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OU sophomore Grant Harrison pens childrens books detailing his experiences with autism

OU sophomore Grant Harrison pens children’s books detailing his experiences with autism

Payton Bucki, Content Editor September 27, 2023

Grant Harrison wanted to do something special for Autism Awareness Month. So, the Oakland University sophomore decided to write a children’s book depicting his personal experiences as a child growing...

‘The Proud Family’ tackles autism

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 8, 2023

The second season of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” dropped on Disney+ on Feb. 1. This reboot of the hit 2000s show “The Proud Family” has continued to garner a mass audience. The show...

Austin completing his schoolwork.

Pandemic learning: reflection from a mother with a son on the Autism Spectrum

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2022

Roberta J. Okuszka, 53, remembers the first day of virtual learning vividly. Waking up at 7:30 a.m., making her son breakfast and helping him to get ready to reconnect with the outside world via Zoom....

OU Center for Autism is hosting Maureen Ziegler for Autism Acceptance Month.

OU Center for Autism to host Maureen Ziegler for Autism Acceptance Month

Grace Lovins, Senior Reporter April 6, 2022

Maureen Ziegler, Ed.S., advocate and expert on autism in educational settings, is headed back to OU on April 11 to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with a presentation on how to best support individuals...

Students with autism have additional challenges to navigate in college. Senior Reporter DJuanna Lester shares her experience.

Navigating college and autism

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter September 1, 2021

As someone who was diagnosed with autism halfway through high school, my lack of knowledge  — as well as many of my fears —  have transferred to college. When I was diagnosed, there were a lot of...

Neurodiversity representation needs to be amplified within the media

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter July 28, 2021

Diversity is very important to me, as someone who hasn’t always seen themselves in the entertainment industry. Everyone deserves to watch a movie or a show and see themselves, not just as a token diversity...

OU’s North Star Reach Volunteers branch is one of only three in the Great Lakes area.

North Star Reach Volunteers raise autism awareness

Jessica Orlando, Reporter February 17, 2021

Oakland University’s North Star Reach Volunteers hosted a brief online meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9 which featured Marissa Gawel, a recruiter for University of Pediatricians.  The North Star Reach Volunteers...

OUCARES puts on free ‘Comorbidity & Autism’ webinar

Autumn Page, Marketing Director February 10, 2021

The Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) is hosting a free webinar for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), parents and caregivers, professionals and anyone...

The second floor of the Meadows Learning Center on Auburn Road is home to OUCARES training program. 

OUCARES gives Pre-Employment Skills Training to adults with ASD

Paige Brockway, Editor-in-Chief June 30, 2016

Andy Patronik, an OUCARES student. 

OUCARES gives new perspective

Katlynn Emaus January 24, 2016

I cannot remember a time I wasn’t swimming. There is a running joke that I learned to swim before I learned to walk. So when a teammate asked me if I was interested in volunteering for OUCARES—a program...

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