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1.) 11/1 Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Game, Think Computer Foundation, Cleveland

2.) 11/2 Making Pizza at Pizza Roma, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

3.) 11/2 Nature's Seasonal Sensations, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

4.) 11/2 Heart 2 Heart Friendship Club, HEART, Medina

5.) 11/3 Basketball Clinics, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, South Euclid

6.) 11/7 Blue & Gold Buddies Game Night, Milestones Autism Organization, University Heights

7.) 11/7 Indoor Water Exercise, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

8.) 11/7 ASPIES Meet & Greet Game Night, Akron

9.) 11/8 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights

10.) 11/8 Girls' Night Out, ASPIES Parents, Akron

11.) 11/8 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Oakwood Village

12.) 11/9 Free Birds | Sensory Friendly Film, Brooklyn

13.) 11/9 Cinema Cruisers, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

14.) 11/9 Making Pizza at Pizza Roma, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

15.) 11/9 Yoga Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

16.) 11/10 Sibshops, Mandel JCC, Beachwood

17.) 11/10 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

18.) 11/10 Family Bowling and Fundraiser, Connecting for Kids, North Olmsted

19.) 11/10 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

20.) 11/11 "Everyone Wins" Competitive Basketball League, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

21.) 11/12 ASGC Social Night, Independence

22.) 11/14 Music, Drum & Movement, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

23.) 11/15 Weekend Respite Camp, Camp Cheerful, Strongsville

24.) 11/15 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

25.) 11/15 Pack the "Q" for Zane's Foundation, Cleveland

26.) 11/17 Battle of Ohio Tailgate Party, CCBDD, Valley View

27.) 11/22 Contra Dancing and Dinner, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

28.) 11/23 Sensory Story Time, Stark County Main Library, Canton

29.) 11/24 Sibshops, Mandel JCC, Beachwood

30.) 11/24 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

31.) 11/24 Teen Scene, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

32.) 11/25 Pizza & Play, Family Support Project, Cleveland Heights

33.) 11/27 A Christmas Carol, Playhouse Square, Cleveland

34.) 11/27 Social Connections, Autism Society of Ohio, Youngstown

35.) 11/29 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon

36.) 11/30 Sensory Friendly Roller Skating, Zelma Watson-George Roller Skating Facility, Cleveland

37.) 11/30 Heart 2 Heart Friendship Club, HEART, Medina

38.) 11/30 Cavs Game with ASGC, Cleveland

Mondays- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton
Mon & Thurs- Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Wednesdays- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron

Wednesdays- Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

Fridays- Family Fun

Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Heights

Fri, Sat & Sun Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence


Workshops, support groups, fundraisers & other events
1.) 11/1 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

2.) 11/2 YMCA West Side Autism Support Group, French Creek Family YMCA, Avon

3.) 11/2 Amazing Organizational Apps for the Connected Teacher, SimpleK12, Webinar

4.) 11/2 Mobile Apps for Creating Special Holiday Gifts, SimpleK12, Webinar

5.) 11/2 20 Free Mobile Apps for Teachers, SimpleK12, Webinar

6.) 11/2 Give Your Low-Tech Classroom a Mobile Makeover, SimpleK12, Webinar

7.) 11/2 How to Help Your Child Make Friends, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

8.) 11/2 Using Mobile Devices and Apps in Education, SimpleK12, Webinar

9.) 11/2 Going Google: An Overview of Google's Mobile Apps, SimpleK12, Webinar

10.) 11/2 How to Get the Most from the Teacher Learning Community, SimpleK12, Webinar

11.) 11/2 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.

12.) 11/2 Mom's Night Out, AutismNE, Middleburg Hts.

13.) 11/5 Top 10 Apps for Students with Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, Webinar

14.) 11/5 IEP & 504 Plan Procedures, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

15.) 11/5 Transition Take Two: Learn What's New, ASPIES Parents, Canton

16.) 11/6 Milestones Parent Empowerment Network (MPEN) | Building Your Child's Dream Team, Cleveland

17.) 11/6 Rights & Responsibilities: Whose IDEA is This? ESC-CC, Independence

18.) 11/7 IEP Basics for Parents, ESC-CC, Independence

19.) 11/7 Parent's Coffee Hour, OCECD, Canton

20.) 11/7 Brandon's Place Open House, Oakwood Village

21.) 11/7 iPads and Accessories, Council for Exceptional Children, Webinar

22.) 11/8 -9 13th Annual Ohio SIBS Conference, Columbus

23.) 11/8 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

24.) 11/9 Putting LAMP to Work, Total Education Solutions, Akron

25.) 11/9 Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine Gala, Achievement Centers for Children, Cleveland

