The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) is the premier resource for providing services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in southeast Michigan.
MORC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its next Navigating the System, "Sensory Processing Treatment for Individuals with Challenging Behaviors," on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to Noon at its Auburn Hills office.
This seminar will provide information about how three primary sensations (touch, proprioception,and vestibular) can be used to calm and organize the nervous system leading to improved behavior and increased skill development. Examples of "sensory diets" will be provided and discussed. Participants will leave with practical tips and tools for how to incorporate sensory techniques to improve challenging behaviors.
The speaker will be Marty Zonca Farrand. an Occupational Therapist that specializes in the use of sensory processing activities for the treatment of challenging behaviors. She works for Genesee Community Mental Health Services serving developmentally disabled, traumatized and mentally ill children and adults. She is also a consultant for Livingston County Community Mental Health and a member of the Michigan Department of Community Health’s virtual consulting team for clients with severe challenging behaviors.
Registration is requested but not required. To register, call 248-276-8145 and leave your name and the number of people attending. Light refreshments will be served.
Joey Travolta, actor, director, entertainer and brother of John Travolta, will host The Futures Foundation’s 16th Annual Gala fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 26, in Troy.
The Futures Foundation generates resources and awards grants to help fulfill the needs and dreams of individuals with developmental disabilities served by the Macomb Oakland Regional Center. MORC has offices in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties.
Travolta founded Inclusion Films, which involve individuals with special needs in the process of making films. He has also formed an alliance with Oakland University’s OUCares film camp, heading the program and teaching filmmaking skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Sharing the stage with Travolta will be Carson Alexander, who will discuss “Unmasking Disability.” Also, Greenfield Collision will receive the first Heart of MORC award for generous philanthropy. Fox 2 Detroit's Roop Raj will serve as celebrity MC.
The event, at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver, Troy, is an evening including cocktails and a strolling show of artworks by talented artists served by MORC. Beginning at 6 p.m., dinner, dancing, entertainment and afterglow will follow. Tickets are $100 per person.
Check out this story in the Oakland Press featuring MORC Artists and our unique collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts.