Milestones Autism Resources is pleased to announce the 2018 award recipients who will be honored at the 2018 Milestones National Autism Conference. Winners were determined by a special committee comprised of parents, self-advocates, and professionals and will be recognized for their outstanding achievements, and contributions for the autism community. Recognition ceremonies will take place during the conference on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 from 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. at the Cleveland I-X Center.
Chris Filler (Akron, OH), Professional Excellence Award
As Director of the Lifespan Transition Center at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), Chris works tirelessly to find solutions at the individual, local, and state levels to change policy and practices affecting people on the autism spectrum. Her experience and knowledge gained from being a mother to a son with autism have enabled her to serve as a key player in bringing effective transition services to those who need them most.
Brad McGarry, M.A. (Waterford, PA), Professional Excellence Award
Brad serves as the Director of the Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst University (AIM), where he has adapted the lessons he’s learned while traveling with his son who has Angelman’s Syndrome to bring life-changing experiences to individuals with autism through encounters with the outdoors – so far, his programs have taken groups to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Grand Canyon, and they’re currently planning more adventures to other international destinations.