We hope that your transition back to school is going well.

For parents, consider requesting a meeting to establish a pattern for home-school communication and a time to observe your child with various specialists at his or her school. This will help you to see what's working and will give you the opportunity to adjust what is not.

For individuals, this is is great time to practice your self-advocacy skills. For example, make sure to request your accommodations independently with your teachers after class.

Need more tips? Call us at 216.464.7600.

Ilana & Mia
Milestones Elects New Board Chair and Adds Trustees

At our August 27 Board of Directors meeting, a new chair and six new trustees were elected. We are honored to have these inspiring individuals on our board and look forward to their leadership! More information here.

New Board Chair: Adam Berebitsky
Adam Berebitsky, a Managing Director of SS&G's Cleveland office and a Director in the firm's tax department, served as vice president of the Milestones Board of Directors for the past year, has been a trustee for the past three years and serves on the Development and Strategic Planning Committees. 

Six other new trustees were appointed to Milestones' Board of Directors including (pictured left to right) Aletta Sinoff, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, speech-language pathologist and behavior specialist; Adam Berebitsky, board chair; Tracy Masterson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, JCU; Debra Greene, community volunteer; Anne Davalla, retired program coordinator, PEP; Steven Fox, self-advocate; and Joseph Kraft, director, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Raise Your Hands for Milestones!
A benefit to support our local autism community

Please join us on Saturday, November 1, at the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Beachwood for an exciting evening of cocktails, dinner by local celebrity chef Chris Hodgson and entertainment.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities now available. RSVP here or call Maya Holtz Groys at 216-464-7600 ext. 107.

We raise our hands to honor these friends whose ongoing support and dedication to the greater community has been instrumental in helping Milestones improve local autism resources.
Mary & David Betsill
Lois Joan Davis
Ric Eickhoff
Leonard Senkfor

We are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism by educating, coaching and connecting the local autism community with evidence-based information. All proceeds from this benefit will support this mission.
Congratulations, Beth!
Catch her local visual supports training...

Beth Thompson
We're proud to announce that our very own Beth Thompson, Milestones' Teen/Adult Services Manager, was selected to co-present at Advancing Social Work Education: The APM. Over 2,000 social work field instructors will gather at this Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) meeting to learn effective strategies for working with graduate social work students in October.

Locally, don't miss Beth's training at John Carroll University on October 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. She'll present
Make It Today, Use It Tomorrow:
Visual Supports for Transition-aged Students with Special Needs (Grades 8-12). Click here for more information.

Gain access to tools that will help solve the problems teachers face today with visual supports they can use tomorrow. Get personal attention on making the best visual schedules, prompts and token boards to enable greater success for your students. Participants will leave with everything they make plus lots of new ideas! 
Register by October 3 (limited to 30 participants). 
NEOEA Members: $10.00
Non-NEOEA Members: $20.00

Fees payable to Milestones Autism Resources. Send check and registration form to Milestones Autism Resources, 23880 Commerce Park, #2, Beachwood, OH 44122 or register@milestones.org.
Summer Recap

August was a busy and fun month for Milestones! Here's what participants had to say about our summer programs...

Camp Milestones

" I learned that it doesn't matter who you are and what you do, we can all be friends, we can all have fun and we all can help each other."
- Max

 School Team Training

"I really grew and was able to better prepare for my first classroom! I think every new teacher should have this training."
- Allie Klejka, educator

Autism All Stars

"A great, successful event which helped out many in our community." A total of $1,963 was raised for local autism organizations.
- Andrew Grover, Lake County Captains
Two Great Back-to-School Workshops: 
Developing Social & Writing Skills
September 227-8:30 p.m.Notre Dame College

Fresh from the Milestones Autism Conference...

Drs. Sheldon Cooper and Temple Grandin: 
A Big Bang Approach to the Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Lisa Meeks, PhD, University of California & 
Tracy Masterson, Ph.D, John Carroll University

See the impact of TV's portrayals of individuals with ASD
Discuss the controversies and potential benefits of stereotypes
Learn how The Big Bang Theory can be used in curriculum 

Book Talk & Signing to Follow with
Elise Geither , PhD, Case Western Reserve University &
Lisa Meeks, PhD, University of California

Addressing difficulties ASD students encounter in writing
Adjusting classroom instruction
Parent and tutor support strategies
FREE! Registration is required. 
RSVP to Nicole Herrera at 216.464.7600 
ext. 106 or register@milestones.org.

