• Trainings, Workshops and Opportunities: 

    PAC (Parent Training): February 12, 2020 - Guardianship and STABLE Accounts 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, A Judge or Magistrate from Summit County Probate Court will guide us through guardianship.  We'll hear from the Treasury of Ohio as they explain STABLE accounts.  They'll also discuss STABLE accounts versus Special Needs Trusts. All PAC meetings are free and held at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Summit County. 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls. Please visit SST8.org to register for each meeting. Questions? Email Marianne Lesko at pac@sst8.org Find us on Facebook at SST8 Parent Access Collaborative. Flyer: PAC meetings 2019-20

    Parent Transition Academy, an opportunity to explore various transition areas. 1. January 23- The Route to Self-Efficacy & SelfAdvocacy:  Self-Determination! @ Summit ESC, Presented by: Vonnie Michali & Kelly Weitzel– Kent State University 2. February 20-Navigating Transition: DD, OOD, and the IEP at Summit DDPresented by: Jacquie Owens–Summit DD, Michele Shockey– OOD, Matt Marino– Summit ESC  3. March 12- Financial Planning for Students with Disabilities at Summit ESCPresented BY: Brian Aikens– Aikens Financial Northwest Mutual 4. April 23- Guardianship and Healthcare Transitions at Summit DDPresented by: Magistrate Paula Hass– Summit County Probate Court, & Erica Krapf– Akron Children’s Hospital Flyer: Parent Transition Academy 2020

    When and Where: January 23 @ Summit ESC, Feb 20th @ Summit DD, March 12 @ Summit ESC, April 23 @ Summit DD 6:00- 8:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm, Session begin at 6:30 pm. Who: Parents/ Guardians of Middle & High School  students identified with a disability, Address: *January 23 & March 12—Summit ESC– 420 Washington Ave. Cuyahoga Falls, February 20 & April 23– Summit County Board of DD  89 E Howe Rd, Tallmadge



    PAC, Parent Access Collaborative are Parent Trainings sponsored by SST8 State Support Team 8 in Cuyahoga Falls. There is a great lineup for the 2019-20 school year! We'll hear from Child Guidance & Family Solutions, OCALI, Stark State College, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, the Summit County Probate Court, the State of Ohio Treasurer's Office, Gary Tonks from ARC of Ohio, and more! Plus, we have a field trip to Portage County DD's Remote Supports Demo Room where a technology provider and end user will share more about this technology and how it can enhance the independent lives of our family members. Here are the dates for the year September 25, October 16, November 13,- Field Trip, February 12, April 15, 2019-2020.  All PAC meetings are free and held at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Summit County. 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls. Please visit SST8.org to register for each meeting. Questions? Email Marianne Lesko at pac@sst8.org Find us on Facebook at SST8 Parent Access Collaborative. Flyer: PAC meetings 2019-20

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    Parents/Guardian’s Special Education WorkshopMy Child’s Rights to FAPE & A System for Organizing RecordsThis make-it and take-it workshop will assist participants in organizing records and documentation that pertain to their child’s education and health needs.  There will be discussion on rights and how the documentation can assist in developing an IEP.  Presented by Laryssa Beatty from OCECD, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00—8:00 pm at the Twinsburg R.B Chamberlin Middle School Media Center, 10270 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, OH.  Questions, please contact Parent Mentor Darlene LaFontaine, lafontad@hudson.k12.oh.us or 330-653-1296. Flyer: Parent Workshop Flyer

    The Northeast Ohio Transition Symposium will have great information for both parents and educators!  Educators will be sharing innovative practices and programs to support positive secondary outcomes for students. Additional details provided in attachment. Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Lunch on your own, Kent State University Student Center, Second Floor, 1075 Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242. Keynote Speaker: Melissa McClain, Akron Children’s Hospital, Topic: Building Resiliency to Strengthen Employment Skills.  Please see flyer for additional information: Transition Symp. Flyer  Registration is required: https://qrgo.page.link/dAZfD

