Thursday, December 20, 2018

START Free Training on Sexual Health for Individuals with ASD and other Developmental Disabilities

This is a free training for Educators, Professionals and Parents.

When:  January 15, 2019

Time:  5-7:30pm

Where:  Macomb Intermediate School District
              44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038

Register:  Even though it is free, you still need to register. 

 Go to MISD’s web page at
 Click on the COURSE OFFERINGS tab
 Select SPECIAL EDUCATION from the scroll-down menu - click on "GO"
 Find the course, click on date, then "Register Today" button

Thursday, December 13, 2018

OSTC Career Night

Oakland Schools Technical Campus  (1000 Beck Road Wixom, MI) will be holding its annual Career Night on January  31, 2019 from 5-7:30pm

This is a great opportunity for students to explore the career programs offered at OSTC as well as meeting some business and industry professionals that partner with OSTC. 

Career Expo Sessions are offered on the following schedule:

5pm:  Computer Programming, Machining, Entrepreneurship & Advanced Marketing, Welding, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

5:30pm:  Computer Networking, Engineering, Robotics & Mechatronics, Automotive Technology, Agriscience and Environmental Technologies, Medium/Heavy Truck and Equipment and Visual Imaging.

6pm:  Entrepreneurship & Advanced Marketing, Welding, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Health Sciences.

6:30pm:  Computer Programming, Machining, Medium/Heavy Truck and Equipment, Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Visual Imaging

7pm:  Computer Networking, Engineering, Robotics & Mechatronics, Automotive Technology, Agriscience and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences.

For more information:

Monday, November 26, 2018

Project Venture at Michigan State University

Applications are now open for Project Venture at Michigan State University. Project Venture is an exciting college transition program for high school students with disabilities ages 16-18. Project Venture offers students the chance to “try on” university life through an interactive, unique pre-college experience at MSU. This experience will benefit all students, regardless of whether they are planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college.

Program Dates: June 23-26, 2019

Students will:
  • Meet other high school students with disabilities and interact with MSU Disability Specialists
  • Participate in breakout activities in assistive technology and learning skills for college
  • Become aware of self-advocacy skills and resources for a successful transition
  • Meet with MSU faculty, attend a mock college class, and learn about other campus resources
  • Stay three nights in an accessible residence hall and experience college campus life
  • Have a great time and participate in fun evening activities!

Learn more and apply now! Visit:

Contact the Project Venture Team with questions at,!

Project Venture Team
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)
Michigan State University
434 Farm Lane, Room 120 (Bessey Hall)
East Lansing, MI, 48824             
Office: (517) 884-1900

Monday, November 19, 2018

Oakland Schools and Celebrate Hope are sponsoring a seminar for parents and caregivers  who are caring for a child with unique or complex needs.   The seminar hopes to provide the following supports:
Attend the seminar to find out ways to:
1) Gain comprehensive understanding of the emotional journey you are on
2) Development of new coping skills
3) Ways to increase your support system and find new resources for help
4) Joy in being the parent of a unique child

When:  Dec. 6, 2018  5-8pm
Where:  Oakland Schools  2111 Pontiac Lake Road Waterford Township

Please click on the link below to get more information and to register.

Celebrate Hope!! Seminar

Monday, November 5, 2018

Parent Resource Meeting

Parent Resource Meeting 
Sponsored by MORC

When:  Nov. 29, 2018

Time:  3 - 4:30pm (Open House Format)

Where:  Novi High School Media Center Forum

What:  Meet with vendors from a variety of community agencies that provide supports/resources to students with Developmental Disabilities.  

Questions:  Contact Kristin Corrion
248-449-1500 ext. 5050

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Relentless Tour with Anthony Ionni

The Relentless Tour is a free presentation offered by the Oakland Schools PAC on Saturday, November 3rd .  It is appropriate for parents and students ages 13+.
The Relentless Tour is an anti-bullying presentation from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights that has been traveling through Michigan. An RSVP is required below.

  For more information go to 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Schoolcraft College Night Oct. 2, 2018

Schoolcraft College Night 2018

Schoolcraft College Night 2018 will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI   48152-2696.  The VisTaTech Center is most easily accessed via the North Parking Lot (closest to 7 Mile Road.)

This community-service event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from 88 schools will be available to answer questions about admissions procedures, financial aid options, scholarship availability, and more!  In addition, representatives from the State of Michigan Student Scholarships and Grants department will be on hand to answer questions.

We encourage high school students, transfer students, and current Schoolcraft College students to explore a vast range of higher education options.  The following colleges and universities have committed to attending:

Adrian College
Albion College
Alma College
Andrews University
Aquinas College
Baker College
Ball State University
Bowling Green State University
Butler University
Calvin College
Capital University
Central Michigan University
Cleary University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland State University
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art and Design
Cornerstone University
Davenport University
Defiance University
DePaul University
Drexel University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Grace Christian University
Grand Valley State University
Henry Ford College
Hillsdale University
Hope College
Indiana Tech
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana Wesleyan University
Iowa State University
IUPUI - Indiana U Purdue U Indianapolis
Jackson Community College
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kendall College of Art & Design
Kettering University
Kuyper College
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University
Lourdes University
Loyola University Chicago
Madonna University
Miami University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern University
Nova Southeastern University
Oakland Community College
Oakland University
Ohio Northern University
Purdue University
Rochester College
Saginaw Valley State University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Schoolcraft College
Siena Heights University
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Spring Arbor University
St. Mary's College
The Ohio State University
Tiffin University
Trine University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Air Force R.O.T.C.
United States Army R.O.T.C.
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Military Academy - West Point United States Naval Academy University of Alabama University of Cincinnati University of Detroit - Mercy University of East Anglia University of Findlay University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Michigan - Dearborn University of Notre Dame University of Toledo Ursuline College Valparaiso University Walsh College Washtenaw Community College Wayne County Community College Wayne State University Western Michigan University [ocelot (3)]

Please pass this information along to college-bound students and/or transfer students, along with the attached link: 

If you have questions, contact the Admissions & Welcome Center at 734-462-4683.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Berkley Parent Support Presentation

Berkley Public Schools are putting on a parent seminar titled " Celebration of Hope"   on Saturday Oct. 13th from 1-4pm.  If you are interested in more details, click on this link.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

MORC Self Determination Open Houses

Wednesday, September 19
6 pm - 8 pm
MORC—1270 Doris Rd, Auburn Hills
Thursday, September 20
11 am—1pm
MORC—1270 Doris Rd, Auburn Hills
Monday, September 24
11 am—1 pm
MORC—16200 19 Mile Rd, Clinton Township
Tuesday, September 25
6 pm—8 pm
MORC—1270 Doris Rd, Auburn Hills
Wednesday, September 26
5:30 pm—7:30 pm
Southfield Parks & Rec—26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield
RSVP to Jennifer.Slater@morcinc.orgor 248-276-8109! You can come anytime during the meetings.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Intelligent Lives Presentation

You Tube Link:

Parent Nights at OU Cares at Oakland University

Here are some upcoming parent information nights at OU Cares:

1.  Internet Safety Course - Sept. 27th from 6-7:30.  Registration is required as space is limited.
         Course Information:  OU Cares Internet Activity and Safety
         Registration Link:  Register

2. OU Cares offers a variety of  Fall programs for students ages 3 to adults.  Explore the opportunities here

Friday, June 1, 2018

OCHN Open House

Oakland County Health Network is having an Open House on Wednesday June 21st from 3-6pm in their new building.

Address:  5505 Corporate Drive
                Troy, MI  48098

The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 5pm.  For more information:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dreams and Wings Program

Oakland Business Connect

adaptive recreation

Experience the world from a new perspective during Dreams and Wings. This popular event for children ages 6-17 with disabilities and their families will be held on Saturday, July 14 with flight times scheduled at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Seated beside an experienced pilot, children ages 6-17 with developmental disabilities and up to two family members and/or friends can enjoy an airplane ride as well as a short ground school to learn about airplanes and how they fly; educational displays; fun activities and refreshments. Each child with a disability receives a Dreams and Wings T-shirt, gold aviator wings, commemorative flight certificate and lifelong memories. There is no charge; all costs are covered by philanthropic contributions.
Registration forms are due by June 1. All applications will be entered in a selection lottery. First-time participants will receive priority. Participants will be notified of their flight time via email by June 11. Applicants whose names are not drawn will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
For more information, contact 248-424-7081 or

