Thanking 3rd Party Fundraisers

With a passionate mission to raise expectations and expand opportunities for people touched by autism across the lifespan, Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) relies on outside support from the greater… Read More Thanking 3rd Party Fundraisers

From Working Through a Learning Disability to Inspiring Others: Jacob Levy’s Story

We took some time to talk with Jacob Levy, founder of MODIFIED MUSIC-ATION, which combines a basic approach to learning with the fundamentals of music.  Along with music education, MODIFIED MUSIC-ATION… Read More From Working Through a Learning Disability to Inspiring Others: Jacob Levy’s Story

Meet Your Navigators–Emma Tryson

At Autism Alliance of Michigan, the soul of our programs is our Navigator Team. We rave about this group all year long, so, 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 2nd installment of Meet Your AAoM Navigators. We sat down with Emma Tryson, who was one of the original Navigators on our team.

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.

Breaking Down Restraint and Seclusion

A pupil leans on her desk in an empty classroom in Sofia 25 September 2007. Thousands of Bulgarian teachers around the country begun an indefinite effective strike 24 September 2007, seeking to double their pay. Education Minister Daniel Valtchev has offered primary and secondary school teachers, who earn an average of 200 euros per month, pay increases of 32 percent. AFP PHOTO/ BORYANA KATSAROVA (Photo credit should read BORYANA KATSAROVA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

The Step by Step Process: Breaking down The Metaphorical Puzzle

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Individuals with autism often learn differently, whether we use visual aids, simplified instructions or have an assistant by our side, we all need something different to succeed. And this is definitely not exclusive to students with Autism, but may extend its reach to any student. But when we are focusing our attention towards students with Autism there is an approach many of us can identify with. It’s the step by step model.

Important Legislation Regarding Restraint and Seclusion is Heading to a Vote

The Restraint and Seclusion Legislation has passed Committee in the State House and will now be voted on in the Michigan House of Representatives. Afterwards, the legislation will need to go through the same voting process in the Senate. Your voice can be heard loud and clear by contacting your State Representatives and State Senators. To find out who your Reps are, use this handy tool and consider giving them a call or writing to ask for their vote in support of HBs 5409-5418 and SBs 835-838.

Michigan Department of Education Survey will Collect Input for Meeting Federal Grant Obligations

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