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1/2 Basketball Clinic, Mandel JCC, Beachwood  

1/3 IEP Basics for Families, ESC, Valley View  

1/4 Music Therapy and More with MTEC,

1/4 Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections’, Shaker Heights  

1/6 Parents Night Out, ASPIES, Akron  

1/7 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Heights Adaptive

Rec, Mayfield Village  

1/8 Journal Club for Research on ASD, CWRU School of

1/8 Yoga Reach, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, Mayfield

1/8 Travis Breeding, author with autism, ASGC, Independence  

1/8 Parent Support Group, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

1/9 Positive Behavior Supports Webinar, the Achievement
Centers for Children

1/9 Preparing to Include Students with ASD Webinar, Achievement Centers for Children

1/9 Get Acquainted Breakfast, Achievement Centers for Children 

1/9 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) Summit County ESC, Cuyahoga Falls  

1/10 IEP 101 for Preschool and Best Practices, ESC of
Cuyahoga County, Valley View  

1/10 Music, Drum and Movement, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec,

Mayfield Village  

1/10 Indoor Water Exercise, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village  

1/10 Sibshops-Monarch Center, Shaker Heights  

1/11 Overcoming Obstacles to Find Time for YOU, Connecting
for Kids, Westlake Porter Library 

1/11 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec,
Shaker Heights  

1/11 Game Night, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, Mayfield

1/12 Adapted Soccer Clinic, Force Indoor Sports, Rocky River

1/12 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library

1/12 Sensory Storytime, Maple Heights Library

1/12 Learn to Snowshoe, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec, North Chagrin Reservation

1/12 Parents of Children of Color in the Special Needs World, Connecting for Kids, Westlake Porter Library
1/13 Basketball Clinic, Mayfield Heights Adaptive Rec,
Mayfield Village   

1/15 IEP, Transition, and the Middle School, ESC of Cuyahoga County, Valley View  

1/18 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake Porter

1/18 Night Out at the Movies, LEAP, Beachwood Community

1/19 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library

1/19 Sensory Storytime, Parma-South Public Library

1/19 Movie Theme Party, Greater Akron Young Life Capernaum 

1/20 Adaptive Bowling at Red Circle Lanes, Parma District
Parent Mentors

1/23 UH Seminar Series: Transition to Adulthood, UH Westlake Medical Center

1/24 Social Competence, Play, Leisure, and Making Friends, SST9, Massillon  

 1/25 Pizza Bowl, Roseland Lanes, Oakwood  

1/28 Understanding/
Writing IEPs, OCECD, Cleveland  

1/28 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights

1/29 How to Get Your Kids to Do What YOU Say, Connecting for
Kids, Avon Lake Library

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January 2013 Newsletter



Kasich Announces Insurance Coverage for Autism

Ohio children with autism and their families will have access to needed services thanks to policy changes Governor John R. Kasich announced December 21, 2012 for state employee health insurance, private market health insurance, and health insurance sold through the upcoming federally managed health insurance program.  Ohio state employees and their 39,000 children will have access to autism services once the 5 state employees’ unions give approval.  

Milestones Consortium for Autism Professionals Presents |
Trends in Technology 

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 |
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Bellefaire JCB | 22001 Fairmount Blvd.,
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

Cost: $30 for Professionals | Includes light dinner & CEUs
$15 for Family Members includes light dinner
Walk-ins available for an additional $5, but seating is limited!

Presenters: Monarch, vizZle, LEAP and Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Presentations: Trends in Technology | From the Latest Apps to Everyday Tech Product Demonstrations

REGISTER by emailing or calling 216.464.7600. Online registration is available too!

11th Annual Milestones Autism Conference | Save the Date & Workshop Proposals

We are pleased to announce the dates, location and keynote speakers for the 11th Annual Autism Conference |

Dates: Wednesday, June 19th & Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Location: Cleveland I-X Exhibition & Convention Center

Keynotes: Jed Baker (6/19) and Stephen Shore (6/20)

This conference is for |
Educators; Parents; Adult Service Providers; Behavior, Music, Art, Occupational Therapists; Speech-Language Pathologists; DD, Support Administrators; Relatives of Individuals with Autism.

Exhibitor, Sponsorship and Advertiser opportunities will be made available soon -
stay tuned for details!


Call for Breakout Session Proposals and Research Posters - Share your expertise and submit today. Deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013.

Ohio's Employment First Initiative

Ohio Governor John Kasich officially launched Ohio's Employment First Initiative in March of 2012, by signing an Executive Order to make community employment the priority and preferred outcome for working-age Ohioans with disabilities.

Ohio's Employment First Initiative is a statewide movement to support community employment or "integrated employment" for individuals with developmental disabilities. Employment First seeks to raise the expectation that people with developmental disabilities can succeed in the workplace if they have the right training and support. The initiative realigns state programs so that fundamental policies create real opportunities for real jobs in the community.

Beth Thompson, Teen/Adults Services Manager for Milestones Autism Organization, was asked to join the Realizing Employment First for Youth Leadership Team as a representative for those affected by autism spectrum disorders and as an expert in the field of transition to employment for students with disabilities. The leadership team is charged with assisting in reviewing agencies policies and making recommendations that would increase community employment opportunities for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. 

Milestones is honored to be involved with Ohio's Employment First Initiative. For more information, see Ohio DODD page - Ohio's Employment First Initiative.

Getting to Know Our Website:
New Siblings Tips and Resources

Parenting a child with autism presents particular challenges. When there are other children as well,
parents have to juggle some tricky situations. Read our
(look for "sibshops") on our updated, interactive calendar.

Resources & Notable News

How to Help Children Cope with a Crisis

Save the Children Offers 10 Tips to Help All Children Cope with a Crisis
Read full article...

Source: Save the Children

Autism Therapy Named to Time Magazine's
Top 10

A new finding about the potential of behavior therapy for kids with autism is one of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs” for the year.
More here...
Source: disabilityscoop

Asperger's Officially Placed Inside Autism Spectrum
Asperger's syndrome is really just a form of autism and does not merit a separate diagnosis, according to a panel of researchers assembled by the American Psychiatric Association.
Learn more about this...
Source: npr

The Autism Advantage
When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason and research would do: They started reading.
Full Article...
Source: The New York Times

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Milestones is excited to announce our partnership with Nurenberg Paris! From January 1st-January 31, 2013, Nurenberg Paris will donate $2.00 to Milestones for every "like" they receive on Facebook. Please support this effort today by visiting their page. Be sure to tell your family, friends and co-workers too!

If you would like more information on how your company can partner with Milestones, please contact Tara at 216.464.7600, ext. 105.

About Nurenberg Paris

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

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