    2019 Northeast Ohio Regional Transition Collaborative Panel Discussion: Medical Transition 101 Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00 – 8:30pm This new, free training is for families and caregivers who have youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and special health care needs and who are interested in learning more about the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. Location: Educational Service Center 6393 Oak Tree Blvd. South Independence, OH 44131 Sign In 6:00 - 6:30pm Panel Discussion 6:30 – 8:00pm Erica Krapf, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist Akron Children’s Hospital ? Talk with panelists from local health systems ? Learn about the process of medical transition ? Develop skills that can prepare you and your child ? Discover strategies to begin the process and make a plan Meet Community Professionals: 8:00-8:30pm Register: https://tinyurl.com/y5fmydf2 Questions? Contact Amy Clawson, amy.clawson@cchmc.org, 513-814-0674 Flyer: Medical Transition 101 Meeting

    Project STIR Training [Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility] June 19 - 21, 2019 To register for this training or click this link: www.osdaohio.org/ This training is designed to provide you tools to learn about YOU and advocate for yourself, connect with others, gain leadership skills and create a path to the good life YOU want! Topics include: ? Speaking up about things important to you: • Knowing Yourself & Standing Up for Yourself • Communicating (effective and non-effective ways) • Solving Problems (individually and as a group) • Rights and Responsibilities • Self Determination and Being in the Community ? Learn to start or strengthen a local network group ? Charting your “LifeCourse” ? Plan next steps for training, advocacy and leading others. Participant Fee = $550 If you receive SELF Waiver services, you may arrange to pay part ($260) through Participant Goods and Services. See flyer for full details: Project STIR Advocacy

    Transition – Hands On!
    OCECD presentation by Karen Prokop https://www.ocecd.org/ Life after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming as it is filled with a variety of choices. Teens, young adults, and their parents are encouraged to attend this 90 minute hands-on training during which we will investigate community living and employment. Becoming a better self-advocate requires skills. You will gain confidence and a belief that you can do just about anything as you determine what things are important to you. Tuesday, May 21st - 6:30 to 8:30pm RSVPs by May Friday, May 17th To RSVP or for more info about this meeting, contact Joy at 330-745-5115 or Rreindeer@aol.com Location: Compass Christian Church 1900 East Avenue, Akron 44314. Flyer: Transition Hands On, OCECD Presentation 
    Entrepreneur Boot Camp! Registration for Entrepreneurship Essentials is open! Have you ever wondered about how to start your own business? We currently have 25 small business owners/artisans whose work is sold at Artful 21. Entrepreneurship is an avenue for meaningful employment for individuals with Down syndrome. Join us for this NEW program for individuals with Down syndrome ages 15 and older interested in learning how to start their own business!
    At the Boot Camp you will learn all about:
    • Creating a business idea
    • Creating a business name & tagline
    • Competition
    • Finances
    • Marketing
    • And more!
    Participants will attend with a sidekick (parent, sibling, friend) committed to partnering to complete the boot camp. At the end of the course, you will be assigned a mentor from the business community and have the opportunity to attend Artful 21 small business support meetings. USOD will help promote your product or service and, if applicable, carry your product at Artful 21! Curriculum has been developed and will be taught by the Ohio Small Business Development Center. Class dates: Mondays, May 13 & 20, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 6:00-8:00 pm. A light dinner will be served beginning at 5:45 pm. Boot Camp Cost: $30 per participant/sidekick pair Questions? Contact Toni Mullee, USOD Executive Director attoni@usod.org or 216-447-8763, ext. 100.

    Milestones National Autism Conference is June 11-12, 2019 at the Cleveland IX Center.  You can now view the full 2019 conference schedule over at milestones.org. This year, Milestones is proud to provide more than 100 sessions and 10 specialized workshop tracks!  Register by May 14 and save with their Spring Special rates!

    The Take Me Home program is a law enforcement database for individuals who have trouble communicating vital information in a law enforcement situation.  If a person in the Take Me Home program is encountered alone by a police officer, or is reported missing the officer can access the database by name or the person's decription to locate thier enrollment record.  With the information at hand, the officer can appropriately assist the person.  Please see the following link for more information and how you can enroll a person with a disability in the Take Me Home program. Summit County Take Me Home Initiative .  Website: http://www.co.summit.oh.us/prosecutor/index.php/services/take-me-home

    2019 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo Fair: You are invited to attend the 2019 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo on Saturday, April 27, 2019, Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm Where: Cuyahoga Valley Career Center 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141. This free event is for family members and caregivers of transition-age youth, interested professionals, and young adults who have developmental disabilities. There will be exhibitors, networking, resources and breakout sessions on topics such as housing, law enforcement and safety, employment, college, financial and more. Registration is now open!. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/transitionexpo2019 .  More information, https://www.ohiof2f.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Transition-Expo-flyer-April-2019-Attendee-Reg.pdf

