Monthly Milestones | JAN 2019
Introducing Dr. Lamar Hardwick
Lamar Hardwick is a father, husband, pastor, author, and autism advocate. After years of silently struggling with social anxiety and sensory processing issues, Dr. Hardwick was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2014 at the age of 36. Dr. Hardwick speaks on diversity and inclusion, parenting on the spectrum, relationships and intimacy. 

Dr. Hardwick is the author of I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor (2017) . He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. In addition, Dr. Hardwick is a graduate of the Yale School of Divinity Clergy Scholar Program. Dr. Hardwick is a contributing writer to multiple blogs and magazines including The Mighty, Key Ministry, Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Autism Parenting Magazine, and Zoom Autism Magazine. He is the lead pastor of Tri-Cities Church located in Atlanta, GA.

Strike It Big for Milestones!
Sunday, March 15, 11am-4pm
Join us at Strike It Big for Milestones to support the local autism community. This family-friendly event includes bowling, lunch, face
painting and more!

Your generous efforts enable Milestones to continue offering our free autism Helpdesk, a service that allows families to connect with professional staff for personal guidance, local resources and individualized information at each stage of their child’s development.
Your efforts will have a lasting impact on Milestones and the autism community of Northeast Ohio.
Thank you!
Upcoming Event
Milestones ABA Professionals Group
What's New in the 5th Edition Task List:
Staying Up To Date for Supervisors and Practitioners

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00pm-8:30pm

If you are a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or someone studying toward this credential, Milestones invites you to attend January's ABA Professionals Group!

Come early at 5:30pm to join the Milestones Conference BCBA Committee to review BCBA track conference workshop proposals (dinner included).

Please RSVP to Mia Buchwald Gelles by Jan. 27. Walk-ins are welcome!
Supporting Diversity Within the Neurodiverse Community: How Do We Turn the Tide?
When 2020 Milestones keynote Lamar Hardwick was diagnosed with autism at 36, he immediately immersed himself in learning about neurodiversity. As an African American man, he soon realized it was difficult to find diversity within the mainstream autism community.

Six years later, Dr. Hardwick is now working to fill that gap as a speaker himself, sharing his story and urging leaders in the field of autism to allow self-advocates and individuals of color to assume positions of influence.
Tracking Your Goals in 2020
Setting a goal for the new year is the easy part. Staying on track? Not that simple.

In the spirit of new beginnings, Milestones Program Director Beth Thompson outlines some ways to map out new goals, whether they are for yourself, a family member, or client. 
Dating & ASD: My Journey to Finding the One
It is an exciting time for Milestones intern Haley - she is working on her master's, getting field experience with the Milestones program team and last but not least, planning a wedding!

As she looks to the future with her fiance, Haley reflects on her experiences dating as an individual on the spectrum and describes the role ASD has played when getting to know romantic partners in the past and in her relationship now.
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