• Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    Our discussion will focus on reading facial expressions. This was requested by our Brighton group and I promise we are going to repeat the session in Brighton soon! We will discuss the emotions expressed through facial expressions, how to tell the difference between a fake and genuine smile, and specifics about what to look for in the eyebrows, eyes, and mouth. We will look at visual examples on the internet.

    8
  • Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    Will Purves from Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will join us this week to discuss the design of their sensory friendly room. We will be using this room for future meetups, so it's a great opportunity to come & tell Will what we are looking for in a sensory friendly room. The room will be designed for the community served by AACIL, and as part of that community, our voices and ideas are an important contribution to the project. See you Thursday!

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Join us for an evening at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. There will be a lot in bloom at this time of the year. If you have not visited the botanical gardens, you are missing out. It's beautiful all year round and free to visit. Parking is $1.70 an hour. Maps and visitor guide available at the botanical gardens website: https://mbgna.umich.edu/. From the Botanical Garden website: "Our Mission: Promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research and interaction with the natural world. Our Vision: We will be the center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities. We will provide exceptionally beautiful gardens and natural areas for enjoyment. We will train a new generation of environmental leaders in sustainability, conservation and ecological restoration and engage research that deepens our understanding of plants, ecology, and the role of nature in our lives."

    13
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Join us for an afternoon at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. There will be a lot in bloom at this time of the year. If you have not visited the botanical gardens, you are missing out. It's beautiful all year round and free to visit. Parking is $1.70 an hour. Maps and visitor guide available at the botanical gardens website: https://mbgna.umich.edu/. From the Botanical Garden website: "Our Mission: Promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research and interaction with the natural world. Our Vision: We will be the center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities. We will provide exceptionally beautiful gardens and natural areas for enjoyment. We will train a new generation of environmental leaders in sustainability, conservation and ecological restoration and engage research that deepens our understanding of plants, ecology, and the role of nature in our lives."

    2
  • Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    We will be learning some tips and strategies for successful budgeting. Several of you have expressed challenges with budgeting your money, so here is a chance to learn from other meetup members how they successfully budget. Bring a notebook so you can make notes and start brainstorming for your own budget!

    2
  • Brighton Autistic Adults Meetup

    2|42 Community Church

    We are starting a Brighton chapter of our Autistic Adults meetup, led by and for autistic adults anywhere on the spectrum. At our first Brighton meetup, we will discuss the vision of the group and what the members hope to get out of participating. Light refreshments will be provided. Katie will facilitate the conversation and your level of participation is up to you. No one is required to speak if they don't want to. We will start with brief introductions. After introductions, Katie will introduce the discussion topic. We will do a 15-20 minute silent meeting where we will all have an opportunity to write down our ideas and thoughts we would like to share. After the silent meeting, we will open up to verbal discussion. Our meetups are open to all adults on the autism spectrum regardless of support needs. Nonverbal adults are welcome. If you need to bring a friend or family member to help you through the meetup, they are welcome to join you. If you have specific needs that you would like to discuss ahead of the meetup, you can contact me through the meetup site, by email at [masked], or by text at[masked]

    6
  • Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

  • Autism Alliance Info Session with Tammy Morris

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    Tammy Morris, Chief Program Officer at AAOM, will join us Monday for a conversation about the support for adults on the spectrum across Michigan, as well as Upbound at Work, an employment program connecting talented individuals with companies. Tammy is looking forward to sharing information and also gathering feedback from the group to help further design programs and advocacy efforts.

    7
  • Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    Our topic will be workplace accommodations. What do we need at work to be able to thrive and be productive? Some of us may need frequent, short breaks. Others may need a quiet place to do their work, free of interaction with people. Easy accommodations like low lighting and fragrance free work space may make a world of difference. Our meetup will start with brief introductions, followed by a 15-20 minute silent meeting, and we will end with verbal discussion. During the silent meeting portion, each individual can think about what they want to share with the group, write their ideas down on sticky notes, and stick them up on the white board for the group to read. This will lead us into the verbal discussion. Our meetups are inclusive of the full autism spectrum. You do not have to speak to participate. Your presence is your participation. If you need to bring a neurotypical friend of family member to support you in our meetup, please feel free to bring that person as your guest.

  • Social and Support Meeting

    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

    This is part two of a discussion about relationships. Many of us expressed challenges with making and keeping friends and pursuing romantic relationships, so it's about time we have a couple meetup sessions dedicated to the topic. This meetup will provide an opportunity for us to share our challenges and help each other by sharing our success stories.

    4