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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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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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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

Rubin Op-Ed

With New Approach, Advocates for the Autistic are Learning to Get Loud by Neal Rubin

The fight for people with autism in Michigan is about to get loud. Forceful. Impassioned. Rebranded, even. But it might take some practice. Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, for instance,

Hooper Op-Ed

Johnson-Hooper: How Bias Traps Children of Color in Autism Diagnoses

What I’m about to tell you frustrates me as a doctor and angers me as a human being. A mother recently brought her 10-year-old African American son to my multidisciplinary

Calley Op-Ed

I Was Shocked by The Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Michigan Schools by Brian Calley

Restraining and secluding children in schools only escalates problematic and dangerous behaviors and can cause serious injuries, emotional damage, or even death. Yet, in many schools throughout the United States,

Meador Op-Ed

Commentary: Ignoring the Rights of Michiganders with Disabilities is Bad for Business by Dave Meador

Do civil rights extend to people with disabilities in Michigan? It’s hard to believe this question is being asked in 2023. Everyone deserves to be included and live a full

Colleen Op-Ed

Why Does Michigan Fail People Like Miguel Perez? by Colleen Allen

Miguel Perez is a 27-year-old man facing a life of dependence, isolation, and limited opportunities to be fully included as a member of our community. It didn’t have to be

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Colleen Allen interview with Alisa Zee

President and CEO of AAoM, Colleen Allen speaks to Sunday Morning Edition radio show host Alisa Zee about the evolution and education of community awareness and acceptance of Autism and

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Marc Berke interview with Alisa Zee

Sunday Morning Edition radio host interviews Chief Development Officer, Mark Berke about the work happening at AAOM, Autism Awareness and Acceptance and how you can support the mission.

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Opinion: I was shocked by the use of seclusion and restraint in Michigan schools

Contributed by Brian Calley Restraining and secluding children in schools only escalates problematic and dangerous behaviors and can cause serious injuries, emotional damage, or even death. Yet, in many schools