It's almost time to send the kids back to school! 
Take a look at our School Tool Kit where you'll find answers to frequently-asked questions at your fingertips and prepare your child with our Checklist below in this newsletter.
If you need help, call us at 216.464.7600.


Ilana & Mia
Autism All Stars Baseball Game
A Family Event with the Lake County Captains
Buy your tickets today! Deadline tomorrow. 
Don't forget to join us this Sunday, August 3! We're teaming up with Autism Speaks and Northeast Ohio Autism Group for Autism All Stars, a fun, family-friendly event during the Lake County Captains game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 12:30 p.m. at Classic Park, 35300 Vine Street in Eastlake, OH.


Admission includes:

Pre-game parade on the field

Reserved section seating

Downloadable Social Story

Safe Zone for children that need 

a break from the festivities 

Opportunity to participate in 

Dream Days baseball clinic after the game

(Applies to the first 75 children who sign up.)


The Autism All-Stars event is on the same day as Classic Park's Family Fun Sundays, featuring an autograph session with players, concourse entertainment and activities, the Kids' Zone area and the opportunity for kids to run the bases after the game. All Family Fun Sundays activities are included in the Autism All-Stars admission.


Tickets are $10 per person. Order tickets by contacting Andrew Grover at (440) 975-8085 ext. 136 and mention Autism All-Stars.

Checklist for Transitioning Your Child Back to School

Heading back to school can be stressful. Use this list to make this year's transition a success!

Three weeks before the first day:
__ Look at a calendar with your child and mark the first day of 
__ Take your child to buy supplies

Two weeks before:
__ Make or read a social story about going back to school
__ Arrange a play date with a school friend or classmate
__ Visit the school playground

One week before:
__ Schedule an appointment with this year's teacher
__ Visit the school playground
__ Adjust your child's sleep schedule so it's in sync with a healthy 
school sleep schedule

One day before:
__ Visit your child's classroom(s) including specialty rooms like art, 
gym and music
__ Meet the teacher
__ Share an index card of helpful hints about your child with the 
teacher (for example, what motivates your child, strengths and a few targeted goals)
__ Visit the cafeteria, office and health clinic
__ Play on the playground
__ Take photos of your visit to review at home

Ongoing throughout the year:
__ Figure out the best communication process that works for you 
and the school
__ Schedule observations of your child during the school day to see 
how he or she is doing
__ Request that teachers send home work samples to see how 
your child's skills are progressing
__ Call for meetings whenever you find there is an issue that needs 
__ Encourage you child's teacher to keep you informed of any 
problems that come up and how they are resolved
__ Keep a notebook and bring it to all school meetings including the current IEP, psychological and other evaluations, home goals, SLP goals and any notes from your observations
__ Bake cookies for the teachers! Make sure you show your 
appreciation for their hard work and cooperation! 

Save the Date for the Milestones Benefit!
Saturday, November 1st

We are excited to announce the 2014 Annual Benefit will be 
at a new location, the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Beachwood 
and will feature a special menu created by local celebrity 
Chef Chris Hodgson. 
Honorary Chairs:
Marti & Jeff Davis
Nadia & Michael Ritter
Enid & David Rosenberg
Margo & Bob Roth
Sonni & Steven Senkfor
Host Committee:
Genevieve Bauer
JoAnn Hirsh
Jamie Hughes
Rochelle Nyer
Carrie Rosenfelt 

All proceeds from the benefit will directly support Milestones educational programming and free parent coaching for families in Northeast Ohio.
New Section in Legal Resources Tool Kit

When parents and school IEP teams don't agree on services listed in a student's IEP, there must be an impartial mediator to help resolve issues. There are distinct differences between a mediation and a facilitated IEP meeting.

Mediation vs. Facilitated IEP Meetings... are you confused about the difference? Attorney Judith C. Saltzman can help you decipher the difference. 

Milestones School Team Training & Camp Milestones

Camp Milestones kicks off today, and we couldn't be more excited to meet the kids! Teachers will arrive next week for School Team Training. Stay posted for pictures of the week-long camp where school personnel learn how to effectively work with students with autism and the kids enjoy a summer camp experience.
News of Note
Source: Disability Scoop

Source: Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Source: Business Insider

Source: Psych Central

1 in 68 children are 
diagnosed with autism.
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In this Issue:
Autism All Stars Baseball
School Check List
Save the Date! Milestones Annual Benefit
New Legal Resource
Summer Programs
News of Note

