April is Autism Awareness Month. Milestones connects parents and professionals in Northeast Ohio with information and strategies to help those with autism reach their potential. 


Connecting with family and friends is part of this equation. For fun, connect at Milestones' Bowling for Autism: Strike it Big 2015. For community, visit Milestones' Facebook page to share your own autism milestones about yourself, your child, your family or your student. This month, let's celebate all of our autism milestones. 

 

Ilana & Mia
Our annual conference is the perfect way to increase your autism awareness! Learn from our keynote speakers Dr. Barry Prizant and advocate Sondra Williams, and choose from over 80 different workshops covering a variety of topics.


Register by April 30 to receive the Early Bird Discount.
Group Rates are also available.
Register today!
Maximize visibility and participation in our conference and to the community at large!

Benefits include: 
An opportunity to showcase products and services to an engaged audience
A great way to access potential clients
Exhibitor Walks - designated exhibitor-only time


Special Thanks To Our 
LEAD SPONSOR


Questions? Contact Maya Holtz Groys at 216-464-7600 ext. 107 

Join in on the fun and help support local families impacted by autism!

Theres not a moment to SPARE!
 
Teams of 6 bowlers raise $200 to participate. 
This includes one game of bowling, 
shoe rental,  pizza, soda and dessert. 

Or donate to a friend's team! 

Date:  Sunday, April 26
Time:  11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Two Convenient Locations:
Freeway Lanes of Solon &
Buckeye Lanes of North Olmsted

Questions?
Contact Becca at 216.464.7600 ext.104 or becca@milestones.org
Try a
Milestones Mocha Milkshake
from Yours Truly Restaurants

Throughout the month of April, Milestones will be partnering with Yours Truly to raise awareness about autism. Yours Truly will share information about autism and how Milestones serves the autism community on every table. Additionally, there will be more in-depth information at each restaurant for those who are, or know someone who might be, interested in accessing Milestones services. 

A portion of the proceeds from each Milestones Mocha Milkshake will benefit Milestones!
 
12th Annual Autism Seminar  Series
Practical Intervention Strategies 


Social/Communication Issues
Presented by
Lisa R. Audet, PhD, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UH Westlake Medical Center
      960 Clague Road, Suite 1600
      Westlake, OH 44145


 Reduced rates available



RSVP or questions:  kathleen.maxwell@uhhospitals.org

Presented by University Hospitals. 
Co-sponsored by Milestones Autism Resources.
2015 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo:
Preparing for Life After High School



 Saturday, April 18, 2015
 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Regina Hall, Notre Dame College
Admission is FREE!

Visit with more than 80 exhibitors and gather 
valuable information at 16 breakout sessions

 


For questions contact Ed Flagel: edward.flegel@esc-cc.org
Co-sponsored by Milestones Autism Resources
Anti-Bullying Summit
presented by Siegel, Agins and Gilman LLC

This full-day program is designed to teach people about their legal rights and remedies, and how to use the legal system to avoid liability or to threaten liability.
Open to parents and professionals.

 Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W. 12th Street, Columbus, OH
 

Contact Amy Resch at (216) 291-4332 or aresch@idealaw.org
 Funding Alternatives for Children 
with Special Needs 



Attorney Frank Hickman will speak about funding alternatives developed for children with special needs in the greater Cleveland area. This will be a great opportunity to get your questions about waivers, social security, Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps and other funding sources answered.

We hope to see you at this FREE event!

Date: Tuesday, May 5th
 Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Dinner provided!)
 Location: Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Hts. 

Register today at register@milestones.org
Pediatric Innovation Summit

 

 

When: June 11-13, 2015

Where: Global Center for Health Innovation (Cleveland Convention Center)

 

The Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Innovation Summit is an evidence-based review of topics in pediatric care including new data, screening tools, and treatments.  

 

This conference is primarily targeted to health care professionals but families and caregivers will find the Saturday afternoon symposium on autism and ADHD informative and provide them an opportunity to clarify management and treatments for patient care. 

 

For more information, visit the Cleveland Clinic's website.


Share Your Experiences 
and  Help Others

 

Dr.'s Lisa Meeks (The University of California) and Tracy Masterson (John Carroll University) are co-authoring a book on Safety titled: A Guide to Staying Safe for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.


