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Thanks to our 2016 Conference Attendees!

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Thank you to those who attended the 14th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference on June 16-17, 2016 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. This inspirational, must-attend autism event was a huge success, bringing together 1,000 family members, educators, administrators, therapists, clinicians, and individuals with ASD to share evidence-based practical strategies and best practices.

Attendees engaged in 75 educational workshops that focused on field-tested ideas and met more than 100 local and national speakers who presented leading-edge research, concepts, and strategies. Educational workshops included four “Straight from the Source” panel discussions with first-hand perspectives of living with autism from moms, dads, siblings, and individuals with ASD. Keynote speakers were James Ball, EdD, BCBA-D, Autism Society Executive Chair, and Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large.

Participants met more than 50 exhibitors who showcased local autism products and services to help members of the autism community reach their potential and achieve the greatest level of independence.

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. We look forward to serving your autism needs throughout the year.


June 15-16, 2017, Cleveland I-X Center

Peter Gerhardt, EdD
Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Fred Volkmar, MD

Contact or (216) 464-7600 for further information.

What Do Past Attendees Have to Say About Our Conference?

“The Conference is a chance to connect, like an academic reunion,
where I learn fresh ideas to collaborate with others in
Northeast Ohio and beyond.”

-Tracy Masterson, PhD, Conference Co-Chair


“Listening to a person on the spectrum is the best way
to become a better professional.”

-Rochelle Nyer, CCC-SLP, Conference Co-Chair


“Just when I think the conference can’t get better, it does. One special thing this year was that our son attended and participated in the self-advocate track. It was a life-changing experience for him.”

-Joe Kraft, parent, board member




Each June, Milestones Autism Resources presents their Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Conference. The Conference is a huge success with approximately 1,000 attendees from at least 10 states, more than 120 speakers, 90 workshops, and at least 40 exhibitors at the Cleveland I-X Center for two days. This inspirational event brings together family members, educators, therapists, medical professionals, and individuals with autism to share evidence-based practical strategies and best practices to help members of the autism community reach their potential and the greatest level of independence.

Participants enjoy educational workshops and facilitated lunch discussions, including a panel discussion and lunch session for individuals with autism, a sponsor/professional networking lunch, and facilitated family member networking lunches.

Recent keynote speakers include Barry Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, renowned speech therapist and autism consultant, and Sondra Williams, author, poet, speaker, and individual with autism. Local and national experts present leading-edge research and field-tested strategies.

We thank all of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors and look forward to serving your autism needs throughout the year.




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  • Continuing education credits and professional learning hours available in 8 disciplines
  • Expand knowledge to be a better practitioner
  • Network with leaders and colleagues in the field


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  • Discover strategies to make life easier
  • Meet local autism experts and therapists
  • Connect with other families


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  • Attend or share your personal experience
  • Learn helpful, practical strategies for daily life
  • Meet and connect with peers
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