2011 Dove Award Recipients

Posted on 2, Mar | Posted by AMurowany

Congratulations to our 2011 Dove Award recipients!

Michael Vincent, Director of Training, Macomb Oakland Regional Center, Inc.

Leslie Hunt, Instructional Aide, Kingsley Montgomery School, Waterford School District

Lena Griffin, Home of Your Own Supervisor, Ridgeside Program for JARC

Elizabeth Kelly, Director of Marketing and Executive Producer, A Wider World— PBS TV Show

David Reed, Michigan Performing Arts Talent Show Photographer

Kimberly Hoga, Senior Employment Coordinator, New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Micah Fialka-Feldman

Janet Stack-Miller, Director of Special Education, Holly Area School District

Sandra Ali, Reporter, WDIV/TV Channel 4

Jeff Guthrie

Anthony Naiman, Daily Support Professional

Arlene Lee, Office Supervisor, Macomb Oakland Regional Center, Inc.

Crumb Road Personal Residence— Walled Lake, Michigan Innovative Lifestyles, Inc.

PJ DeCuir

Rebecca Borst, Supports Coordinator, Macomb Oakland Regional Center, Inc.

Dorian Kirejczyk, Job Coach, JVS

Sophia Thornton, Home Manager, Childs Lake Group Home, Community Homes, Inc.

Christine Wall, Special Education Classroom Assistant, Donelson Hills Elementary School, Waterford School District

Lois Trimm, Teacher to the Outreach Ministry Program, Five Points Community Church

Pat Knebler, ASD Teacher, Van Hoosen Middle School, Rochester School District

Lisa Gestro, Teacher, Visions Unlimited

Holiday Market, Royal Oak, MI

Angels’ Place, Southfield, MI

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A Celebration of Michigan’s Freedom from Institutions

Posted on 1, Mar | Posted by AMurowany

Thursday, March 24, 2011
1:30 p.m.— 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
55 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Please save the Afternoon of March 24th to come to Lansing to join in and help us celebrate this accomplishment, FINALLY! Amidst uncertainty and challenges, we must take the time and the effort to recognize and memorialize this momentous achievement, and to thank those who made it possible and helped lead the way.

Click here to view the flyer.

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P.E.P. Center Benefit

Posted on 24, Feb | Posted by AMurowany

The Personal Enrichment Program (P.E.P.) Center is hosting a 1 Year Anniversary Benefit Open House to introduce them to the community and also serve to help support the many programs they offer to children and adults with special needs.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
at the P.EP. Center, 29721 Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152

A pasta dinner will be served and many prizes will be raffled off throught the day.

For more information, please visit the P.E.P. Center website at www.thepepcenter.com or call 734-855-4451.

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Oakland Schools Transition Trainings

Posted on 15, Feb | Posted by AMurowany

Join in an opportunity for students and families to hear from and connect with agencies and community partners important in transition planning. Learn valuable resources for moving into adult life. There are four opportunities to attend.

  • March 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Southfield Public Library
  • March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Education Center
  • March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Walled Lake Community Education Center
  • March 29, 6-8 p.m. at the Avondale High School Auditorium


Register through Oakland Schools at www.oakland.k12.mi.us. You will need to select “professional development” and then choose the date you would like to attend. Please contact Katherine Trammell with any questions at katherine.trammell@oakland.k12.mi.us.

Click here to view the 2011 Oakland Schools Transition Flyer.

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2011 Dove Award Nominations

Posted on 31, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

The 2011 Dove Award Nomination Form is now available on The Arc of Oakland County's website at http://thearcoakland.org/events-fundraising/dove-awards/. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, February 11, 2011.

Awards are presented in 13 categories together with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Over twelve hundred nomination forms are sent out to professionals, families, members and friends of The Arc of Oakland County. Each and every nomination that is sent back to The Arc is reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of individuals working in the fields of mental health and special education, together with a parent representative and a volunteer. Be assured that every nomination form is read, reviewed and discussed by the Selection Committee and then voted on. The selection process is lengthy and thorough.

Nominations may be forwarded by mail, fax (248-816-1906) or e-mail amurowany@thearcoakland.org to the office. Any support material should be mailed or dropped off at the office. If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or process, or if you need assistance, please call The Arc at 248-816-1900.