Oakland County Parks

Monday, April 30, 2018

Free Monthly Support Meetings at MORC

Monthly support gatherings serve as a continuing source of support for parents of children with special and unique needs.  Through these gatherings, parents can gain support and resources from each other, hone coping skills and develop a network of support with others who share similar experiences.
Wednesday, 5/9/18, 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. 
The Power of Flexibility: Today, Tomorrow And Down the Road
Wednesday, 6/13/18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Can I Just Stay in Denial?  Why Is Acceptance Necessary?
Wednesday, 7/11/18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00  p.m. 
Balance is Key and Must Become Your Best Friend
Wednesday, 8/8/18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Finding Support - Who is in Your Circle?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Farmington presentation on SSI and Social Security Disability

Parent Connect: A Series of Informational Presentations
Farmington Public Schools  Special Education Services
 Invites you to our fourth presentation
of the 2017-18 school year.
Guest speaker from The Law Center for Social Security Rights
Kerry J. Spencer, Associate Attorney
 will present on the topic of  Social Security Disability and SSI

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Place: In the Media Center at Harrison High School
 29995 W. Twelve Mile Road - enter the upstairs doors on the West side of bldg.
 (between Middlebelt and Orchard Lake Roads)
 Childcare offered in Room 362(directly across from the Media Center)
 To reserve a spot please RSVP to the Special Education Services
 office by calling 248.489.3388 by Monday, April 16, 2018
to ensure sufficient staff will be available for childcare.
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please sign up in advance by calling 248.489.3388 so we know how many to plan for.

Topics to be covered
• Guide to Social Security Disability and SSI
• What are the two disability programs available?
• Am I eligible for disability benefits?
• What is the definition of disability?
• Are there other parts to this definition I have to meet?
• How do I begin?
• What kind of evidence do I need to supply to Social Security?
• Do I need an Attorney?
• If I hire an attorney, how much does it cost?
• How is the disability decision made?
• What do I do if my claim is denied?
• What will I receive if I am approved for Social Security disability benefits or
SSI benefits?
• Will I receive help with my medical bills?

Kerry J. Spencer’s bio –
I have proudly been with The Law Center since 1986 and have exclusively practiced
Social Security law my entire legal career. I received my Juris Doctorate, cum
laude, from Michigan State University and my Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. I have litigated over ten thousand cases across the state and
am familiar with the intricate Social Security laws. I have lectured and published for
the State Bar in the field of Social Security law and have authored Advising the
Older Client or Client with a Disability for the Institute for Continuing Education.
During my decades of service to the disabled, I have taken on the most challenging
cases. I am active in litigating several cases in the Federal District Court for the
Eastern and Western Division and the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which has
resulted in a number of federal court reversals and published cases. I am a current
board member for the Michigan State Bar Social Security section (and past chair)
and am very involved in educating lawyers and helping set polity in the area of
Social Security law. I also write a blog which addresses Social Security issues.
Being in private litigation for 30 years, and having handled so many social security
cases, I am not only passionate about Social Security issues but have a wealth of
knowledge as to how a Social Security case should proceed and what is needed to
successfully accomplish the goal of successfully adjudicating a case.

Look for future announcements about upcoming presentations from Parent Connect.

Camp and Resource Fair

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Financial Planning Seminar

The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Presents:

Financial Planning & Able Accounts for Parents of Special Needs Children

When:  Thursday April 19th
Time:  6:30 - 8pm

Where:  Troy Beaumont Hospital
              44201 Dequindre Road
              Troy, MI  48085

              Downstairs, near the Cafeteria Classrooms 1 & 2

Topics:  Mi ABLE program and Special Needs Trusts

Cost:   None - workshop is Free

RSVP:  By April 16th to Paulette at

Monday, February 26, 2018

Camp Zip Summer opportunities!

Week long and weekend camps held at Howell Nature Center where campers test their skills for living independently. Campers enjoy nature, traditional camp activities while learning cooking, communication and self-advocacy.

Campers will have opportunities to work with the animals at the Howell Nature Center.

At Camp Zip we train our staff to be comfortable with a wide variety of disabilities and communication styles.  We prepare hard to make sure each camper has an amazing experience.

