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Stories of Achievement

Valuable Lessons Extend Beyond the Classroom

Our Autism School is a very special place for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.  Here, students learn not only academic lessons, but so much more according to their needs, interests, and goals. They learn skills each day to adapt and open their minds to the world around them and encourage independence […] Read more

Jason’s Superpowers

Jason Butler lives life at full speed with enthusiasm and energy. As everyone who knows Jason can attest, his lively, outgoing personality and zest for life are contagious to those around him. At 31 years old, the most important things to Jason are his family and friends, his sports and activities, and being helpful. His […] Read more

Artist’s World

At a year old, Artist LeSure was saying simple words such as “mama” and “no no” and took his first independent steps at his first birthday party. Soon after, he abruptly stopped talking and interacting with others. At his two-year-old check-up, when he still was not speaking, his doctor became concerned that Artist may have […] Read more

Payton’s Passions

Payton Light is a “fashionista,” a ten-year-old twin to Jillian, and is passionate about playing sports and participating in activities with her peers. She enjoys playing defense in our Adapted football program, loves scoring goals in adapted soccer, and has been riding horses at Camp Cheerful since she was five years old. Payton does not […] Read more

Leah’s Lessons

Here at the Achievement Centers, we’ve had the honor to watch Leah Meister grow from a seven-month-old baby to the smiling, happy five-year-old she is today. Leah was born with a severe heart condition requiring surgery only 20 hours after birth and suffered a stroke affecting the left side of her tiny body. Her parents […] Read more

Shooting For The Stars

Isaiah Johnson was born with an abundance of motivation and attitude. At 12 years old, he is an aspiring Olympian in Wheelchair Basketball. He is an athlete whose focus is clear. Isaiah, born prematurely, and weighing only 2 lb. 8 oz. spent the first two months of his life in the NICU at Akron Children’s […] Read more

Meet Bethany

“I thought since Bethany was a preemie, she would be behind in achieving milestones, but everything took too long. She was not sitting until she was a year old,” said Bethany’s mother, Delila. Bethany was officially diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 15 months old. Delila searched for therapy options that would encourage and […] Read more

Dittrich Boys

Jon and Mary Dittrich have four young boys who all receive services at the Achievement Centers. They found us through their search for services for their oldest son, Will (7), who was diagnosed with autism at age five. After receiving services with other providers, they immediately knew ACC was different during their first visit with […] Read more

Shaneice Goes To Washington

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. —-Ryunosuke Satoro Every day at the Achievement Centers for Children, we see our staff go above and beyond for the families we serve, taking a personal interest in their child’s progress and their family’s well-being. Through their expertise and caring, they provide services to help […] Read more

Jared’s Team

Lisa and Chad Powell adopted their sweet baby boy, Jared, at six hours old. They marveled at their son, counted his ten perfect fingers and toes, and felt unbelievable joy when he smiled at them for the first time. As he grew, Lisa noticed that Jared’s tiny hands, where she had so lovingly counted the […] Read more

Friends for Casey

Casey is a delightful boy who loves music and loves to move. He enjoys swimming and going down the Lazy River at Geauga Lake, visiting the zoo, and bowling with his friends and his twin brother, Tyler. Casey has been a student in the Achievement Centers for Children Autism School in Highland Hills for six […] Read more

Sidney's Journey to Success

Sidney was born prematurely at 32 weeks and only weighed 3 lb. 2 oz. She had some breathing issues, but otherwise appeared perfect. Sidney’s mother, Ebony, was relieved to bring little Sidney home after a one month stay in the hospital. After Sidney was born, Ebony and her good friend, Carmella, started a child care […] Read more

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