88 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, almost everyone is affected by autism in some way. Microsoft and InSilico have partnered for a month-long series of speakers, workshops and events to help those affected by autism.
All throughout April, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, these two companies have teamed up with some of the top organizations and leaders within the special needs community to cover topics such as Autism 101, community resources, assistive technology and more. The public is invited to attend these free events at the Microsoft store inside the Somerset Collection (2800 West Big Beaver Road) in Troy. The schedule is:
April 5 & 6 at 9 am: Autism 101 and Kickoff Brunch – Presented by Easter Seals
April 12 at 9 am: Educational Development – The staff from Autism Compass helps you walk through the process of developing an individualized education plan.
April 14 at 6 pm: Community Resources – The presentation will focus on resources for children with autism including communication devices and many mobile applications that are currently available.
April 21 at 6 pm: Henry Ford Autism – This presentation aims to help educate families and individuals about the resources that the Henry Ford Health System offers.
May 4 at 3:30 pm: Family Appreciation Night – To cap off Autism Awareness Month, this evening focuses on networking and community building and will be held at the Weinberg Village inside the Friendship Circle (6892 W. Maple Road) in West Bloomfield (please note the locale change from previous events in the series).
InSilico, a health and tech start up company that focuses on bringing software to better diagnose and treat autism, was started by Calvin Gee in 2011. Gee, 23, a West Bloomfield native and University of Michigan bioinformatics grad, became interested in Autism activism through technology while attending Walled Lake Central High School. In addition to launching InSilico, Gee works full-time as Executive Director of Digital Operations and on-air personality with the Mojo in the Morning Show on Clear Channel’s 95.5 WKQI FM in Detroit.
The events are free, but participants are asked to register in advance to save a space.
Register: http://madeinsilico.com/event/. People can also text “AUTISM” to 95500 for more information.