2021 Milestones National Autism Conference
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4853 Galaxy Parkway, Suite A
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Phone: (216) 464-7600

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OFN Professional Trainings

Milestones Autism Resources and Ohio Family Network are pleased to announce a series of FREE trainings for professionals in community settings and every day places such as Libraries, Recreational Centers, Churches and Synagogues and Hispanic Organizations.  

All Ohio Family Network Professional workshops are free to attend! If you attended our annual conference or other Ohio Family Network workshops, please log in using the password you created. Otherwise, click on Login then Create Account. You will have access to our virtual learning platform where all of our live and on-demand workshops will be available. For more information, please contact Beverly at bmalone@milestones.org.

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These four trainings will be offered from February through May to help your staff gain skills to create more inclusive spaces where individuals with developmental disabilities can better access our important community assets. There is no cap to the number of staff and  each staff member will receive a certificate of completion that shows they have learned evidence-based strategies in supporting the autism community. 

New Workshops

Successfully Serving Hispanic Community Members with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 11:30 - 1:00
Workshop Presenters:

Beverly Malone, OFN Manager, Milestones Autism Resources 
Judith Lozada, CMSD FACE manager.

Why this workshop and why now?

  • It is Autism Acceptance Month.
  • There are 21,000+ children in Cuyahoga County diagnosed with autism and this number is growing. Many more have other developmental disabilities.
  • The #1 thing families can do to improve outcomes is early intervention.
  • Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says autism is 1.6 times less likely to be diagnosed among Hispanic children compared with their white counterparts, and 1.9 times less likely than black kids.
  • When autism is diagnosed, it is diagnosed years later than their white peers.

Milestones Autism Resources aims to change this by developing targeted workshops and outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
  • How does it impact going to daycare, school, restaurants, grocery stores, employment, etc?
  • What kind of help can Hispanic families and communities expect to get to support families caring for someone with autism?
  • What is available in Spanish?
  • Where can you go to learn more?

If you have attended any previous Milestones OFN workshop or our 2020 conference, you are already registered on the platform. You can access this session by choosing the above Login to Virtual Workshop button and logging in with your user name and password.

On-Demand Sessions

Successfully Serving Members and Their Families Impacted by Disabilities at your Church - for Clergy and Staff
March 23rd from 11:30am-1pm
Workshop Presenters: 
Debra Petermann, Transition Coordinator/Community Connector at The Center for Disability Empowerment
Salina Miller, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Milestones Autism Resources

1 in 54 individuals are on the autism spectrum.  Churches are a critical resource in the community for children and adults on the autism spectrum.  In this workshop, church staff will learn how to support patrons with autism using church services.  Staff will be able to explain what patrons might have autism and how to meet their needs.  Participants will be shown how to provide simple accommodations or supports to enhance services for these individuals and their families.  Strategies to decrease challenging behaviors and long-term supports in the community for staff will be shared. Church staff will be able to create a more inclusive and welcoming space for individuals with autism. Increasing engagement in your community setting and integrating your congregation to build meaningful relationships and supports.

Successfully Serving Patrons with Autism at your Library - for Librarians 
February 25, 2021 from 11:30AM - 1PM

Public Libraries are an important resource in the community for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and on the autism spectrum.  In this workshop, library staff will learn how to support patrons with autism using library services.   Staff will be able to explain what patrons might have ID/DD and/or autism and how to meet their needs.  Participants will be shown how to provide simple accommodations or supports to enhance services for these individuals and their families.  Strategies to decrease challenging behaviors and long-term supports in the community for staff will be shared. Library staff will be able to create a more inclusive and welcoming space for patrons.

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