Special Needs Events in Northeast Ohio — April 2018

Special Needs Events in Northeast Ohio — April 2018

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Many businesses in the greater Cleveland/Akron area host dedicated events and activities for children who have special needs and their parents and families. Find one near you this month by checking the following happenings:


Teen Scene for Boys. This program presents life-skills activities to teenagers with special needs by providing structured programming and age-appropriate lesson plans with experienced behavioral aides. 4-5:30 p.m. Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd., Pepper Pike,  friendscleveland.com


Open Jump. Exclusively for children with special needs and their siblings. 4:30-6 p.m. Sky Zone, 750 Alpha Drive, Highland Hts., and 31500 Viking Pkwy., Westlake, milestones.org


Teen Scene for Girls. This program brings teenage girls with special needs together with volunteers for social interaction. Participants will learn about cooking, menu planning, and etiquette. 5:15-6:45 p.m. Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Blvd., Pepper Pike, friendscleveland.com

April 2

Kids in the Kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills with fast, simple, no-bake recipes for kids. For students with special needs and their typical peers. 3-3:45 p.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, 440-871-2600, westlakelibrary.org

Teens: What Skills Do You Want to Develop? You are not alone. Come join Adina Bloom, LISW, for a fun, informational get-together to share your ideas and find out more about her ideas for an ongoing, weekly, supportive group experience. 5-6 p.m. Trust Your Heart, 25901 Emery Road, Ste. 105, Warrensville Hts., trustyourheartnow.com

April 5

Autism Awareness Night with the Cavs. Shoot free-throws on center court, take group pictures on the court, hear a Cavs coach or player speak, and more. 8 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, monarchcenterforautism.org

April 6-8

Camp Cheerful Respite Weekend: Wild West. Two-night session of fun activities for campers of any ability level including sensory walks, recreation and sports, horsemanship activities and more. Achievement Centers for Children, Camp Cheerful, 1500 Cheerful Lane, Strongsville, campcheerful.achievementcenters.org

April 9

Mellow Monday Sensory Night. Moderate lighting and music, and air compressors are turned off. Activities include laser tag, ropes course, arcade, bowling, cafe and spin zone. 5-8 p.m. Make Believe Family Fun Center, 8303 Day Drive, Parma, makebelieveparma.com

April 14

Transition Expo. For family members and caregivers of transition-age youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities. 8 a.m.-noon. Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, 216-509-5015, [email protected]

April 19

Lake/Geauga County Autism Support Group. Open discussion for family, friends and caregivers of those with autism. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Auburn Technology Learning Center, 8221 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., milestones.org

Parent Transition Academy. Parents and guardians of middle and high school students with special needs: Join Summit DD and other local resources for this free event to discuss topics. 6-8:30 p.m. Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road, Copley, summitdd.org

April 25

Adapted Fossil Find. What would it be like to be a paleontologist? Spend an evening digging up fossils. Designed for individuals with disabilities. 6-7:30 p.m. Environmental Learning Center, 7250 Alexander Road, Painesville, lakemetroparks.com

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