Don’t give up your opportunity to honor someone worthy of recognition!

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OCCMHA General Fund Dollars Survery

Posted on 28, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) is seeking your input on how to best use the shrinking pot of General Fund dollars to support persons in our community.  They are asking that you please take a moment to provide your input through their online survery. The results will be used to help set future OCCMHA goals and priorities.

To have your voice heard and to take the survery, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9JLQPW.

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Free Nutrition Seminar for Children with Special Needs

Posted on 25, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

The Rochester Parent Advisory Committee is sponsorsing a free seminar on Nutrition for children with special needs.

The training will focus on making connections between food and your mood and Gluten-free diets and will be presented by Registered Dietitians.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building
Harrison Room
501 W. University, Rochester 48307

Click here to view the flyer for more details.

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Oakland Schools Parent Learning Opportunity

Posted on 18, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

You are invited to attend a FREE Parent Learning Opportunity.

Session 1: All things high school
Are you interested in learning more about high school? This learning opportunity will explore the scope of high school and considerations for a student with an IEP. The components related to high school will include:

  • Graduation requirements
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum
  • Personal Curriculum
  • Career Focused Education


Learn the differences between accomodations, modifications, diploma, certificate of completion, and how they impact education paths.

Session 2: How to make IEP team meetings work!
When planning for children with special needs, it is important that the IEP team meetings go well. When they do, children are more likely to be successful. This workshop is designed to help the IEP team prevent conflict early-on and effectively manage it when it arises. Team members can use these skills to help evaluate their own interactions as well as offer ideas for improving teamfunctioning. The workshop will cover:

  •  Understanding conflict in teams
  • Conflict indicators
  • Preventative strategies to manage conflict
  • Meeting planning tips 
  • Facilitation tips and behaviors
  • Setting a meeting agenda
  • Post-meeting considerations


Select the session, date and location that’s right for you! Both sessions will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Sessions are simultaneous. Choose only one session per date.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast, 5055 Delemere Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48328

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest, 8211 Big Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI 48346

Here's how you register:

ONLINE: www.oakland.k12.mi.us, click on Register Online – locate class
EMAIL: emregistration@oakland.k12.mi.us
FAX: 248.209.2021
MAIL: Oakland Schools, Event Management, 2111 Pontiac Lk. Rd., Waterford, MI 48328-2736

Questions regarding workshop content?
Please contact Jacque Jimenez-Price at 248.209.2074 or email  jacque.jimenez@oakland.k12.mi.us

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The Arc on WJR

Posted on 3, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

News/Talk 760 WJR recently started a new feature entitled “Breaking The Cycle”. Hosted by WJR President and General Manager Mike Fezzey, this feature is designed to share and celebrate success stories of individuals and businesses in our region.

“We need to break the cycle of being our own worst enemy and thinking less of ourselves,” says Fezzey. “We need people to move to our communities with excitement and encouragement. It is our job to be their guide and show them how great the Great Lakes area truly is.”

Their current story is promoting The Arc of Oakland County and our services for individuals with diabilities in the area.

Click here to listen or visit Breaking The Cycle on the WJR website at http://www.wjr.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.wjr.com/sectional.asp?id=35521.

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"After We're Gone" Training Sessions

Posted on 3, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

After We’re Gone is a series of four trainings geared towards aging parents who have adult sons or daughters with developmental disabilities still living at home.  The trainings will provide the users with the information and tools they need to both plan for their own futures as well as assist their adult sons and daughters to plan for their lives. 

The trainings are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated. Call The Arc of Oakland County at 248-816-1900 with any questions. After We’re Gone/Planning Our Futures is supported by a grant (#2010055) from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Grant to The Arc Michigan.

Session #1
Thursday, January 20, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Worries and Hopes/Person-Centered Planning”
Presenter: Elizabeth Janks from the Developmental Disabilities Institute

The goals of this module are to meet parents and their adult sons and daughters where they are at in terms of planning for the future.  What are their worries? What are their hopes? How have other families addressed those worries and hopes? What are the possibilities for individuals to live in the community away from their parents with the appropriate supports? The second part of this module will provide information on the person-centered planning process and independent facilitation.

