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 2/1 Including Students with ASD in General Ed, ACC, Highland Hills

2/1 Music Therapy
& More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
2/1 Family Fun
Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Heights
 2/1 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights
2/2 Nature's Seasonal Sensations, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Bentleyville
2/3 Basketball Clinic, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/3 Celebrate Winter at Holden Arboretum, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Kirtland
2/4 The Wonderful World of Waivers, County of Summit DD Board, Akron
2/4 Live Webinar | Now I See the Moon with Author Elaine Hall
2/4 Ice Skating, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Cleveland Heights
2/5 Journal Club for Research on ASD, CWRU, Cleveland
2/5 ASPIES Parents Open Forum, Canton
2/5 Parent Support Group, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights
2/6 Positive Behavioral Support Webinar, ACC
2/6 Preparing to Include Students with ASD in General Ed Webinar, ACC
2/7  8 Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cleveland
Clinic Center for Autism
2/7 Extended School Year (ESY), The Autism Family Foundation, Akron
2/7 Prenatal Environment: Fact and Fallacy Webinar, FIN of Ohio
2/7 IEP Basics for Families, ESC, Valley View
2/7 Indoor Water Exercise, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/7 Sibshops- Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights

2/8 Milestones School Team Training: Advanced Behavioral Interventions for the Classroom, Beachwood
2/8 Carroll's Got Talent, JCU, University Heights
2/9 Family Reading Festival, Akron
2/9 Kids in Motion Sensory Storytime, Connecting for Kids, Westlake Porter Library
2/9 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
2/9 Sensory Storytime, Maple Heights Library
2/9 ASPIES Private Special Needs Skating Party, Akron
2/10 5th Annual Program of Special Needs Awareness in the Jewish Community, Beachwood
2/10 ASPIES Come Bowl with Us! Akron
2/11 Ice Skating, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Cleveland Heights
2/12 Sensory Satisfaction, SST9, Massillon
2/12 12 Keys to Effective Parenting, Kent
2/12 ASGC Parent/Professional Meeting, Independence
2/12 ASGC Social Night, Independence
2/12 Puberty and the Special Needs Child, Zane’s Foundation, Cuyahoga Falls
2/12 Parenting 101: Answer My Behavior Questions (Part 2 of 2), Connecting for Kids, Avon Lake
2/12 Stop the Hate, Youth Speak Out Essay Competition Deadline

2/13 UCP Adult Day Support Open House, Highland Hills

2/13 ASD Support Group for Dads, Independence
2/13 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC), Summit County ESC, Cuyahoga Falls
2/13 Ready 2 Work - Ready 2 Network | Job Seeking Skills Training, Akron
2/14 Educational Identification and the Law, ESC, Columbus
2/15 Tips for Visiting the Doctor, Dentist or Hairdresser, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
2/15 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Oakwood
2/16 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
2/16 Sensory Storytime , Parma-South Public Library
2/16 How to Keep a Marriage Healthy When a Child is Struggling, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
2/16 Talent Show, Greater Akron Young Life Capernaum
2/16 FREE JCU Basketball Game sponsored by Beta Theta Pi
2/17 Cleveland Metroparks RainForest Outing, Solon Blue Ribbon Program
2/18 Transition Planning for Students with Special Needs, HEART, Medina
2/18 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/19 Special Needs Trust Seminar, New Hope Specialized Services, Brook Park
2/19 Services and Funding for Services Through the Cuyahoga County Board, Shaker Heights
2/19 Basic Self Defense and Awareness, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/19 ETR - Do You Know What You're Signing, ASPIES, Akron
2/19 Book Discussion, JECC, Cleveland Heights
2/20 Autism... Your Piece of the Puzzle, Early Childhood Resource Center, Canton
2/20 On the Road to Independent Living Skills - Tour of Montefiore Facility, Beachwood
2/20 UH Seminar Series: Technology, Tools and Software Programs for Children with ASD UH, Westlake
2/21 Where did the DSM-V Criteria Come From and Where Will it Take Us? UH, Cleveland
2/21 Zumba Dance Class, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/22 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
2/22 Kids in Motion Sensory Storytime, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
2/22 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights

2/23 Summer and Beyond Fair, Broadview Heights
2/24 Asperger's Adult Group, Beachwood

2/25 Milestones ABA Professional Group, Beachwood
2/25 Bowling with SOAR! Parma
2/25 Ice Skating, Mayfield Village Adaptive Rec, Cleveland Heights
2/26 Yoga Reach, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village
2/26 Water Aerobics with SOAR! Fairview Park
2/27 Ready 2 Work - Ready 2 Network | Job Seeking Skills Training, Akron
2/27 Aerobics with SOAR! Parma
2/28 Trauma, What is it and how does it affect my child? ESC, Canton
2/28 Mall Walking with SOAR! Parma

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Save the Date |
Strike It Big For Milestones

Support local families impacted by autism.

Sunday, April 14, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Freeway Lanes of Solon & Parma

More information to
follow soon!

 Carroll's Got Talent |

Friday, February 8, 2013
7:00 pm
Kulas Auditorium on John Carroll's Campus

Beta Theta Pi is pleased to host the fifth annual Carroll's Got Talent university-wide talent competition featuring students, faculty, and staff.  All proceeds from the event will benefit Milestones.

