OUCARES Pre Employment Skills Training

OUCARES Pre Employment Skills Training 10 weeks of pre-employment skills training with strong focus on:"Soft" interpersonal skills, Understanding employment, and Independent living skills.
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Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs. OUCARES, housed in the School of Education and Human Services, encourages the exchange of ideas relating to the education and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and provides services and support needed to improve daily living for people with Autism. The goal of OUCARES is to promote understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through educational and support services and to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD. We serve educators, caregivers and professionals who serve people with ASD. Likewise, we serve the community by providing information, awareness and inclusion opportunities. Finally, we serve all individuals impacted by ASD including the individual with ASD, parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family members.

Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs. OUCARES, housed in the School of Education and Human Services, encourages the exchange of ideas relating to the education and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and provides services and support needed to improve daily living for people with Autism. The goal of OUCARES is to promote understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through educational and support services and to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD. We serve educators, caregivers and professionals who serve people with ASD. Likewise, we serve the community by providing information, awareness and inclusion opportunities. Finally, we serve all individuals impacted by ASD including the individual with ASD, parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family members.

Mission: The goal of OUCARES is to promote understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through educational and support services and to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD. OUCARES Director Kristin Rohrbeck said the training is specifically designed to help adults with ASD overcome difficulties they often face in securing competitive, meaningful employment opportunities.

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We love work themed national days here at the Pre-Employment Skills Training. Happy National Fun At Work Day!
01/28/2021

We love work themed national days here at the Pre-Employment Skills Training. Happy National Fun At Work Day!

Today, do something out of character at work. Let your hair down, like Bernie, and make your co-workers laugh, snort, or even giggle. Plus, it is #FunAtWorkDay, and life is way too serious most days, anyway. So make it happen.
http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-fun-at-work-day-january-28/

Happy Get to Know Your Customers Day!
01/21/2021

Happy Get to Know Your Customers Day!

01/01/2021

I don't mind coming in to work. It's the eight-hour wait to go home that gets to me.

12/25/2020

When an employment application asks for an emergency contact I always write, "A very good doctor."

12/18/2020

I used to want to be a historian. Then I realized there was no future in it.

12/11/2020

Why is a doctor always calm? Because she has a lot of patients.

Happy National Salesperson Day! Celebrating and honoring the professionals who have been working hard all year long to m...
12/11/2020

Happy National Salesperson Day! Celebrating and honoring the professionals who have been working hard all year long to make sure their customers are staying safe while shopping and helping them find the products they need.
National Day Calendar

12/04/2020

My job is pretty secure. No one else wants it.

11/27/2020

I was a terrible psychic. I got fired and I never even saw it coming.

11/20/2020

Why did the taxi driver get fired for working so hard? Passengers didn't like it when she went the extra mile.

11/13/2020

I just heard the company's going to fire the employee with the worst posture. I have a hunch that might be me.

11/06/2020

Why did the electrician close business once a week?

Because business was light.

Interested in learning more social and soft skills in a fun environment? Try an OUCARES weekly program! Registration now...
11/02/2020

Interested in learning more social and soft skills in a fun environment? Try an OUCARES weekly program! Registration now open with scholarships available for ALL winter 2021 programs. Sign up today at oakland.edu/oucaresstore

OUCARES' Winter program registration is now open! Scholarships available for ALL programs. Sign up today at oakland.edu/oucaresstore

10/30/2020

Who runs the Keebler elves' answering service?

A tree-ceptionist.

Our twelfth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to not take your phone or computer with you to the bathroom. If you ne...
10/26/2020

Our twelfth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to not take your phone or computer with you to the bathroom. If you need to take a break, ask if you can take a break and mute your mic and screen.

10/23/2020

When an employment application asks for an emergency contact I always write, "A very good doctor."

Our eleventh virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to look at the Camera. This is just like making eye contact when you’...
10/21/2020

Our eleventh virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to look at the Camera. This is just like making eye contact when you’re speaking to someone in-person! This allows the speaker to know that you are staying engaged and following along.

Our tenth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to stay seated and pay attention. Avoid moving around, trying to multita...
10/19/2020

Our tenth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to stay seated and pay attention. Avoid moving around, trying to multitask, and having distractions around you; this will help you pay attention. Paying attention at home during these virtual meetings can be a challenge, wearing headphones and being seated in a comfortable chair/position can help you stay focused!

10/16/2020

I used to want to be a historian.

Then I realized there was no future in it.

