October MiNavigator Newsletter

For our October issue, we felt it was a good time to provide some professional guidance and interpretation for Michigan’s new Seclusion and Restraint legislation – being implemented across the state this school year. Many of you may not realize the impact of these new laws, but for some parents who have experienced previously unfair (and in some cases, unsafe) practices of seclusion and restraint against their own child, the significance of this educational reform cannot be understated.

AAoM’s September MiNavigator Newsletter

Well, September is upon us. It is back to school time, change of seasons, busier daily schedules and of course, more stress. This month, we feature Tracey Cohen, who shares her story (and love) of running and how this activity has provided her with a healthy outlet for the challenges she has faced living with autism. It is truly inspiring and we hope you will take some lessons from Tracey. Additionally, we are always conscious that the start of the school year is a good opportunity for families (and providers) to be thinking long term – planning for a child’s future, not just for this year, but even multiple years down the road, when he/she will become a young adult. We hope you will share the information with families, working together in this planning process. Happy September!

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.

Happy New Year Autism Community!

I hope the holidays were good to all of you and the families you serve. As difficult as the long months of winter can be at times, I have also found this time of year an ideal time to reflect on the progress and many accomplishments we’ve seen; thousands more first responders trained, hundreds of families throughout the state who have benefited from our Navigator program, BCBA licensure and Seclusion/Restraint legislation, which was passed after years of advocacy, and so much more. None of this would be possible without the support of our community, especially those who support our annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala and Autism Hero Walk. Funds raised during these crucial events have allowed AAoM to touch over 30,000 lives in Michigan to date.

Happy Holidays Autism Community!

As another year passes, we know that many parents are consumed with overwhelming concerns about their child’s well-being once they are gone. Financial planning becomes critical and information about MiAble and Special Needs Trusts can be empowering in this regard. We hope the information in this issue is valuable to you and the families you serve.

Welcome To The MiNavigator Newsletter!

All of us at AAoM are so pleased to bring you this first newsletter which we plan to distribute monthly. Given the many statewide initiatives and reform efforts which we have collectively navigated over the past several years, combined with new, innovative projects, community events, and other developments, we felt a more regular means of communication was essential to keeping you informed. We are also hoping this communication will serve as an effective tool for service providers, as well, in keeping the autism community informed of your own developments, program offerings, and events, as a way to better reach our families across the state.