(Cleveland) - National speakers, authors, and government officials highlight the Milestones 13th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference taking place today, and Friday.
Presented by Milestones Autism Resources, the Conference runs both days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland I-X Center.
With more than 80 workshops, 100 speakers, and 40 exhibitors, the Conference expects 1,000 attendees consisting of family members, educators, therapists, medical professionals, and self-advocates (individuals with autism). Walk-ins are welcome.
The conference is attracting people from 12 states, and from as far away as California, Arizona, and New York. Iiana Hoffer Skoff of Milestones Autism Resources revealed the ailment now affects 1-in-68, and families are searching for answers.
Skoff said there remains no cause or cure, so the focus of the conference is about learning the best treatment options, and networking with families, and sharing ideas.
Skoff has an autistic daughter and is co-founder of Milestones Autism Resources.
Special speakers include: Maria Town, Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House; Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish; Kevin Miller, Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; Shawn Henry, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence; and Ohio Governor John Kasich (via video).
“Milestones Annual Conference offers the entire autism community an opportunity to learn about evidence-based treatment options for all ages and ability levels and to network with each other,” Skoff told Newsradio WTAM 1100. “There is something of interest for every member of the autism community.”
Founded in 2003, Milestones.org offers over 1,000 resources for families impacted autism. The organization also provides free coaching.
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