    April is National Autism Awareness Month.  See The Autism Society of Greater Akron's flyer, which includes a calendar of third-party fundraisers and autism awareness events taking place throughout April. National Autism Awareness Month Flyer

    Technology Fair 2.0 - Come join our half day technology fair to learn more about remote support and other exciting forms of enabling technologies. April 16, 2019, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM. LOCATION-Portage County Board of DD Building, 7008 OH-88, Ravenna, OH 44266. More details and Registration: http://portage-county-technology-fair2.eventcreate.com/

    Family Town Hall Meeting: Families of students with disabilities share your thoughts to create and enhance opportunities for students with disabilities! The Ohio Department of Education is developing recommendations to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities in Ohio. As our most important partners, we are calling on you — parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, family members and advocates — to assist in developing those recommendations. Attend the Family Town Hall Meeting in your region. April 3 and then again April 17th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Summit County Educational Service Center 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 RSVP: surveymonkey.com/r/GRR8YZZ  See attached flyers. Town Hall Flyer April 3, 2019 , Town Hall Flyer April 17, 2019

    Transition Bootcamp: Medicaid Eligibility, Application & Appeals Process. Join us too discuss the Medicaid, Eligibility, Application, and Appeal process. This session is for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or require significant support. Light refreshments provided. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm Reed Memorial Library, Jenkins Room, 167 E. Main Street Ravenna OH 44266 Speaker: John Ballard Executive Director & Tami Gaugler Asst. Director of Tri-County Independent Living Center:  John is a former Director at Summit DD responsible for Residential Services, Transition Services and former Board member.  Tami is a current Board member and handles benefits advocacy. Flyer: Transition Medicaid Eligibility

    Parent Access Collaborative (PAC):  Upcoming dates: April 17, 2019, 9:30-1:30pm Topic: ARC of Ohio Presentation. In this open forum, you will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services, and anything else you wanted to know! Gary  Tonks graciously takes our questions and helps us navigate the complex world of services. The meeting is FREE but, please use this link to register as we provide lunch for attendees. https://tinyurl.com/y564sudb

    Northern Summit County Youth Transition Fair: A gathering of agencies and community partners that offer services and assistance to students on IEP’s and 504’s ages 14-22. Date: Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00 am- 1:00 pm at Nordonia Hills High School Library, 8006 S. Bedford Rd. Macedonia, Ohio 44056  See Flyer: Northern Summit County Youth Transition Fair 

    OCECD Facebook Live Educational Choice Options and Special Needs Scholarship Programs in Ohio. Tuesday, March 26th, 2:30pm This is an online event. Register and find more information here: https://www.smore.com/ctbd8

    Sexuality Education Series: For those with Cognitive Disabilities
    It can be difficult and uncomfortable to explain puberty and relationship boundaries to anyone, but sharing this information with those with cognitive disabilities poses additional challenges. We can help! USOD is pleased to announce a very special weekend workshop series facilitated byTerri Couwenhoven on Friday, March 8 & Saturday March 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Independence. Terri Couwenhoven, M.S. is an AASECT certified sexuality educator who specializes in developing programs and resources for people who have cognitive disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them. She is the author of several books on this topic. When she is not teaching or writing, she is the Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She is the mother of two girls. Her oldest daughter has Down syndrome.
    The Sexuality Education Series is comprised of five sessions, all of which are open to the community.
    • The Friday evening workshop provides an overview of normal sexuality across the lifespan (physical, emotional, and psychological). This workshop is only for parents/guardians, caretakers, educators and medical professionals.
    • The Saturday morning workshops cover puberty and parents are encouraged to attend with their children with Down syndrome, age 9-18. There will be separate sessions for parents/sons and parents/daughters. Medical professionals and educators may also attend.
    • This will be a comfortable, safe, and fun environment. Videos, slides, pictures, and games will used to improve comprehension for tweens/teens.
    • The Saturday afternoon workshops are a two-part series that cover relationships and boundaries. The subject matter will include a discussion on rules for private parts and is adult in nature. Therefore, we suggest that only adults/self-advocates with cognitive disabilities who are 18+ attend. A parent waiting room will be available.
    • Course descriptions and workshop times are listed on the event flyer.
    There is a $10 registration fee per adult, per session. Individuals with cognitive disabilities will receive FREE admission. The last day to register is Sun. March 3.
    REGISTER HERE: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=usod&id=42

