Summer is a great time of year, with many outdoor activities and no homework! It can also be stressful for people who thrive on predictable routines. In our Afterschool Activities and Independent Leisure Skills Tool Kit we offer ideas on how to plan activities and create schedules. These can help with transitioning through lazy summer days, and can offer ways to keep a routine.
 
Summer is also a common time for families to take a trip while familiar routines are often thrown out the window!  If you're traveling, check out more tips in the Milestones Travel Tool Kit. There are suggestions for airplane travel, as well as ways to keep your family busy in the car.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Ilana & Mia




Thank You to All Who Attended!

 

 

"Autism spectrum disorder is a shared human experience. This presents a great opportunity for growth for all people, schools, the community,
and society."

- Barry Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, Milestones Conference Keynote


 

The Milestones 13th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference was a huge success with 900 attendees, more than 40 exhibitors, and more than 90 workshops at the Cleveland I-X Center on June 18 and 19.


 

An energetic and collaborative spirit filled the Conference as attendees were revitalized by a variety of influences. Family members, educators, therapists, medical professionals, and self-advocates (individuals with autism) were inspired and educated in a range of areas to help members of the autism community reach their potential and the greatest level of independence. A large number of new attendees found resources, guidance, and practical strategies to support their family members and clients.


 

The keynotes were truly inspiring. On the first day, renowned speech therapist and autism consultant Barry Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP gave suggestions for schools and professionals to better serve families. On the second day, Sondra Williams spoke predominantly about communication and inclusivity as people with autism communicate in many ways and every person is different.

 

Read the full recap here...

 

Conference Attendees:
will be available on our website until Thursday, July 2. Please take a minute and download any session handouts you would like to keep.
Check your email for the password.
Congratulations to Margaret Glenn, our
Exhibitor Play-to-Win Winner!
Margaret, a conference attendee, was lucky enough to have her name drawn to win a $200 Visa gift card.  To participate, Margaret and many other attendees visited each exhibitor during the conference.

Annual Fund


We need your help as we continue in our mission to improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum by educating, coaching and connecting the autism community with evidence-based information.  Our ultimate goal is to help individuals with autism reach their full potential as contributing members of society, recognized for their strengths and supported in their challenges.  

Your donation to Milestones' Annual Fund, at any level,
supports these vital programs:

Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference 
Personalized Coaching & Consultation Services 
Teen/Adult Services 
Online Resources 

We need your support now more than ever and hope you will join us by donating to Milestones' Annual Fund this year.  Your generosity to Milestones stays local and enables us to continue to help families like yours meet the challenges of autism head on.

Save the Date!

2015 Annual Benefit
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The Marriott in Beachwood

Honoring
Andrea Kanter Grodin
Joyce Goldberg Fromson
Donna Yanowitz


Job Opportunity!

We are looking for a Development Assistant to join our Development team. This proactive position needs an energetic, organized team player! 



American Disabilities Act
Conference and Celebration Luncheon

Date:  Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time:  7:30am - 2:00pm
Luncheon is from 12:30-2:00, with exhibitor time and networking to follow. 
Place:  InterContinental Cleveland Conference Center


ADA Day
Join us for a day-long family-friendly celebration and culminating event for the 25th anniversary of the ADA.  Food, adaptive games and activities, awards, and an evening music concert add to the fun!
Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Place: Wade Oval, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland
Join Us for
Autism Awareness Night
with 
the Lake Erie Captains!

Saturday, September 6
First Pitch 6:30 pm

We're teaming up with Autism Speaks, Re-Education Services and Northeast Ohio Autism Group for a  fun, family-friendly event during the Lake County Captains game vs. South Bend in Eastlake, OH


 

For tickets, or for more information, click here
 

Admission will include:
 

Pre-game parade on the field
Reserved section seating
Downloadable social stories
Safe zone for children who need a break from the festivities


Call for Volunteers!

 

We're looking for volunteers to join our mission of improving the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. 

  

Download the volunteer application here.

 

Please contact us at (216) 464-7600 or email agpeterson@milestones.org for more information. 

A Story Worth Sharing

This eye-opening article highlights a conversation between two brothers overheard by their mother. It's an interesting look into the mind of a child with autism.





Article Courtesy of TheMighty.com

News of Note




July 2015

July Events - Full Listing Here 

 

40+ SOCIAL/REC OPPORTUNITIES!


 

