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Getting My Own Address e-Newsletter
May 2015

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Birmingham YMCA Spring 2015 Special Needs Programs


Offered May 4 - June 21


Adaptive Sports and Fitness Sampler

  • Cardio-Strength Workout
  • Adaptive Personal Fitness
  • Adaptive Swim Lessons (semi-private and private)
  • Social Club
  • Teen/Young Adult Camp


Contact Heather DeVos at 248-633-8814 or hdevos@ymcadetroit.org with questions or to register



FAR's Fantastic Friday Night Parties

Monthly themed events include games, crafts, dancing, food and more.


June 19: Prom

6:30-9 p.m.

Age 13 years and older


Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If you would like to receive email invitations preceding each party, contact Sara Renke by email at srenke@FAR-therapy.org.

The cost is $10 and can be paid at the door.


Location: Knox Auditorium

First Presbyterian Church

1669 W. Maple Road Birmingham, MI 48009




OUCARES will offer a New Life Skills Camp for Adults in Center Line! This new adult camp is for adults ages 18 and up with Autism & other developmental disabilities.

Each session runs 9am-3pm for 2 weeks


Session 1- June 22-July 2

Session 2- July 13-24

Location: Rising Stars Academy

23588 Lawrence St, Center Line Michigan 48015


Adult campers will learn practical living skills (teamwork, grocery shopping, cooking, gardening), interpersonal skills (building self-esteem, problem-solving, calming strategies), and personal management skills (hygiene, money management, time management, safety).


For more information and to register,click here then click on camps




Autism Society Oakland County Annual Meeting and Family Fun Day. Will be held in July at Waterford Oaks on a date to be determined. For additional information check out the website


For additional summer programs consider contacting:


Your local Park and Recreation programs. Many local programs allow non-residents to access their programming for an additional fee. (such as RARA in Rochester, Sterling Heights)

  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation
  • Jewish Community Center's Inclusion Program
  • Local newspaper's Community Events calendar
  • Autism ASK
  • YMCAs
  • Local Health Clubs 





This is our last newsletter until fall, so we want to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!


Michigan Merger Creates New Department of Health and Human Services


On April 10, 2015, the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH) merged with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to form the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Under Director Nick Lyon's leadership, the new department's goal is to "better serve our residents as people, rather than focusing on our programs". Lynda Zeller will continue as the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA). BHDDA has lead responsibility for four areas - Bureau of State Hospitals and Behavioral Health Administrative Service, Bureau of Community Based Services, Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities Council. 

Source: DHHS Spring 2015 issue of The Transformational News: Michigan's Transition to a Recovery Oriented System of Care for Behavioral Health 

Ticket to Work information from Social Security:

Achieve Your Work Goals Step by Step with Ticket to Work Tutorials 


Whether you are thinking about working, ready to find a service provider to help you find a job or are already working, Ticket to Work Tutorials are available to help you find resources that can support you on your path to work. Ticket to Work Tutorials found here are online, step-by-step training. These trainings show you where to go, who to talk to and what to think about as you work to reach your job goals www.ssa.gov


Resource: Free Video Medical Support Series

Autism Research Institute and the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development have teamed up to offer a series of brief videos with supporting visual materials to help caregivers prepare individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for medical visits and make the visit successful. Click here to watch an example. 

While medical visits can be stressful for anyone, people with autism and other developmental disabilities often face sensory and communication challenges that can make it difficult to go to the doctor, participate in procedures like physical exams and blood draws, or explain how they are feeling. 
These videos and visual tips also help caregivers and medical professionals reduce their stress. While the videos show a child, many of the ideas can be used with adults substituting items that are comforting to them.

GMOA Support Group Meeting


Tuesday, June, 16th 


6-8 p.m.

Community Housing Network

570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231

Troy, MI 48084



On Tuesday, June 16th we will have Open Topic Night to discuss the ABLE Act, current issues with supports, and any other questions the group would like to discuss.


July and August

The GMOA Support Group will not meet during these summer months because families are busy with other activities. Have a terrific summer! 


Getting My Own Address Overview Presentation          

The updated GMOA overview presentation is currently available and we are beginning to schedule dates for this fall. The cost is $550 (plus mileage if greater than 25 miles from CHN's Troy office), which includes hand-outs for 50 participants. It is a 2-hour overview presentation explaining the long-term housing planning process including person-centered planning and self-determination as related to housing, budgets, supports, housing options and choices.  
Please contact Linda Ronan Brown at Lbrown@chninc.net or 248-269-1346 to schedule a presentation or for other information on the GMOA program.

Coming Soon! The Getting My Own Address Guide in electronic format. Soon you will be able to purchase the GMOA guide on a flash drive. CHN has been working on converting the GMOA guide to various electronic formats including .epub for iPads and .mobi for Kindles. Watch our website for their availability



For details about the GMOA program, the GMOA guide, and presentations, visit this link.  



Housing vacancies for Individuals with Disabilities





Oakland County


CHN has single vacancies in four scattered-site, residential homes in Oakland County for single adult individuals with a qualifying disability who meet HUD income guidelines. 


Macomb County


CHN also has single vacancies in two scattered-site, residential homes in Macomb County for single adult individuals with a qualifying disability who meet HUD income guidelines. 

If you are interested in more information, please contact Karla Chambers at 248-269-1321 or  kchambers@chninc.net 



 Archived GMOA E-Newsletters  



If you are a new recipient of the GMOA e-newsletter you can find archived GMOA e-newsletters here. 




Section 8 Alert List


Need a Section 8 voucher? Our staff is constantly monitoring and working with the public housing commissions that serve Southeast Michigan to know when a Section 8 waiting list will be open to take new names. We will alert you via email regarding public housing commission Section 8 waiting list openings and how to apply. Sign up for the alert list here

With support from:

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