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Advocate ASD AUTISM SOCIETY OAKLAND COUNTY • P.O. BOX 70207, ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 48307 A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E A S O C T O R E C O G N I Z E O U R D O N O R S , V O L U N T E E R S A N D A D V O C AT E S Oakland County SPRING 2013 ASOC WANTS YOU!! Membership Drive ASOC W e need your support- Join Autism Society of Oakland County now! Our annual membership drive is underway and if you haven’t formally joined, now is a great time. With your support, we can continue to provide resource and referral services, grants, social and recreational opportunities, parent networking, employment skills, and many other services that improve the lives of all those affected by autism. Our efforts to improve the lives of all individuals impacted by autism, we offer many of our resources to anyone in need of the information. Our website, email list and Facebook page are welcoming to all who seek to receive updates. Given this open exchange of information, it may be difficult to understand why you should become a member. As an ASOC member you: • Receive our newsletter the Advocate • Are a part of all that the ASOC accomplishes • Have a vote on the leadership and direction of the ASOC Another reason to become a member: • When the ASOC advocates on behalf of individuals with ASD and their families, members are counted by the legislature, agencies and other governing organizations. Increased membership makes us stronger. Sign up now, we want to add you to our email list to receive valuable information, get your input on topics of interest, and continue to provide services that are important to you. The registration form is on our website — don’t delay — register now so we can better serve you. We can do so much more to help families and provide additional programs and services but only with your support — join now! Article submitted by Patty Dufault, ASOC Director. MISSION STATEMENT To advocate and support meaningful participation in all aspects of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. IN THIS ISSUE A Resource for You! Message from the President ..............2 OUCares Promotes Understanding and Awareness ..........3 Golf Outing Success ......................4-5 Getting My Own Address ................6-7 Employment Grants Making A Difference ..........................7 Dutton Farms Offers Unique Vocation Programs ................8 Donations ..........................................8 Lose the Training Wheels: Friendship Circles Summer Bike Camp 2012 ..................9 Friendship Club Offers Unique Vocation Programs ..............10 Walk Your Dog for a Cause ..............10 Membership ....................................11 Contribution Form ..............Back Cover We can do so much more to help families and provide additional programs and services but only with your support — join now! AUTISM SOCIETY OAKLAND COUNTY (248) 393-3131 Send us your email address at our new email address: asoc@gmail.com ASD Advocate • Spring 2013 1

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President’s Message A Resource For You! A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT I t is with great pride and optimism that we begin 2013 with this message: Whether you are a family with a new diagnosis at the beginning of your journey, or an adult with autism moving who is part of their support system, it can be difficult to be truly heard. We understand this struggle. We know that there are many individual voices in the support of autism. As the Autism is truly a spectrum, a many-colored rainbow, in which we recognize that every individual is wonderfully unique. That being said, the experience of living with autism is different as each person. However, there are some consistent themes or issues that most encounter. Recognizing and preparing for the challenges that are in store will make a tremendous difference to all involved, including parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family, caregivers and friends. Our mission is to dedicate ourselves to helping those with the Autism Spectrum Disorder to unlock the potential that lies within all of us and to help provide the best support to the individual and people involved in their lives. best serve those who need us. Furthering our mission, we can be your sounding board through our online forum. Our ASOC website members have the opportunity to join private discussion groups. These groups are able to brainstorm topics from being newly diagnosed, various therapeutic approaches, IEP concerns, transitional issues, employment and much more. To become an ASOC website member, visit our website at: autismsocietyoaklandcounty.org and select “Sign Up” on the upper right of our main page. The rising trend of social media has encouraged us to create a Facebook page. We regularly post updates filled with resources, events and helpful information from a variety of organizations within our community as well as nationally. Simply “Like” our page and view our latest posts. We also send out bi-weekly email messages, which include additional groups and resources which may not be linked with Facebook. E-mail us a request to be on our email list at asocmi@gmail.com or visit our website to learn more. In these pages, we will highlight many of the wonderful programs and initiatives that we have had the pleasure of supporting in 2012 as we look ahead to the promise that 2013 holds. Article submitted by Barbara Brennan, ASOC President. towards becoming an active member of your community, we are dedicated to being an ever evolving, multi-faceted resource for you. Our focus for this year will be strengthening our connection with our community. One way we can accomplish this is through improving our communication. This sounds simple enough. Yet, this seemingly straightforward concept can be a monumental task. As an individual with autism or someone ASOC begins our 28th year assisting our community, we continue to listen to you and utilize what we have learned to have a genuine impact in our community. The information we convey and the programs we support range from social and recreational to the implementation of life skills which will assist individuals on their path to employment and independence. It is our fondest hope to unify the efforts of the autism community in order to 2 ASD Advocate • ASOC

