Monthly Support & Education Meetings

May 11, 2017 ASGHA Monthly Support and Education Meeting  - Annual Meeting

Elections will take place at the Capital Area IU during the Annual Meeting, Thursday, May 11th, and all Autism Society members in attendance may vote.  Members unable to attend the Annual Meeting may mail (or email) an absentee ballot.  These completed absentee ballots MUST be postmarked by May 1st in the case of USPS mail, or received by May 1st, in the case of email (addresses are listed on the ballot ). 

At all meetings (except July and August), a Light Supper is provided at 6:30pm, and the Meeting begins at 7:00pm. 
Teen Social Group and Childcare provided free of charge - (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm) RSVP to Bobbi Roach-Hummel at

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

Directions to the CAIU:

12th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism 2017

ASGHA's 12th Annual Logan's Run and Walk for Autism will be held April 22, 2017

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area's 12th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism (Saturday, April 22, 2017 on City Island and Riverfront Park in Harrisburg). 

The 5K Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. (check-in and registration begins at 9:00 a.m.). The Family Fun Walk for Acceptance begins at 12:00 noon (check-in and on-site registration at 11:00 a.m.). 

For more information and registration details, visit:

For general questions or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, email:Rosemary Byrne, Event 

For vendor opportunities, email: Delilah Wilcox, Vendor Coordinator- 

19th Annual ASGHA Sensory Picnic May 7, 2017

19th ASGHA's Annual Sensory Picnic will be held May 7, 2017 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Join the Autism community for a wonderful afternoon of fun and food for the whole family!
Registration is OPEN
You must pre-register to attend the Family Sensory Picnic. 

2017 Picnic Registration

Bringing Families, Friends and Communities Together. 
Grandparents & Family Members Welcome!

**RAIN OR SHINE** covered pavilions provided. **DIRECTIONS below**

This picnic is FREE for ALL FAMILIES in the Greater Harrisburg Area with family members diagnosed with Sensory Processing Dysfunction and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We ask all families to bring either a side dish or dessert to contribute to the picnic.

The Family Sensory Picnic helps families with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing disorders have a fun day out. Families will enjoy “Sensory” Rides like 
• Carousel Bounce 
• Obstacle Course 
• Giant Slide 
• Jousting Bounce

We will also have “Sensory” Centers & Games like
• ”Seek & Find” Bin 
• Bubbles 
• Balloon Animals 
• Pony/Horse Ride 
• Bingo 
• Gentle “Friendship” dogs 
• Piñatas 
• Balloon Launch 
• Sensory Crafts

Individuals with autism often struggle with sensory input. Some individuals may not like loud noises, large crowds, or being touched; and some may seek the deep calming effect of jumping, spinning, and swinging. The Sensory Picnic's primary focus is to create a sensory-friendly environment where all those affected with autism feel comfortable and can come together with loved ones to enjoy a day of fun, food, and friendship. And ASGHA looks forward to sharing the day with all of you! 
Address for GPS: 80 Glendale Drive, Mechanicsburg PA 17050

From HARRISBURG: Take 81 South to Mechanicsburg, Exit 57 -Rt. 114. Go to exit light and turn right. Proceed to next light and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.

From CARLISLE: Take 81 North to Mechanicsburg Exit 57, Rt. 114. Go to exit light and turn left. Proceed to 2nd light and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.

From MECHANICSBURG: Take York Street, North (Rt. 114) out to Rt. 11/Carlisle Pike. Go straight and continue over Rt. 81 to and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.

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For questions please contact our Event Coordinator: Shawandalynn Chubb,

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.

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Community Fundraisers for ASGHA

Special thanks to Leiby 119 Racing and Lincoln Speedway on their continued support and generous donation from the Sept 5, 2016 proceeds of the 50/50 raffle. 

Many thanks to Sofas Unlimited for choosing ASGHA as their charity of the month this April. As charity of the month, ASGHA will receive a portion of Sofas Unlimited sales which will directly benefit families residing in Central PA! ASGHA recognizes Sofas Unlimited as a Proud Supporter of Autism Awareness and Acceptance in our local community and are truly grateful for their support! Thank You:)

Many Thanks to Tammy Bakalarski for the amazing Vantel Pearls fundraiser she is hosted for us the month of April!  

We are grateful for the support of LIDS during April’s Autism Awareness Month. All proceeds will be distributed to local Autism Society affiliates to help locally within your community

Thank you Funds For Friends Event at  Arooga's- ALL PA locations!