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Good morning - As a past participant in activities held by the Autism Resource Network, we wanted to let you know that last month the board voted to dissolve the organization due to lack of participation over the past couple years. Our regular meetings each month (would have been this Wed., Oct. 21) are cancelled.

We regret having to make this decision, but give the lack of attendance, it only makes sense. Apparently social media is filling in where face-to-face once did. The...re are also many more services and activities in the community. Here is a list of what we know coming up:

Oct. 24 - Free transition workshop. Sponsored by TBAISD, TCAPS and Disability Network. TBA Career Tech Center, 9-noon.
Nov. 7 - SELF Skills workshop sponsored by Autism Society of Michigan. Faith Reformed Church. 9 am. -4 p.m.. $15 includes breakfast and lunch.
Dec. 10 - Autism in Love - Free movie, 7 p.m., Dennos Museum Center.

The Northern Michigan Autism Association is the closest parent support group we are aware of. It's in Petoskey and meets the third Wed. of the month. Recently the greatest demand has been for highly individualized, often time-sensitive troubleshooting and advocacy services. The Autism Alliance of Michigan now offers a Navigator service that can help with these issues.

We have emailed those in our database. Thank your for your past participation, and best of luck to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Mike Henderson - ARN president
John Schaub - treasurer
Judy Albers - secretary
Cari Noga -at large

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Lots of good stuff here.

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Our fall webinar series dates have been announced! We kick it off next Thursday, October 8 with "Suspensions and Expulsions: Things You Need to Know About the ...Process and the Protections." Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/2058570910274811906

PLEASE share with others who might be interested. Lots of important, informative, and interesting topics in this series!

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Parent meeting TONIGHT, WEd. Sept. 16. ! How has the school year started off for you and your family? Come share your successes, struggles and strategies in a supportive environment of people who get it. 6:30 p.m., Munson Medical Center, room 12 (lower level around the corner from outpatient pharmacy.) If you think you know it all, come anyway and share your wisdom with new families.

Have a great first day of school, A-Team families! Share your first-day photos if you like!

Yup. Even if you have to peel back the paper a little bit.

Anyone have suggestions for shoe tying videos aimed at kids with autism? Most of them are too long, have too much talking and depict examples of tying a shoe without a foot in it. One third of the battle is getting my son to put his foot in without jamming the tongue or crushing the heel. I found one OK one but it also does not show tying with a foot in the shoe. Thanks!

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ARN Parent Support Group meeting Wed., 8/19, 6:30 p.m., Munson Medical Center room 12. With back to school just around the corner, spend an evening with an alumnus of the northern Michigan autism community. Courtney Jurica graduated from Traverse City Christian High School in 2011. Many of you may remember her as a participant in a panel discussion on autism after The Horse Boy Screening in April 2014. She is now a student at Western Michigan University and is pursuing BCBA c...ertification. She is currently working with students with autism at the Kalamazoo Autism Center teaching students ages 18 months-12 years old.

She is also an intern at the Kalamazoo chapter of Disability Network where she and other advocates have spearheaded a project Humanity Worth Defending, to add Disability Rights History into the public school curriculum in Michigan. The petition seeks that students at every grade level will learn about disability history for the first two weeks of October each year, with activities suited to their respective ages and comprehension levels.

Courtney will discuss Humanity Worth Defending, her life attending school in Traverse City, and her future plans at the meeting.

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Coming up Aug. 27! Lots of great speakers including our own @Marlowe Franklin. Doesn't get much more convenient than the Hagerty Center.

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Wed 6:30 PM EDTMunson Medical Center, room 12
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With back to school just around the corner, spend an evening with an alumnus of the northern Michigan autism community. Courtney Jurica graduated from Traverse City Christian High School in 2011. Many of you may remember her as a participant in a panel discussion on autism after The Horse Boy Screening in April 2014. She is now a student at Western Michigan University and is pursuing BCBA certification. She is currently working with students with autism at the Kalamazoo Auti...sm Center teaching students ages 18 months-12 years old.

She is also an intern at the Kalamazoo chapter of Disability Network where she and other advocates have spearheaded a project Humanity Worth Defending, to add Disability Rights History into the public school curriculum in Michigan. They have started a petition to remember the activists of our struggle, honor our culture, and shine light on the atrocities our community has faced. The petition seeks that students at every grade level will learn about disability history for the first two weeks of October each year, with activities suited to their respective ages and comprehension levels.

She will discuss Humanity Worth Defending, her life attending school in Traverse City, and her future plans at the meeting.

Link to petition: https://www.change.org/p/michigan-state-board-of-education-…

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AUG19
Wed 6:30 PM EDTMunson Medical Center, room 12
2 people interested

Goin' to the fair...special kids day with free admission for special kids is 8-12 Wednesday at the NW Michigan Fair! http://www.northwesternmichiganfair.net/schedule

GATES OPEN 8am – 11pm / LIVESTOCK BARNS OPEN 10am – 10pm / EXHIBIT BUILDING 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sat) / MIDWAY Mon – Sat (see below for times)
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A great chance to tell the No. 2 man in Lansing what you think about special education. Tonight, 6 p.m., Traverse Area District Library Woodmere

Special Education Families are Invited to Speak About their Experiences with Special Education in Michigan. All are welcome! Be part of the State Wide initiative to improve Special Education in Michigan Wed at the Library! No sign up needed, just come out.
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Next week, Wed. Aug. 5 at Traverse Area District Library Woodmere! The format is very informal. After a brief intro parents get the floor to offer their input on special education in Michigan. Depending on attendance, there will be a 5-minute time limit per speaker. If it's a light turnout, more time will be allotted. Hope to see you there!

"Optimism can be hard to find when the days and nights intertwine..So on behalf of your child, thank you for staying. I know it’s tough."

Read more: http://themighty.com/…/dear-autism-parents-i-dont-know-yo…/…

Aug. 27, at the HAgerty Center. Couldn't get more convenient!

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