August Events - Full Listing Here




  1. 7/ 31 - 8/8 Camp Milestones, Cleveland Heights
  2. 8/1 Community Center Swim Party, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  3. 8/2 Art Therapy: Paper Fan, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  4. 8/2 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.
  5. 8/3 Autism All Stars Minor League Game, Milestones, NEOAG, Autism Speaks, Eastlake
  6. 8/3 Cleveland Indians Game Outing, Mayfield Adaptive Recreation, Cleveland
  7. 8/3 Jazz Impressions of Cleveland, the Music Settlement, Cleveland
  8. 8/3 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
  9. 8/4 Blue Chip Blue Tee Golf Outing, Achievement Centers for Children, Willoughby
  10. 8/5 Special Needs Jump, Skymax Arena, North Canton
  11. 8/5 ASPIES Book Club Night, Canton
  12. 8/6 Karaoke at Toth's Place, USOD, Mentor
  13. 8/7 ASPIES Adults Meet & Greet, Akron
  14. 8/9 Art Therapy: Sensory Collage, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  15. 8/9 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
  16. 8/9 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library
  17. 8/9 ASPIES Annual Picnic, Green
  18. 8/9 Dining Out at the Samurai, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Aurora
  19. 8/12 Walking for Fun & Fitness, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  20. 8/12 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls
  21. 8/13 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron
  22. 8/14 Croquet, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  23. 8/15 Heart of Rock and Roll Prom, ACT, Pepper Pike
  24. 8/16 All-Star Training Club, United Disability Services, Akron
  25. 8/16 Sensory Story Time, Autism Society of Greater Akron
  26. 8/16 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
  27. 8/16 Wizard of Oz Sing Along, Kiwanis Club, Cleveland
  28. 8/16 Goodtime III, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Cleveland
  29. 8/16 Sensory School Age Program, Independence Public Library
  30. 8/17 Autism Society Friends & Family Picnic, Independence
  31. 8/17 Day Respite, Akron Rotary Camp
  32. 8/17 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
  33. 8/18 Dancercize with SOAR! Fairview Park
  34. 8/18 Walking with SOAR! Rocky River
  35. 8/20 Aerobics with SOAR! Parma
  36. 8/21 Walking with SOAR! Cleveland
  37. 8/23 Explore the Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park, Solon Blue Ribbon, Boston Heights
  38. 8/23 Seated Volleyball with SOAR! Fairview Park
  39. 8/24 Come Bowl with Us, CCBDD and the ARC, Parma
  40. 8/24 Asperger's Adult Group, Autism Personal Coach, Beachwood
  41. 8/25 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights
  42. 8/27 Social Connections, Autism Society of Ohio, Youngstown
  43. 8/27 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron
  44. 8/28 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls
  45. 8/28 & 8/31 Stand Clear of the Closing Door Film Premiere, Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
  46. 8/31 My Walk 4 Friends, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike
  47. 8/31 Pot Luck Picnic, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  48. 8/31 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton 



Yoga Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village


Mondays, Saturdays & Sundays

Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


Mondays & Fridays

Social Club, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village



High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron


Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence   


Mom's Morning Chat, AutismNE, Online



Art Therapy, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village


Thursdays & Saturdays 

Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


Every Other Friday & Sunday 

Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence



Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Hts.


Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village





  1. 8/1 5th Annual Summit for Kids Symposium, Akron
  2. 8/1 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  3. 8/1 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  4. 8/2 YMCA West Side Autism Support Group, Avon
  5. 8/3 Your Home-Your Way: How Do I Pay for Housing? Autism Personal Coach, Pepper Pike
  6. 8/4 - 8/8 Milestones School Team Training, Cleveland Hts.
  7. 8/6 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton
  8. 8/6 Sib Group, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Cleveland
  9. 8/7 Parent/ Professional Communication, Achievement Centers for Children, Westlake
  10. 8/8 Autism Awareness Garage Sale, Euclid
  11. 8/8 Mom's Night Out, USOD, Independence
  12. 8/11 BIIO Open House, Westlake
  13. 8/11 Parent Exchange, Autism Society of Greater Akron
  14. 8/12 Inclusion Beyond the Classroom, Webinar, The Johnson Center
  15. 8/12 Getting Ready for the Working World, Zane's Foundation, Hudson
  16. 8/12 Parents of Adults with Disabilities Support Group, USOD, Independence
  17. 8/14-15 Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Cleveland
  18. 8/15 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  19. 8/18 People First of Cuyahoga County, the ARC of Greater Cleveland, Independence
  20. 8/19 Journey to Adulthood, ASPIES, Akron
  21. 8/20 SWAN Autism Group, Kent