My Milestones – Jayme Jirousek: Using Soc/Rec to Expand Horizons After High School

After finishing high school, there is a population of individuals with ASD who may not wish or be prepared to enter the workforce or pursue higher education. Social and recreational programs can serve as a great alternative for these individuals and their families, offering opportunities to develop new skills, create new relationships, and enjoy new experiences.

The Quantum LEAP (QL) recreation program in Cleveland is a great organization that provides socialization, recreation, and athletic activities to people with developmental disabilities, allowing participants to express themselves through recreation and oftentimes, to improve their quality of life through engagement in different events. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, reside in Cuyahoga County, and be eligible to receive services from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Quantum LEAP is run by the nonprofit agency Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP). LEAP’s mission is to advance a society of equal opportunity for all persons, regardless of disability. The founders of LEAP saw that individuals with disabilities did not have an equal opportunity for recreation in Cuyahoga County and decided to act. Since, the organization created Quantum LEAP, which launched in 2006. What simply started as an annual dance for individuals with disabilities has now evolved into a year-round program, with over 30 different activities that serve upwards of 400 participants throughout the year. Popular activities provided include a walking club, spring outside fun, bocce ball, kickball, softball, and golf. Don’t worry, Quantum LEAP also offers indoor activities once the weather turns cold, such as a bowling league, basketball clinic, aerobics, and more. These activities are offered in the evenings and on the weekends in six weeks-long sessions, taking place throughout the east side of Cuyahoga County in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Mayfield, Solon, and Euclid. Starting in April and ending the second week of October, many of the activities take place outdoors.
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Channel 5, April 3, 2011

Milestones Executive Director Ilana Hoffer Skoff appeared on Channel 5 News for Autism Awareness month.
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