    Transition Services are activities that prepare students with disabilities to move from high school to post-school life. To learn more about the topic families are invited to attend this year’s Parent Transition Academy evening meetings. Next Topics: Determination and Self-Advocacy Skill Building During and After High School, Parent Panel on Transition and The Post-High School Parent Perspective and a Transition Fair will begin at 4:30.  A few of the Fair Vendors scheduled are Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Summit County Probate Court, Tri-County Independent Living, Guided Transitions for Supported Individuals, Summit Metro Parks and Ohio Means Jobs. This year's final session is February 21, 4:30 - 8:30 pm, Sessions begin at 6:00 pm, Transition Fair at 4:30pm. Location: Norton Middle School 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. Norton, Ohio. Flyer: Parent Panel and Transition Fair

    Green Schools Provider Expo Featuring Providers of Special Needs Services.  The Green School's Parent Mentors have invited surrounding community families to join them during their Celebration of Education to learn of opportunities and servives availble to families. Saturday, February 23rd, Green High School, Green OH, 9:00 am—2:00 pm. Green Parent Mentor Provider Expo 2019

    Summer and Beyond for Children and Youth with Disabilities.  The 21st Annual Summer and Beyond Fair is Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00 am to 1 pm at Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's (5025 Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147).  This annual event offers educators, families and those who support children and youth with disabilities an opportunity to talk to agencies and organizations who offer academic, social-emotional, therapeutic and recreational supports year round in order to assist in developing independence, enhance growth and development, and prepare for post-secondary options of students with disabilities. While there pick up your free copy of the '2019 Summer and Beyond Directory'.  There will be demonstrations from the world renown - Cleveland Dancing Wheels, Face Painting by Dixie, and Flower Clown Entertainment.   “Don't miss out on this FREE event and special guest visit – Cleveland Indians mascot, Slider”!  See Flyer: Summer and Beyond Fair

    Parent Engagement Meeting:  "Understanding and Writing an IEP"   Presented by Karen Prokop, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities(OCECD).  Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-8pm, Room 113-115. Kent State University Regional Academic Center, 2745 Creekside Dr. Twinsburg.  Arranged by Twinsburg, Hudson and Nordonia Hills Parent Mentors. Flyer: Understanding and Writing an IEP

    “Parent’s Rights in the Special Education Process” A meeting for parents of students with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).  Participants will gain a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA 2004 and learn facts about student's Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  Topics include the evaluation, referral, and testing of students, parental IEP collaboration as well as the basic facts on disagreement resolution in the special education process. Presented by Karen Prokop, OCECD, www.ocecd.org  Location: Kent State Regional Academic Center, 2745 Creekside Dr., Twinsburg. Date: Monday, November 5, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm, Room 113-115. Organized by Twinsburg, Nordonia, and Hudson Parent Mentors.  For questions please contact Hudson Parent Mentor Darlene LaFontaine, 330-653-1296, lafontad@hudson.k12.oh.us No registration necessary.  Please make child care arrangements.

    Transition Services are activities that prepare students with disabilities to move from school to post-school life. To learn more about the topic families are invited to attend this year’s Parent Transition Academy evening meetings. First meeting is October 25 at Norton High School from 6:00- 8:30 pm. Topic: Transition Law and Evidence Based Predictors & Practices. See flyer for details and registration: Transition Academy Flyer  Remaining meeting dates are November 29, January 24 and February 21. 

    Transition Bootcamp Conference: Are you a family member, caregiver or professional who wants to learn more about supporting a successful transition from school to adult life for youth with developmental disabilities? Then join us! Thursday, November 1, Registration 7:30am; Conference 8:15am – 4:00pm. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH. For details and registration see website: https://www.ucucedd.org/?page_id=2075  or link Cincinnati Transition Bootcamp .

