular movie experience challenging ….. And of course their friends & family members.

WHERE : Emagine Novi—12 Mile Rd.; Novi, Michigan

WHY : Going to the movies is something EVERY person should be able to do.

WHEN : The 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Autism therapy and behavior specialists will be available for parents that would like additional support, help, guidance, tips, tricks or techniques to help make the experience a positive one for their child.

Saturday, Dec. 19th; 10:30am
Alvin & The Chipmunks

Saturday, Jan. 2nd, 10:30am
Star Wars The Force Awakens

Friday, December 11, 2015

New Programs at Living and Learning in Northville

Living and Learning is offering two new programs.

1. Winter Recess Club - This group will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for both weeks of Winter Break from 10-3pm

2. Fitness Blast - Specially designed fitness classes for a variety of age groups.

Please see the Living and Learning website for more information.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Upcoming Events at OU Cares

Upcoming Evening Enrichment Series. There is no cost to attend.  However space is limited so please RSVP to
Navigating Oakland County Community Mental Health - Services & Supports for Individuals with ASD

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6-7:30pm
, Oakland University, Oakland Center Bldg, Lake Michigan Room.  Presented  by Representatives from Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

Achieving a Better Life Experience - The ABLE Act: A Tax Exemt Savings Account for Long-Term Needs of Individuals with a Disability.
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6-7:30pm
, Oakland University, Oakland Center Bldg, Lake Michigan Room.  Presented by R. Scott de Varona MBA, Michigan Dept of Treasury

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Autism Friendly Movie

December 5th at 10:30am The Emagine Movie Theater in Novi in partnership with Centria Autism Services will be showing The Good Dinosaur in an Autism friendly format.  Please check out the flyer below for more information.

The Good Dinosaur - Emagine Canton

Art Therapy Program and Living and Learning in Northville

Living and Learning in Northville  is offering a new Art Therapy Program. Sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please contact them for more information:
Phone: 248.308.3592

Here is a link to the flyer:  Art Therapy Program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

College options - what is right for you and your career choice?

This article was shared by a fellow Transition Coordinator for the Troy Public School District.
The article is from the Detroit Free Press and it highlights alternatives to a four year degree.  There is also a link to a video that is entitled  “Success in the New Economy”, which talks about preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities. This video is also located on the OSTC website (   While a four year degree and beyond is still a very appropriate choice for many students, it is worth exploring other options based upon your interest, career choice and abilities.  

Share your thoughts....

Friday, November 13, 2015

Scholarship Opportunity offered by the Disability Attorneys of Michigan

The Disability Attorneys of Michigan are offering 3 - $1000 scholarships to current seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a parent/guardian who is currently receiving disability benefits through the US Social Security Administration and/or the US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Will be attending a 2 year community college or 4 year university in the Fall of 2016
  • Provides a high school transcript verifying the GPA
  • Completes a 500 word essay explaining the impact of their parent's/guardian's disability. 
See the link below for the application.  Any questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to:
Bill Pulte
Disability Attorneys of Michigan
30500 Van Dyke Ste. 400
Warren, MI  48093
Phone:  800-949-2900
Fax:  586-573-8804

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Getting My Own Address Presentation

Getting My Own Address is a program that has been developed by Community Housing Network and focuses on understanding and developing skills to support students with developmental disabilities progressing towards living independently.  It is a great program and, in my opinion, worth the time and money to explore.  See below for information regarding the upcoming meeting: 

I am contacting you to ask for your help in getting the date out for the next Getting My Own Address Overview presentation to be held on Wednesday, December 2 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Community Housing Network 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI 48084.

Please register before December 1, 2015, at Click on “Donate” and choose contribution for “GMOA Overview Presentation” then fill in payment of $30/person.

Please note: Seating is limited. Please pre-register before the December 1 deadline to hold your space. We reserve the right to cancel if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation.

For more information on the Getting My Own Address program, please visit .Questions can be directed to me at this email address or the telephone number below.

