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Taking place in Scottville next month on Saturday, May 6 is
Evaluation & Eligibility hosted by the Michigan Alliance for families. See the event poster below for more details.
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Join us in Scottville on May 6 for a workshop on Special Education Evaluation and Eligibility. This workshop will explain how to request an evaluation and the evaluation process for determining eligibility for Special Education supports and services in Michigan. See all events at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events

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In observance of Autism Awareness Month in April we want to share the following information from The Autism Society:
-About 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder (CDC, 2014)
-Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births (CDC, 2014)
-More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder (Buescher et al, 2014)
Safety Awareness Tips:
1. Get to know your neighbors and those who make up your community (fire, police, grocers, etc); be a resource so the understand ASD and your child in particular,
2. Fill out a Personal ID record (such as the one offered by the Autism Society) and make various copies to keep in key locations. Flag you address in 911 system.
3. Anticipate issues that could arise and contemplate solutions. When you need assistance, reach out to others in the autism community for ideas.
4. Ensure the individual with ASD has an effective method of communication.
5. Practice providing personal information-name, address, phone number-in an understandable manner in various situations.
6. Have concrete, detailed, and frequent conversations with your child about the rules (e.g. talking to strangers, staying in the yard or with caregivers, etc.)
7. Talk with others about your concerns and rules. Establish a phone tree and action plan that can be engaged if the wost happens.
8. Listen, watch and learn. Try to understand why your child does things, anticipate potential issues, and develop good solutions.
9. Address issues such as bullying at school-ensure policies are in place and increase awareness of autism in the entire student population.
10. Stress water safety-it can mean the difference between life and death. Enroll your child in swimming lessons if he/she does not know how to swim.
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Inaugural Denise Potuznik Meier Award

The Arc Muskegon is excited to announce the recipients of the first annual Denise Potuznik Meier Award. Click here to see the announcement.

Denise Potuznik Meier Award

Denise Potuznik Meier Award Recipient

art by Townsend

Art for The ARC

Greeting cards featuring the artwork of Dr. Patricia Townsend Ed.D. are available for sale. All proceeds benefit The Arc!