7/1 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton
7/2 An Evening for Us: Hiking and Camping, Cleveland Metroparks, Willoughby Hills
7/3 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
7/7 Special Needs Jump, Skymax Arena, North Canton
7/7 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
7/8 4H Social Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
7/8 Fishing Adventure, Lake Metroparks, Leroy Township
7/9 Introduction to Boating 101, Lake Metroparks, Wickliffe
7/9 Adapted Baseball League, Achievement Centers for Children, Strongsville
7/9 Cruise-In with ASPIES, Hartville
7/10 Monthly Dance, Catholic Charities Disability Services, Cleveland
7/11 Sensory Friendly Time at the Children's Museum, Cleveland
7/11 Sensory Storytime, Brunswick Library
7/11 "A Special Day" with Rebekah McClelland Photography, Bay Village
7/11 Adapted Archery Experience, Lake Metroparks, Painesville
7/11 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Porter Library
7/11 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
7/11 Edgewater Beach Outing, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
7/14 All Star Coach/Pitch Kickball League, United Disability Services, Akron
7/14 Slugger Whiffle Ball, Lake Metroparks, Mentor
7/14 Zane's Foundation 7th Anniversary Celebration, Stow
7/16 Sensory Friendly Movie Night - "Minions", Lake 8 Cinema, Barberton
7/16 Sensory Sensations, Westlake Porter Library
7/16 Sensory Friendly Time at the Children's Museum, Cleveland
7/17 Karaoke, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
7/18 AMC Sensory Friendly Film- "Minions", AMC Ridge Park Square Cinema 8, Brooklyn
7/18 Sensory Story Time, Akron Library
7/18 Stomp Rockets, Lake Metroparks, Painesville
7/18 Sensory Yoga, Parma Public Library
7/20 Walking Club with LEAP, Euclid
7/21 Pump it Up Sensory Jump, Avon
7/21 Golf with LEAP, Newburgh Hts.
7/22 ADA Day, ADA Cleveland, Cleveland
7/22 4H Social Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
7/23 Quantum LEAP Softball League, Willoughby
7/24 Sensory Storytime, Westlake Porter Library
7/24 Monthly Dance, Catholic Charities Disability Services, Euclid
7/25 Kitchen Connections, The KIDnections Group, North Olmsted
7/25 Sensory Storytime, Fairview Park Public Library
7/25 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library
7/26 Pool Cookout & Party, LEAP, Mayfield Village
7/28 Explore the Bluffs Hike, Lake Metroparks, Perry
7/29 Bocce Ball with LEAP, Cleveland
7/31 LEAP Carnival Field Day, Cleveland
8/1 Kitchen Connections, The KIDnections Group, North Olmsted
8/1 Beach Craft and Lunch, Lake Metroparks, Fairport Harbor
8/3 Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Achievement Centers for Children, Strongsville
8/3 Dinner and a Movie, Lake Metroparks, Mentor


Weekly Event -

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

 


  

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

7/2 ASPIES Adults Meet & Greet, Akron
7/6 Special Needs Parent Support Group, Bay Village Presbyterian Church, Bay Village
7/6 People with Epilepsy Support Group, Empowering Epilepsy, Beachwood
7/7 4th of July Ice Cream Social Meet & Greet, ASPIES Parents, Canton
7/7 Parent Coffee and Chat - Coping with Fear of the Future, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
7/8 Parent Support Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
7/13 Parent Exchange, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
7/13 Parents of Children with Epilepsy Support Group, Empowering Epilepsy, Beachwood
7/14 EPIC Support Group for Parents, SST9, Canton
7/15 SWAN Autism Support Group, Kent
7/15 Abilities-R-Us Support Group, SIL, Euclid
7/16 Serenity Support Group, Euclid Public Library
7/22 Parent Support Group, Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions, Akron
7/26 Asperger's Adult Group, Autism Personal Coach, Beachwood
8/3 Special Needs Parent Support Group, Bay Village Presbyterian Church, Bay Village
8/3 People with Epilepsy Support Group, Empowering Epilepsy, Beachwood

Weekly Event -

Wednesdays- Parent's Morning Chat, AutismNE, Online

 


WORKSHOPS 


 
7/2 Summer Math GroupA+ Solutions, Beachwood

7/6 Autism Awareness Training for Educators , Building Blocks Therapy, Warrensville Hts.
7/7 Independent Living Skills Training - Assertiveness , Services for Independent Living (SIL), Euclid
7/9 ADA Conference and Best of Accessible Cleveland Celebration , ADA Cleveland
7/9 Independent Living Skills Training - Self-Awareness , SIL, Euclid
7/13 Independent Living Skills Training - Intro to Computers , SIL, Euclid
7/16 Independent Living Skills Training - Self-Advocacy , SIL, Euclid
7/20-29 Insights, Strategies and Successful Evidenced-Based Methods , Pepper Pike
7/20 Safety Town Plus , MCBDD, Medina
7/20 iPads & Apps Open House , CCBDD, Mayfield Hts.
7/21 Independent Living Skills Training - Coping with Bullying ,

7/21 Out of the Box Behavioral Solutions Open House , Akron
7/21 School - You DO Have Choices! , ASPIES Parents, Akron
7/22 Fundamentals of Adult Guardianship , Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, Strongsville
7/22 iPads & Apps Open House , CCBDD, Fairview Park
7/23 Independent Living Skills Training - Sexuality & Relationships , SIL, Euclid
7/24 Independent Living Skills Training - Using the Internet , SIL, Euclid
7/27-31 Insights, Strategies and Successful Evidenced-Based Methods , Pepper Pike
7/27 Independent Living Skills Training - Social Media , SIL, Euclid
7/29 Independent Living Skills Training - Kitchen Safety , SIL, Euclid
7/29 Bullying and Suicide: Preventive Measures for Schools
- Webinar
8/3-7 Insights, Strategies and Successful Evidenced-Based Methods , Pepper Pike
8/3 Safety Town Stars , Stow Police Department, Stow

 


 

THERAPY GROUPS

 


7/3 ABA Outreach Services, Independence
7/8 Evening Social Skills Group for Girls , A+ Solutions, Beachwood
7/8 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens , Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
7/14 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults,
Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
7/17 Buddy Building Group , ABA Outreach Services, Independence
7/22 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens , Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron
7/23 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults , Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls
7/31 Buddy Building Group , ABA Outreach Services, Independence


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


 

7/17 Connecting for Kids Fundraiser at Around the Corner, Lakewood


8/3 Blue Chip Blue Tee Golf Outing, Achievement Centers for Children, Willoughby