August 2015 Parent Newsletter

Cornerstone Events 

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

  • WL  8/15 10 am  Lights Up Sound Down Film:  Underdogs  Eastside 9 Theater in Lafayette. The first 100 people to RSVP to will attend for free, sponsored by the Cornerstone Autism Foundation!
  • GW  8/18  6-8 pm  Ask the Advocate  Please join Sheila Wolfe, President of IEP Services, LLC, and Christine Bivens, Parent Advocate, to get expert advice on your IEP, learn about Article 7, appropriate interventions, services, and supports for school. Participants will receive training and have the opportunity to ask questions about their personal situation (time permitting).  FREE. Use the entrance at 380 Polk Street.  Click here for the Facebook event or RSVP by email to

  • ALL CENTERS  Closed Monday 9/7 in observance of Labor Day
  • WL   9/19  9 am  2015 Make It Happen 5K--David Ide Memorial Run.  See details below
  • WL   10/8  5:30 - 7 pm  Waiver and Resources Night  This workshop will cover the Indiana Medicaid waiver, how to apply, and additional resources. Kate Sondgerath, Health Information Specialist at FVI (Family Voices Indiana) will present and answer your questions. The Family Supports Medicaid Waiver for people with developmental disabilities, including autism, can provide up to $16,250 annually in services and supports such as respite and music therapy. This workshop would be especially helpful to families who have just received an Autism Diagnosis and want to know what to do next. This event is free and open to the public, please invite your friends!  Click here for the Facebook event or RSVP by email to
  • WL  10/29  A Taste of Care  Prompt Ambulance Central, in partnership with Cornerstone Autism Center, will host the 2nd annual Greater Lafayette Taste of Care on October 29, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for members of our community to enjoy some of the area’s finest cooking. The Taste of Care will also include live entertainment and a fun, social atmosphere inside the beautiful Trails Banquet Facility, Greater Lafayette’s premier event setting. All proceeds from the Greater Lafayette Taste of Care will benefit the Cornerstone Autism Foundation. Click here for the Facebook page.


Success Story -- Austin    

As the son of co-founders David and Debbie Ide, Austin was Cornerstone’s first client in 2010. “We set out to create a center that we wanted for our own child,” says Debbie. “A place he could thrive, that would accommodate his individual needs. We knew that if we did it right, other parents would want that for their children as well.”

Austin has made significant progress in his social and life skills since 2010. He has demonstrated success using these skills within the community during swimming at the YMCA and stocking shelves at the food pantry. Read his full story and see a video of his progress at this link!


Meet Annie

I have been married to my husband for two years. We are both originally from southern Indiana and have called the Lafayette area home for about three years. We don't have any kids, but we do have a three year old dog named Bo Henry. Bo is an 80 lb. recue that likes to think he is a lap dog. I take him for a walk to the park almost every day. I enjoy doing different activities outside and try to stay active. 

A year ago, my husband and I bought our first home. We continue to do projects on it to make it our own.  In my free time I like to cook and try new recipes. I try to cook more at home and eat out less. I'm working towards creating an all around healthier lifestyle. Banana bread is one of my favorite breakfast treats. Click here for the recipe!  I add a few chocolate chips to the batter.


National Parks Access Pass  dunes

A free, lifetime pass to any National Park is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. The pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

Passes may be obtained by mail order or at participating sites. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, pictured at right, is one participating site. Documentation of disabilitiy is required. See their website for more information!


Giant Memory Game For Kidsplates

What a fun idea!  Make your own Memory Game for outside or even inside on a rainy day!  Kids can decorate pairs of plates with the same design, and then mix them up and try and find the matches. 

Click here for instructions. 



Podcast: IPAS 


Listen to this Podcast (recording) as Michelle Fischer of the Arc of Indiana talks with Dawn Adams and Jessica Trimble of IPAS, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.

IPAS, established in 1977, is Indiana’s federally designated Protection and Advocacy system that works to protect, advocate for, and defend the human, legal and civil rights of people with disabilities. This recording discusses advocacy and empowerment of people with disabilities in Indiana.