Tickets are available during lunch hours on campus in the atrium for $3.00 per person. At the door, tickets will be sold for $5.00.

FREE Family Event |
JCU Basketball -
John Carroll vs. Marietta

Saturday, February 16, 2013
2:00 pm
JCU Campus

The staff & families of Milestones will be recognized at halftime. Come and enjoy an afternoon of college basketball! Check-in will being at 1:00 pm at the pool deck.

Note: This is not a drop-off event. No supervision will be provided. All individuals with special needs must be accompanied by an adult.

In partnership with Beta
Theta Pi.

February 2013 Newsletter 


Online Registration Now OPEN | Milestones Annual Conference

For Parents & Professionals
Best Practices in Education, Behavior &
Communication Strategies

Wednesday, June 19 &
Thursday, June 20, 2013

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
NEW VENUE | Cleveland I-X Center

Learn more about National Keynotes
Click below to watch & learn...
Jed Baker, PhD
Stephen Shore, EdD

Early Bird Rates Register by April 30th |

Group Discounts
Visit to register today!

Additional Conference Highlights |

Call for Breakout Workshop Proposals

Due: Monday, February 11

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities - Get your kits today!
Special Thanks to our Lead Sponsor OAR

Milestones School
Team Training |

Effective Behavioral Interventions for the Classroom

A Capacity Building Training for Your Entire Team

August 5-9, 2013
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio

Participate in a week-long, hands-on professional development opportunity focused on evidence-based classroom techniques to teach students with autism in preschool through high school. The training will include lecture and practical application with students with ASD and typical peers.

Learn How To |

*Work as a collaborative team to improve student outcomes and performance

*Plan and deliver instruction so children with disabilities can increase access to academic standards

*Reduce problem behaviors utilizing the strategies of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

*Manage and Structure your classroom to promote independence

*Improve your IEP writing skills and data collection procedures

Request an application at or by calling 216.464.7600. For more information,
click here.

Rates |
1 participant  $1000
2-3 participants  $900 each
4+ participants  $800 each
(35 contact hours included in fee)
(Graduate credit for additional fee)

Register by April 30 and receive a FREE registration  to the Milestones Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference on June 19-20!

NEW |  Ohio SELF Waiver

The new Ohio SELF (Self-Empowered Life Funding) Waiver, for individuals with developmental disabilities, opened their enrollment on July 1, 2012. The SELF waiver is a Medicaid waiver operated by the staff of Ohio's Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The SELF waiver is the first waiver that allows for participant (consumer) direction, budget authority and employer authority. Currently, DODD is expecting to serve 500 individuals throughout the state within the first year and will increase capacity in the second and third years.

DODD has created a mailbox for correspondence related to the Self-Empowered Life Funding waiver. Questions or comments may be submitted to

Pediatric Grand Rounds |
Where Did the New DSM-V Criteria Come From and Where Will It Take Us?

Thursday, February 21, 2013
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library

Presenter |
Catherine Lord, PhD | Director, Center for Autism and the Developing & Weill Cornell Medical College/NY Presbyterian Hospital

Learning Objectives |

* Learn about the proposed changes to the DSM-V

* Learn about the clinical considerations and challenges in diagnosing autism

* Understand strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to screening and diagnostic assessment

Presented by |
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals

Sponsored by |
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

FREE | No registration required

For more information, please contact
Claudia Hoyen, MD at


MCAP Corner |

The Milestones Consortium for Autism Professionals (MCAP) meets quarterly.

Next Event | Wednesday, March 13, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: TBD

Topic | Dealing with Challenging
Behaviors in the Community

Highlights from January 16 MCAP |
Trends in Technology

Presenters included | Monarch, vizZle,
LEAP and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Attendee Comments |

"Now that I am aware of more resources available in the community, I will be able to utilize them to get more information and support, as well as be able to refer the families of my students to other resources outside of school." -Tracy, Speech Language Pathologist

"I enjoyed learning about all the available free apps and the County Board's Wiki website with great resources."
-Gail, Public School Administration

Resources & Notable News |

Is the Neurodiversity Movement
Misrepresenting Autism?

The curious case histories of some of autism’s biggest celebrities.
Read full article...

Source: Slate

Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Overcome Symptoms, Study Finds
Doctors have long believed that disabling autistic disorders last a lifetime, but a new study has found that some children who exhibit signature symptoms of the disorder recover completely.
Source: The New York Times

Miss Montana: Autism Doesn't
Define Me

Meet Alexis Wineman, who was diagnosed with pervasive development disorder, a form of autism, at age 11. Wineman, who won the Miss Montana competition last year, appeared as one of 54 beauty queens in the Miss America pageant.
Full article...
Source: CNN Health

New Autism Coverage Policy Receives Praise
Gov. John Kasich’s policy change providing expanded health insurance services to families of children with autism provides significant help, according to Ilana Hoffer Skoff, co-founder and executive director of Milestones Autism Organization in Beachwood.
Learn more...
Source: Cleveland Jewish News 

JOB OPENING: Conference Intern
(Temporary, 30-40 hours a week)

To Apply: Send resume and three references to
Click here full job description and qualification details.

23880 Commerce Park Road Suite 2 | Beachwood, OH 44122 US

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