My Milestones – 2018 Annual Benefit Honoree, Steve Wexberg, MD

As an exceptional pediatrician with an impressive passion for serving his community, 2018 Benefit honoree Steve Wexberg, MD has dedicated the majority of his life to supporting local families through his every-day practice.

Wexberg has become a reliable resource for the autism community here in Cleveland, using his knowledge and authority on behavioral and developmental disorders to seek out new, collaborative solutions to support life-long healthcare for individuals with autism.

Wexberg has been a key player on the Milestones Board of Directors since 2006, lending his perspective and guidance in an effort to shape one of Milestones’ core offerings, the Milestones National Autism Conference.

“Steve has been passionate about the necessity to consider and plan for the medical needs of adults with autism. He has done so much to assist Milestones in creating an educational space for health professionals at the conference for them to gain ongoing medical education around autism,” said Ilana Hoffer Skoff, Executive Director of Milestones Autism Resources.

Can you tell us about your involvement with Milestones?
Milestones has been a very comfortable place to be involved because they do the right things for the right reasons. It is forward-thinking of its founders and staff to identify the needs in the community and then address them. They are finding practical ways to tackle the issues and actually get results. Through my involvement, I’m able to make a difference and be enlightened about important issues for families and individuals.

What has been the most rewarding part of being involved with Milestones for the last few years?
Seeing firsthand how strategic Ilana and Mia have been in creating and advancing Milestones’ agenda as well as how many individuals and families have benefited by having Milestones as a resource in town.

How would you like to see other medical professionals like yourself get involved in supporting local autism organizations?
I would love other medical professionals to recognize the importance of becoming more familiar with issues unique to caring for individuals with autism, regardless of the patient’s age and the clinician’s job description. If they recognize how important this is, I would hope this will translate into more medical professionals actively seeking education on how to better care for people with autism and better guide their family members.

How does it feel to be honored by Milestones in this way?
To be recognized in this manner by an organization I respect so much must be how it feels to be told you won the lottery.

How do you envision your relationship with Milestones evolving as the organization continues to grow?
I hope I can continue to help them move forward with their agenda. I hope the Milestones’ staff keeps me in mind and reaches out to me when they feel my expertise might be useful to them.

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Wexberg will be honored Saturday, October 27 at The Silver Grille at The Higbee Building alongside Marvin Lader and Phillip Irvin. Contributions from the fundraiser will support Milestones’ free autism Helpdesk, a service which connects families to local, vetted resources and trusted recommendations. This year’s event will include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour with an open bar and live music, followed by dinner and a live auction. RSVP for the event is encouraged by October 12. To purchase tickets or to receive more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please visit click here or call 216-464-7600 ext. 113.


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