On Sunday, December 13, 2015, ASGHA will host our annual Holiday Party at the First Church of God Fellowship Hall in Mechanicsburg (201 E. Green Street). Our party begins at 3:00pm and will include crafts, holiday carols, food, and fun for the whole family.

Families attending the party may select a gift (up to $20) for their ASD child(ren) to receive at the party.  ASGHA purchases and wraps the gifts and Santa Claus will distribute them on the day of the party.  Parents may choose to have our ASGHA "Elves" do the shopping or parents can select the gift at our HOLIDAY PARTY SHOPPING NIGHT and then get some more holiday shopping done as well.  

Anyone who was unable to shop at Shopping Night who wants their child to receive a gift at the Holiday Party must contact Esther Feirick no later than December 9, 2015 at greaterharrisburgas.bod@gmail.com and provide her with the child's name(s) and gift choice(s). Participants will receive an e-mail  confirmation after gifts are purchased. If you DO NOT receive the gift purchase confirmation email by December 9, 2015, you MUST CONTACT Esther Feirick no later than December 9th at greaterharrisburgas.bod@gmail.com.  

 REGISTRATION is still open:

Registration will close on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:00 pm

Monthly Support & Education Meetings

Upcoming Monthly Support & Education meetings

December: No Support & Education meeting.  

Next meeting will be Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Our Support & Education Meetings are held at the Capital Area IU, 55 Miller Street, Summerdale. Directions:http://www.caiu.org/about/directions.aspx

Locator Device Grant - History and Information

In 2005 Georgia Rackley came to the Autism Society of Harrisburg with a dream. Like all of us in the Autism Community she was still trying to come to terms with the recent tragic death of Logan Mitcheltree, a 9 year old with autism who wandered away from home on a cold winter evening. Searchers were not able to find him until it was too late. Georgia wanted to raise awareness not only about Autism but about this potentially deadly aspect. That was the birth of Logan's 5KRun and Walk for Autism Awareness.

Over the years this event has grown. Not only does it continue to raise awareness, but it has served as a major fundraiser, allowing the ASGHA to provide our local autism community with many opportunities and services.

The ASGHA is delighted to announce that we can now do more than just raise awareness about the dangers of elopement. Through our new Locator Device Grant, we are able to provide families with financial support for obtaining a device that will track a wandering child. Applicants must reside in one of the counties served by ASGHA (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York) and have medical proof of elopement risk due to an ASD.

More Information

2nd Annual Golf Fore Autism Open

Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd annual Golf Fore Autism Tournament, and to our sponsors who helped make it a successful event.

Thank you for supporting ASGHA!

Donations are still being accepted at  http://LogansRunWalkForAutism.kintera.org.

Your help is needed! Share your experiences to help others on the Autism Spectrum.

Michael John Carley's  first book, "Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome" included a plethora of stories from other people on the spectrum.  Not only did this make the book that much better than it would have been without the stories of multiple spectrumites, it also gave voice to those who contributed.  He's now contracted to write two more books, and is looking for more first hand experiences which can be relayed through two surveys we have made avialable online.

The first book is about being unemployed when you are on the autism spectrum. For those of you who are sharing/enduring the negative stigma and economics of this phenomena, or have been through periods of unemployment in the past, please fill out the Spectrum Unemployment Survey by April 15, 2015.

Online Survey Printable Survey (Word document)

The second book is about sexual confidence within the autism spectrum. At present, the book is titled "Why Am I Afraid of Sex? Building Sexual Confidence in the Autism Spectrum... and Beyond!"
Please note that a) survey participants MUST be 18 years old or older to participate, b) that there are graphic questions that will be asked, and c) that clear instructions exist for how to make your contributions anonymous in the book (as opposed to using your name).

Printable Survey (Word document)  (Online version coming soon!)

So if you're on the spectrum, we're asking for your experiences. And if you're on or off the spectrum, we're asking you to let as many sources know as possible. Thanks!

Temple Grandin: Thinking in Pictures

As part of the Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area's sponsorship of Temple Grandin: Thinking in Pictures, Dr. Grandin has given us permission to post a copy of her Power Point presentation on our website. Thank you to Jewish Family Services for hosting the benefit for Myndworks
 Click here for the PowerPoint presentation

The New Look: Old Ways of Looking at Autism vs. New Ways of Looking at Autism.

Michael John Carley was the featured speaker for the 2013 Afternoon of Inspiration. He is the Founder and Executive Director of GRASP, the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum. He has a BA from Hampshire College and MFA from Columbia University.

View the slides from his presentation.