Team GUTS in Ferndale Spring Class registration

Our Team GUTS Spring Class & Program Schedule is Here

Register Today!

Keep the Beat
Latin Dance
Martial Arts
Personal Fitness Training
Street Dance
Stretch, Flexibility and Core
Team GUTS Fun & Fitness Camp
Team GUTS™ is committed to improving the health, fitness and overall well-being of those in our community with special needs and disabilities.  We are doing this by offering various adaptive fitness programs in a fun and recreational setting. Please call or email for dates and equipment requirements. Scholarships are available.
For more information, please contact Heather DeVos at 248-415-5522 or
Find Out More

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On My Own

Do you know someone who's interested in making the transition from dependency to independence? Invite them to join us on Wednesday, February 28 from 7-8:30 PM to find out more about On My Own of Michigan's Apartment Living Program.
Click here for details.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

One Hour Webinar from MORC

The Power of Empathy for Parents and Caregivers of Children With Special Needs


Featuring Lisa Goyette and John Ball

Celebrate Hope LLC will discuss the necessity of unconditional empathy as it relates to working with children who have special and unique needs and supporting their parents with the same level of empathy.  Specific tools will be identified that can be used in order to cultivate an environment that creates a positive and rewarding experience for not only the child but also for the parents and those support people that interact with them.
WHEN:    Tuesday February 20th, 2018
Time:      1:30pm – 2:30pm

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Celebrate Hope is founded by John Ball and Lisa Goyette. They have over 30 yrs of educational and professional experience.  Each is the parent of a child with special/unique needs. They understand the struggles that parents who have children with special and unique needs encounter as well as those who provide care face. They are passionate about helping and committed to sharing what they know to bring forth support for not only families, but also care-providers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Using Amazon Echo/Dot as Assistive Technology at home

Check out the following video link below to learn different ways to use the Amazon Echo/Dot or other home speaker devices to support unique learning needs.

Amazon Echo/Dot Assistive Technology

Thursday, January 18, 2018

MIAT College of Technology Open House Jan. 26th

MIAT College of Technology is having an Open House and it scheduled for Friday Jan. 26th ( a day that students have off!!)  See below for more information and click on the RSVP link if you are interested.

Come to our Open House on January 26th, and get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at MIAT! Some of the things you’ll be able to do are:

Speak with instructors, staff members, and students.
See our training facilities and classrooms.
Take a tour of MIAT’s aircraft hangars and equipment hangars.
Get information about the programs MIAT offers and more!

The event will take place at our Canton, Michigan campus. Our campus is located at 2955 S. Haggerty Rd. Canton, MI 48188.

 Tours will start at 11:00am and 1:00pm EST.

Please RSVP with your desired time slot in order to finalize your attendance, and feel free to bring friends and family to the event as well!

MIAT College of Technology
(800) 447-1310

OCC Transitions Tour

If your student is planning on attending Oakland Community College in the summer/fall and has an IEP or 504 plan, you may want to attend the OCC Transitions Tour.  This session is designed specifically for students that have an IEP or 504 plan and are considering college. 

Date:  Friday March 16, 2018
Place:  OCC Orchard Ridge Campus
Time:  10am - 12pm

You will be able to learn about OCC services and accommodations through the ACCESS (Disability Services) on campus. 

Please reserve your spot by completing a tour request 1 week prior to date of choice.

Visit , select "Campus Tour" button and complete the tour request.  Make sure to check IEP or 504 and Orchard Ridge Campus. 

Questions?  Contact 248-341-2181

Project Venture at Michigan State

If your student is planning on enrolling in a 2 or 4 year college, Michigan State University is hosting a "pre-college" experience for students ages 16-18 with an identified disability.   As part of this experience, per their website, students will get to:

At Project Venture you will:

  • Talk directly with current MSU students with disabilities who have “been there” and understand the journey
  • Consult with university disability specialists to gain skills for college
  • Experience the latest assistive technology through breakout sessions
  • Attend a college class, stay overnight, and connect with other high school students with disabilities 
  • Become aware of self-advocacy skills and resources for a successful transition to higher education

The cost is $150 (though there is financial support considerations available) and it runs June 24-27, 2018.  

Apply soon!  They stop taking applications after the first 50 and then only accept 20 students. 

For more information and the application - check out the website: