2018 ASGHA Family Train Ride

***UPDATE*** Registration has reached capacity and is now closed. We look forward to seeing everyone who successfully registered for the event on August 4th!

ASGHA is hosting a Family Fun Train Ride for individuals with ASD and their immediate families. The event will be at M&H Railroad (136 Brown St, Middletown, PA 17057) on August 4, 2018 at 5pm.

ASGHA will be providing water and M&H provides various snacks for sale ($1.25/snack) during the ride. A gift shop is available on site which can be visited before or after the event.

Registration is required to attend the event and families are encouraged to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes early to check-in. The train ride will begin at 5pm. Registration will close at 11:59pm on July 28th or once registration has reached capacity (whichever occurs first). Please read the registration form completely and carefully and save a copy of your registration receipt for your records.

For questions, please email Leora Appleby, president@autismharrisburg.com with subject line: 2018 FAMILY TRAIN RIDE

ASGHA is excited to be working with M&H Railroad (another local non-profit) to bring this fun summer event to our families. We look forward to seeing you on August 4th!

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/TrainRide2018ASGHA





Mark Your Calendars (2018)

2018 Save the Dates

Annual Logan's Run and Walk: April 21, 2018 (Registration is Closed - TENTATIVE 2019 Date: 4/27/19)

Annual Sensory Picnic: May 20, 2018 (Registration is closed - 2019 Date: 5/19/19)

Day at the Senators: June 16, 2018, 6pm (Registraiton is closed)

Camp Day Event: July 20, 2018, 5-8pm (Registration OPEN http://bit.ly/CampCarnival2018)

M&H Railroad ASGHA Family Train Ride - August 4, 2018, 5pm (Registration OPEN: http://bit.ly/TrainRide2018ASGHA)

Annual Holiday Party: TBA - December (Registration Opens in November)


2018 S&E Calendar 

January 11th - Gary Blumenthal

February 8th - Jim Gainer, Farm of Hope, Hope Springs Farm

March 8th - Kelly Brandenburg, Parent to Parent

April 12th - Kelly Arnold, Statewide Employment Lead at ODP

May 10th - General Membership Meeting

June, July, August - Social Events to be Announced, No Meetings

September 13th - TBA

October 11th - TBA

November 8th - TBA

December - Holiday Party, No Meeting

At each meeting a light refreshment and/or supper is provided at 6:30pm, followed by our meeting at 7:00pm. Teen Social Group and Childcare are provided free of charge from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (each require RSVP via form: http://bit.ly/ASGHAregistrarionSE, by the 2nd Monday of each month. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to: adminassistant@autismharrisburg.com)

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


Locator Device Grant - History and Information

In 2005 Georgia Rackley came to the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area 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.

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 in 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.

For more information or questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact locatordevices@autismharrisburg.com

More Information


2018 CDC Autism Incident Rate - Statement from the Autism Society

Today (April 26, 2018), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States.


This updated report occurs every two years. The incidence rate released in April 2016 showed that 1 out of 68 children were living with an autism diagnosis. Today’s incidence rate show the rate has increased to 1 out of 59 eight year olds.


For those involved in supporting the needs of individuals living with autism and their families, this increase is not surprising. Providers of services know that they are getting more calls for help than ever before. Unfortunately, the demands for help far exceed the available resources to assist an individual or his/her family.


When asked about the increased incidence rate, Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society of America, stated, “Today’s announcement by the CDC of the increase of the incidence of autism is not surprising to the Autism Society. We are constantly seeing increased requests and need for services. What is surprising to us is that, despite the increase in the number of people with an autism diagnosis, we still are a nation that appears to accept that 70% of autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed and that as many are forced to live on below poverty income. We wrongly accept that over 50% of students with an autism diagnosis do not graduate high school on time or do not graduate at all. Autism remains a have and have not disorder; those with money are often able to get needed services, while those with limited resources are often denied services and put on waiting lists for up to eight or more years for government supported services. If, like me, you are concerned about today’s incidence rate announcement, commit to calling your elected officials and ask that they do way more than is now being done to help all impacted by autism have the highest quality of life possible."


For additional information on the announcement of the CDC, go to www.autism-society.org. If you want to talk with someone about autism or to help find a resource for a person living with autism, call the Autism Society of America’s professionally staffed Autism Source Contact Center at 1-800-3-AUTISM.

The Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area remains committed to helping provide supports to EVERY individual living with autism. For more information on our local Affiliate, please bookmark our webpage or visit us on Facebook. You may also email contact@autismharrisburg.com


September 13, 2018 Support & Education Meeting

Guest Speaker: TBA

At each meeting a light refreshment and/or supper is provided at 6:30pm, followed by our meeting at 7:00pm. Teen Social Group and Childcare are provided free of charge from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (each require RSVP via form: http://bit.ly/ASGHAregistrarionSE, by the 2nd Monday of each month. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to: adminassistant@autismharrisburg.com)

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


13th Annual Logan's 5K Run and Walk for Autism 2018

ASGHA's 13th Annual Logan's 5K Run and Walk for Autism scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 on City Island in Harrisburg, PA

Thank You for Another Amazing Year!


Be sure to visit and like our Logan's Run Facebook page for the most up to date information regarding our Walk and RUN as well as photo albums for the day. We will see you all again in April 2019!!!


Community Fundraisers for ASGHA

Become one of our 2018 Sponsors or create a Fundraiser for ASGHA and have your donation recognized HERE! 

To Learn More, Contact: Leora Appleby, President@autismharrisburg.com