    PAC Field Trip to UDS, November 7, 2018 -  9:30 am – 1:30 pm United Disability Services is one of Summit County's largest non-profit providers of comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  UDS is also one of the County's largest providers of employment services that range from in-house job training to community employment placement and supports. UDS Field Trip

    2018 Portage County Area Transition Booster Sessions: Free for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals who care for/work with youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs.

    - Developing a Vision & Planning Your Life Tools to Use in IEPs and ISPs Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Barbara Sapharas, Independent Consultant, Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University Mentor Trainer-The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) Register online: https://tinyurl.com/y7w4f4j2

    - Writing Quality IEP Transition Goals for Students age 14 years+ Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Kerry Agins, Esq., Agins and Gilman, LLC Register online: https://tinyurl.com/ybj4zwq5

    - Achieving Quality Employment – For All Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenters: ? School Age & Post-Secondary Education – Earnestine Hargett, Disability Rights Ohio ? Employment & Community Life – Britta Hough, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities ? Community Employment – Alissa Otani-Cole, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/y7wae3xh                                                                                                                                                                               

    Have questions or need accommodations? Contact Jeanne, parentmentor@kentschools.net, 330-676-7661

    2018 Cleveland Transition Booster Sessions Continue into the Fall. Free for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals who work with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs. Location: Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital 20000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 

    Session 6: Achieving Quality Employment Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Panel Presentations: 1. School Age/Post-Secondary Prep - Earnestine Hargett & Melissa Day, Disability Rights Ohio 2. Employment & Community Life - Britta Hough, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities 3. Community Employment - Julie A Hance, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yagav5vc

    Session 7: Medicaid – Navigating the Application & Determination Process Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Margaret Schade, Medicaid Liaison, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yce8rjle

    Session 8: Waivers: What is a Waiver? How Do I Get One? Waiting Lists, Needs Assessments, New Rules, and an Overview of the Changes Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm Presenter: Gary Tonks, Executive Director, The Arc of Ohio Register online: https://tinyurl.com/yc4ovbbm Note: Adult Healthcare Transition will be rescheduled at a later date. 

    Have questions or need accommodations? Contact Amy, amy.clawson@cchmc.org or 513-814-0674

    Sept. PAC Meeting (Parent Access Collaborative) September 26, 2018, 9:30- 1:30. PAC offers free workshops for families of students with disabilities and Parent Mentors. Topic's for September's workshop: County DD Boards will provide an overview of their services and how to access them. Then SST8 staff will share the latest on ODE, including Preschool and the New Forms. There will also be “10 Keys to a Productive Parent- Teacher Partnership – Supports for Parent Mentors”.
    Please register on SST8. From there go to News & Events then Event Calendar then Select Meeting Date. All meetings (except the Field Trip) are held at the Summit Educational Service Center: 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Lunch is provided for all registered participants (except Field Trip).

    Topics for remaining 4 meetings this year are Autism Answers, Field Trip to UDS, Emotional IQ and Soft Skills, Visit from the ARC of Ohio. click here for future meeting details: PAC Meetings for 2018-2019  

    Questions about PAC? Please contact Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant, at 330-945-6634 x513927 or email at PAC@sst8.org. Other questions? Contact Alice Doyle at AliceD@sst8.org

    2018 Transition Bootcamp for Families of Transition-age Youth. These free sessions will provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend. Times are 6:30-8:30 pm and the location is at the Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH. (with the Sunday June 3rd location and date being the exception.)  Dates and Topics: Thursday, March 8 Self Determination, Thursday, April 12 Able/Stable Accounts, Sunday, June 3, 2:00-4:00pm Recreation, Leisure & Community Integration Activities location at the Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124, Thursday, June 21 Social Security Income (SSI & SSDI), Thursday, July 12 Adult Healthcare Transition, Thursday, September 13 Achieving Quality Employment, Thursday, October 11 Medicaid, Thursday, November 8 Waivers & Home Care Services. Questions? Contact Amy Clawson, amy.clawson@cchmc.org, 513-814-0674. Register for the sessions here: Transition Bootcamp Registration  Flyer: Transition Cleveland Bootcamp Flyer .

    April PAC (Parent Access Collaborative) Meeting will be the last PAC Meeting for this school year. Mr. Gary Tonks, Exec. Director of the Arc of Ohio will present in an open forum. You will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services along with any questions you may have. The meeting is from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, April 18, 2018 at Summit ESC. 420 Washington Ave, Cuyahoga Falls. RSVP if you plan on attending to Alice Doyle at: aliced@sst8.org or 330 929-6634 ext. 511232 by April 13, 2018. Any questions? Contact Marianne Lesko, contact SST8’s PAC Consultant Marianne Lesko PAC@sst8.org or 330 929-6634, extension 513927.