26.) 11/11 Early Learning Success, Summit Professional Education, Independence

27.) 11/11 Art Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

28.) 11/12 Higher Education and Jobs, Johnson Center, Webinar

29.) 11/12 Behavior Curriculum & Instruction from the CCBDD, ASGC, Independence

30.) 11/12 Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

31.) 11/12 Sensory Diets to Fit Every Kid, Zane's Foundation, Hudson

32.) 11/13 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) Meeting, SST 8, Cuyahoga Falls

33.) 11/13 Walk in the Shoes: A Dyslexia Simulation, International Dyslexia Association, Akron

34.) 11/13 Family Perspective: Start Planning Early, SST 3, Multiple Locations

35.) 11/13 Milestones ABA Professional Group, Beachwood

36.) 11/14 Milestones Parent Empowerment Network (MPEN) | Building Your Child's Dream Team, Middleburg Hts.

37.) 11/14 Autism & Adulthood, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

38.) 11/15 When to Worry About Speech, Language and Social Skills, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

39.) 11/16 Special Needs Resource Fair, Cleveland Heights High School

40.) 11/16 Milestones Annual Benefit, Warrensville Heights

41.) 11/16 Mom's Night Out, AutismNE, Mayfield Heights

42.) 11/18 Art Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

43.) 11/18 People First Meeting, CCBDD, Independence

44.) 11/19 Teaching Play Skills to Children with ASD, Johnson Center, Webinar

45.) 11/19 Transitioning, Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio, Westlake

46.) 11/19 Ask an Attorney Q&A Session, ASPIES Parents, Akron

47.) 11/19 Autism Specific Issues Relating to Education, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

48.) 11/19 Parent Coffee and Chat, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

49.) 11/20 - 22 OCALICON 2013, Columbus

50.) 11/20 Toilet Training Workshop, Family Support Project, Shaker Heights

51.) 11/20 UH Seminar Series | Adolescent Issues in ASD, Westlake

52.) 11/21 Dine out for Milestones Ruby Tuesday, Beachwood & North Olmsted

53.) 11/21 Adolescent Issues in the New DSM-5, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights

54.) 11/25 Art Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

Wednesdays- Family to Family Training, NAMI, Akron

With thanksgiving coming, we all reflect on why we are thankful. For those of you visiting family, check out our travel tips. And as always, if you have any concerns, call us. We are always here to help.  


Ilana & Mia

November 2013 Newsletter 
benefitMilestones 2013 Annual Benefit

Please join us Saturday evening, November 16th at the Cleveland Marriott East
 for our 2013 Annual Benefit honoring:

Allan Krulak

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

The evening will include dinner, entertainment and a "snapshot" of the important work Milestones and our honorees have accomplished in our community.

Questions? Contact Maya Holtz Groys at 216-464-7600 ext. 107 or  
 MPENMilestones Parent Empowerment Network (MPEN) 


Hear what parents are saying about MPEN 

"This is the first time in four years, since my son got diagnosed, that I have been able to feel as though I'm not alone, that I am validated and that others understand me and the situation I'm in. Coming here helped me to find out new ways to help my child."


"I really enjoy hearing success stories from other parents who are facing the same challenges I am as a parent."


This month's session will feature co-presentations from parents and the professionals they worked with on:

        * Employment

* Housing

    * Education


Participants will meet, learn and talk with real parents of children on the spectrum that have had successes:

  • Building positive relationships with the professionals
  • Finding unique ways to utilize members of the team
  • Creatively engaging family and friends as part of the team

Dates & Location

November 6: Park East Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd, Pepper Pike OH 44124

November 14: Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130

6:30-8:30 pm


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


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


Scholarships available!

For more information or to register for this event

please contact Elizabeth Mason at

or by phone at 216-464-7600 x112.

 DEADLINE TOMORROW: November 1  Conference Proposals for 
Milestones 12th  Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference 
June 18 & 19, 2014 at the Cleveland I-X Center.  


If you are interested in presenting at the June 2014 Milestones Autism Conference, here is your link to the Conference Proposal Form
Thank you for recognizing the importance of educating our community!


Questions? Contact Leslie Rotsky at
216.464.7600, ext. 103.


Award Nominee Submissions 

Honorees Wanted!
 Milestones organization annually awards parents, professionals, and teens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving others.
Deadline: November, 1!


