Winter Weekend Away March 5-6 at the Split Rock Resort & H20 Water Park

ASGHA is excited to announce our Bi-Annual Winter Weekend Away Event set for Saturday March 5 - Sunday March 6, 2016 at the Split Rock Resort & H20 Water Park.

Our Winter Weekend Away includes tickets for the H20 Water Park, a pizza party (2 slices per person), vouchers which can be used at the resort., and 1-night stay at the Split Rock Resort.   You can come just for the day on Saturday, or you can choose to stay overnight through Sunday. 

Registration is closed as of January 29th, 2016.

Split Rock Resort is located at:  Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, PA


Logan's Run & Walk for Autism 2016

Please join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for the 11th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism on City Island and Riverfront Park in Harrisburg!

Registration is now open online at http://LogansRunWalkForAutism.kintera.org.  There you can register as an individual or family, create a team, join a team, make a donation, and ask your friends and family to support you through Facebook and email. 

VOLUNTEERS

We need many volunteers to make this event successful! Volunteers must be at least 15 years old by the day of the event. We ask all volunteers to pre-register as a volunteer on this site (see Volunteer Registration link). If you cannot register online, please contact Kathleen Haigh, Volunteer Coordinator, at Khaighautism@gmail.com.

VENDORS
To purchase a vendor table online, click the Booth Registration link and pay with credit card or electronic check (ACH). If you don't wish to register your booth online, contact Delilah Wilcox at
dlilliana42@aol.com.

SPONSORS

Organizations wishing to sponsor Logan's Run & Walk for Autism can purchase most sponsorship levels online by clicking the Sponsorship Opportunities link or contact Cindy Stauffer, Sponsorship Coordinator, at 717-579-6715 or cstauffer8@comcast.net. The Title Sponsorship, Presenting Sponsorship, and the 5K Race Sponsorship are not available for online sale. 

Join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LogansRunAndWalkForAutism.  For other questions about the 11th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism, send email to Kristie Dionne, Event Director, at LogansRunWalkForAutism@gmail.com.


Monthly Support & Education Meetings

Upcoming Monthly Support & Education meetings

​​Thursday, February 11th, 2016 Parent Chat Social.

Here's a chance to compare notes with other parents, ask questions, seek advice, hang out, and relax while the kids attend the teen group or childcare.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016 with Ryan Canfield.

Ryan Canfield is a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. and will go over financial planning & Special Needs Trusts.  Ryan states, "As someone who cares for a child with special needs, you understand the unique challenges and joys your family faces. Ensuring proper care for your loved one throughout his or her lifetime is a constant concern.  Beyond the day-to-day duties of caring for your child, a strong long-term financial strategy can provide for your child when you’re no longer able."

Thursday, April 21st*, 2016 with Donna LeFevre (*Third Thursday this month only).

Donna LeFevre presents,"Asking why – A Function based approach to dealing with problematic behaviors."  


At all meetings, a Light Supper is provided at 6:30pm, and the Meeting begins at 7:00pm.  Teen Social Group and Childcare provided free of charge - RSVP to Bobbi Roach sunshineroachasa@yahoo.comOur Support & Education Meetings are open to the public, and are held at the Capital Area IU, 55 Miller Street, Summerdale.

Directions to the CAIU: 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.



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.

 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!


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.


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