    Click this link for the SST8 April 2018 Newsletter

    Milestones Autism Conf. June 14-15 at the Cleveland IX Center: Since its inception in 2003, Milestones’ Annual Autism Conference has strived to be a forum that would best serve the needs of professionals, families, and individuals with ASD, serving the autism community. Over the years, the conference has grown from 400 to 1,000+ attendees, with more than 90 workshops and 50 exhibitors! See Flyer for Conference  and Register at http://milestones.org/  

    The FREE series, Parent Transition Academy has 1 remaining session to help you and your teen navigate the path to graduation and adulthood. The training is for parents and guardians of middle and high school students with special needs. Sessions are held at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Rd., Copley, OH from 5:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to Brenda Palinkas with Summit ESC at 330-945-5600 ext. 511234 or register online at the Summit ESC event page. 

    • April 19, 2018
      – Transition Panel with Parents and Professionals
      – Building Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills

    Building A Frame For Behavior At Home, A Free Parent Workshop, March 8th, 9am-2pm: Does your child struggle with downtime at home? Are you concerned with the unstructured time your child will have during spring and summer break? Could you use behavior strategies to manage challenging behaviors? If so, this parent workshop is for you. Flyer for workshop: Building a Frame for Better Behavior.  Note, this flyer is just in and is requesting you register today, March 2nd for the program.  Register Online https://tinyurl.com/parentspring or contact Alice Doyle at aliced@sst8.org or 330-929-6634 X511232. Address for the training is at the State Support Team Region 8, 420 Washington Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44221.

    The PAC (Parent Access Collaborative) Meeting is on February 14, 2018 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. The subject is Recreational Opportunities: Come hear from a variety of providers who offer recreational programming for persons with special needs and disabilities. Speakers will be represented from: All Star Training Club, Buddy Up Tennis, Camp Huddle, Empower Sports, Solon Blue Ribbon Programming and Special Olympics of Ohio.

    If you would like to attend this PAC Meeting, please contact Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 extension 511232 or email her at: aliced@sst8.org. Please RSVP by February 9, 2018. Any questions, please contact Marianne Lesko, PAC Consultant at PAC@sst8.org or call 330 929-6634 extension 513927. Location of the meeting is at the State Support Team 8 Bldg. 420 Washington Avenue Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, February 2018

    First in a series of parent tranisiton meetings is coming up.  January 23, 2018 come out to learn about Transiton Law-Legislation for Life after High School and Evidence-based Predictors and Practices for Transition. The remaining 3 meetings are on 2/15, 3/6 and 4/19 all held at Copley High School 3807 Ridgewood Rd., Copley, OH.  See attached for the Parent Transition Academy topic information Parent Transition Academy

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, January 2018

    Hearts For Music http://www.heartsformusic.org a non-profit created to provide special needs children and teens with a safe, non-judgmental and friendly place in which to practice and perform music as part of a team or ensemble. The program begins in January for ages 7 and up with two locations, Mantua and Brecksville, OH. Please see the following flyer for additional information and registration: Hearts for Music, The World's First Special Needs Orchestra

    HCER offers "Activities for All This Winter!' 
    The Adapted Mindful Creativity program features art and yoga (Grades 3-5). The second program Move and Groove Adapted Music features music and movement (Ages 12-21).  Programs start in January and registration is done through the HCER. Please see the following flyer for more information and a link to the HCER registration: Activities for All This Winter!                       