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Programs OUCares Promotes U N D E R S TA N D I N G A N D A WA R E N E S S O UCARES integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs. OUCARES, housed in the School of Education and Human Services, encourages the exchange of ideas relating to the education and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as provides services and support needed to improve daily living. The ASOC is proud to assist OUCARES with many of the wonderful opportunities they offer including; After Hours Adult Social, Bowling and their annual Holiday Party. After Hours Social Club "After Hours," is a support group for those 18 years and over with autism spectrum disorder. This evening social is offered monthly on the Oakland University campus in Rochester. These evenings are filled with conversation, cards, billiards, and other fun! So many amazing things can happen when you bring people together and give them an outlet to connect with each other. One wonderful happening was the blossoming of an idea. During a social last year, a group of individuals with autism began to talk about how nice it would be to get together and play volleyball. As a direct result of their discussions, a new OUCARES volleyball program began on January 22, 2013. This fantastic new program was the idea of the individuals with autism came up with the idea and discussed Bowling In January 2012, OUCARES began an adult bowling league at Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills. The bowlers "The Strikers" look forward to enjoying 2 hours every Saturday morning bowling together. This program, for individuals with ASD who are 16 and older, runs year round. Gathering more bowlers with each session, 26 bowlers now participate. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop socialization skills as well as providing physical activity. 2012 Holiday Party! A bustle of holiday excitement filled the room. Enthusiastic dancers took to the floor to express kindled euphoria, and some party participants even sang karaoke. Fun activities could be found at all corners of the room, ranging from sumo wrestling to photography. This evening was a beautiful celebration of each unique individual who attended. Top Left: Games and fun at the After Hours Adult Social. Left: Sumo Fun at the Annual Holiday Party. ASD Advocate • Spring 2013 3

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Golf Outing Golf Outing Success! O ur 17th Annual Golf Outing was held at the lovely Fox Hills Golf Course and Banquet Center. Over 200 people came out to enjoy the beautiful day! This wonderful event would not be possible without the vision and planning of our golf outing committee, especially our team leaders: • Golf Outing Chairs: Steve Bubnes, Michael Hayes, Lisa Kowalski • Honorary Chairpersons: Robert Abernathy, Ron Ketelhut and Kelvin Squires. We are grateful to all those who continue to support ASOC. Our largest fundraiser, the 2012 golf outing raised over $66,000! As you will see throughout our newsletter, this generous support has already begun to impact our community through the creation of employment skills programs, as well as supporting a wide range of programs and services. To think, it all begins with a plan and a beautiful day at the golf course! ASOC Supports Employment and Vocational Education The day also featured a wide range of quality products from micro-businesses and the advocacy of job developers from Macomb Oakland Regional Center. It was encouraging to see so many wonderful adults with special needs and professionals sharing their creativity and expertise! Save The Date! The 18th Annual ASOC Golf Outing will be held on September 9, 2013 at Fox Hills Golf Course and Banquet Center. Article submitted by Tamra Pickthorn, Recording Secretary. Top Left: Carrie Baumann of Carrie's Creations. Left: Bubble Up for Autism from the Waterford Schools Life Tracks post-high program. Above: Lovely handmade greetings from Kaci's Cards with Dj Mikester and Jonathon Kuhn of JTK Custom Creations in the background. 4 ASD Advocate • ASOC

