Friday, January 29, 2016

Oakland County Transition Assistance Blog - New!!!

We are pleased to share the new Oakland County Transition Assistance (OCTA) Blog.  The OCTA Blog is intended to offer a more efficient way to share and access current transition related information.  The link to the OCTA Blog will be sent out 2 times per month.  You can click on the link for access or you may need to cut & paste the link to your browser depending on your system. 
Please share with your districts staffs, families, or others who may be interested. 

Novi PAC Meeting February 3rd

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Michigan State University Annual Vet-A-Visit Program

From Michigan State University's Veterinary Program:  

Do you love animals, have a pet, or want to be a veterinarian?
Do you want to learn about the science and people working to keep animals healthy?
See the exhibits, meet some animals, ask your’s a day full of fun!
When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where: MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Free admission; some exhibits and refreshments carry a fee
Check our website for more information.
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
(517) 355-1855

Do you want to work at Comerica Park?

Deleware North is the vending company that works at Comerica Park. They have partnered with Ferndale High School to sponsor a job fair for those that are interested in pursuing employment to work with their company at Comerica Park.

The event is Thursday February 4 at Ferndale High School - 881 Pinecrest Drive Ferndale, MI 48220

17 and 18 year olds - 3:30 to 5:30
19 and up - 5:30 to 7:30

Must register (see link below) and bring identification, resume and work permit if under 18.

Job Fair Registration

Monday, January 25, 2016

Summer Camp Fair Thursday Jan. 28th!

Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Groves High School Commons, 20500 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, MI 48025 - Enter school from west parking lot
The 14th annual Camp and Resource Fair is an information event servicing families seeking camps, therapies, educational, recreational, and healthcare services and products that support children with special needs in both self-contained and inclusive environments as well as summer and year round programs. Meet with representatives and take home information from organizations throughout the tri-county area:
  • Camps
  • Tutors
  • Therapists
  • Service Providers
  • After School Programs
  • Respite Support
  • Recreational and Arts Programs
  • Special Needs Trust Advisors
  • Alternative Education and Classrooms
Shop and support Local Micro/Small Businesses founded in the special needs community and supported by our entire community who have created jewelry, cards, ceramics, calendars, gifts and much more! Cash Only. 

Our goal is to connect families within the special needs community to the many resources available that can help make their lives more manageable and productive!

If you have questions or need additional information please contact Aryn Zwierzchowski at 248-318-5148 or Jo Ellen Schwartz at 248-646-5172; email or visit our web site

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Detroit Zoo Summer Job Fair

Interested in working at the Detroit Zoo this summer?   Check out information on their Job Fair on Sunday February 21, 2016.

Two ways to register:

Register via email:  or

Register on Facebook - Search WILD SUMMER JOBS

Call 248-541-5717 ext. 3400 for more information.

Friday, January 15, 2016

OU Cares Upcoming Programs

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, 20166-7:30pm
, 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 Exempt Savings Account for Long-Term Needs of Individuals with a Disability.
Thursday, February 25, 20166-7:30pm
, Oakland University, Oakland Center Bldg, Lake Michigan Room.  Presented by R. Scott de Varona MBA, Michigan Dept of Treasury


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Rochester, MI  48309

Driver Education Support - Real Skills Academy

Real Skills Academy provides a variety of supports for students going through driver's training.  They provide supports such as evaluations, tutoring and even have a driving simulator to assess as student's ability without having to be on the road.  If you would like more information, please contact Rachel Duncan.  

Rachel Duncan, Owner / Instructor
Real Skills Academy
6515 Highland Rd. Suite 112    
Waterford, MI 48329
Office / Cell 248-673-6799

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What happens vocationally after age 26?

Bloomfield Hills is hosting a session to discuss vocational options after a student ages out of the Public School System.  Please RSVP by Friday Jan. 8th to Lisa Brown at if you are interested.  See below for information.

FYI - Presentation/BHASE
Feel free to share with parents or any others who may be interested.

WHAT: What's Next Vocationally After Age 26?
WHEN: January 13, 2016 11:30 am - 1 pm
WHO: Tim Hatfield and Angela Pena of New Horizons.
WHERE: Doyle Center, 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy 2016!

It is a new year and time for resolutions and goals.  Make 2016  the year of transition!!   Have you talked with your son/daughter about what their goals are for the future?  It is never too early to start having these conversations - even as early as Kindergarten.  Are these goals realistic and how can you help them make progress towards these goals? What are the new skills that you want them to learn this year around the house and in the community to be more independent?

Make your goal this year to help your son/daughter become more independent at whatever level they are capable of doing so.

Sunfield Center Training - Planning for Your Loved Ones Future - Parent Workshop Series

The Sunfield Center is located in Ann Arbor and supports children and adults who are diagnosed with Autism, ADHD and other behavioral/mental health issues.  They provide evaluation/assessment and supports to children and families.  The are offering a workshop series highlighting transition needs.  Check it out below. Each session is $50.  

Planning For Your Loved One's Future Parent Workshop Series
We are happy to announce that Sunfield Center is now offering a workshop series entitled "Planning For Your Loved One's Future," for parents, guardians, and other family members who have a loved one diagnosed with a developmental disability. 

This workshop series provides you with the resources and knowledge needed to feel empowered to be a strong advocate for your loved one's future planning.

The workshop is divided into separate modules, so you can pick and choose the ones that you think would be most helpful to you.

For more information and to register, follow the links below.