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32+ Fun Things  
To Do
  1. 12/2 Fitness to
    Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
  2. 12/4 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton
  3. 12/5 BREATHE Respite Care, Church of the Holy Angels, Chagrin Falls
  4. 12/5 ASPIES Adults Christmas Meet & Greet, Akron
  5. 12/6 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  6. 12/7 Frozen 2-D | Sensory Friendly Film, AMC Ridge Park Sq. Cinema, Brooklyn
  7. 12/7 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
  8. 12/7 ASGC Holiday Party, Independence
  9. 12/7 Heart 2 Heart Friendship Club, HEART, Medina
  10. 12/7 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.
  11. 12/8 Photos with Caring Santa, Autism Society of Greater Akron
  12. 12/8 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
  13. 12/10 Community Christmas Gathering, Zane's Foundation, Hudson
  14. 12/13 Weekend Respite Camp, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville
  15. 12/13 Holiday Party/Gift Exchange, Think Foundation, Beachwood
  16. 12/13 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
  17. 12/13 After Hours Holiday Dance, SociAbilities, Akron
  18. 12/13 Blue Ribbon Holiday Party, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon
  19. 12/14 Sensory Storytime, Mayfield Public Library
  20. 12/14 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
  21. 12/15 Winter Dance, Mandel JCC, Beachwood
  22. 12/15 Arts for Us Holiday Concert, the Music Settlement, Cleveland
  23. 12/15 Bowl-A-Thon B'Yachad, Cleveland Yachad, Wickliffe
  24. 12/16 People First Holiday Party, the Arc, Cleveland
  25. 12/17 ASPIES Christmas Party, Akron
  26. 12/21 Cinema Cruisers, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  27. 12/22 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence
  28. 12/23 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights
  29. 12/27 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
  30. 12/28 Sensory Storytime, Stark County Main Library, Canton
  31. 12/28 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library
  32. 12/28 Sensory Friendly Roller Skating, Zelma Watson-George Rink, Cleveland
High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton

Mondays & Thursdays-

Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence 



Art Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village 



High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron 



Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence 


Fridays & Every Other Sunday-

Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Heights 


Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays-

Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence 



25 Workshops & Other Events
  1. 12/3 Special Education Legal Update Series, SST9, Massillon
  2. 12/3 Parent Advocacy Training, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  3. 12/4 ASD Support Group for Dads, Independence
  4. 12/4 Behavioral & Developmental Disabilities, SST9, Massillon
  5. 12/4 Toilet Training Workshop, Family Connections, Shaker Heights
  6. 12/4 Knowing the Laws and How to Use Them, Milestones, Pepper Pike
  7. 12/4 Special Needs Trusts, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  8. 12/5 Coffee Hour, SST9, Millersburg
  9. 12/7 Autism Support Group, French Creek Family YMCA, Avon
  10. 12/7 When to Ask for Professional Help for Your Picky Eater, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  11. 12/8 Your Home - Your Way, Autism Personal Coach, Beachwood
  12. 12/10 Positive Behavior Support Training, Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills
  13. 12/10 Teaching the Digital Generation, ESC-CC, Independence
  14. 12/10 Using Writing to Build Language: Assessment, Council for Exceptional Children, Webinar
  15. 12/10 Parent Advocacy Training, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village
  16. 12/11 IEP Basics for Parents, ESC-CC, Independence
  17. 12/11 Parent Access Collaborative Meeting, SST8, Cuyahoga Falls
  18. 12/11 Step by Step Process to Obtain College Supports, SST3, Valley View
  19. 12/12 Using Writing to Build Language: Intervention, Council for Exceptional Children, Webinar
  20. 12/12 
    iPads & Apps for Individuals with Autism, Monarch Center for Autism, Webinar
  21. 12/12 Knowing the Laws and How to Use Them, Milestones, Middleburg Hts.
  22. 12/13 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, SST3, Independence
  23. 12/13 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  24. 12/20 Prepare Your Child for Vacations and Gatherings, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  25. 12/20 Ask the Doctor Teleconference - Autism, NAMI, Teleconference



With 2014 quickly approaching, we can't help but to reflect on the past year. Together we have proven that we can make a difference by supporting local families impacted by autism. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to start off the holidays. Please consider a gift to Milestones to kick off your giving season. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.