To see last year's honoree list and to access the Awards Nomination Form visit the link below


Click here for last year's honoree list and to access the Awards Nomination Form   


Email Honoree Submission Form to
Leslie Rotsky at  
Milestones Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor Early Bird Rates Now Available!

Don't miss out on the Early Bird Sponsors and Exhibitor benefits including:
  • Prominent recognition at ALL Milestones major events   
  • Corporate learning opportunity for your staff 
  • Additional registrations   
  • Additional marketing exposure via our website, email blasts, & promotional materials from date of registration 

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

    Deadline for early bird rates is December 15th.
    To qualify, you must pay at least half of the balance by December 15th and the second half by April 30th.

    Questions? Contact Maya Holtz Groys at or 216-464-7600 ext.107 

    Join the Milestones ABA Professional Group
    Wednesday, November 13, 7-8:30 pm
    to review an article titled

     Escape Behavior During Academic Tasks


    Network with other ABA professionals and keep your BCBA certification up to date through a discussion of relevant articles and topics.



    Meet our new ABA Professional Group Co-Chairs Aletta Sinoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, Speech-Language Pathologist, Daily Behavioral Health and Rachel Avner Torrance, BS, MEd, Behavior and Curriculum Intervention Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


    This group is 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.

    The meeting will fulfill type 4 CEU credits for BCBA



    Register by emailing or calling 216.464.7600 x 106



    bluegoldBlue & Gold Buddies  

    Present: Board Game Night!


    Come hang out with the brothers of John Carroll University's Beta Theta Pi

    for a night of playing board games!
    Pizza, drinks, and desserts will be provided!


    Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Location: John Carroll University Natatorium


    This event is open to all individuals on the Autism Spectrum aged 14-22. Space is limited!


    Cost: $5 per person

    (Please make all checks out to Milestones Autism Organization)


    Event is limited to first 20 individuals who register.


    To register, please contact

     Desha Ervin, 

    216-464-7600 x 108


    All members of Beta Theta Pi have attended a Milestones training. Socialization and communication skills are targeted throughout the night. Milestones staff are present at events.



    Valuable Funding Workshop
    View Online



    On October 16, Milestones Consortium for Autism Professionals (MCAP) packed a room at Daily Behavioral Health/Building Behaviors Autism Center to hear about
    Funding and Insurance for Therapy, Education and Medical Care.  The crowd was not disappointed.



    Jill Sadowsky, MSW, LISW-S, Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Early Childhood Services at Bellefaire JCB shared about getting the most out of community resources. Franklin Hickman, JD, President of Hickman & Lowder distilled his wisdom on accessing public benefits. Howard Bonem, PhD, Psychologist, Partners for Behavioral Health and Wellness provided tips on insurance coverage.    


    "This is exactly the information I needed," said Michelle Baskin of ABA Outreach Services. "With so much changing in the world of medical insurance, autism providers need to get reliable information from trusted sources, Milestones was able to convene experts who had a wealth of knowledge to share."


    If you want this vital funding and insurance information, but were not able to attend the workshop, it is not too late. With the help of a partnership with, you can register to watch the workshop and view the handouts online.


    Register: Call Leslie at (216) 464-7600 x103 or



    Cost: $30 Professional rate
    Call for CEU information

    $15 Family member rate.


    On the day before Thanksgiving, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival is staging a sensory-friendly matinee performance of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, making live theater more accessible to children and adults who have difficulty sitting through a traditional production.

    For this special performance, accommodations will include a supportive audience environment, activity tables in the lobby for breaks, adjustments to light and sound and online resource materials.


    Great Lakes Theater expects this performance to sell out, so don't delay in making your ticket purchase.


    We encourage you to be a part of this event at

    11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 

    Tickets are $15


    This event is presented in partnership with tdf Autism Theater Initiative, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Milestones Autism Organization.


    Click here for online resources  

  • simplified picture book plot summary
  • social story about attending the theater
  • related games
  • link to ticket information
    travelTRAVEL TIPS
    Make holiday travel less stressful for a child with autism! Read our new Travel Tips page for ideas, apps and web articles with great suggestions for a smoother trip.

    newsNews of Note




    States Divided On ABA Coverage In New Health Exchanges  

    Source: Disability Scoop



    TSA May Have Perfect Job For Those On The Spectrum

    Source: Disability Scoop



    Check out the Sweetwater Spectrum Project where researchers and architects work together on designing housing facilities for adults with autism. 

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
     An interesting article on Marshall's Program that gives students with autism a chance to succeed in their college education.