February, 2019
Zane's News!!

We have new Leadership within our Organization:

President : Lisa Poppenhouse
Vice President : Kim Fuller
Secretary: Amy Garrett

Board Members:
Stacy Youssef (CFO)
Allie Latham
Faith Lanshe
Andy Delsignore
Liz Grafious
Deb Anzelc
Nicole Corman (Executive Assistant)

  • Save the Date for our 9th Annual Spring Fundraiser and Casino Night- April 26, 2019!!

This year's theme is Rock and Roll all night...
  • The Zane's Board of Directors are pleased to announce that four scholarships were awarded for the first quarter of the 2019 year! Awards totaled $7800.00! Funding included:
* Before and After school respite. 
* Occupational therapy. 
* Social skills group and ABA Therapy
* Social skills group. 
Congrats to our families! Thank you to our Family Support Fund Committee who will begin working on the next quarter very soon! 

  • Thank you so all of our families and friends who sent in Acme Fresh Market receipts! Thank you for your support! Every penny helps the families that we serve one way or another.
How to Advocate Now for Extended School Year Services

Extended School Year is any special education or related service provided to a student with a disability outside of the regular school year. The service must be tailored to the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and at no cost to the parent. Summer school instantly comes to mind when we think of ESY, but don't limit yourself to this idea alone. It can be ANY time school is not in session (before or after school, and winter or spring break included). ESY services can also be for a particular related service like speech, OT, or PT. It can go beyond academics and must be customized for your child. For instance, any social-emotional, functional, or behavior needs your child may have. Schools can conduct ESY services themselves or pay for your child to receive the services from a private provider.

Scholarship application for transportation services in Cleveland Area
An Uber like service for individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges, is accepting applications for scholarships.  
The awarded scholarships will subsidize rides for up to one year.
Click here for info and to apply!
Social Skills Group for Winter 2019

WHAT: Social group for children ages 9 years of age and older focusing on social understanding, perspective taking, and self-awareness in order to develop conversation skills and foster peer relationships. Groups will be run by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Cory Rubeck, using the Social Thinking curriculum frameworks, strategies, and activities to develop social understanding.

WHEN: Sundays for 8 sessions, from January 27th through March 17th, 2019 4:30-6:00 pm

All participants must complete a 15-minute screening by appointment.

WHERE: Galvin Therapy Center-East, Warrensville Heights
COST: : $660 for the 9+ groups; payable by check, credit, or the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarships
CALL 216-514-1600 TO REGISTER
25221 Miles Rd Ste F Warrensville Heights OH 44128
Understanding and Writing an IEP

Participants will gain an understanding of the IEP components and thedocumentation necessary to develop an IEP. Discussion will focus on who is required to be involved in thedevelopment of an IEP and what the parent and school roles are in the process. Each section of the IEP will bereviewed with an explanation of what information is required by IDEA 2004 and what needs to be recorded in the various IEP sections.

Karen Prokop, OCECD, will present the above training
February 13th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kent State Regional Academic Center
2745 Creekside Drive
Rooms 113-115
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Tisha Eisenhuth 
330-486-2289   teisenhuth@twinsburgcsd.org
Cleveland Monsters- Autism Awareness Day!
Night to Shine Prom Night sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation

Hudson Glee Club!
  2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy applications open

The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to engage in disability advocacy on their college campuses. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college. ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.
Past students have learned new skills and information about topics in different fields, including disability policy, building student groups, intersectionality in activism, and campaign strategies. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to meet with their Senators and Representatives' offices about policies important to the disability community. After ACI is over, students return to their campuses to share what they've learned, improve campus accessibility, and create policy change on a local, state, and national level.
To apply for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI), you must:
• Be on the autism spectrum, or have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (an Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or another Autism Spectrum Disorder). You do not have to have an official autism diagnosis to apply.
• Be a student at a college or university with at least one year left before you graduate. Students in TPSID programs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities), 2-year community colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate school are eligible to apply.
• Live in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (Please note: the policy sections of our program will focus on the United States).
We especially encourage students of color, LGBT students, low-income students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other marginalized communities to apply.
To apply, please submit a completed application by Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at  houtlaw@autisticadvocacy.org .
If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at  houtlaw@autisticadvocacy.org .
PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035
Different Needz Foundations
The Different Needz Foundation is a Northeast Ohio organization that provides grants to individuals with developmental disabilities and the families and organizations that support them with necessary medical services and/or equipment needed. Their 2019 grant application is now available at:   differentneedzfoundation.org.  
The deadline for 2019 grant applications is March 1, 2019.
Boundaries Social Group
  Do you have a child between ages the ages of 10 and 15? Do they understand the difference between a friend and an acquaintance? If not, the Boundaries Social Skills Group could be just what you need! 
Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Thursdays from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM starting February 28 to April 25 (No class on 3/28 for Spring Break)
The program is designed for individuals who can take turns and participate in small group settings with a reliable form of language and an age appropriate cognitive level. 
Presented by Kent State University and the Autism Society Greater Akron
Partially Funded by Portage Foundation
LEARN MORE HERE     https://autismakron.org/boundaries
The Groovy Garfoose- Music Therapy
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