Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Perspective Seminar Dec. 13th with Friendship Circle and MORC

Perspective Seminars
Please join us for the first seminar in the Perspective Seminar Series.  PERSPECTIVE is a partnership between Friendship Circle and MORC, Inc. to provide inspiration and guidance to those who need it most, the parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. This series of six seminars will provide the perspectives of six nationally renowned experts on a variety of special needs topics.

Mom get off the runway, I'm cleared for take-off!
From the moment their kids are diagnosed with differences, parents and caregivers all do the same thing, obsess with questions about their children's future.
  • Will they finish high school?
  • Find love?
  • Drive a car?
  • Live alone?
  • Have someone to care for them when their caregivers are gone? 
In their newest presentation, best-selling authors and imperfect sisters, Patricia Terrasi and Gina Gallagher, chronicle their journey of raising their children with disabilities to adulthood. Through their humorous anecdotes and personal and professional experiences, the authors will share their successes and failures, and provide tips to prepare you and your child for that mysterious journey ahead.

The Details

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
7 p.m.

Friendship Circle's Farber Center
5586 Drake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Cost is $15 per person; $25 for two; or $25 for CEU ticket

This seminar has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.  Course approval #: B112216-05

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

OU Cares Winter Programs 2017

OU Cares is a program run by Oakland University to support students with Autism and their families. They offer a wide variety of programs, support groups, social skills and employment training.  Check out this link to explore their winter options:  OU Cares Programs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ABLE Act in Michigan - Achieving a Better Life Experience Program now available in Michigan

The ABLE Act program is now available in Michigan.  Here are two links that provide information on how to set up an account.  The purpose of the account is to assist individuals with disabilities and their families in saving money to support their future needs related to independent living, health care and other qualified expenses.  The money will "supplement but not supplant" benefits provided by private insurance, SSI and Medicaid.  A person is eligible if they have been diagnosed or become disabled prior to the age of 26 and is either receives SSI/SSDI or has a disability certification. That means that even if the person is under the age of 18 and is not yet receiving SSI, the account can still be set up.

Please check out these links for more information on this opportunity!

https://www.miable.org/  - You can learn more about the MiABLE accounts and even open an account from this website.

State of Michigan ABLE account information  - Sign up for email updates, sign up for an account and learn more about eligibility information.

Video of Community Mental Health presentation on MiABLE - This is a video of the presentation at Oakland Community Mental Health by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury


If you have any questions, let me know.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Perspective Seminars at Friendship Circle

Perspective Seminars at the Friendship Circle

The Frienship Circle and MORC  are hosting a series of seminars for families and caregivers. Below is a description taken from their website.  There is a cost for each seminar and you do need to preregister.  Click on the link above for more information.  Topics for seminars are:

"Mom get off the runway, I’m cleared for takeoff!" - Dec. 13th at 7pm 


The Benefits of Self-Care for the Selfless Caregiver - Jan. 17th at 7pm 


The Benefits of Being Different - February 28th at 7pm 



How to keep my child with special needs safe and happy - March 21st at 7pm 


The Life-Changing Lessons I Learned from Riding The Bus With My Sister - April 4th at 7pm 


Planning for the Future - May 2nd at 7pm.  



Perspective Parenting Seminars

PERSPECTIVE is a partnership between Friendship Circle and MORC inc, to provide inspiration and guidance to those who need it most, the parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. This series of six seminars will provide the perspectives of six nationally renowned experts on a variety of special needs topics.
Our goal at PERSPECTIVE seminars is to provide access to some of the most respected thought leaders in their respective fields and provide you with the insight, guidance, and inspiration to continue your important work. On behalf of the teams at Friendship Circle and MORC we hope you will join us for these important seminars.