Deadline: September 19

Light refreshments will be served. 

For educators, parents and students.

Co-Sponsors: Milestones Autism Resources & Notre Dame College
Partner: Kidslink Neurobehavioral Center
Programming for Generalization
Milestones ABA Professional Group Meeting

If you are a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or BCaBA, or studying toward this, please join our group at the next meeting onThursday, September 18 from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

The group will review strategies to improve generalization. Participants should prepare a brief summary of a case experience with teaching generalization.
The meeting will fulfill 2 hours of type 4 CEU credits for BCBA.
Cost: FREE
Location: Milestones Autism Resources in Beachwood, OH
RSVP to: register@milestones.org
*Deadline September 16

For more information, contact ABA Group co-chairs:
Rachel Avner Torrance, MEd: torrance.rachel@cuyahogabdd.orgAletta Sinoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D: sinoffam@yahoo.com
Special Education Law and Advocacy
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
October 30Cleveland, Ohio10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Course Description: The evolution of special education case from IEP to mediation to due process hearing is a mystery to many parents, school district personnel and attorneys. This presentation is designed to familiarize participants with the process of taking one case through these various stages.

News of Note

Source: The New York Times

Source: Disability Scoop

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Source: NPR

1 in 68 children are 
diagnosed with autism.
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September 2014
In this Issue:
Exciting Board Updates
Raise Your Hands for Milestones!
Congrats, Beth!
Summer Recap
Two Great B2S Workshops
ABA Group Meeting
Law & Advocacy
News Of Note

September Events - Full Listing Here 





1. 9/2 Special Needs Jump, Skymax Arena, North Canton

2. 9/2 Yoga, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

3. 9/3 Music Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

4. 9/3 Karaoke at Toth's Place, USOD, Mentor

5. 9/3 Kool Krafts, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

6. 9/4 Fitness for Fun, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

7. 9/4 ASPIES Adults Meet & Greet, Akron

8. 9/5 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

9. 9/5 CCBDD Day at Progressive Field, Cleveland

10. 9/6-7 Camp Fall Out, SociAbilities, Akron

11. 9/6 Art Therapy | Color Block Bookmarks, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

12. 9/6 Sensory Storytime, Parma Public Library

13. 9/8 The World of Books, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

14. 9/8 Walking Club with LEAP, South Euclid

15. 9/8 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

16. 9/8 Basketball, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

17. 9/9 Roller Skating with LEAP, Cleveland

18. 9/9 SUCCESS Club, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center, Twinsburg

19. 9/9 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls

20. 9/10 Bocce Ball with LEAP, Cleveland

21. 9/10 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society Greater Akron, Akron

22. 9/11 Aerobics Circuit Training with LEAP, East Cleveland

23. 9/11 FIT Social Skills Program, Shaker Heights

24. 9/11 Dance Jam, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

25. 9/11 Yoga for Children with Special Needs, Orange Public Library, Pepper Pike

26. 9/12-14 Respite Weekend, Akron Rotary Camp, Akron

27. 9/12-14 Weekend Respite Camp, Achievement Centers for Children, Strongsville

28. 9/12 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

29. 9/12 Karaoke, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

30. 9/13 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library

31. 9/13 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library

32. 9/13 Goodtime III Outing, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Cleveland

33. 9/13 Sensory School Age Program, Independence Public Library

34. 9/13 FIT Social Skills Program, Shaker Heights

35. 9/13 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.

36. 9/13 Solon High School Band Bash, Solon Blue Ribbon

37. 9/14 Sunday Circle, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike

38. 9/15 YogaReach, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

39. 9/16 YogaReach, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

40. 9/16 Teen Scene for Girls, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike

41. 9/16 ASPIES Game Night Meet & Greet, Akron

42. 9/17 Eat, Talk and Play | Star Wars Game Event, Asperger's Personal Coach, Solon

43. 9/18 Teen Group, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center, Twinsburg

44. 9/18 Music, Drum & Movement, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

45. 9/18 Yoga for Children with Special Needs, Orange Public Library, Pepper Pike

46. 9/19 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Oakwood Village

47. 9/20 Broadway Buddies Jr., Stagecrafters, Pepper Pike

48. 9/20 Art Therapy | Apple Printmaking, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

49. 9/20 Sensory Storytime, Mayfield Public Library

50. 9/20 Sensory Story Time, Northwest Akron Library

51. 9/20 FIT Social Skills Program, Rocky River

52. 9/21 Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Solon Blue Ribbon, Independence

53. 9/21 Day Respite, YMCA, Akron

54. 9/21 Broadway Buddies, Stagecrafters, Pepper Pike

55. 9/22 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights

56. 9/24 Social Connections, Autism Society of Ohio, Youngstown

57. 9/24 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Teens, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Akron

58. 9/25 Asperger's Boot Camp (ABC) for Adults, Autism Society of Greater Akron, Cuyahoga Falls

59. 9/26-27 Respite Weekend, YMCA, Akron

60. 9/26 Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence

61. 9/26 BREATHE Respite Care, Chagrin Falls

62. 9/26 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Hts.

63. 9/27 Dolphin Tale 2 | Sensory Friendly Films, AMC Ridge Park Square Cinema 8, Brooklyn

64. 9/28 Cinema Cruisers, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon

65. 9/28 Asperger's Adult Group, Asperger's Personal Coach, Beachwood


High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton  


Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays

Social Club, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village



Creative Movement, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village  

Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays

Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence



High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron


Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence   


Mom's Morning Chat, AutismNE, Online


Cooking Basics, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village  



Art Therapy, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village


Thursdays & Saturdays

Fitness for Fun, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village



Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Hts.



Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence





1. 9/2 Safety Issues in the Home and School Webinar, the Johnson Center

2. 9/2 ASPIES Parents Meet & Greet, Canton

3. 9/3 ASD Support Group for Dads, Independence

4. 9/3 Medusa Salon Sensory Night, Canton

5. 9/3 Planting the Seeds for a Successful Future- 3 Part Series, CCBDD, Parma

6. 9/4 Special Education Legal Update Series, SST9, Massillon

7. 9/4 Teaching Daily Living Skills, BIIO, Westlake

8. 9/4 Living Loud: Can You Hear It? Independence High School

9. 9/5 Mom & Me, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

10. 9/5 OHABA Town Hall, Twinsburg

11. 9/6 West Side Autism Support Group, French Creek Family YMCA, Avon

12. 9/7 Your Home-Your Way | Day to Day Living, Asperger's Personal Coach, Pepper Pike

13. 9/8 Grandparent Support Group, USOD, Independence

14. 9/8 Parent Exchange, Autism Society of Greater Akron

15. 9/9 ASGC Parent/Professionals Meeting | The Chrissy Aitken Story, Independence

16. 9/9 Parents of Adults with Disabilities Support Group, USOD, Independence

17. 9/9 Educational Forum, CCBDD, Independence

18. 9/11 Assisting Divorced or Estranged Parents Through the IEP Process Webinar, CADRE

19. 9/11 Mobile Devices to Enhance Learning Webinar, Council for Exceptional Children

20. 9/12 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

21. 9/12 Mom's Night Out, USOD, Independence

22. 9/13 5th Annual Special Needs Awareness Walk, Zane's Foundation, Cuyahoga Falls

23. 9/13-14 One World Festival, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Cleveland

24. 9/13 Shimmy & Shake Bellydance for Autism, ASPIES, Akron

25. 9/14 Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Cleveland

26. 9/15 People First of Cuyahoga County, the ARC, Independence

27. 9/16 Moms' Meet, Friendship Circle, Pepper Pike

28. 9/17 SWAN Autism Support Group, Kent

29. 9/18 Programming for Generalization | ABA Professional Group (Earn BACB CEUs), Milestones Autism Resources, Beachwood

30. 9/18 Serenity Support Group, Euclid

31. 9/19 Using the DSM-5, Summit Professional Education, Independence

32. 9/19 Parent Leadership Council, SST3, Independence

33. 9/20 Autism Awareness Walk-a-Thon, Mansfield

34. 9/22 Developing Social & Writing Skills, Milestones Autism Resources, Notre Dame College, South Euclid

35. 9/23 Paraprofessional Series, SST9, Massillon

36. 9/26 Paraprofessionals Workshop on Behavioral Techniques, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism

37. 9/26 Communication Temptations, Connecting for Kids, Westlake

38. 9/26 Mindfulness Group, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village

39. 9/29 Candidates Night, CCBDD, Brooklyn

40. 9/30 Answering Parent's Questions about Gender Identity in Children, Connecting for Kids, Westlake