17th Annual Sensory Picnic


         17th Annual Family “SENSORY” Picnic

“Bringing Families, Friends and Communities Together”

This picnic is for All Families with members diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder & Autism Spectrum Disorder

        Sunday, May 17, 2015   12:00pm – 4:00pm RAIN OR SHINE

        Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds –see directions below

How to Register:    Go to- http://sensorypicnic2015.kintera.org/  AFTER APRIL 13th

(Or To Register by Phone Contact STACY FOY at 717-226-1871)

There is an RSVP DEADLINE OF MAY 15th


Lunch:   12:00pm – 2:00pm

French Fries~Hot Dogs~Sausages~Chicken Nuggets~Pizza~Water

will be provided

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share in a disposable dish and serving utensil

You will NOT get your dish or utensil back

 Activities:                                       SENSORY” Rides

*MoonBounce   *Obstacle Course   *Giant Slide   *Jousting Bounce

“SENSORY” Centers”    “SENSORY” Games

   ”Seek & Find” Bin   Bubbles         Balloon Animals

Pony/Horse Ride    &nbs

Registration Is Open!

Registration for runners, walkers, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors/exhibitors is now open! Visit http://LogansRunWalkForAutism.kintera.org.

The Logan’s Run 5K begins at 10:00 a.m. (registration at 9:00 a.m.) and the Family Fun Walk for Autism begins at 12 noon (registration begins at 11:00 a.m.).

For questions or to register by phone/email:

SPONSORS may contact Cindy Stauffer, Event Director, at LogansRunWalkForAutism@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS, may contact Deb Mehaffie at LogansRunVolunteers@autismharrisburg.com.

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS may contact Delilah Wilcox at LogansRunVendors@autismharrisburg.com

Special Needs Skateboarding Event

On Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 9am-3pm, Get On Board and the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area are happy to present a Special Needs Skateboarding Event at The Metropolis Collective, 17 W. Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

The skateboarding event will be offering one on one instruction to special needs children/teens via 30 minute time slots. All time slots are first come first serve and rain or shine.

Skateboards, Helmets, and Pads will be provided for use the day of the Event.

More Information Register

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thrivent Financial and the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area are proud to host the Golf Fore Autism Open with all proceeds benefiting the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area. Players of ALL abilities are welcome!

For more information, CLICK HERE!

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.