June, 2019
Sensory Friendly Movies
The Arc of Ohio / People First of Ohio Summer Conference
Registration for the 2019 Summer Conference is Now Open!!!!

The Arc of Ohio / People First of Ohio Summer Conference
July 12 & 13, 2019
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr. S, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Hotel Reservation can be made directly with  Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center through this site:   Book my hotel room  or by calling:  614-880-4300
Tell them you are with The Arc of Ohio / People First of Ohio Conference

This is a critically important time for Ohioans with Disabilities, Family Members and the Professionals who support them.   This conference is open to all  and provides and opportunity to speak directly with the policymakers.
Blue Spectrum  will join us Friday evening for a Dance so bring your dancing shoes!

Guided Transition Open House
Shining Light Ministry Support Group

The Ultimate Guide to Helping Children With Autism Sleep Soundly at Night
It can be difficult for children with autism and other special needs to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Those lost hours of slumber not only take a toll on the children – who may be more irritable and prone to behavior problems – but also on their bleary-eyed parents. If you are struggling to help your child "power down" or relax at night, you are not alone.
Just how far-reaching is the problem? Research has found that 40 to 80 percent of people on the autism spectrum struggle to sleep. These problems include waking early in the morning, waking frequently at night, not being able to fall asleep at night, sleeping for only short periods, daytime sleepiness, and irregular or erratic sleep patterns. Many parents report that their children with autism struggle with bedtime meltdowns, inability to sleep in a bed, frequent night terrors, nighttime wandering or sleepwalking, and even binge eating at night. All of these behaviors add up to lack of sleep for the entire family.
Autism Society's Step into Autism
Formerly the Autism 5k Run & Walk
Saturday, June 15th • 8:30am - 11:00am
Firestone Stadium • 1575 Firestone Pkwy, Akron OH 44301

What's new at Step Into Autism for 2019?
You may have noticed that we've rebranded the Autism 5k Run & Walk that you know and love as  Step Into Autism . This is such an important event to our local autism community that we decided to focus on what's most important to us; families affected by autism! So, what will be different and what's staying the same you ask?
What's new:
  • Carnival games
  • A new & improved route for our one-mile walk (stay tuned)
  • Custom message signs along the route of the one-mile walk
  • Event is now 100% free to attend, donations are encouraged. Official event t-shirts are onlyearned by raising $50 by May 31st. 
  • A new name, brand, logo, and theme
  • First ever Honorary Chair, Dr. Brian Harte, President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Safety Zone featuring first responders
  • Dunk Tank
  • No timed 5k run or 5k walk, only a one-mile walk
  • New fundraising levels and incentive prizes
What's staying the same:
  • Inflatables
  • Kid's Fun Run around the bases
  • Characters provided by Imaginos Productions
  • Resource Fair featuring over 40 vendors
  • Sensory Zone
  • Contest winners announced and awarded prizes
  • Concessions
  • Being the #1 family event and celebration of autism in Akron!
Buddy Break-free respite
ASPIES Chuck E.Cheese Night-Canton
DODD to Host Forums for New Statewide ISP Template
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is preparing to develop and implement a single Individual Service Plan (ISP) template that will be used statewide. Prior to developing this plan, DODD will be hosting a series of feedback forums across the state, to gather feedback from people who receive services, their family members, and service providers.
ISP Feedback Forum - Northeast Ohio
Monday, June 3
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Summit County Ohio Means Jobs
(1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron, OH 44310)
Transportation Services with Safeco
Open Parent Education Network
Additional Resources