Click here to listen!

Dino Dig dino-dig

There are lots of examples out there of activities where kids can dig toys out of a block of ice.  This website takes it a step further and provides kids with warm water and salt, allowing them to experiment and figure out on their own which tool is the most helpful for retrieving the trapped toys.   

Learn how she set up the activity at this link



Autism On Public Assistance

This article from TACA provides resource ideas of free and low cost services available to families living with Autism. Services include daily living needs such as food and utilities, emergency funding for natural disasters, counseling, and more. 

Click here to read the full article.  



Improving Behavior During Transitions tree2

This article from 'Positively Autism' shares the most frequently researched strategies to help with problem behavior during transitions. Clicking each will give you an explanation or free printable examples. The strategies include reinforcement, social narratives, activity schedules, and video modeling. 

Remember, for specific questions about your child, please contact his or her BCBA.  Click here to read the article


 Community Events

  • 8/7  10 am  Columbus Autism Network "Coffee Talk" at Tropical Smoothie. It's a casual way to meet other parents and share stories, concerns, and experiences from our lives on this fascinating journey called autism. If you're interested, just show up. No need to RSVP. 3135 25th Street, Columbus (in Clover Center).

    8/8  Ella's Frozen Yogurt in Greenwood Supports JCASG  Stop in at Ella's Frozen Yogurt, 520 N. SR 135 in Greenwood) anytime between 11 am and 11 pm and mention the Johnson County Autism Support Group, and Ella's will donate 20% of yogurt purchases to this organization! For more information call 317.985.3232. Ella's carries dairy-free frozen yogurt!  

  • 8/10  7-9 pm  TACA Indiana Coffee Talk  If you love someone with autism, please join us for our Coffee Talk. Families can find support, network, share resources, speak with seasoned parents and meet new families. Whether your child is newly diagnosed or is an older child on the spectrum, there are so many ways to help our kids with autism feel better and reach their fullest potential. Perkins Restaurant, 5320 E 82nd St., Castleton, IN  Driving Directions  Free TACA Autism Journey Guides (over 750 pages of collective knowledge gathered from experienced paraprofessionals and parents) are offered to all parents who are attending their first Chapter meeting.
  • 8/22  Special Needs Photo Shoot at WL Calvary Baptist Church  There is no charge and edited pictures will be given to you on a flash drive approx 1-2 weeks following the shoot. 30 minutes sessions will be scheduled between 10am - 1pm. Limited sessions available. First come first serve. Download an application. The deadline is August 16th, 2015. Please drop it off at the church office or email to
  • 8/28  6 pm  Dealing for Dreams  The Arc of Indiana Foundation, in partnership with the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple, will host this event in Muncie, Indiana. Event ticket includes a sit down dinner, live entertainment, cash bar, our Master of Ceremonies, Dick Wolfsie – and much more – to benefit the Erskine Green Training Institute and Teaching Hotel.Learn More
  • 10/3 to 10/5  The Arc National Convention  Indianapolis  A gathering of individuals with I/DD and their families, chapter leaders and staff and those dedicated to our movement to come together and learn, grow, and be inspired.  Learn More  A limitied number of scholarships are available to help cover a portion of the cost of registration. Click here for the scholarship application

  • 10/31 Sensory Friendly Film: Casper  Historic Artcraft Theatre.  Doors open at 9:30am; movie starts at 10:00am.  Admission is $5 per person and includes movie ticket, small popcorn and small drink.  The Artcraft Theatre is located at 57 N. Main Street, Franklin, IN  46143
  • 11/19  6:30-8pm  Johnson County Autism Support Group: Parent Share  Bring your tips for getting through the holidays.  Mt. Auburn UMC, 3100 W Stones Crossing, Greenwood, 46143. Enter through door #4.  


Foundation News


Registration is now open for the 2015 Make It Happen 5K--David Ide Memorial Run

All participants will receive a finisher medal at the awards ceremony. Age group awards will be presented to top finishers in 10-year increments. After the run there will be food, music, and more!

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