Monthly Milestones | DECEMBER 2020
Registration to open December 15
More information coming soon at milestones.org

Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities now available.
New benefits and discounted rates for 2021!
Join the Milestones Associate Board, Thursday, December 17, for a fun hour of virtual activities and conversation. Make a drink and relax over Zoom - all are welcome and the event is FREE!

Registration details coming soon
Stay connected, gain strategies and help your loved one succeed
with on-demand workshops presented by Milestones and the
Ohio Family Network.

We're bringing the experts and autism tools straight to you at home.
Registration is FREE and gives you access to past workshops that are now on-demand, and all upcoming workshops!

Check out Milestones' collection of on-demand workshops over the holidays!

SERIES: Growing Family Resilience
Presented by: Sarah Buffie MSW, LSW from Soul Bird Consulting; Claudia Lopez, MA from Profluence

Parenting with Success: The COVID Edition
Presented by: Rachel Torrance, MEd, BCBA, COBA, Owner and Director, Accessing Abilities, LLC

Supports for Increasing Safety for Children and Adults with ASD
Presented by: Salina Miller and Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW, from Milestones Autism Resources

SERIES: Families at the Center of a Connected Community 
Presented by: Candice Jones-Peelman, Tim Vogt, and Bridget Vogt, from Starfire

Your Vote Matters: Disability Rights and Voting
Presented by: Will Gallup, Cuyahoga County Board of DD Good Life Ambassador

Socially Distanced, Not Socially Isolated: Strategies for Maintaining Connections with Family & Friends
Presented by: Melissa Baker M.S., CCC-SLP, and Jennifer Blankenship, LISW, BCBA from Bright Futures Therapeutic Services

COMING SOON:
Charting the LifeCourse
January 14, 21 and 28 from 5-7 PM
Summary: Gain a framework of principles and tools to use when planning, problem-solving, and building the life you want for your loved one.
Get to Know Milestones Program Director Beth Thompson - Liner Legal, LLC's Disability Warrior of the Month
Thank you to Liner Legal, LLC, for highlighting Milestones Program Director Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW, as your Disability Warrior of the Month!

Beth has a long, passionate history serving the disability community. Many people do not know Beth acquired a significant hearing loss as a child, which jumpstarted her journey to where she is today.

Learn more about Beth and her role as Program Director by visiting the Milestones blog!
My Self-Care Plan for the Holidays - Strategies from an Autism Mom
Caregiver burn-out is real and it has hit many families extra hard this year. Milestones Helpdesk Coordinator Estee Ezinski is a busy mother of four and has experienced this firsthand. With the holidays approaching, Estee shares her personal plan to make space and time for herself while enjoying this special time of year with family.
Join the Online Milestones Autism Self-Advocate Social Group
Milestones has started a social community on Discord -- created and led by self-advocates for self-advocates. Discord is the easiest way to talk over voice, video, and text. Talk, chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.

In addition to having the group open 24/7 for people to connect, talk about interests, and making friends, Milestones hosts structured weekly and monthly events. More information about this group can be found here.

To register you can contact Nathan Morgan (a moderator in the Discord group) at nmorgan@milestones.org.
COVID-19 has made 2020 a difficult year for local families affected by autism.

The unique challenges these families experience will continue to evolve and Milestones needs to be ready to answer their calls.

With a gift to Together We Can, the 2020 Campaign for Milestones Families, you ensure our organization can continue to provide essential, trusted programming to those who need it most.

We may not be able to gather this year to support the local autism community, but we can still do a lot of good from afar.

Thank you for making our mission possible.
Contributions to Milestones, a 501(c)(3) organization, are 100% tax deductible.
Remember Milestones when shopping on Amazon for the holidays!

Visit  smile.amazon.com and select Milestones Autism Resources as your charitable organization. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Milestones. It costs you nothing extra to give!