May 2015 Parent Newsletter

Cornerstone Events
CB: Columbus | GW: Greenwood | WL: West Lafayette


  • GW  5/5  4:00 pm  Playgroup at Westside Park. Siblings welcome.
  • ALL CENTERS   Closed 5/25 for Memorial Day
  • WL  5/27 4:00 pm  Playgroup at Happy Hollow Park. Siblings welcome. 
  • WL  5/28  8:45 am, Breakfast and Behavior.  Topic to be announced.
  • GW  5/28  8:45 am, Breakfast and Behavior.  Topic to be announced.
  • CB   5/29  8:45 am, Breakfast and Behavior:  "What's the reason for behavior?


  • WL  Saturday 6/6 3 - 4:30 pm  "My Gym" Open Gym Time    Sponsored by Cornerstone Autism Center. This event is currently full. Please email Sheila if you need to cancel your RSVP, to allow another child to take your spot.
  • WL  6/23  8:45 am, Breakfast and Behavior.  Topic to be announced.
  • WL  Saturday 6/27  10 am, Eastside 9 Theater.  Lights Up Sound Down Film: Inside Out  
    The first 100 RSVPs will be able to go to this event for FREE.
    RSVP to
    This event is sponsored by the Cornerstone Autism Foundation.


Community Events

  • May 20 - 24, Chicago.  Autism One National Conference (Cost)  AutismOne is a nonprofit, parent-driven organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis.   
  • Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Masquerade Ball 2015:  A FREE Prom for Individuals with Special Needs ages 16 years and older.  The evening will include: dancing, snacks, drinks, flowers, pictures, and gifts for the guests. Hair, make-up, dresses or suits provided upon request. Follow this link to register online!  Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If you are interested please follow this link to sign up 
  • 6/11 7-10 pm, Special Olympics Torch Run.  See below for details. 
  • IN*SOURCE webinars: To view a list of upcoming webinars, click here.
  • iCan Bike will be held June 22 through June 26, 2015, at Perry Park Ice Skating Rink in Indianapolis. Registration is open now and will be limited to 40 participants.
  • Easter Seals Crossroads driving program offers driver evaluation and training for people ages 15 and up with disabilities, including cognitive or learning impairments and physical limitations. Contact for more information. 
  • NAA of NorthWest Indiana meets monthly at Indiana Weslyan in Merrilville. Visit for meeting topics and dates. 
  • Columbus Autism Network Coffee Talk meets monthly at Gramz Bakery in Columbus. Contact for more information. 

Success Stories   

Since Mason started therapy in July 2011, he has made incredible progress! One area he had difficulty with was eating food -- he would only eat suckers, sweet tarts and bacon. Now, he is drinking smoothies with the nutrients that he needs!

Read his full story and see a video of his progress at this link.




Meet Brittany, Therapist and Trainer 

I am the oldest of three in my family.  I have a mom, dad, sister, brother, and brother-in-law. I don't have pets currently, but I have always wanted a dog! 

I am very involved in my church and I'm a youth coach there. I mentor Freshman girls and I absolutely love it! I have enjoyed the opportunity to hang out and get to know the high schoolers and all of the other youth coaches. We are taking a trip in June to Michigan for a youth conference! In my free time I also like to watch Netflix, cook, bake and knit. 



Keurig Drawing:  The Winner Is... 


Congratulations to Molly Simmons, winner of the Keurig Drawing!

Thanks to all the parents who attended workshops and events this spring!  


Video Social Story:  Today I am getting a blood draw


Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting.This video was created by the Autism Research Institute to help prepare children and make their doctor's visit easier.  Click the image to view.



Donate to the Cornerstone Foundation Using Amazon Smile



AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Cornerstone Autism Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Cornerstone Autism Foundation.




Public Policy Advocacy Opportunity Available 


Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) is always looking for new Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) members. Members must have a commitment to promoting the legal and civil rights of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness or other disabilities, and to the cause of protecting and promoting those individuals’ rights to make their own choices. Persons interested in applying for consideration should contact Karen Pedevilla, Education and Training Director, at 1-800-622-4845, ext. 452, or by emailing


Time Timer



The Time Timer works as a visual way to display how much time is left. To set the timer, move the red disk to the desired interval. The disk diminishes as time elapses until no red is visible. Click here to watch a short video about how it works. 


Click the image to view Time Timer products on Amazon.  Iphone and Android apps are also available for purchase online.

Car Seat Safety Checks, By Appointment 


Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. 
2525 State Street 
Columbus, IN 47201 
Tonya Hiday 
               Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department 
155 East Main Street 
Greenwood, IN 46143 
Tracy Rumble 
  Franklin Police Department 
2801 N. Morton Street 
Franklin, IN 46131 
Joseph Dillon 


Connection Point Church 
2541 Cumberland Avenue 
West Lafayette, IN 47906 
Thomas Sholty 




IU Health Arnett 
5165 McCarty Lane 
Lafayette, IN 47905 
Teresa Jones 




Franciscan St. Francis Health 
8111 S. Emerson Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46237 
Sharilyn Wagner 


Click the image above for a printable version.  

Special Olympics Torch Run

Special Olympics promotes equality, respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, every day, through the power of sport.

Our Cornerstone Autism Center family would love to have YOUR participation in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

You can join us on Thursday, June 11th as we help deliver the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games and raise money for the Special Olympics movement. Contact Becky or Morgan to become a torchbearer in the Unified Relay.

You can also participate the day of by lining the streets to cheer the Flame of Hope on. Or you could donate and become a promoter by sharing the link with your friends:  ttp://

Help Team Cornerstone raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics movement!




 Speaking of Races...


Click the image below to watch the Cornerstone 500 race video!  




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