Session #2
Thursday, February 17, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Where Can We Find Support?”
Presenter: Deb Ziegler from the Michigan Department of Community Health 
Presenter: Representatives from the Area Agency on Aging Area 1B

The goal of this module is to provide an overview of the supports and services available for people with developmental disabilities from the community mental health system and complementary supports available from the Home Help program. An overview of services to individuals who are aging will also be provided.

Session #3
Thursday, March 10, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“What is Self-Determination?”
Presenters: Pat Carver or Angela Martin, and representatives from the Michigan Partners for Freedo

The goal of this module is to describe the philosophy of self-determination and how it can positively impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities. The session will also provide an overview of how arrangements that support self-determination work in terms of controlling resources from the community mental health system or the MI-Choice Waiver.

Session #4
Thursday, April 21 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Social Security Benefits and Estate Planning”
Presenter: Marty Alward, Michigan Department of Community Health
Presenter: Thomas F. Kendziorski, Esq., Executive Director, The Arc of Oakland County

The goals of this two-part module are to provide an overview of Social Security benefits [including: retirement, disability (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)], work incentives that individuals can use to work and maintain their cash benefits and how these benefits relate to Medicare and Medicaid. Further, there will be an overview of estate planning options for individuals with disabilities who need the government for their financial support or to pay for community-based supports and their families including options that make guardianship unnecessary.

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Online Fundraising Challenge!

Posted on 3, Jan | Posted by AMurowany

We are pleased and eager to announce that we have a new website that is now LIVE! It is user-friendly and full of important information regarding the disability community and our services.

In honor of our new website and our committed dedication to helping individuals in the community with disabilities, we are starting an ONLINE FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE!

Please check out our new website at www.thearcoakland.org and DONATE NOW on our homepage through our secure PayPal site.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, but we need your help! You donation will help The Arc of Oakland County continue to provide services to individuals in the community with special needs.

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Special Education IEP "101" Training

Posted on 14, Dec | Posted by AMurowany

Join The Arc of Oakland County to learn more about the IEP process and procedures. The Arc’s staff attorneys, Tom Kendziorski and Katie Winkler, will be presenting informative material and insight that you don’t want to miss!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

At the Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Room #305

What you can expect to take away from this speech:

  • Brief history lesson on special education law
  • The specifics of the new state-wide I.E.P. form
  • Helpful hints before attending an I.E. P. team meeting
  • The fundamentals of dispute resolution (e.g., mediation/hearings)
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
  • Independent educational evaluations (I.E.E.)


There is no fee to attend this speech. If you have any questions, please contact The Arc office at 248-816-1900.

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Michigan is Institution Free

Posted on 6, Dec | Posted by AMurowany

As of December 1, 2010, Michigan is Institution Free for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and has No One Living in a Public or Private ICF/MR.

Michigan is the largest state (population over 10,000,000) to have accomplished either task! And one of only two states to have accomplished both! While we recognize that we have much yet to do, a moment to celebrate and give thanks to all who contributed to this achievement is in order.

Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of this monumental accomplishment!

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Gorman's Raises Money for The Arc

Posted on 8, Nov | Posted by AMurowany

Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design will once again raise money for The Arc of Oakland County through its Stressless® Recliners by Ekornes® event.

During the community initiative, shoppers are invited to donate a minimum of $50 to The Arc of Oakland County when making a purchase of a Stressless® recliner for a $200 discount at any of Gorman’s four stores (Southfield, Troy, Novi and at Lakeside Mall in Macomb County.) The event will go from Friday, November 26, 2010 through Monday, January 17, 2011.

Stressless® recliners are the only chairs endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association and were developed to provide the entire body with the ultimate in comfort and support while sitting upright or reclined. Recliners are available in four types of leather and fabric coverings—across a wide color spectrum.

Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design has supported nonprofit organizations and the community for the past 25 years.

For more information, please visit Gorman’s website at www.gormans.com.

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2011 Dove Awards

Posted on 5, Nov | Posted by AMurowany

The 2011 Dove Awards presentation will be FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011 at the San Marino Club in Troy, MI.

The Dove Awards Nomination Forms will be sent out in early January and need to be returned to The Arc office by Friday, February 11, 2011 in order to be considered.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call The Arc office at 248-816-1900.

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