Autism Alliance of Michigan | A Registered 501(c)3 | Navigating Autism Today Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:48:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Neighborhood Directory Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:13:29 +0000 Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Mi Navigator Neighborhood Directory. It is our goal to help you better navigate the journey of autism.

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University of Michigan Fraternities and Sororities Raise $40,000 for Michigan Families Living With Autism Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:03:03 +0000 Read More]]> Ann Arbor, MI – Nineteen University of Michigan fraternities and sororities came together on Saturday, Feb. 21, to raise funds to support the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).
“Winterfest,” which raised $40,000, is an annual philanthropy event planned and hosted by the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and held at Pi Kappa Alpha. Thousands of people came out to watch a Greek life broomball tournament on an ice rink constructed by the brothers of the fraternity.

“I have been so impressed with the efforts of these incredible young men of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, who have devoted months of time, resources, team work, and enthusiasm, to raise funds to improve the quality of life for families impacted by autism,” said Colleen Allen, Ph.D., president and CEO of AAoM.

Allen commended the fraternity for developing a budget, soliciting in-kind services/products and sponsorships throughout Ann Arbor, coordinating and scheduling teams, maximizing profits, setting up a fundraising website, researching marketing options, designing and constructing an ice rink, and most importantly, working with local law enforcement to manage risk and potential problems.

“They raised awareness of autism on campus and were able to successfully fundraise at the same time. It is the best demonstration of what can be accomplished when the efforts of this segment of university life are directed to positive, charitable activities,” Allen said.

The fraternity’s president, Thomas Allen, added, “I had no idea we could raise this much money. Autism is everywhere and students want to help. We have all worked hard to make this a successful event and knowing families will benefit is very rewarding”.

The Autism Alliance of Michigan is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead unprecedented collaboration to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their loved ones through education, comprehensive services, coordinated advocacy, dedication to community, and navigation. Specifically, these efforts will support low income families in attaining resources, access to services and supports and life-saving GPS devices through scholarship opportunities.

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Success is a Spectrum – Parent Conference Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:20:35 +0000 Read More]]> This April, autism heroes from around Michigan will gather to discuss, connect and learn at AAoM’s First Annual Success is a Spectrum Parent Conference. We’ve invited a diverse mix of panelists and exhibitors to inform and and interact with attendees. Join AAoM and let’s celebrate a new way of defining success.

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4th Annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:39:35 +0000 Read More]]> AAoM’s annual gala raises awareness and celebrates individuals and families affected by autism. It also honors individuals, companies and organizations making an impact across Michigan. Save the date for April 18, 2015, and come hear former Detroit Lion Rodney Peete talk about his experience raising a child with autism.

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Michigan Autism Heroes Walk! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:17:39 +0000 Read More]]> The 1st annual Michigan Autism Heroes Walk will take off on Sunday June 28th at 8:30 AM at the Detroit Zoo. After the Walk, all are invited to explore the zoo until close. AAoM will provide entertainment at the events pavilion until Noon. This is a day you don’t want to miss!

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Success story from South Haven Mi Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:56:30 +0000 Read More]]> Recently , in December 2014, South Haven Police Department received a call about an 11 yr old boy with autism, who was reported as out of control and had walked away from his home. Police Chief Tom Martin had attended two AAoM Autism Safety trainings and immediately tuned to his radio to listen to the call dispatch. The 911 center put the call out as a child out of control, who had walked away, but did not mention autism. Chief Martin, having learned that persons with autism are drawn to water and that those situations many times leads to drowning, immediately phoned his Sergeant. Chief Martin told the Sergeant to go to the Lake Michigan shore line to check for the child. Within minutes the Sergeant located the child at the end of the pier. The child was located before the another South Haven Police Officer could make it to the child’s residence to talk to the parents.

Later, the Sergeant asked Chief Martin how he knew to check the lake shore. Chief Martin told the Sergeant about AAoM’s Autism Safety Trainings which had been sponsored by Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority and Barry County Community Mental Health Agency.

Chief Martin’s quick actions and knowledge of dangerous wandering that too frequently occurs in the autism community, saved the life of the boy and avoided a terrible tragedy. AAoM commends Chief Martin for his quick actions and follow through on this call. We are pleased to report Chief Martin is in the process of planning four additional AAoM Autism Safety Trainings for his staff.

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Join us for a Weekend of Events in February Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:49:05 +0000 Read More]]> On Saturday February 7th at 5:30PM, we have partnered with Olympia Entertainment and Vee Corporation for an autism-friendly showing of Sesame Street Live at the Fox Theater.

For more details and to purchase specially priced tickets, visit:

Autism-Awareness-small_uofdOn Sunday, February 8th at 2:00PM, University of Detroit-Mercy basketball is hosting an autism awareness day at their game against the UIC Flames. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Autism Alliance of Michigan. And, prior to the game, families affected by autism are invited to participate in a fan tunnel on the court. If you are interested in participating in the fan tunnel or purchasing a ticket to the game, please contact Lauren Lewis at

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Snyder Signs Bill With $5.5 Million For Autism Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:45:25 +0000 Read More]]> Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to take $5.5 million from a state autism fund and redirect it to autism programs at universities and for autism-related family assistance services.

The fund was created in 2012 to reimburse health insurance companies for the cost of benefits covering the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. But insurers haven’t filed nearly as many claims as expected.

Western Michigan University will receive $3 million, while Central Michigan and Oakland universities will continue getting $500,000 apiece.

The money will help universities train health workers to assess, diagnose and provide treatment to people with autism spectrum disorders.

The bill signed Monday also provides $1.5 million for the Autism Alliance of Michigan to provide assistance and resources for families dealing with the disorder.

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Sesame Street Live! Sensory Friendly Night Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:55:03 +0000 Read More]]> Sesame Street Live! Sensory Friendly Night
When: Saturday, February 7th–5:30PM
Where: Fox Theatre, Detroit

Tickets are on sale now and are available to all members of the public. Patrons who are specifically interested in the Sensory-friendly performance can purchase specially priced tickets by calling:

Olympia Entertainment Group Sales at 313.471.3099

or by ordering online at:

Use promo code: AAoM

Box office price: $35 | $25 | $15

Your price: $35 | $22 | $12


The presentation will not differ from the theatre’s regular performance. However, the theater is providing production notes to parents ahead of time, to prepare their children for what to expect, should anything be a potential trigger. Quiet areas will be set up inside the venue to allow families to take a break for a few minutes and extra spacing will be incorporated in some seating areas to allow for room to move around. Gluten-free concession food options will also be made available.



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Building Bridges Event Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:42:33 +0000 Read More]]> Thanks to a generous donation from the Comer Foundation, we were able to spend the day with the staff and families of Building Bridges.

Sgt. Scott Schuelke delivered an informative lesson on safety and Dr. Colleen Allen discussed the newest AAoM program: Autism Family Navigator. For more information on the Navigator, visit:

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