Autism Awareness Month is a great time to educate yourself about autism, spread awareness, and to support those impacted by autism. However, these efforts do not have to end when April does, and can still be very impactful throughout the year. Milestones has provided some effective ways in which you can participate in autism awareness and continue to support the autism community all year long.
1. Educate yourself – You may have heard of the phrase “Each one, teach one.” Once you learn information about autism, it would be a great duty to help others become more knowledgeable as well. It is also very important that when you talking to people that you are providing accurate and up-to-date information. As an educational organization, we can attest to knowing the importance of having accurate and evidence-based information about autism-related topics. One of the ways that you can educate yourself about autism is through online research. Be sure to check out our resource center to discover more than 1,400 resources with a special focus on resources in Ohio.
2. Get Involved – Volunteer your time to further the mission of organizations who are dedicated to helping people on the spectrum. Many organizations heavily depend on volunteers as they can be a huge factor in making projects and events a success. It can also be a fun and meaningful activity to do with your loved ones, allowing you all to make a difference in your community together. Volunteering can be as simple as helping out with office work, providing special event assistance or serving on a planning committee. You can get started with Milestones, as we are always looking for volunteers year round.
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This month, Milestones Autism Resources’ annual Strike it Big Bowling Extravaganza returned for its sixth year. On Sunday, March 11th, over 80 teams comprised of more than 400 bowlers gathered at Spins Bowl in Independence to bowl in support of the local autism community. As a result of the tremendous efforts of our sponsors, bowlers, and volunteers, the event raised nearly $70,000 for Milestones’ free autism Helpdesk, a service which allows families to contact Milestones’ professional staff for personal guidance and local resources.
Participants included eight school districts and colleges, plus community members and business owners from all across Cleveland.
The fun-filled day also included balloon twisting, face painting, a raffle, a photo booth and a special appearance by Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps.
Milestones would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s fundraiser a wonderful success.
If you haven’t had the chance to donate, please consider making a contribution here.
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