 

The book will be informed by the real experiences of individuals on the spectrum, in their own voice. As part of this project, the authors are looking to interview young adults on the spectrum (ages 16-22) and their parents about their experiences on the topics below:

  • Independent Living
  • Social Aspects of Adult Life (Drinking, Dating, Making Friends, Bullying)
  • Social Media and Online Safety
  • Relationships and their respective boundaries
  • Managing Stress/Depression

Interviews can be done in person, via Skype, in writing, or as part of a focus group.  All interviewees have complete control over their content and can choose whether or not to participate in the book after their interview. All interviewees can also choose to be identified in the book using their real first names (or an alias).  

 

As with the previous book, Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writingall proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to Milestones Autism Resources.

 

If you would like to be interviewed for the book or help inform the information in the book, please contact Lisa Meeks or Tracy Masterson for further information:

Lisa Meeks lisa.meeks@ucsf.edu     

Tracy Masterson tmasterson@jcu.edu

 

News of Note


Source: Healthcare Design Magazine


April 2015

April Events - Full Listing Here 

 

80+ SOCIAL/REC OPPORTUNITIES!


 

4/1 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton
4/1 Cooking Basics, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/2 Social Club - Adults, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/3 Social Club - Kids, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/3 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
4/4 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library
4/6 Social Club & Creative Crew - Teens, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/6 Special Olympics Track & Field, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Willoughby
4/6 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Mayfield Village
4/6 Dancercize with SOAR! Fairview Park
4/7 Special Needs Jump, Skymax Arena, North Canton
4/7 Yoga, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/7 Dance Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/7 Walking with SOAR! Rocky River
4/7 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
4/7 The Rhythmic Arts Project, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
4/8 4H Social Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
4/8 An Evening for Us at the Nature Center, Cleveland Metroparks, Willoughby Hills
4/8 Aerobics with SOAR! Parma
4/9 Walking with SOAR! Cleveland
4/10-12 Rotary Camp Respite Weekend, YMCA, Akron
4/10 House of Readers Book Club, Westlake Porter Library
4/10 Monthly Dance, Catholic Charities Disability Services, Cleveland
4/10 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Oakwood Village
4/11 Sensory Friendly Time at the Children's Museum, Cleveland
4/11 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
4/11 Fitness for Fun, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/11 Special Needs Learn to Swim Program, Orange Recreation, Pepper Pike
4/11 Hiking with a Purpose, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
4/11 Family Fun Day, Hope Community Church, Hudson
4/11 Young Life Capernaum Club, Hudson
4/11 Take a Break Respite, Grace Church, Middleburg Hts.
4/11 Seated Volleyball with SOAR! Fairview Park
4/12 Bowling Outing, Autism Personal Coach, Fairview
4/12 Family Fun Day, YMCA, Clinton
4/12 Escape into Play at Dave & Buster's, ASPIES, Westlake
4/12 Soccer League, All-Star Training Club, Akron
4/13 Walking Club with LEAP, Euclid
4/14 Exercise for Girls with Special Needs, Empower Sports, Chagrin Falls
4/14 Bocce Ball with LEAP, Wickliffe
4/16 Sensory Friendly Time at the Children's Museum, Cleveland
4/16 Line Dance Aerobics with LEAP, East Cleveland
4/16 Spring Social and Craft Night, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Painesville
4/17-19 Weekend Respite, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville
4/17-19 Weekend Retreat, Catholic Charities Disability Services, Cleveland
4/17 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Mayfield Hts.
4/17 ReCharge Respite Ministry, Strongsville United Methodist Church, Strongsville
4/18 Adapted Ballet/Tap Combo, Beyond Words Music & Dance, North Royalton
4/18 Adapted Jazz Dance, Beyond Words Music & Dance, North Royalton
4/18 Traditional Musical Theater, Beyond Words Music & Dance, North Royalton
4/18 Volunteer at Solon 5K Run Water Table, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
4/18 Sensory Storytime, Fairview Park Public Library
4/18 Sensory Storytime, Mayfield Public Library
4/18 "Underdogs" - Sensory Friendly Film, AMC Ridge Park Square Cinema 8, Brooklyn
4/18 Woodworking Class: Build a Corn Hole Game, Orange Recreation, Pepper Pike
4/18 Sensory Storytime, Northwest Akron Public Library
4/18 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Porter Library
4/18 Flour Power Bakers, Orange Recreation, Pepper Pike
4/18 Capernaum Prom, Greater Akron Young Life Capernaum, Wadsworth
4/18 Spring Scrapbooking, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Willowick
4/18 Ranch Day at Camp Y-Noah. YMCA, Clinton
4/18 Sensory Saturday, Parma Heights Public Library
4/19 Everyone Wins Baseball Team, Empower Sports, Cleveland
4/19 Rotary Camp Day Respite, YMCA, Akron
4/20 Horseback Riding at Free Spirit Farm, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Novelty
4/20 YogaReach, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
4/20 Accidental Art, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/21 YogaReach, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Mayfield Village
4/21 Pump it Up Sensory Jump, Pump it Up, Avon
4/22 4H Social Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
4/22 Fantastic Fishing, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Kirtland
4/22 Spring Outside Fun, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Mayfield Hts.
4/23 Carnival & Resource Fair, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
4/23 Spring Karaoke & Craft, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Painesville
4/23 Indoor Water Exercise, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Mayfield Village
4/24-26 Rotary Camp Respite Weekend, YMCA, Akron
4/24 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Porter Library
4/24 Breathe Respite, Church of the Savior, Cleveland Hts.
4/24 Fitness Clinic, Empower Sports, Geneva
4/24 Cleveland Gladiators Outing, Orange Recreation, Cleveland
4/24 Monthly Dance, Catholic Charities Disability Services, Euclid
4/25 Spring Adventure Day, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville
4/25 Respite Day for Children & Adults with Disabilities, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville
4/25 Sensory School Age Program, Orange Public Library
4/25 Young Life Capernaum Club, Hudson
4/25 Community Center Swim Party, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
4/25 Swim Party, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Solon
4/26 Family Fun Day, YMCA, Clinton
4/26 Spring Formal, Lake Metroparks Adaptive Programming, Wickliffe
4/27 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Porter Library
4/28 Bocce League, All-Star Training Club
5/1 Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League, Achievement Centers
5/1-3 Rotary Camp Adult Weekend Retreat, YMCA, Akron
5/1 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
5/1 S.A.F.E. Spring Fling Dance, Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, Independence
5/2 Take a Break Respite, Grace Church, Middleburg Hts.

