Afternoon Of Inspiration

The bi-annual Afternoon of Inspiration will be held at the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey on Sunday October 11, 2015.

The afternoon will feature a catered luncheon along with a Keynote address presented by award winning speaker and author Kerry Magro. Thomas Hassell will also speak about Autism Awareness. We will present our Distinguished Visionary Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to our community. Guests will enjoy inspirational performances by local Irish Dancers and the Mechanicsburg High school Ensemble Orchestra. There will also be a silent auction, vendors, an art exhibit and book signing. Respite care will be offered.

Reserve your seats now to enjoy our Keynote speaker Kerry Magro, award winning national speaker and best-selling author. Kerry has become a rolemodel in the disabled community. Non-verbal at 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4, Kerry has overcame countless obstacles to get to where he is today. A recent Masters graduate from Seton Hall University, he currently is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing.
Tickets are $10.00 in advance however all participants will be reimbursed their ticket price when they arrive at the door on October 11, 2015.

Registration is closed.  We look forward to seeing everyone that registered Sunday!

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, December 13, 2015 is our annual Holiday Party at the First Church of God Fellowship Hall in Mechanicsburg.  More information to come. 

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.

Monthly Support & Education Meetings

Upcoming Monthly Support & Education meetings

Thursday, October 8th

P2P (Parent to Parent), Pam Matesevac, South Central Regional Coordinator

Parent to Parent of PA is a free and confidential program throughout the state that links families who have a member with a disability or special need for support and information. We have a database of over 1,500 parent supporters who are willing to mentor a parent caller.  Learn about using the services or becoming a peer supporter yourself.  Parent to Parent provides an opportunity to share with another parent who is, or has been, on the same journey as you!   Check out their website at

ASGHA provides a light supper of pizza and subs free of charge.   All children/teens are welcome, whether they are on the spectrum or not.    Young children can play together under the supervision of our qualified childcare providers while your teens enjoy interacting with other ASD teens and siblings in our teen social group.  All our childcare workers and teen facilitators have University level education in the behavioral health field including studies in Autism.  RSVP to Bobbi Roach at or 921-2823 to reserve a spot for your child or teen. 

Thursday, November 12th

Donnie Stiles and Evan Wallace, Doria Walsh, LMT

Donnie Stiles and Evan Wallace are Ambassadors for Autism who promote positive self-advocacy.  Their most recent efforts were at a weekend long, international convention between August 7th through the 9th within and around the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

The focus of Donnie and Evan's presentation is to first speak on the topic of autism for what it is instead of what many wish it could be.  They will then go into how their experiences at the convention illustrate how we can all positively contribute to the world outside the spectrum through proactive self-advocacy.  The presentation will conclude with a summarizing demonstration using common items, such as a Jenga set, to show how judging others by a single aspect of themselves results in only furthering ignorance and misunderstanding.

Doria Walsh, LMT is the owner of "Spectrum Massage" and a mother to a child with Autism. In addition to being a PA Licensed Massage Therapist, she is also Internationally Certified in Pediatric Touch Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Doria will share about her personal experience massaging her own child. She will also explain how this type of therapy may improve sleep issues, attentiveness, touch aversion and promote a sense of connectedness for children and caregivers"

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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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.