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Golf Outing Thank You for Your Donations LUNCH SPONSORS • Angelo Iafrate Construction Company • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson CHARTER SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS • ABB Inc • Aristeo Construction • Barton Malow • CEC Controls • DE-CAL Inc • DeMaria Build • Devon Facility Management • Don Tocco and Associates • Ferrous Processing and Trading • Gala/Tri Tec • GHAFARI Associates • Heller Machine Tools • International Industrial Contracting Corporation • MAG IAS, LLC • Midwest Steel • Motor City Electric • Schreiber Corporation • Slifco Electric • Stenco Construction • Ventcon DINNER SPONSORS • Cinetic Automation • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson SNACK AND BEVERAGE SPONSORS • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson • Triangle Electric COCKTAIL HOUR SPONSOR • Lamont Brown Advisors CLOSEST TO THE PIN SPONSOR • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson LONGEST DRIVE SPONSORS • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson BUSINESS CARD RAFFLE SPONSOR • Roncelli, Inc TEE SPONSORS • Ameriprise Financial Carol Balagur • ASCO Numatics • Cinetic Automation • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson • KUKA Systems Corporation • Novi Family Dental • The Grider Company DONATIONS • Gino and Luciana DiClemente • Knights of Columbus Council #4188 Clawson • Tom Holzer Ford • Carl’s Golfland • Cookies2cute2eat@yahoo.com • Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors • Martini Golf Tees • MKT Inc. GOLD SPONSORS • Next Generation Services Group • Rudolph/Libbe, Inc. SILVER SPONSORS • Able Construction Company • Comac • KUKA Systems Corporation • Valiant Corporation SPECIAL THANKS TO . . . Co-Chairpersons: Steve Bubnes, Michael Hayes, Lisa Kowalski Honorary Chairpersons: Robert Abernethy, Ron Ketelhut, Kelvin Squires Committee Members: Craig Brown, Joe DiIorio, Patty Dufault, Wade Herzig, Sue Hodess, Jackie Jackson, Ron Koshewitz, Claire Lockhart, Larry Lottinville, Sally McInnes, Diane Risko, Mark Strait, Kari Theisen Day-of-the Event Volunteers: Carol Balagur, Barb Brennan, Linda Brown, Colleen Caldwell, Ray Debold, Jaclyn Dufault, Brittany Hall, Marie Anne Horne, Pete Howard, Aaron Kowalski, Joe Kowalski, Bill McInnes, Carrie Mitchell, Tamra Pickthorn, Sherry Velasco ASD Advocate • Spring 2013 5

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Community Getting My Own Address T R A N S I T I O N TO I N D E P E N D E N T L I V I N G G For People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities etting My Own Address (GMOA) is a program for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities and their families offered by Community Housing Network. The multi- faceted GMOA program includes a written guide, monthly housing support groups, informative workshops, a roommate database, and one-on-one housing counseling assistance. Get Your Own Copy! Download the “Getting My Own Address” resource guide free from Community Housing Network: www.communityhousingnetwork.org/GMOA To incorporate real world experience, the GMOA guide was compiled with input from individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities, as well as their families and supports. The information and worksheets included offer clear steps, options and choices to allow you to work towards the transition to independent living at the pace that works best for you. This step-by-step guide is available in print (for a nominal cost) or for free online at: -www. communityhousingnetwork.org/GMOA Are you ready to learn more? Informative GMOA GMOA PRESENTATIONS April 19, 2013 3:15-4:30 p.m. 2013 Autism Society of Wisconsin Conference Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 2013 Developmental Disabilities Conference 4/23-24 Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 55 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824 presentations are held throughout our area (see below). Additional dates, times and locations are available on the ASOC website under the Events & Social tab. The Getting My Own Address Support Groups create[s] an environment where individuals and families can learn from one another, share resources and make connections with potential roommates. One group meets the third Tuesday each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Troy office of Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231. Another group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at Apollo Center, 2029 N. Milford Rd., Highland. Contact Chuck Bratton at cbratton@chninc.net to have your email added to Community Housing Network's GMOA email alert list for up-dates on planned speakers and topics for the support groups and notification of GMOA workshops and related events. Continued on next page 6 ASD Advocate • ASOC

