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.
Milestones has been incredibly fortunate to have had Wexberg as 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.
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Phillip Irvin, a dedicated father of two and a true champion for the local autism community, uses his invaluable perspective to help others on a similar journey as his.
Irvin’s relationship with Milestones first started when his family sought resources to help his son. Now, Irvin is an active leader on the Milestones Board of Directors and has served as Milestones’ Treasurer, Co-Chair of Milestones’ annual Strike It Big bowling event, and on multiple committees.
“Phillip brings energy, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to all of his involvements with Milestones,” stated Milestones Operation Director Mia Buchwald Gelles. “He gets so excited about helping families with autism and is constantly seeking to raise the bar with what we can accomplish.”
What has been the most rewarding part of being involved with Milestones?
Helping families feel like they aren’t alone in this journey. From the shock and disbelief of a diagnosis, to school and family support, all the way to work/college transition and beyond, Milestones can help families connect with resources and others who provide a sense of community. No one needs to deal with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) alone or to feel like they are alone. Every single block in every neighborhood in all of CLE is impacted by ASD and Milestones helps connect all of those single points into a widespread community.
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