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Upcoming Community Events – September / October

September 19 Support Group: IEP Info and School Help September 19 Inspire Change Gala September 23 Autism Community Day September 24 Teen and Young Adult Social Group: Bowling and Pizza

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Transition to Adulthood

School has begun, which can be an exciting time, but also a stressful one. As our children get older it’s natural to think about the next step. This can be

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Navigating the back to school season with AAoM

It’s been 1 year since our last newsletter was dedicated to back to school needs, and here we are yet again, wondering where our summer went! For this edition of


Volunteer Spotlight: Everyday Superheroes Autism Alliance of Michigan

More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, largely attributed to progress in early detection and greater understanding and awareness; and the question of where families should

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Corner Health sensory room makes accessing healthcare easier for people living with autism

“Access to sensory rooms in a doctor’s office will ensure that every autistic child is receiving the care they need in a space that is comfortable and minimizes stress.” —

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Upcoming Community Events – June/July

Upcoming Community Events – June/July June 26 Summer Theater Try-It-Out Workshop June 28 Basketball Camp for Special Needs Players June 29 Barn Dance and Potluck July 8 Hockey Mentors for


Commemorating Juneteenth

Contributed by AAoM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee In 2021 the United States Congress officially made Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it

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Using Technology to Address a Common Need: How the All Smiles Shine App is Working to Build Ease Around Dental Visits

Contributed by Erik Gallery, BCBA, LBA, Navigator Manager A trip to the dentist’s office isn’t a highly preferred activity for most people. Even a visit for just a cleaning can

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West Michigan welcomes Autism Alliance of Michigan to new office in Grand Rapids area

Written by Estelle Slootmaker “AAoM truly services the entire state of Michigan. Having some people in Grand Rapids will help better connect families in the area to critical services as

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Crain’s Detroit Giving Guide: Autism Alliance of Michigan

AAoM – Crains Giving Guide 2023 WHAT WE DO Whether your toddler has just received an autism diagnosis or your teenager with autism needs support preparing for their first job,


Meet Crain’s Notable Leaders in Behavioral Health for 2023: Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen, Ph.D. _ Notable Leaders in Behavioral Health 2023 _ Crain’s Detroit Business “(Dr.) Colleen Allen has led us from the humble beginnings of getting insurance coverage for individuals

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Autism Alliance of Michigan celebrates Supreme Court decision

The education system failed Miguel Luna Perez. In 2004, the 9-year-old moved from Mexico to Michigan with his family. Young Miguel had not had any formal education, and his parents