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Feel Good Friday: Alex’s Special Eats

Alex, our son, was diagnosed with autism 18 years ago. He is currently in a postsecondary autistic vocational program. Like his peers, he is now a 20-year-old adult facing a world of limited work options. Alex and many of his friends find great pleasure in focusing on food. As he has grown up, and through his vocational program, he has learned about recipes, food preparation and most recently, serving food. Food vending seems to bring together all of these skills and interests.

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Meet Your Navigators–Roba Hrisseh

At Autism Alliance of Michigan, the soul of our programs is our Navigator Team. We rave about this group all year long, so this April, we want to spend some time highlighting out heroes–our Navigators.

This team of dedicated individuals works day and night to find answers to all autism questions. They spend the time researching so so caretakers can focus on what’s most important–their loved ones with autism.

So here is our 1st installment of Meet Your AAoM Navigators. We sat down with Roba Hrisseh, who was one of the original Navigators on our team.

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AAoM At The Dearborn Autism Carnival

AAoM At The Dearborn Autism Carnival 13 April, 2017 AutismAutism CarnivalNavigation April might just be our favorite month at Autism Alliance of Michigan. With #AutismAwarenessMonth trending everywhere, it gives us a chance to showcase the amazing autism community...
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Our Story…A Novi Family Shares Their Side

As we celebrate autism awareness month, Autism Alliance of Michigan shares a very personal letter from an autism mom written to other autism parents. We could think of no better demonstration of the need for autism awareness, education, and training for those we love.

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Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Navigator Team Presented to United Shore in Troy

Autism Alliance of Michigan's Navigator Team Presented to United Shore in Troy 5 April, 2017 AutismUnited Shore in TroyAutism Awareness Month One of Autism Alliance of Michigan's Navigator Specialist, Roba Hrisseh presented at United Shore in Troy for Autism Awareness...
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New Supreme Court Ruling Affects Special Education

AAoM celebrates this week’s significant US Supreme Court ruling which will impact all families who struggle to secure the highest level of special educational supports and services for their child. All children deserve an opportunity to meet their highest potential and this action brings us one step closer to making that happen.

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Q and A with Autism Alliance of Michigan on Sesame Street’s Newest Muppet with Autism

Q and A with Autism Alliance of Michigan on Sesame Street's Newest Muppet with Autism 21 March, 2017 AutismSesame StreetChildren The talk of the streets...well Sesame Street, at least, is Julia. Sesame Street announced a new character, Julia, who has autism. To learn...
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Novi School District Faces Multimillion Dollar Jury Trail In Special Education Case

The Novi case is among others in recent years (that have come to our attention) resulting from a lack of sufficient training and preventative measures to keep children with autism safe while at school. The link to the Novi case is here, when it first broke http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/defenders/defenders-alleged-sex-crime-at-local-school_20151201233813518. The hearing took place in October, 2016 in Federal Court, in Flint.

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Over 300 people gather for 3rd annual Navigating Autism Today Conference

Autism Alliance of Michigan welcomed over 300 parents, caregivers and providers to Schoolcraft’s VisTaTech Center in Livonia last Thursday for a day of education, learning and networking with community services providers, educators, other parents and, of course, AAoM professional staff.

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Breaking Down Restraint and Seclusion

This month’s newsletter covers the newly enacted Seclusion and Restraint bills that were passed at the end of 2016. AAoM is so proud to have supported and advocated for this important legislation from the beginning. We hear from families and teachers on a regular basis who need more support and training for a child with challenging behaviors, who are subject to practices of seclusion and restraint that should be reserved for emergent situations.

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AAoM’s Neighborhood Directory is home to over 700 resources based in Michigan. From ABA Therapists, summer camps, doctors to Autism Friendly Businesses you can find that and more in the Neighborhood Directory. The Neighborhood directory is also home to our Community Calendar.

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MiNavigator is the only program in the state offering support regardless of insurance, geography or need. Free resources for Michigan are available and targeted to meet a families’ unique needs. Assistance navigating the autism journey is offered through face to face, phone, email, and web-based resources.

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AAoM is staffed by autism professionals and specialists in areas covering education, clinical, insurance, employment, legal and safety, among others. Parents, caregivers and educators can pose their own questions or learn from the blogs and responses to others with autism or in similar situations.

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Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Physicians Portal Includes: Online Referral Form, as well as M-Chat, CSBS DP Infant-Toddler Checklist, The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST) measuring tools and Pharmacologic and Evidence-Based Treatment Guides for download.

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Find a variety of fun and educational events offered for families within our autism community, designed for people with autism, their families and providers. Supporters will know that any funds raised stay in Michigan and are used to help families right here in our own state.

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Find answers to common questions, concerns, and issues surrounding the coverage for autism in Michigan. Our experts provide answers for both private and Medicare/Medicaid policies. Also users can download helpful tools aiding in the fight to ensure insurance is working for you your child.

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