Congratulations to Rochelle Nyer, speech-language pathologist in the interdisciplinary autism diagnostic clinic in the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center (NDSC), for being named an honoree at the Milestones Autism Resources annual benefit for her steadfast commitment and dedication to serving the autism community.
The northeast Ohio-based Milestones Autism Resources offers education and coaching for families and professionals through conferences, workshops, professional development, referral calls and online resources to help connect the autism community with vital information, as well as each other.
“Milestones exists to serve, support and enrich the local autism community by offering information on social, emotional, educational, recreational, therapeutic, vocational and housing needs from birth through adulthood,” Rochelle said.
A 28-year Akron Children’s veteran, Rochelle has dedicated much of her professional life to helping those with autism.
“The most important part of my work at Children’s is learning from and helping children on the autism spectrum and their families,” she said.
In addition to performing assessments for children on the spectrum, she also evaluates school-age children with speech and language disorders. Rochelle became involved with Milestones back in 2003, the year it was founded, after attending the organization’s first conference. Fourteen years later, she continues to make integral contributions to Milestones by serving on its board and as annual conference co-chair.
According to Rochelle, Milestones focuses on the entire spectrum and whatever the community’s most pressing needs happen to be at a given time. Currently they are concentrating on helping families of young adults who have aged out of school services.
“We are addressing issues like housing, employment, independent living and how to cultivate a vibrant social life,” she said. “We look for the needs in our community and we help meet them. It truly is a parent-professional collaboration.”
Rochelle says being a part of Milestones has made her appreciative of what they do to help advocate for children and families.
“You can’t learn from a textbook as much as you can learn from people who live it every day,” she said. “That’s why I have such admiration for this organization and am humbled to be recognized by them.”
Also read her story on the Milestones Autism Resources blog.