April 2014



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

Logan's Run 2014

THANK YOU to all who participated in our 9th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism!


You can continue to make donations for Logan's Run & Walk by visiting


Sunday May 18, 2014, 10 am-4:30 pm
RAIN OR SHINE! at the Mechanicsburg Club picnic grounds

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

Participant Registration

Register at or by phone to STACY FOY at 717-226-1871.

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 with a disposable serving utensil (You will NOT get your dish or utensil back)

Activities: "SENSORY" Rides, Centers & Games, Inflatables (Obstacle Course, Giant Slide), ”Seek & Find” Bin, Bubbles, Balloon Animals, Pony/Horse Ride, Red Cross Dogs, Piñatas, Balloon Launch, Magician, Bingo, and Carnival Games


To serve as a volunteer at this event, register at and click "VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION."
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, must volunteer for the entire time of 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, must wear a red shirt or sweatshirt, and must love to have fun and make special kids feel special.

Questions about Volunteer Registration should be directed to Rachel Diehl at or 319-8901

May Support and Educational Meeting
Thursday, May 8th

Soaring Heights School at Leg Up Farm

Tom O'Connor is our featured Speaker

Tom O'Connor is the Development Director of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf PA. Leg Up Farm is opening a new K-12 Autism Support School called Soaring Heights School, in collaboration with IU-12. Soaring Heights offers an educational program that addresses the specific needs of children and adolescents with ASD who are currently unsuccessful in the public school environment. All classrooms utilize interactive instruction through individual and small group settings. Lessons focus on increasing academic performance, socialization, and communication skills in addition to teaching appropriate behaviors.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole DeArmitt, Program Director (
Soaring Heights School Leg Up Farm
4880 North Sherman St. Ext.
Mount Wolf, PA 17347
Phone (717) 354-6490
View flyer

Fundraisers for ASGHA

JFC Staffing Companies invites you to join us for our 4th charity event, the

Saturday May 3rd from 8 am – 1 pm
At the JFC Staffing office in Carlisle (101 High Street)

All kinds of items will be available for purchase - clothing, kitchen gadgets, tools, toys, baked goods…..

50% of all proceeds go to our corporate charity:

Interested in being a vendor? Do you have stuff to sell? Contact Lynn at by May 1st.

Vendors must bring a table to display their items (and chairs if desired). Participating vendors must donate 50% of all proceeds earned to JFC Staffing’s Corporate Charity, Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area.


Please check back for more fundraisers!

**ASD Adult Social Groups **

Pizza Buffet For Young Adults with Asperger’s

Join us on Monday, April 28th at
Stevie B’s Pizza Buffet
993 Wayne Ave.
(Wayne Ave. Giant Shopping Center)
Chambersburg, PA

This social event is free for all Young Adults (18 and older) with Asperger’s and one parent/caregiver.

Please call or send an e-

mail to the following if you are planning on joining us so that we may give the restaurant an accurate count.
Jim Zoerkler
Call or Text: 603-499-0877

Funding Support Provided by
The Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area
Parents and Caregivers meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at:
The Grove Family Library, Community Rm B
101 S. Ragged Edge Road
Chambersburg, PA

For more information about Spectrum Friends Greater Harrisburg Area activities, visit:

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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


Adult ASD Support Group Meeting

Linglestown Giant Community Center Room


BOD Meeting

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


Monthly Support and Educational Meeting

Speaker: Tom O’Connor, Leg Up Farm
Tom O’Connor is the Development Director of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf PA. Leg Up Farm has a new Autism Support School called Soaring Heights; come find out all the details about the new school as well as information on Leg Up Farm’s other services.

Tom O'Connor
Development Director
Leg Up Farm
4880 North Sherman Street
Mount Wolf, PA 17347-9637
Phone #- (717) 266-9294

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. Directions:


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