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Stories of Achievement

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

Daniel Goes the Distance

Daniel Creed, a 15 year old freshman in high school, was determined to play football. Watching him play on our Adapted Football team, you would never imagine he was born three months premature, has cerebral palsy, and just started to run when he was 11 years old. As a young child, all his toys were […] Read more

Opening up Jerry's World

Jerry is a very energetic and happy boy. When he was first enrolled in our autism preschool program at age three, he was nonverbal and unable to communicate. Since being introduced by his speech therapist and teachers at the Achievement Centers to the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), his whole world opened up. His mother, […] Read more

All for One, One for All

A story of four sisters that share one Help Me Grow Home Visitor from the Achievement Centers. Read more

Sarah's Words for the World

At the Achievement Centers, we are focused on helping children with disabilities reach their greatest potential. What is a person’s greatest potential”? for Sarah Dooley, the sky is the limit. For the first time in her eighteen years, Sarah is “talking” through a communications application on her iPad which is connected to a “head array” […] Read more

Therapy is Child's Play

Following a dramatic display of unhappiness by two-year-old Layla, one of her therapy team members, Josh, entered the room. Layla became immediately silent, and a sweet dimpled smile spread across her face as she watched Josh approach her. Now, all was well with the world for little Layla. It is this trust that our pediatric […] Read more

My Favorite Things At Camp

Meet ten-year-old Alexis Gyory. She’d like to tell you all about playing at Camp Cheerful. Read more

Teaming up for Dallas

At two-and-a-half years old, Dallas started occupational therapy at the Achievement Centers. Now four years old, Dallas is now able to stand and run, has an extensive vocabulary and an infectious laugh, enjoys jazz and gospel music, and is especially inquisitive about how things work. Read more

From Baby to Adult

Steven started coming to the Achievement Centers for Children as a baby, and grew in strength, abilities, and independence in a variety of our programs to become the amazing adult he is today. Read more

TavYon's Achievements

TavYon is thriving in our autism school, and has achieved so much—from talking and expressing his emotions, to gaining a love for learning in his classroom, in his pre-vocational activities, and at home. Read more

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