    Journey to Kindergarten: Local organizations are partnering to host an evening event for parents focusing on how best to prepare preschoolers for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. Featured speakers, Sarah Jackson, early learning consultant from Summit ESC, will share techniques that can help you get your children off to a healthy start, build relationships with them throughout their lives, equip them with the necessary structure for healthy brain development and assist them in increasing their academic achievement. Instructional strategies that parents can use to address the visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic modalities of their children will also be addressed.  The event will end with a Q&A session with Hudson City Schools and Seton administrators and elementary teachers. January 30, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hudson Library. Sign up on Hudson Preschool Parent's Website or at: https://form.jotform.com/73324844621152  Link to flyer about the evening: Journey to Kindergarten

    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, December 2017 SST8 December Newsletter
    State Support Team 8 Family Newsletter, November 2017 SST8 Newsletter Link
    Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) shares information and provides speakers on various disability related topics with parents, school districts and agencies throughout Summit, Portage and Medina counties served by SST8. PAC 2017-2018 meetings  located at the Summit ESC 420 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 
    The next PAC meeting is the November 15th Field Trip at Weaver Industries. The mission of Weaver Industries is to maximize the independence and personal fulfillment of individuals with disabilities through vocational training and employment opportunities. Speaker will be Denise Balko from Weaver Industries. The Field Trip will include two locations starting at 10:15 in the parking lot of Weaver ProPak, 129 Marc Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 then continuing to Weaver SecurShred, 2337 Romig Road, Akron, OH 44320. If you would like to attend this field trip, please contact Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 extension 511232 or email her at aliced@sst8.org. Any questions? Contact Marianne Lesko at 330 929-6634 extension 513927 or email her at PAC@sst8.org. 
    The Summit County Transition Committee is presenting a Transition Expo for teens who receive IEP or 504 services and families looking to transition from school to adult life. This free event is necessary for anyone looking for information about services in Summit County for youth with disabilities and their families. You will walk away with resources and tools to assist you with navigating the opportunities that Summit County has to offer you or your loved one. The expo will focus on the transition areas of the IEP (Individual Education Plan) which include education (post-secondary), employment, and independent living options. Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Ohio Means Jobs (1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron). There will be over 35 vendors and service providers in attendance with additional handout information available. See Summitcountytransitionexpo.com for more information. 
    The Autism Society of Greater Akron is sponsoring this upcoming summit. Keynote speakers will focus on using best practices and principles to advocate on behalf of yourself, loved ones, and those who need your voice; and affecting change legislatively by becoming a state, federal and local advocate. On Oct. 12, Celebrity Ed Asner and his son Matt will talk about life, autism, and advocacy at the Akron Civic Theatre 5:30 pm VIP Reception, 7:00 pm Program. Click the above link to register for the summit and purchase tickets for the Ed and Matt Asner event.   
    Financial Strategies:Families with Special Needs by Skylight Financail (a for profit financial firm) is offering a night to learn about Letters of Intent, Special Need Trusts/ABLE Act, Protecting Assets, IEP’s, Government Benefits and Life Care Planning on September 28th, 6 pm at Re Education Services 370 Center Rd. Bedford, OH. RSVP required by 9/21 to katiereed@financialguide.com
    Zane's Foundation September Community Meeting: What is “normal” and when should you seek Mental Health Treatment for your Child.
    Speaker:  Dr. Andrea Burland, Clinical Psychologist, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center, Strongsville, OH
    Time & Place:  September 12, 2017 — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. —  Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road, Silver Lake, Fellowship Hall 
    As an adult, addressing our mental health is complicated.  Mental health issues become even more difficult to navigate when it comes to our children.  What mental health issues face children today?  How do we know when to seek out help from a mental health provider?  Is my child’s behavior “normal?”  In this educational meeting, Dr. Burland will answer some of these questions by discussing several child mental health issues including anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She will also address what parents should for, when parents should seek help from a mental health professional and some of the available treatments for different disorders.   There will be plenty of time for Q & A. No Childcare available.  
    WWW.ZANESFOUNDATION.ORG*(330)677 -9263* P.O. BOX 1642 STOW, OH 44224
    All About Reading Mentoring – Participants will gain a better understanding and knowledge of the foundation of literacy skills and be trained to use evidence-based materials to mentor their child or student. 30 minute mentoring session through role play and learning to use materials from M4RA.org and Readinga-z.com websites. Amy Freemen & Debby Ambroza, OCECD, will be presenting the above training which is co-sponsored by State Support Team 8. Rsvp to  Alice Doyle at (330) 929-6634 x511232 or by emailing aliced@sst8..org by Sept. 19th. Date:September 26th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM ,Streetsboro Elementary School, 8955 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro, OH 44241. For more information click this link: All About Reading Mentoring Flyer
    OCALI- Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence: 
    Visit “Hudson Parent Mentor” on Facebook for articles of interest.