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Community Employment Grants MAKING A DIFFERENCE I n December, the ASOC’s Improving Employability Outcomes Subcommittee awarded almost $16,000 in Employment Skill Building grants to teachers and ancillary staff working with high school and post-secondary students who have an ASD eligibility. The grants ranged from $500 to $1,000 each. As reported in the grant applications, a total of 143 students with ASD and 158 other students with a disability will benefit from these grants. This is a summary of the grants that were awarded: School Building/Program Lake Orion High School Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Schools Clarkston High School Southfield Lathrup and Southfield High School Clawson Public Schools ASD Program Clawson High School Autism Program Rochester WINGS Post-Secondary Program Birmingham Post-Secondary ASD Program Grant Explanation Replenish disposable supplies for the PAES Employment skills lab. Buy compensation items for students, checks and cash box As a step toward vocational opportunities outside the classroom, purchase assembly task materials from Attainment Company Wood working equipment to make wood pens for U.S. soldiers Fieldtrip to Michigan Career Technical Institute with staff, parents and students (3) iPod Touches for vocational support and social thinking materials (3) iPod Touches, cases, social navigator, various apps Shed, various landscaping supplies, portable green house for working the school building courtyard The workstation equipment needed to fold pizza boxes for Uncle Andy's Pizza. The stainless steel tables, gel mats, and multi-purpose bag stand are universal pieces of equipment that can be used for other projects in the future. Start-up equipment and materials for a coffee shop micro-business inside Adams High School Two James Stanfield video training programs called Job Smart-2:-Job Safety and Productive Attitudes and First Impressions Materials to start-up a ribbon wreath micro-business Start-up equipment and supplies for the Charger Laundry Depot micro-business, Rozier Construction agreed to be their corporate customer Start-up supplies and materials for a dog biscuit micro-business Workstation equipment for a recycle material sorting center along with recycle bins for their commons area. The program will go on community trips to the recycling center to deliver the sorted items on a regular basis. Rochester Post-Secondary/Adams High School Clarkston Life Skills Center- Post-High Program West Bloomfield Transition Center Southfield Lathrup and Southfield High School Farmington Visions Unlimited Birmingham Post-Secondary ASD Program Article Submitted by Lisa Kowalski, ASOC Immediate Past President. Continued from previous page Community Housing Network's Roommate Database provides information regarding home-sharing opportunities for people with disabilities living in Macomb and Oakland Counties. The goal is to encour- age arrangements that will help to create affordable housing opportunities. No identifying information is shared through this website, but it does provide a brief explanation of an individual’s situation so that others can determine if they may have common interests. Planning for long-term housing is a complicated process and there are many options to consider when setting housing goals. The Getting My Own Address program is an important resource to help individu- als, their families, and the professionals that support them create a successful long-term housing plan. Article submitted by Linda Brown, ASOC Vice President. ASD Advocate • Spring 2013 7

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Community Dutton Farm O F F E R S U N I Q U E V O C AT I O N P R O G R A M S n picturesque Dutton Farm on the northern end of Rochester, a unique Vocational Program assists individuals of all age groups with developmental disabilities in developing employability skills. The curriculum allows their participants to experience job training firsthand, rather than being taught from a lecture or a book. These skills also maximize their opportunities for greater friendships; independence, overall satisfaction; and a more active, productive lifestyle. Expanding the opportunities available to the farmers, Dutton’s staff introduced the option of starting their own micro-business. This newest option gives them another O avenue to enjoy the sense of pride and accomplishment which comes from employment. With funding from ASOC, the farmers began to master their micro-business of choice in November 2012. Having created bird feeders, caramel sauce, centerpieces, chocolate covered pretzels, flower arrangements, hot chocolate and soaps, the farmers are ready to sell their products. With every purchase, the farmer who created it will receive a percentage of the selling price and put the rest back into purchasing their supplies. The February 1 Kick-off event featuring their micro-businesses was a success, selling out of all the items the farmers created! Dutton Farms micro-businesses will begin selling their products in Buschs stores every other Friday starting on April 12th. Other activities include Summer Camp and a Spring Yard Sale, with proceeds going to Dutton Farm. Registration for Summer Camp will begin March 1. The yard sale will be at the farm, 2270 Dutton Rd., Rochester, on May 4th and 5th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted until Above: Marty Riddell. Right: Louis Bussier. April 18. Dutton Farm strives to develop a sense of accomplishment in their students; bring support to their families; and inspire our community. Please join us in supporting these young entrepreneurs. For more information regarding this wonderful program, visit their website www.duttonfarm.org. The ASOC Thanks You for Your Donations In Memory of Charla Andresen • Donald Soderholm In Memory of John L. Sherby • Katherine Bourdeau • Celia Rasico In Memory of Peg Burger • Bill & Sally McInnes Donations to Chapter • American Express Employee Giving Program • American Society of Safety Engineers, Oakland University • ExpertCare Management Services • Friendship Circle • Hewlett Packard • Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation • Mothers and More Chapter 135 • Annette Sebestin • TMP Architecture • Truist • Wines for Humanity In Memory of Virginia Lazarus • Barbara Ambrose • Robert H. Ambrose • Liz Preibe • Elizabeth Sharick • Patricia Solomon • Elisabeth Stayer • Audrey Thomas In Memory of Nina Ritcher • Bill & Sally McInnes Danny Forsterse. 8 ASD Advocate • ASA/OCC

