The transition to adulthood is different for everyone. Each individual on the spectrum's path is unique and the biggest challenge is often finding the right supports at the right time to ensure you, your loved one or client can reach their potential.

Milestones can help you navigate these options and provide the individualized guidance needed to create a plan as unique as every individual with ASD. Use our  website to find new resources that can assist you with planning, attend the Transition Expo next month to meet dozens of autism service providers in Northeast Ohio, and contact our free  Helpdesk at 216.464.7600 with your specific questions!

We also encourage teenagers, family members and professionals who serve them to register for the   Milestones Conference June 
11-12. We are so excited to offer more than 90 sessions to attendees at the Conference this summer, and can't wait for you to hear keynote and self-advocate  Haley Moss speak about her experiences as a young attorney advocating on behalf of people on the spectrum.

With more resources than ever, our team is here to help you plan for your future.

We look forward to your call,

Ilana and Mia


Join autism professionals, family members, experts, researchers, and individuals with ASD at the nation's leading autism conference right here in Cleveland, OH.

CEUs, meals and parking included!

Interested in what you will learn from Michelle Garcia Winner at the Milestones National Autism Conference? Here's your sneak peek! Get the inside scoop on her keynote and breakout workshop topics from the Social Thinking founder herself.

What to Expect from Milestones Keynote Michelle Garcia Winner

Full workshop schedule coming soon at!
NEW  this year: CEUs in 15 disciplines!

Adult Services
Early Intervention
Marriage & Family Therapy
Occupational Therapy
County Board Members
Service & Support Administration
Early Childhood
Social Work
Speech-Language Pathology


Want to gain  new visibility, opportunities, and clients 
for your organization?

Register now to be an exhibitor or sponsor at the Milestones National Autism Conference

Have a question? Please contact 
Special Events Director Vanetta Perry at or 216.464.7600 x113.

Milestones Autism Resources wants to recognize YOUR autism hero for their contributions to their community!

Show your appreciation this month and nominate an exceptional professional, parent, individual with autism, or company who has gone above and beyond to receive a 2019 Milestones Achievement Award. Honorees will receive their award at the conference, June 11-12 at the Cleveland  I-X Center.

DEADLINE: March 15


More conference information at

Join us for a day of family fun as we come together to support the local autism community! 

All proceeds will directly support the Milestones free autism Helpdesk, a service connecting families to local resources and trusted information.

Sunday, March 10, 11:00am-3:00pm 
at Spins Bowl in Independence

Check out our  Facebook page and follow us on  Instagram at @milestonesauti smresources for updates and photos
 from the event!

Have a question? Please contact 
Special Events Director Vanetta Perry at or 216.464.7600 x113.

Not sure how to start or continue your transition planning? Milestones Autism Resources staff suggest exploring the resources below regardless of where you are in your journey to see how they might be able to connect you to new information and help you develop the right path forward!

Ohio Employment First - The Ohio Employment First website has a chart  on how to use backwards planning to develop your transition goals towards employment. Backwards planing allows the IEP team to start with the ultimate goal for the student, then work backwards in defining what skills need to be taught and mastered.

Interactive Autism Network - Become familiar with the basics of transition planning and the research behind it! Making a transition plan based on evidence-based interventions and known risk factors for adults with ASD will likely improve the outcomes for the student.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network - Use the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's 'Roadmap to Transition: A Handbook for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood'. This plain language handbook was created to help young people with ASD understand and take an active role in the creation of their transition plan.