Weekly Events -

Mondays- Special Needs Jump, Sky Zone, Westlake and Highland Heights

Saturdays- Continuing Adult Education Program, Catholic Charities, Cleveland

Weekly Events -


  

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

4/2 ASPIES Adults Meet & Greet - Pot Luck, Akron
4/4 YMCA West Side Autism Support Group, Avon
4/8 Parent Support Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
4/6 People with Epilepsy Support Group, Empowering Epilepsy, Beachwood
4/12 Asperger's Adult Group, Autism Personal Coach, Rocky River
4/13 Parent Exchange, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
4/13 Parents of Children with Epilepsy Support Group, Empowering Epilepsy, Beachwood
4/14 Moms' Meet, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike
4/14 EPIC Support Group for Parents, SST9, Canton
4/15 SWAN Autism Support Group, Kent
4/16 Serenity Support Group, Euclid Public Library, Cleveland
4/18 Oasis Parent Support Group and VIP Power Kids, Grace Church, Akron
4/21 ASPIES Parent Support Group: Bullying 101, Akron
4/22 Parent Support Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
4/26 Asperger's Adult Group, Beachwood Public Library, Beachwood
4/27 P.E.A.K. Parent Support Group, Berea
4/28 Moms' Meet, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike
5/2 YMCA West Side Autism Support Group, Avon

Weekly Event -

Wednesdays- Parent's Morning Chat, AutismNE, Online

 


WORKSHOPS 


 

