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Community Events

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Club 21 -  Thanksgiving Feast
Date: Friday,  Nov. 18 
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 1100 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills,  48302
Cost: $5 per person (at door)
RSVP: 248-556-5341 or info@dsgsemi.org  
 
FAR'S Fantastic Friday Night Parties - for ages 13 and up
Date: Dec. 9  Family Holiday Party
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: First Presbyterian Church's Knox Auditorium, 1669 W Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
Cost: $10 for client plus $5 for caregivers who choose to remain and eat. 
RSVP:  RSVP@FAR-therapy.org or (248) 646-3347.
 
OU CARES After Hours Adult Social - a support group for adults, ages 18+years with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS.   Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games and fun! 
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time:  6-9 p.m.
Location:   Oakland University Campus, Oakland Center  Lower Level TV Lounge
Cost:  Free. No registration required, come when you are able. 
 
OUCARES Holiday Party: This event is for teens and adults, ages 15 and older, with autism spectrum disorders. Come enjoy the evening with friends! Pizza, dancing, DJ, caricaturist and sumo suits are part of the fun! *This event is to encourage independence. For this program, parents/caregivers are not required to remain on the premises unless participant requires one on one support.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Registration is required prior to event,  register online (click on "Events"). For additional information contact  oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.
Cost: $10 for each participant, parent and caregiver.
 
Women with Asperger's Support Group: Please join us as we discuss what it means to be a woman with AS, current research, employment concerns and many other timely topics!
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3. (the first Saturday of each month).
Time:  11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave., Waterford, 48329
Cost: Free
More information and to register: contact Bonny Pomeroy, moderator, at bonnypomeroy@gmail.com or 248-881-5236
 
ASD Teen Friendship Club
Date: Dec. 10
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church - Community Center, 38900 Harper Ave, Clinton Township, 48036
Cost: $5/person at the door. Teen/young adult must be accompanied by a parent or care provider. 
Information: go to Facebook@Teen Asperger Friendship Club, or contact Stacey, Sandy or Diane at teenaspergerfriendshipclub@yahoo.com
 
Parents' and Caregivers' Support Group:  Parents and caregivers who have a child or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend this support group.  We will discuss the various types in interventions, IEPs and METs, diagnosis, behavioral concerns, how to help siblings and others understand the child with ASD and many other topics. 
Date:  Second and fourth Saturday of the month. 
Time:  10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Autism-ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave., Waterford, 48329
More information or to register for this group  contact Bonny Pomeroy at  bonnypomeroy@gmail.com or (248) 881-5236
Cost:   Free   

ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social - For teens/young adults with ASD, Down syndrome, and PDD.  
Date: Saturdays: Jan. 7 and Feb. 18, 2017
Time:  7-11 p.m.
Location:  St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R. Road, Troy 48085
Siblings should be at least 13 years. More information can be found here.

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As we enter the season of holidays we wish you a happy Thanksgiving and blessed holidays!
 
Let us know if there is something you want to know more about!   GMOA@chninc.net
MiABLE accounts now available                                    
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to allow saving/investing for people with disabilities and provide secure funding for disability expenses without jeopardizing any other benefits or income. The federal act was signed in December 2014 and the Michigan ABLE (MiABLE) was signed into law in October 2015.

For answers to frequently asked questions about MiABLE click here.  According to this site, "An individual is eligible to open an ABLE account if they became disabled or blind before the age of 26, and either is currently entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or gets a disability certification under rules the U.S. Treasury will write.
 
The U.S. Treasury proposes that a person with signature authority, like an agent having power of attorney, or a parent or legal guardian, may aid eligible individuals who may not be able to open an ABLE account themselves."

The Michigan Department of Treasury's Student Financial Services Bureau recently entered into an agreement with TSA Consulting Group for the management, administration and investment services for MiABLE.

The MI-ABLE program went live on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Michigan is now the fifth state to launch an ABLE program along with Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida.  Information needed to open an account is available at this link. The MiABLE website can be reached  here.

ABLE accounts may be used to pay for disability related expenses -including housing expenses - without impacting Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Because of this it is a valuable option, in addition to a special needs trust, for families planning for sustainable housing for individuals with disabilities
Register for upcoming GMOA Overview Presentations

Taking part in a GMOA Overview Presentation is the best place to start learning and thinking about interdependent housing. It provides an introduction to the unique housing-planning process for people with disabilities including:
  • Making housing goals using the person-centered planning process and Self-Determination principles
  • Creating a housing budget, including private and public funding sources
  • Deciding the appropriate level of direct care and other supports
  • Options for affordable housing through renting or buying
  • Finding a roommate to share housing costs and companionship
Please plan to attend one of the following dates:
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday, January 9, 2017 , 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
 
The presentations will be held at: Community Housing Network Inc.,  570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI. (map)
 
The cost is $30/person, including handouts. Please register 72 hours before each presentation.
 
Please note: Seating is limited. Please pre-register before the deadline to hold your space. Your registration and payment will be confirmed through email. We reserve the right to cancel the presentation if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation.
Interested in having a GMOA presentation in your area?
 
Please contact: Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or  LBrown@chninc.net to explore scheduling either an agency-sponsored presentation or a group-hosted presentation with individually paid registration. A minimum level of participation is required.
Housing vacancies for individuals with disabilities 
 
Macomb County
CHN has some single vacancies in scattered-site, residential homes in Macomb County for one single adult with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines.
 
If you are interested in more information, please contact Sharon Wightman at 248-269-1321 or swightman@chninc.net.
 
Wayne County
CHN has a vacancy in Westland for a single adult to share a home with 2 other people already in the home. This is for a low-income individual who meets program guidelines. Application is required.
 
CHN has a 3-bedroom home in Westland for a qualifying low-income family. Annual income can be approximately $36,000 for family of three. Rent is $930 per month plus utilities. Application is required.

If you are interested in more information, please contact April Smith at 248-269-1327 or asmith@chninc.net.
Specialized gyms for individuals with disabilities

Team Guts:  Fitness programs specifically designed for the special needs community, including personal training, strength training, yoga, dance, ballet, Zumba
Location: 1008 Orchard Street, Ferndale, MI
For more information  or 248-415-5535 

Inclusively Fit:  A 5,000 square foot, fully staffed and equipped fitness facility designed for the special needs community, including those with autism. Offering one-on-one personal trainers, adaptive fitness programs, weight machines, cardio equipment, basketball and much more! A unique, welcoming, one-of-a-kind gym where people with special needs can enjoy a variety of physical activities leading to a healthier lifestyle. Open to all ages of children and adults.
Location:   7980 Commerce Drive, Sterling Heights, Michigan

For more information, visit this link or c ontact:  Mark Ralko at 586-850-5004 or  info@inclusivelyfit.com
  With support from:
OCCMHA

Community Housing Network | 248-928-0111 |  Lbrown@chninc.net | http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084