View more great transition resources by reading the full blog here or call the c all the Milestones free autism Helpdesk at  216.464.7600 ext. 200.
Consultations & Training
Upcoming Events

Milestones Program Director Beth Thompson presents:
with panelists: Milestones Administrative Assistant Molly D. Dann-Pipinias and Aaron Schaztman

Friday, March 8 - click here for more info
Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center -  11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Learn about new resources and meet the Milestone team!
Tuesday, March 12 - click here for more info
John A. Spitzer Conference Center -  1005 N. Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035

Thursday, April 11 - click here for more info
Don Umerley Civic Center - 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Milestones Teen/Adult Manager Haley Dunn presents:
Tuesday, March 12 - click here for more info
Independence Old Rec Center - 6200 Elmwood Drive (Pete Wisniewski Parkway), Independence, OH

Attendees will:
-Learn about resiliency and positive parenting strategies
-Gain skills to add to your daily routine
-Learn evidence-based strategies and activities to stay calm and manage challenging behaviors  

Interested in a training? Contact Milestones at 216.464.7600 to book for 2019 today!

This series is designed to improve understanding of the medical, behavioral, social, sensory, and educational issues related to ASD. An emphasis will be placed on practical intervention techniques. Presenters are local and national experts in the field of autism.

Upcoming Session and Topic (more info here)

April 10  - Transition to Adulthood, presented by Milestones Program Director Beth Thompson

Cost: $100 for entire series, $20 for students and paraprofessionals (participants may join at any time in the series)
Location: UH Westlake Medical Center (1st Floor)
960 Clague Rd,  Westlake, Ohio 44145

Fee includes all seven lectures and handouts.
Space is limited to 120 participants so please register early!
Questions? Please contact Christine Barry at 216.844.1289
"My ultimate goal throughout this whole experience is to help serve our community and to help our team exceed the goals we've set. We have so many great people serving on our committees and I am truly honored to be able to work with each one of them."

With a passion for Milestones' mission, Brian Taylor has worked closely with fellow co chair Edie Ungar Shafron and staff to drive fundraising efforts for our 7th annual Strike It Big event on March 10. This is Brian's second year as a co-chair and Milestones Board member. Thank you to Brian and all our amazing committee members for the incredible work they've done over the past few months! We appreciate you!  Read more
Ask the Expert
"Sometimes less is more... Whether it's a small family business or a large corporation, the beginning of any point of any plan that leads to the 'least restrictive' environment starts with setting in place the fewest restrictions possible and then adding in to fill the gaps rather than taking away what becomes superfluous."

Strategic Analysis Manager Chris Carpenter serves at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, overseeing the organization's Business Engagement Initiative. Read more to see what Chris suggests for job coaches and employers looking to support their employees with disabilities in the best way possible.
Straight from the Source
"More resources are needed that address the social/relational issues occurring between adults on the autism spectrum and neurotypical communities. Training resources and services need to be created that provide interaction strategies for all involved parties engaging in this kind of relationship. Impacted parties should be empowered to mutually engage in relationships with one another."

This month, grad student and self-advocate Jennifer Feldman describes that while many resources that assist in relationship-building are already available, they focus on making individuals with autism conform to neurotypical social/relational expectations, when that responsibility should ultimately be shared. Read more
The Volunteer Connection

  Looking for ways to support the local autism community? 
Milestones is always seeking amazing volunteers! 

Do you have media relations experience?

Milestones is looking for a rockstar volunteer to assist our communications staff on a weekly basis! This individual will provide content support by developing press releases and new articles, inviting media to Milestones events, and pursuing new opportunities for Milestones to share our expertise.

Please email to express your interest. Past experience required.

Other ways to get involved:
- serve as a Milestones Ambassador at 
outreach events
 - complete office tasks
- distribute conference materials to local offices and organizations!
- volunteer at the Milestones Conference!

Submit a volunteer application or learn more about how to get involved by contacting

March 2019
March Autism Events
Click to see upcoming autism events in Northeast Ohio!

Want to join our team?

Milestones is now hiring a  Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator to oversee all diversity and inclusion efforts within the organization and in our community.  This individual will support all departments and have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the growth of our organization's mission.

Interested? View the full job description or apply here!

We are also hiring an Executive Assistant to support the  Program Director and Executive Director. The ideal candidate for this job is resourceful, a good problem solver and organized. Assuring a steady completion of workload in a timely manner is key to success in this position!

Learn more or apply 
News of Note


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