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Community Lose the Training Wheels FRIENDSHIP CIRCLES SUMMER BIKE CAMP 2012 T hink back to the hottest stretch of days last summer. While many of us avoided the excessive heat of those scorchers, more than 30 children with special needs buckled down and learned something many considered to be out of their reach: they learned how to ride a bike. Last July, Friendship Circle, with the support of the ASOC, hosted Lose the Training Wheels, a national organization that provides camps designed to teach children with special needs to ride a bicycle in a single week. Energetic teenage volunteers recruited from the Friendship Circle were paired one-on-one with the children with special needs. Their main responsibilities were assisting and spotting the child while they were on the bikes. Sixteen-year-old Andy Hodess had not been on a bike since age 4. As a child with profound sensory issues, his mother did not think that he would even tolerate putting on a bike helmet for an extended period of time. Not only did Andy wear his helmet, but he rode a bike, unassisted, on the last day! Friendship Circle is pleased to report a major victory with an 88% success rate with Lose the Training Wheels. A whopping 30 out of 34 children were riding bikes at the end of the week. The ASOC is pleased to have assisted the Friendship Circle in bringing this great program to Oakland County and to be able to witness how proud the children were of themselves and the independence that they achieved. Article contributed by Sue Hodess, ASOC Vice-President and Bassie Shemtov, Executive Director of the Friendship Circle. Top Left: Hannah Tighe. Top Right: Noah Tighe. Left: Lose the Training Wheels graduates! Christopher Dewar, Noah Tighe, Michael Suriano, Luke Tyrell, Daniel Tyrell and Billy Kattiner ASD Advocate • Sprint 2013 9

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Community Friendship Club A CHANCE TO SHINE! andle-lit tables, dinner, a magician and music provided by DJ David Taylor filled the room in the first formal dinner dance of the Friendship Club in June 2012. Socials for the Friendship Club are held eight times a year. Activities include a talent show, demonstrations of musical, artistic, humor and other talents; physical activities including floor hockey and basketball; and video game systems. The talent show usually ends in a mass sing-along on the stage. The first Friendship Club social for teens and adults with ASD was held on November 17, 2001, to the entertainment of 43 attendees. Exactly 11 years after the first social, the 85th C Friendship Club social was held. There were 90 attendees, more than half of them had ASD or other disabilities. There are participants who attended that first social in 2001 who still come regularly. Participants travel from all over Metro Detroit and surrounding areas. Over the years, many people have helped with the socials. Ryan Madden has generously provided most of the video game systems, video games and televisions, as well as providing set up at each event and maintenance of the games and systems. Other dedicated volunteers include Will Brunetti, who assists with setting up and tearing down the sports equipment as well as organizing the sports in the gym with Scott Decker. St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Troy and the ASOC have been major supporters of the event. This support has enabled the Friendship Club to continue to blossom. Dates scheduled for the Friendship Club social in 2013 so far include January 19, February 23, April 27 and June 1. For more information, please visit the Friendship Club’s website at http://autismsocial.weebly.com/ or call the ASOC at (248) 393-3131. An excited group of friends at the first formal dinner dance of the ASOC Friendship Circle. WALK YOUR DOG FOR A CAUSE xciting new fundraising idea for the Autism Society of Oakland County! We are exploring a fun new way to promote autism awareness while raising money for ASOC. This event would be an opportunity to bring your dog, friends, family, and co-workers for some great exercise and help families and individuals with Autism. The funds we raise allow us provide support to a range of programs and services throughout our area. E Date and Time: TBD Distance: 1- 3K walk There are many ways to get involved: • Find a dog, and start forming your walking team now • Don’t have a dog? You can still participate and walk anyway! • Don’t want to walk? You can participate and help out the day of the event • Maybe your company would like to be a sponsor? Email pattydufault@gmail.com to get on the distribution list for more information and to gather your input on this fundraiser More info coming soon!!! Article submitted by Patty Dufault, ASOC Director. 10 ASD Advocate • ASOC

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GET INVOLVED LOCALLY! Name(s): ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________________________________State: ______ Zip___________________ Phone: ( _______ ) ________________________________________________ County ___________________________ E-Mail: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Oakland County Chapter Dues: Individual (1 vote).........$15.00 = _________ Family (2 votes).............$25.00 = _________ Note: Membership in the ASOC requires concurrent membership with the Autism Society of America. Autism Society of America Dues: Household.............................................................................$40 = _________ Champion..............................................................................$75 = _________ Professional.........................................................................$150 = _________ International Household Member ......................................$50 = _________ Lifetime Member.............................................................$1,500 = _________ Donation to the ASOC .................................................................... = _________ (Contributions to the ASOC are qualified charitable donations.) Total enclosed = _________ Please make checks payable to the ASOC and mail to Ken Barnowski, Treasurer, P.O. Box 70207, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Membership dues and donations are also accepted online at www.autismsocietyoaklandcounty.org With the help of caring individuals like you, we can achieve our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism. Thousands of individuals, families, professionals and agencies are already part of the Autism Society. Together, we can become not only a resource for the autism community, but also an agent of change to help people get the services and supports they need throughout their lifetime. THANK YOU!!! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING: q Please check here and mail this form to: Donna Yates, ASOC, P.O. Box 70207, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Donna Yates will contact you and ask about your available time commitment and how you would like to become involved. You may also inquire through the chapter phone line at (248) 393-3131 or Email the chapter at asocmi@gmail.com. EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT: Barbara Brennan VICE PRESIDENT: Sue Hodess TREASURER: Ken Barnowski CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Linda Ronan Brown RECORDING SECRETARY: Tamra Pickthorn DIRECTORS: Patricia Dufault Cathy Schmidt IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Lisa Kowalski If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to ASOC, a 501(c)(3) organization: You may download a contribution form or donate online at www.autismsocietyoaklandcounty.org DEAR READERS Please help us keep your address and membership status current. Use the form above to join ASOC, renew your dues or to notify us that you have moved, or visit us on the web at www.autismsocietyoaklandcounty.org. Call (248) 393-3131 if you have any questions concerning membership and dues. Thank You! ASD Advocate • Spring 2013 11 PHONE: (248) 393-3131 ASOC Board members are parent volunteers. Please leave a message, including your question. An ASOC volunteer will return your call as promptly as possible. AUTISM SOCIETY OAKLAND COUNTY P.O. Box 70207 • Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID P.O. Box 70207 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 TROY, MI PERMIT NO. 36 CONTRIBUTION FORM Please print clearly. Donor Name: ________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________________State: ______________ Zip Code: __________ Daytime Phone: ( _____ ) _______________________________________________________ In Memory of: _______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Name of Honoree: ____________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Occasion: ___________________________________________________________________ Notification to be sent to: ______________________________________________________ Mail this form to: ASOC c/o Ken Barnowski, Treasurer P.O. Box 70207, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE Barbara Brennan - Editor Contributors: Linda Brown Patty Dufault Kelly Hillstead Sue Hodess Lisa Kowalski Tamra Pickthron GRAPHIC DESIGN Sunny Design (586) 871-7288 THE AUTISM SOCIETY OAKLAND COUNTY (248) 393-3131 WWW.AUTISMSOCIETY OAKLANDCOUNTY.ORG — Mailing Address — P.O. Box 70207 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 All information provided or published in the ASOC newsletter is for informational purposes only. ASOC assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided by ASOC. Under the ASOC Options policy you are responsible for the choice of any treatment, therapy or service provider. Specific services should be provided only at the direction and under the supervision of an individual’s doctor, care giver or medical professional. Reference to any treatment, program or therapy option is not an endorsement by the ASOC. Such references are not intended to be comprehensive statements of available options, programs, services or providers. You should investigate alternatives to find options that are the most appropriate for a specific individual.

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