Our ninth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is not to eat during the meetings. No food is allowed during the meeting, u...
10/14/2020

Our ninth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is not to eat during the meetings. No food is allowed during the meeting, unless specified (a virtual work celebration). Eating can be a distraction and can look unprofessional and disrespectful. If you are worried about getting hungry during the meeting, have a light snack beforehand. Your meal can wait until after your meeting.

Our eighth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to speak up. When you are speaking you want to come across as confident...
10/12/2020

Our eighth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to speak up. When you are speaking you want to come across as confident. Speak up, but don’t shout. You want to ensure everyone can you, but also make sure that you’re not causing everyone to turn down their computer volume.

10/09/2020

My job is pretty secure.

No one else wants it.

Our seventh virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be prepared for technical difficulties and be patient. Test the tec...
10/07/2020

Our seventh virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be prepared for technical difficulties and be patient. Test the technology out beforehand and try arriving to the meeting about 10 minutes early to avoid and/or problem solve any issues that might arise.

Our sixth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be aware of things that can not only distract you, but also distract ...
10/05/2020

Our sixth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be aware of things that can not only distract you, but also distract your coworkers. Limit meeting distractions by turning off or silence your phone (if you aren’t using it to call in) and remember to turn off all music and TVs. You do not want to look distracted during a virtual meeting.

10/02/2020

Why did the taxi driver get fired for working so hard?

Passengers didn't like it when she went the extra mile.

Our fifth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be careful not to interrupt others when they’re speaking. There's not...
09/30/2020

Our fifth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be careful not to interrupt others when they’re speaking. There's nothing worse than interrupting someone during an in-person meeting. So it’s extremely important we avoid doing it during our virtual meetings.

The ability to make decisions in both your personal and professional life is essential. Making quick but thoughtful deci...
09/29/2020
How to make faster decisions

The ability to make decisions in both your personal and professional life is essential. Making quick but thoughtful decisions is a top skill employers look for! This video explains how to do just that!
https://www.ted.com/talks/patrick_mcginnis_how_to_make_faster_decisions?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

In a world of endless reviews and options, it's easy to become paralyzed by indecision. Investor and writer Patrick McGinnis shares the dangers of "FOBO" -- the fear of better options -- and how to overcome it.

Our fourth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to mute your microphone when you’re not speaking! Background noise is i...
09/28/2020

Our fourth virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to mute your microphone when you’re not speaking! Background noise is impossible to avoid when we are working from home. However, it can be very distracting to those not only trying to listen, but those presenting. When it’s your turn to speak, you can simply unmute your microphone and then mute it again once done!

09/25/2020

You know what a clean desk is a sign of?

A cluttered desk drawer.

Our third virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be aware of your surroundings. Pick a space in your house that is pro...
09/23/2020

Our third virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to be aware of your surroundings. Pick a space in your house that is professional. Select a space that doesn’t have too many personal photos or items displayed. Not only can it be a distraction, it can also give out personal information you didn’t want to share with your co-workers. Also, keep in mind that the space around you should be clean. You don’t want to have dirty dishes or an unmade bed behind you on screen. You want to show that you are just as responsible and organized at home as you are at work!

Giving and receiving feedback at work can be very difficult. This video explains why it's essential and gives us great t...
09/22/2020
The secret to giving great feedback

Giving and receiving feedback at work can be very difficult. This video explains why it's essential and gives us great tips on how to improve these skills!

Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we're still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renninger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.

Our second virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to give the meetings your full attention. Choose a space in the house t...
09/21/2020

Our second virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to give the meetings your full attention. Choose a space in the house that isn’t going to distract you. Also, avoid multitasking during your meeting, this is not a time to try to get other things done. Remember you are at home working, not at home hanging out. Your personal tasks can get done after you are off the clock!

09/18/2020

I just heard the company's going to fire the employee with the worst posture.

I have a hunch that might be me.

With more and more jobs being relocated to individuals' homes, being able to act and appear professional on a virtual me...
09/16/2020

With more and more jobs being relocated to individuals' homes, being able to act and appear professional on a virtual meeting call is essential! Our first virtual work meeting etiquette tip is to Dress Appropriately! Dress as if you were going into work. You wouldn't wear pajamas or hoodies and sweatpants normally to a work meeting, so you should dress appropriately and professionally for a virtual meeting, even if it is at home!

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In 2004, Oakland University expanded its autism expertise by establishing an autism center focused on serving the daily needs of families impacted by autism with the primary goal of improving quality of life. Funded solely through donations, Oakland University has offered extensive programming to individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over the past 10 years, we have served more than 1200 families through different recreational programs, camps, and events.

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