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March Community Meeting
Community Meeting
March 10th
2951 Kent Rd
Silver Lake, Ohio

Topic: Challenging Lives of those with Autism
Doug Blecher, Autism Personal Coach

Modern life can be challenging for anyone, When you have Autism, the world isn't designed with your unique traits in mind. Everyday demands can feel insurmountable. Autism Personal Coach was formed to celebrate neurodiversity by empowering adults and teens to be the best version of their autherntic selves. Come and meet Doug and listen to how APC is helping individuals with Autism reach their goals.

Inclusion Day at Akron Zoo
03-02-2020 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summit DD and the Akron Zoo have partnered for Inclusion Day at Zoo, in celebration of March DD Awareness Month. Simply wear orange (the color of inclusion) and get FREE admission when you visit the zoo on March 2nd! Summit DD Developmental Specialists will also be on site providing FREE developmental screenings for children from birth to age three. These screenings take the guesswork out of knowing if your child is meeting developmental milestones. Parking is only $3.
Meet Street Social night-Hartville
Ohio Self Determination Association
Lorain County Resource Fair
Connecting for Kids will again be teaming with Leadership Lorain County to present the Lorain County Resource Fair on Thursday, March 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the John A. Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Rd. in Elyria. At the 2020 event, families will find resources for anxiety, ADHD, communication/speech issues, behavior problems, IEP support and social skills deficits for individuals ages birth – 22 years.
Those who pre-register and attend will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. To register, visit, or call/text: 440-570-5908 (para español, 440-907-9130).
Back by popular demand is a free shuttle service, a free pasta dinner and on-site Spanish translation.
In fact, the Lorain County Resource Fair serves as the kick-off event for the new Connecting for Kids Spanish Initiative.
“Our new Spanish speaking Family Resource Specialist, Andrea Campesino, will be available at the event to assist those in the Hispanic community find resources and serve as a translator with vendors,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. “Andrea is eager to meet area families as she will be hosting our first support group entirely in Spanish the evening of March 26 at the Elyria Public Library.”
All families attending The Lorain County Resource Fair will have the opportunity to meet with providers from across Northeast Ohio, including:
● Adapted recreation programs and camps
● Alternative schools
● Counselors and mental health providers
● Educational advocates
● Grant/financial aid providers
● Music therapy programs
● Occupational and physical therapists
● Respite providers
● Speech-language pathologists
● Social skills programs
● Transition, job training and housing providers
● Tutors and learning disability programs
“We at Leadership Lorain County are so extremely excited regarding this collaboration with Connecting for Kids. While it was the “Best Class of 2015” who initially brought the Special Needs Resource to Lorain County, it has definitely been through the efforts of Connecting for Kids that it has been taken to the next level. We are happy to partner as it continues to grow. The alliance of resources in one location has certainly impacted many in our community, together we are all creating positive change,” said Julie Cruz Blair, Executive Director of Leadership Lorain County.
The free shuttle bus, compliments of Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten, will offer stops at:
● Wilkes Villa (Elyria)
● Colonial Oaks (Elyria)
● Westview Terrace (Lorain)
● Leavitt Homes (Lorain)
Social Media & Safety (Independence)
Total Education Solutions-Autism Navigator
Sensory Friendly Movies- Barberton
Nathaniel's Hope Buddy Break
March 15 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Sponsor: Nathaniel's Hope
Contact: Lynn Ebner at
Audience: Ages 4-16
Cost: Free

Buddy Break is a FREE Parents' Day Out/respite program where kids with all types of special needs have FUN with games, music, crafts and more. Meanwhile, parents get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities. this program is provided through partnership with Nathaniel's Hope and local churches.
11680 Royalton Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
Fun Fest -Solon
Jump to Support ASPIES
Achieving Quality Employment for All (Ravenna)
Wednesday, March 4th • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Reed Memorial Library - Jenkins Room • 167 E. Main Street, Ravenna
Join us for our free Transition Booster Sessions in the Portage County Area. These sessions are for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs.
  • ATTENDEES WILL:Explore tools and resources to help plan for, obtain, and maintain community employment, including Pre-Employment transition Services (pre-ETS)
  • Learn a person-centered and outcome-focused manner for preparing students and young adult(14 and up) for community jobs
  • Receive an agency overview of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Vocational Rehabilitation

Britta Hough, Regional Community Life Engagement Project Manager for NE Ohio Region of Employment First
Roya Hood, Rehabilitation Program Specialist for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities in the Supported Employment and Transition Unit
Questions or need accommodations for this Transition Booster session? Contact Jeanne, , 330-676-7661
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