Linda Ronan Brown
Housing Resource Consultant
Administrator, Springhill Pooled Accounts Trust
Community Housing Network Inc.
570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 269-1346 | direct

Monday, November 2, 2015

The State of Michigan signed into law the ABLE act (House Bill 4542) which supports financial planning needs for students/adults with disabilities.  Please check out the link below for more information on this law and learn how it may impact you and your family.

Michigan ABLE Act

Monday, October 26, 2015

Differences between High School and College Accommodations for students with disabilities

There are differences in these accommodations, including the law that they are defined under.  Please see the attached sheet developed by Oakland Community College that highlights the differences.  If your student is heading off to college and has an IEP currently, this is great information.

OCC List of differences between High School and College accommodations

Friday, October 23, 2015

Great new resource in downtown Northville - Living and Learning.

Check out their website:  Living and Learning

The offer groups for teens and adults who have Asperger's Syndrome, ASD, Receptive Language Difficulties, ADHD or Anxiety Issues that impact their social skills. Currently they offer three programs -  A Friday Night Teen Hang Out,  Thursday Night Adult Meet and Greet (age 21 and over) and a Parent Support Group that will meet for 5 sessions on Wednesdays from 10-11am starting on Nov. 11th.

Please visit their website for more information.  I was really impressed with the facility and the professionalism and experience of the staff.

150 Mary Alexander Ct.
Northville, MI
Exciting news – Sesame Street introduces new muppet with autism!  Julia is a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Novi High School Counselors have their own blog - it is filled with great information about upcoming SAT testing, scheduling, colleges, scholarships/financial aid, etc.

Check it out:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reminder about PAC Meeting Oct. 14th

Just a reminder about the PAC meeting/presentation Wednesday October 14th

Location: Novi Woods Media Center
Time:  6:30pm

Topics will include:
SSI, Medicaid, SSDI, Medicare, Wills & Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship and the Alternatives, Home Help Services and the ABLE Act.

Tom Kendziorski, Esq.
Executive Director
The Arc of Oakland County
Wednesday October 14, 2015

College Night in Ann Arbor

If you or your student is interested in learning more about colleges that provide academic supports to students with special needs - please plan on attending the college night sponsored by Ann Arbor Public Schools.  There will be representatives from 50+ colleges that offer support services.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Novi Police and Fire Departments partner with Autism Alliance of Michigan for a Safety Fair on October 24

I read about this on the Local Stew Novi Website.  It looks like a great opportunity to learn more about safety options for students and adults with Special Needs.   The event will take place on October 24 from 10-1 at the Novi Police Department.

See the website for more information:  Local Stew Novi Police/Fire and Autism Alliance of Michigan Safety Fair

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oakland Schools Technical Center (OSTC)  - Southwest Campus

Open House/Career Night

December 3, 2015                     


1000 Beck Road 

Wixom, MI  48393

If you are interested in attending Oakland Schools Technical Center, please plan on attending the Open House to see the individual career cluster programs and learn what OSTC has to offer.
Michigan State University is sponsoring a program titled "Access and Success For Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder" on November 21st from 10am - 3pm.

The program will highlight programs available for students with ASD and information on how to improve access and supports for college students who are on the spectrum.

More information can be found by accessing their website:

Students and families need to register prior to the event.  Questions can be directed to Jessica Diener or Maria Fontana at

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Upcoming Event:

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Novi Meadows Media Center

Novi Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is sponsoring "Planning a More Secure Future" with Tom Kendziorski, Esq. from The Arc.

Tom will present information on SSI, Medicaid, Wills/Trusts, Guardianship and Alternatives, Home Help Services and the ABLE Act.

Any questions?  contact Ellen Hulvereson -

I plan on providing information regarding transition from school to the "real world."  I will provide information on agency support and links to their webpages, upcoming meetings in the community and information about transition in general.  Check back regularly for updates.  I hope you find this site useful and I welcome comments/feedback as I get this up and running!   Kristin

Welcome to the Transition Information Blog! My name is Kristin Corrion and I am the Transition Coordinator for Novi Community Schools.