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2014 9th Annual Greater Cleveland Chili Cook Off for Autism

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6 pm till 9 pm
Location: The Holiday Inn
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
Donations Needed for Prizes
Chefs – Professional & Amateurs needed

Please join The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland for The 9th Annual Greater Cleveland Chili Cook Off for Autism on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at The Holiday Inn in Independence.

Advance Tickets are available for only $20.00 per person.

Chili Cookoff

Tickets, Sponsorships and Advertising opportunities are available now. Simply click on the link below to order on-line or you may click on link at the bottom of this e-mail for a printable order form that you may fax or mail to our office. We are expecting nearly 1000 people to attend this event and over 40 professional and amateur chefs serving the finest chili you can eat! Fox 8 News Personality Todd Meany and The Ace Molar Band will provide music for the evening. Ed "Flash" Ferenc of WERE 1490 am will serve as the evenings Master of Ceremonies.

If you are interested in participating as a chef, please click on the appropriate link below. We are looking forward to another fantastic cook-off on Wednesday, April 16. This evening cannot be possible without the kind support of people like you! All proceeds benefit families in the Greater Cleveland area whose lives are touched by autism.

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Together, with your support, we can make this annual event a huge success. Your contributions go a long way to help all those whose lives are in any way impacted by autism. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

S.T.A.R. Summer Camp - Now 2 Full Weeks!
  • July 7 through July 11, 2014
  • July 14 through July 18, 2014

The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce the open enrollment for S.T.A.R. Summer Camp. Spaces fill up quickly, so please review the information below and be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Based upon parent and camper feedback and on the substantial growth of this award winning camp, we are happy to report that this year's camp will be expanded to provide two full weeks of camp for each age group. We will serve children, teens and young adults ages 6 through 22.

Camp dates for this year are July 7, 2014 through July 11, 2014 and July 14, 2014 through July 18, 2014. Camp times are still from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We will continue to host the camp at the same familiar location at the old recreation center in the heart of the City of Independence Recreation Park & Facilities.

We are very pleased and excited to inform you that the camp has been renamed to S.T.A.R., which more accurately reflects the camp mission and objectives. S.T.A.R. is an abbreviation for Students Together for Acceptance & Respect. This year all students with any type of disability will have the opportunity to attend camp, along with a significant number of trained typically developing peers.

All campers will be grouped into age appropriate groups under the direction of Certified Special Education Teachers and College Interns. Our staffing will continue reflect low student to teacher ratios.

This year we will offer new detailed camper feedback forms that are essential for communication to local school districts for those campers utilizing this camp for Extended School Year (ESY) objectives and programming. Parents will receive daily feedback forms for their child's participation and personal goals.

The camp will continue to use Social Skills Lessons geared to those on the Autism Spectrum. It has been proven that all students, regardless of ability, can benefit from Social Skills instruction.

As in previous years, we will be using the Dr. Jed Baker curriculum for our social skills activities. This programming has proven success in helping all children, teens and young adults develop positive social interactions.

Please click on the links below to view and print a camp brochure and application. We are currently accepting applications, as we expect the camp to fill up quickly this year. Your son/daughter may attend camp for either one week or for two weeks. Camp cost is the same as last year, which is $300.00 per week. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2014

Please click here for printable Camp Enrollment Forms

Click Here for printable Camp Brochure

Please print the application in the above link and return completed forms, camper's current IEP and ETR Reports, along with payment and mail to:

Jim Wotowiec
Camp Director
Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
P.O. Box 41066
Brecksville, OH 44141

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this wonderful camp experience, please feel free to forward this information to them. We look forward to another fantastic summer camp!

Next Meeting

Transitioning a Young Person with any Disability Topics include planning for Employment, Advanced Education and Independent Living
(Sponsored by First Investors)

When: Tuesday February 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM EST
Where: The CIty of Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131

Please join The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland for an educational, interactive panel discussion for parents, grandparents and professionals about transitioning young people with any type of disability into the workforce, college, or independent living. Transition Planning in Ohio starts at age 14. Whatever age your child is, consider attending and listening to the outstanding professionals who can guide you through the planning process of helping your child be successful in the future.

More Information

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland Mission Statement
“To serve the autism community by providing information, coordinating support services, and facilitating communication for the benefit of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders from diagnosis through adulthood.”

What is Autism and What We Do at the
Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

A Teen's Guide to Understanding Autism

Camp Week 1 - 2013

Camp Week 2 - 2013
Service Guidelines for Individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder Profile of Ohio's Publicly Funded Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Ohio Autism Task Force

The full report of the Ohio Autism Task Force is now available!

View report online

Please contact your state senator and state representative as soon as possible to set up a meeting with them to discuss the recommendations - either in Columbus after the rally or in your home district. If you aren't able to set up a meeting - please write your legislators. There are 43 different recommendations that cover the spectrum of persons with autism and services for them and their families. Pick the two or three that you are most passionate about and speak to your legislators about those. Your meeting should be short - 15 minutes or less. Have a "bullet point" type list to speak from. Have your information in writing, as well as a copy of the report to give them so that they can refer to it at a later date. Tell a brief personal story of how you are directly impacted by the lack of a particular service. Any letters should be no more than one - two pages. Be clear and to the point! Remember - we want to win legislators over to support our issues, not beat them up or abuse them about the lack of services. Keep the meeting positive!

Not sure how to find your state legislators?
Visit the State House web site , click on "Your Representatives" and enter your zipcode.
Visit the State Senate web site , click on "Your Senators" and enter your zipcode.

The next several months will be critical in reaching legislators with this important message. So please make an appointment today - or send a letter if you are unable to set up a meeting.

Source: Autism Society of Ohio

Autism and the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

Autism is a neurological disorder that can significantly affect one’s ability to communicate, to reason, and to interact with others. It is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees of severity. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 88 children born today will have some form of autism, a statistic that represents a profound increase over recent years.

The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland is our local branch of The Autism Society of America (ASA), the largest and oldest grassroots organization advocating on behalf of the 1.5 million Americans living with autism. The Autism Society of Greater Clevelandis a volunteer organization that provides support and guidance to those with autism spectrum disorders and their families and caretakers.

We can’t make any of this happen without the support of donors like you. The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland is an Ohio-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


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