4/6 Classroom Accommodations, Understood Community, Webinar
4/7 De-Escalation Strategies , Medina County ESC, Medina
4/8 Nuts & Bolts of Documenting & Billing for Comprehensive Care , NYMAC, Webinar
4/9 Living with Autism - Sean Barron , Kent State University, Kent
4/10 How Did These Students Excel?
Understood Community, Webinar
4/10-11 5th Annual OHABA Conference , Ohio Assn. for Behavior Analysis, Columbus
4/11 Mindfulness Group , Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/13 IEPs & 504 Plans: What Are They, & How Can I Get One?
Understood Community, Webinar
4/13 NAMI Basics , Akron
4/14 Promoting Appropriate Behavior Using Visual Supports , DEC, Webinar
4/14 First Aid 4 Autism , Zane's Foundation, Hudson
4/15 Creating & Using Video Models , Monarch Center for Autism, Webinar
4/15 Medical Comorbidities & ASD , Autism Research Institute, Webinar
4/15 5 Ways to Use Apps for Autism , VizZle, Webinar
4/16 College Accommodations: Learning & Attention Issues , Understood Community, Webinar
4/16 Mental Health & Education , SST3, Independence
4/17  HFA Series - Organizational Skills , Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Independence
4/17 It's Not All About the Diagnosis , Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/17 Rethinking Autism: Opening New Doors in Education & Employment , The City Club of Cleveland
4/17 Promoting Successful Transition to Adulthood , Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills
4/18 Conference for Families and Educators of Children with Diverse Needs , SST9, Massillon
4/18 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo 2015 , ESC Cuyahoga County, South Euclid
4/18 Stepping Stones to Successful Writing , Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/20 Preschoolers and Autism , Summit Professional Education, Mayfield Village
4/21 Preschoolers and Autism , Summit Professional Education, Kent
4/21 Project AWARE: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training , ESC Cuyahoga County, Independence
4/22 Parent Access Collaborative: What's New in Ohio , SST8, Cuyahoga Falls
4/22 Social Determinants of Transition , NYMAC, Webinar
4/23-24 TEACCH Fundamentals , ESC Cuyahoga County, Independence
4/23 Advocating for Your Child 101 , Understood Community, Webinar
4/23 Check-in/Check-out for Students with Challenging Behaviors, Council for Exceptional Children,  Webinar
4/23 Assessing the Community for Children with ASD , Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma
4/24 HFA Series - Social SkillsCleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Independence
4/27 Strategies for Congregations to Use in Building Awareness & Commitment , AAIDD, Webinar
4/28 Special Education Legal Update Series , SST9, Massillon
4/28 Lorain County Special Needs Resource Day , SST2, Lorain
4/29 Universal Strategies Used to Design Instruction , Achieve Consulting, Highland Hills
4/29 Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual Disability: Trends & Issues , AAIDD, Webinar
4/29 Solutions for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders , Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/29 UH Seminar Series: Social/Communication Issues , Westlake
4/30 Preschoolers and Autism , Summit Professional Education, Cleveland
4/30 Autism Across the Lifespan , Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio, Westlake
 

 

THERAPY GROUPS

 

4/1 Music Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/1 Mom & Me Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/8 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
4/10 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/10 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
4/11 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
4/11 Art Therapy - Rain Cloud, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
4/11 Social Skills Program, Friendship in Teams, Rocky River
4/11 Social Skills Program, Friendship in Teams, Shaker Hts.
4/14 Friends in Harmony Music Therapy Group, The Music Settlement, Cleveland
4/14 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls
4/16 Social Skills Program, Friendship in Teams, Shaker Hts.
4/17 Music Therapy & Play, Family Connections, Shaker Hts.
4/22 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
4/23 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls
4/24 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
4/30 Social Skills Group, Starfish Learning, Cleveland Hts.

Weekly Events-

Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays- Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Wednesdays- Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Saturdays- Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


 

BENEFITS


 

4/11 Josiah's House 4th Annual Fashion Fundraiser Luncheon, Beachwood
4/14 Global Autism Project Fundraiser, Cleveland Hts.
4/22 10th Annual Greater Cleveland Chili Cook Off for Autism, Autism Society of Greater Cleveland,

Independence
 

4/24 5th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser for Zane's Foundation, Akron
4/24 Beyond Words Annual Fundraiser, Berea
4/25 2nd Annual Brandon's Place Fundraiser, Woodmere
4/26 Strike it Big for Milestones, North Olmsted
4/26 Strike it Big for Milestones, Solon

5/2 Camp !magine Fundraiser - Party for the Puzzle, Westlake