Ilana & Mia


December 2013 Newsletter 
Milestones Parent Empowerment Network (MPEN) 

*Holiday Special*
Bring a friend or family member with you
for free
receive a gift for yourself.  Dinner will be included.

Topic: Knowing the Laws and 
How to Use Them
This month's sessions will feature special needs attorney Aimee Gilman, ESQ. Not only a professional, but the mother of a son with ASD, 
Gilman will offer legal insight on:   
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship 
  • Special Needs Trusts 


Time, Dates & Locations

6:30-8:30 p.m.

December 4 (East Side): 

Park East Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

December 12 (West Side): 

Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130



*** $10 for an individual session, $5 additional for walk-ins. Scholarships available!***


Structured social skills group run by trained autism staff. Children ages 3 and up and typical peers welcome, $10 per child (advanced registration required).


For more information or to register for this event,

please contact Elizabeth Mason at emason@milestones.org

or by phone at  216-464-7600 x112.

Milestones 2013 Annual Benefit
Snapshot of Milestones Autism Organization
What a night!
Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, donors and guests, the Milestones Annual Benefit was a huge success as we achieved a record-setting goal of more than
Click here for a recap of the night. Thank you for your support.
Bowling for Autism: 
There's not a moment to SPARE! 
We invite you to form a team or donate to a team for our annual bowling fundraiser. Enjoy an autism, family-friendly bowling event and help support local autism services.  
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Freeway Lanes of Solon & 
Buckeye Lanes in North Olmsted
Questions? Please contact Debbie Hoberman at 216.464.7600 ext.111 or bowling@milestones.org.


Deadline: December 15!
Milestones Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor Early Bird Rates

Don't miss out on the Early Bird Sponsors and Exhibitor benefits including:

  • Prominent recognition at our major events   
  • Corporate learning opportunity 
  • Additional registrations   
  • Marketing exposure 

  • Click here to partner with Milestones and become a sponsor or exhibitor today!

    Questions? Contact Maya Holtz Groys at mhgroys@milestones.org or 216-464-7600 ext.107 

    Milestones Consortium for Autism Professionals (MCAP) 

    Straight from the Source: Panel of Adults on the Spectrum
    January's session will take a firsthand look at life's journey on the spectrum


    Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014  

    Location: South Pointe Hospital 

    20000 Harvard Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44122  


    *** $30 Professional rate, includes 2.5 CEUs for Education. $15 Family rate. Dinner included for all attendees. 
    Register by January 24th.***


    For more information or to register for this event,

    please contact Leslie Rotsky at (216) 464-7600 x103 or lrotsky@milestones.org.

    NEW! School Tool Kit
    Answers to our most frequently asked questions 
    at your fingertips.
    Take a look at our new School Tool Kit and find answers to important school-related questions. The kit touches on IEPs, autism scholarships, social interaction, riding the bus, and many other parent concerns.


    Looking for more guidance? 
    Visit our website for these other Tool Kits:
    • Afterschool Activities & Independent Leisure Skills
    • Camp, Social & Recreation
    • First Diagnosis
    • Travel Tips
    • Visual Supports
    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Professional Group


     Escape Behaviors During Tasks


    Our ABA group meeting was a wonderful success, offering the opportunity for 11 individuals working towards their BCBA certification to come together and discuss current topics around working with individuals with autism. 


    "We all bring our own expertise to the discussions and learning together is very valuable. Our field is always evolving and I think it's crucial to continue learning for our own professional growth as well as the students and staff we work with," said ABA Professional Group Co-Chair Rachel Avner Torrance, BS, MEd, Behavior and Curriculum Intervention Specialist.


    Network with other ABA professionals 

    and keep your BCBA certification up to date through a discussion of relevant articles and topics.



    ABA Professional Group Co-Chairs


    Aletta Sinoff,  PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Speech-Language Pathologist, Daily Behavioral Health


    Rachel Avner Torrance, BS, MEd, Behavior and Curriculum Intervention Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities



    *Open to all professionals with a certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board or those taking coursework toward the credential or preparing to sit for the BCBA exam.* 


    Register by emailing register@milestones.org
     or calling 216.464.7600 x 106