AAoM has been partnering with Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) over the past two years in supporting autism awareness and training law enforcement officials in autism awareness and safety. MMRMA has sponsored a number of law enforcement safety training sessions throughout Michigan and has demonstrated how seriously they take the importance of autism awareness. AAoM has trained thousands of law enforcement officials (who receive educational credit) in Michigan, and MMRMA has assisted in expanding this program. We appreciate their support! Click to view the MMRMA’s Employee Guide for Autism Awareness.
The incident which took place in November at a Genesee County elementary school is complicated http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140226/METRO06/302260082/Michigan-teacher-under-fire-after-video-shows-fifth-grader-stuck-chair. The video does not provide any other context for what may have led up to the situation, but news outlets are labeling it “teacher taunts, videotapes student caught in chair,” and it is those actions which are most disturbing. If we try to subtract the shame of the videotaping, perhaps we hear a teacher trying to explain consequences to a student, and perhaps we hear a principal matter of factly stating that Maintenance does not perceive this as an emergency. I would like to extend the benefit of the doubt to both educators; however, what I cannot get past…
THE WAY I SEE IT A personal look at Autism and Asperger’s Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Finch Fieldhouse 1275 S. Franklin St. Central Michigan University Reception & book signing to follow presentation Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Now her fascinating life has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn’t talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should…
The Autism Alliance of Michigan, the Wayne County Airport Authority and Delta Airlines are collaborating together to offer an airport simulation opportunity for families with autism. Join us at the Detroit Metro Airport for an opportunity to go through the preparation and on/off boarding experience, practice going through the security check, the jet bridge, and visit the airport terminal! For more information view the On Board with Autism at DTW Flyer or go to www.onboardwithautism.eventbrite.com/ to register for the event.
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 3rd Annual Michigan Shines For Autism Gala 4/26/14 DTE ENERGY, DETROIT MI 6PM GALA SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AAoM’s Michigan Shines For Autism Gala The Michigan Shines for Autism Gala is the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s celebration for business professionals, autism service providers, and individuals committed to improving the lives of individuals with autism in our state. BUY TICKETS-COMING SOON SPONSORED BY Delta Airlines Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Visteon Glancy Foundation McKinley Investment Professionals for Charity Meijer Oakland…
AAoM Safety Initiative
The Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Autism Safety Specialist Sgt. Scott Schuelke has completed training the Michigan State Police 126th Trooper Recruit Academy. 100 Recruits were trained in AAOM’s Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) for Police, Fire and EMS. MSP continues to be proactive in autism safety for their Troopers. Sgt. Schuelke has trained the last 3 graduating Academy Recruit classes.
The Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) team has created the following downloadable documents for your use. These are the documents shared in the MAST sessions. Thank you to Mid-Michigan Autism Association for collaborating in the development of these materials! Feel free to download and/or print them. They will be updated as appropriate by AAoM. Family Emergency Planning Form Student Emergency Plan Student Emergency Contact Form Vehicle Emergency Contact Communication Board
PERSONAL TRACKING DEVICE Locating and Tracking Individuals with Autism Location and Tracking Devices: tracking devices and items to identify the individual as having a disability can be obtained to aid law enforcement and the public in interacting with an individual with autism and locating families. AAOM has investigated a number of options, and below is information on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices. Global Positioning Devices (GPS) Overview Tracking options are very important for people with autism who wander. According to an article by GPS Tech Review in July 2012 (http://www.gpstechreview.com/), and contributions in an interview with Lori McIlwain, executive director of the National Autism Association (NAA), wandering has come to the forefront as an issue,…