April, 2019
9th Annual Spring Fundraiser and Casino Night
Save the date:April 26, 2019

This year's theme is Rock and Roll all night.. .
Autism Awareness month!
The 12th Annual Autism Awareness Day is
April 2, 2019!
Wear blue, light it up blue and spread awareness and acceptance!
Caring Easter Bunny
Caring Easter Bunny
Sunday, April 7th
Summit Mall
3265 W Market St,
Fairlawn, OH 44333
This spring, ASGA will partner with Summit Mall to hold the sixth annual Caring Easter Bunny event! It is a quiet morning spent among friends where we welcome individuals of all different abilities, their siblings and families to experience a visit with the Caring Easter Bunny.
There is no registration fee; however, a reservation is required via the REGISTER button below. 
State Support Team, Region 9 Annual Conference

State Support Team, Region 9 is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 11 th  Annual Conference for Families and Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs.
Total Education Solutions Summer Camp
2019 Cleveland Area Transition Boosters For Families of Transition
These six free sessions will provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend.
1. Tuesday, April 16 Guardianship & Other Alternatives
      6:30pm – 8:30pm Location: North Royalton Public Library 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133
The following five sessions will be held at:
Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
6:30pm – 8:30pm
2. Thursday, June 20 Achieving Quality Employment
3. Thursday, July 18 Sexuality, Safety, Relationships
4. Thursday, September 26 Waivers
5. Coming soon this fall * New Medical Transition Collaborative Event
6. Thursday, November 21 Transition IEPs & Writing Transition Goals
Questions? Contact Amy Clawson,  amy.clawson@cchmc.org , 513-814-0674
Register at:  www.ohiof2f.org/training
LLA Therapy- Summer Camps
Check our website for details: www.LLATherapy.org or call 330-867-2240
Stars and Stripes  
Ages: preschool through high school                 Time: 9:00-12:00 Tues, Wed, Thur
Lil’ Lighthouse  
Ages: 3-6 years    Time: 8:30-11:00 Tues, Wed, Thur        Weeks of June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
LLA Explorers  
Ages: 5-9 years   Time: 12:00-3:00 Tues, Wed, Thur         Weeks of June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
Our new teen series is geared for 13-17 year olds who want to socialize and have fun. 
Ages: 13-17 years                   Dates: Mondays - June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5
** Mindfulness, Yoga, and Leisure
Time: Mondays 9:00-10:00
**Game and Social             
Time: Mondays 10:00-11:00
** Cooking
Time: Mondays 11:00-1:30
Fine Motor Readiness
Ages: 3-6 years                   Time: 8:30-10:00 Fridays only          Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9
Wiggly Writers
Ages: ages 5 to 9 years        Time: 10:30-12:30 Fridays only       Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9
Pinkalicious Party Camp
Ages: 4-7 years                    Time: 9:30-11:30                 Dates: July 15, 16, 17, 18
  Pete The Cat Camp
Ages: 4-7 years                    Time: 9:30-11:30                 Dates: July 29, 30, 31, August 1
Ages: 4-6 years                    Time: 9:30-11:30                 Dates: August 4, 5, 6, 7

Youth Job Opportunities
Medicad Eligibiliy, Application, and Appeals Process
Living in my skin-Sensory Issues from Self-Advocates
Nathan Morgan, MSSA, LSW Early Intervention/School Age Coordinator and Self-Advocate
Molly D. Dann-Pipinias, Administrative Assistant for Milestones 
and self-advocate
  Nathan and Molly will share their personal experiences as well as tips and techniques for dealing with the sensory issues experienced as children and adults on the autism spectrum. Nathan will also share his professional experience working with young children on the spectrum through Milestones .  
Tuesday, April 16th - 6:30 to 8:30pm
RSVPs recommended by Wednesday, April 10th   
 To RSVP or for more info about this meeting,
contact Joy at 330-745-5115 or  Rreindeer@aol.com
Location: Compass Christian Church
1900 East Avenue, Akron 44314
Unfortunately, childcare is not provided.  
  ANYONE interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders is permitted to attend any meeting.
Wandering research study on GPS tracking devices
Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are concerned about their child wandering away from safe supervision. Some parents who are worried about wandering choose to have their child wear an electronic tracking device (ETD) that may help them to find their child if he or she wanders away. Researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York are conducting a new study to learn more about how using an ETD affects children with ASDs who wander and their families. If you participate in this study, you will be loaned an AngelSense Guardian tracking device to use for free for 6 weeks. When you first enroll in the study, you will be asked to spend about an hour filling out questionnaires that will provide background information about you and your child. For the rest of the study, you will be asked to fill out a quick, online questionnaire once per week. We expect that each weekly questionnaire will take you less than 15 minutes to complete. Additionally, every time your child wanders, you will be asked to answer a few questions about the wandering incident.

To find out if you are eligible to participate in this study, click the link below to complete the Screening Questionnaire, or email the research team at  ASDWandering@northwell.edu .

Special Education Law
Linda Gorczynski, Attorney
Mary Jo O'Neill, Parent Advocate
Tuesday April 9 6:30 - 8:30pm
This presentation is perfect for parents of school-aged children with disabilities. Learn from the expertise of an attorney and parent advocate most everything you need to know about evaluations, the Individual Education Program (IEP) and important legal safeguards that are in place to help students with disabilities.

ESC of Cuyahoga County, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, OH 44131
**No cost.  Registration required. 
Peak Potenial Summer Camps
Sparties Running Program
Sparties Running Program is an established running program for children on the autism spectrum in the Greater Cleveland area. The ultimate goal of the Sparties Running Team is to connect Case Western's student athletes (and any friends!) with local autistic spectrum students to encourage a passion for exercise, specifically, running. Our program will strive to increase the self confidence and skill levels of its runners by providing a positive, supportive environment. Additionally, we hope to create valuable connections and a welcoming community space for the parents of our runners. Each runner will work with 1 or more coaches (CWRU athletes) to ensure participation and connections.
 The program will be free of cost to all families. The aim is to have each athlete, with the permission of his or her guardian and coach, participate in one fun run (1-2 miles) per semester. 
The program will take place at the Veale Athletic Center at Case Western Reserve University, 2138 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH, 44106. There is a parking garage right next to the athletic center, and once you are in, you follow the path into the front entrance at Veale (we will be outside to show you) and you will have to sign in at the entrance.
Tentative dates for Fall 2019 include: (75-90 minute sessions starting at 2:30 p.m.)  
September: 15
September: 22
September: 29
October: 13
October: 20
November: 3
November: 24
December: 1
A general interest sign up form for Fall 2019 is included below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUY3lk165H_HG07gRg95pghVwcuNJnpyzRIjHpQ2WMdhmw-w/viewform?usp=sf_link
Contact info:
Karthik Ravichandran
Solon Blue Ribbon Adapted Recreation Program
The Solon Blue Ribbon Adapted Recreation Program provides community based recreation and leisure activities for persons with developmental disabilities, enabling each to enhance his or her personal potential by sharing in the emotional, social, and physical benefits fostered by such experiences.
Blue Ribbon programs are open to non-Solon residents as well as residents. 
For more details and the complete 2019 Spring/Summer schedule, click here!
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