July 2014



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Autism Society
Greater Harrisburg Area
P.O. Box 101
Enola, PA 17025

Golf Fore Autism

The Autism Society Greater Harrisburg and Thrivent Financial are together hosting the first annual Golf Fore Autism Open on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg. There will be a 1:30 shotgun start, contests and prizes. Dinner will be provided after the tournament.

Thrivent Financial is the largest fraternal benefit society in the United States. Our members reach out and strengthen communities and organizations that they care about. All proceeds from this event will benefit ASGHA and the families impacted by autism in our region.

Various sponsorships are available, please follow the link below to register or for more details regarding sponsorship opportunities. You may also contact Kathleen Haigh at 717-979-7131 (text or call) or if you have any questions.

Players of ALL abilities are welcome!


Autism Night With the Senators

Saturday August 2nd, 4:30-9:00 pm. Game starts at 6pm.
Metro Bank Park, City Island*, Harrisburg, PA

The Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area invites you to join us for a day of baseball, hot dogs, and autism awareness! Join us as we cheer on the Harrisburg Senators and knock one out of the park for autism awareness!
If time permits, we will have a whiffle ball game on the field prior to start of game. Participants may be invited to go on the field with team members for the national anthem.

Registration is Open!
(click here)

Event cost is $14 per person which includes Ticket, Food Voucher (hotdog, chips, & drink), and $1 processing fee. You can make your payment online with your Credit or Debit card. Print your receipt of payment and registration confirmation, and bring it to the game to receive your tickets.
Registration closes at 5 pm, Friday, August 1

National Autism Society members will receive $13 per ticket refund (you will not be reimbursed for the processing fee). Members must be present at the event on August 2nd to receive reimbursement; those who purchase tickets and do not attend the event will not be reimbursed.

*Parking fee is $3 per car and will not be reimbursed.


Sunday, July 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm, at Hoffer Park in Middletown, Get on Board and the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area will be hosting a skateboard clinic for children of special needs.

Skateboards and helmets will be made available for participants the day of the event, and instruction will be provided by Get on Board's highly trained staff. Instructors include Ray Young, Nathan DeMuro, Chris Siennick, and Darryll Hickey.

This event is free to the public, but you must register in order to participate and secure a designated time slot for one on one time with an instructor.

Registration is open!!
or email, with "Skateboard Clinic Registration" in the subject line.

Event Sponsors:
Rayzor Tattoos, Sanctum Longboards, Sans USA, Middletown Police Department, and ASGHA.

Next Support and Educational Meeting:
Thursday, September 11th

Enjoy your summer and stay tuned for ASGHA summer activities:

Pool Party!
Autism Night at Senators!
Fundraiser events!

Light supper at 6:30
Meeting 7:00-8:30pm

Our Teen ASD Social Group meets during the monthly meeting. For more information about the group, and to reserve a spot for your teen, contact Bobbi Roach: or 921-2823.

For FREE childcare during the meeting please contact Bobbi Roach: or 921-2823.

Our Support & Education Meetings are held at the Capital Area IU, 55 Miller Street, Summerdale.



Please check back for more fundraisers!

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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.


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 Power Point presentation.

Upcoming Meetings


BOD Meeting Linglestown Road

Board of Directors Meeting

Giant Food Store - Community Room

***Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA***

6:30-8:30 pm


Spectrum Friends Adult Group Monthly Meeting

Spectrum friends monthly meeting
Time 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where - Lingelstown Road Giant Supermarket possible guest


BOD Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting
Giant Food Store - Community Room
Camp Hill PA
6:30-8:30 pm


Our Mission:

To promote opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to participate in the same valued life experiences as do other citizens, the Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area will:


  • Provide the latest information on interventions, services, and research to our membership and the community
  • Facilitate access to supports, education, and services needed by individuals with ASD to reach their fullest potential
  • Create opportunities for families to network, share information, and offer support
  • Advocate for the interests of our members, children and adults with ASD, their family members, and the adults who work with them
  • Support the efforts of local and national therapeutic, educational, and research communities
  • Solicit and receive funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes