Join ASGHA for our 21st Annual Sensory Picnic - May 19, 2019
Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m for a wonderful afternoon of fun and food for the whole family!
This picnic is FREE for ALL Individuals with autism and their immediate families (grandparents welcome) in the Greater Harrisburg Area. We ask all families to bring their own drinks and either a side dish or dessert to contribute to the picnic.
Individuals with autism often struggle with sensory input. Some individuals may not like loud noises, large crowds, or being touched; and some may seek the deep calming effect of jumping, spinning, and swinging. The Sensory Picnic's primary focus is to create a sensory-friendly environment where all those affected with autism feel comfortable and can come together with loved ones to enjoy a day of fun, food, and friendship. And ASGHA looks forward to sharing the day with all of you!
There will be lots of Sensory Friendly activities to enjoy like:
• Carousel Bounce
• Obstacle Course
• Giant Slide
• Jousting Bounce
We will also have Sensory Centers & Games like:
• ”Seek & Find” Bin
• Balloon Animals
• Pony/Horse Ride
• Gentle “Friendship” dogs
• Candy Dash
• Balloon Launch
• Balloon Lady
• Sensory Crafts
Please note that as in years past, we will have a DJ, so please plan accordingly.
For more information or to register as a volunteer and/or participant visit: http://bit.ly/2019SenPic_asgha
DIRECTIONS - LOOK FOR SIGNS !!!
Address for GPS: 80 Glendale Drive, Mechanicsburg PA 17050
From HARRISBURG: Take 81 South to Mechanicsburg, Exit 57 -Rt. 114. Go to exit light and turn right. Proceed to next light and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.
From CARLISLE: Take 81 North to Mechanicsburg Exit 57, Rt. 114. Go to exit light and turn left. Proceed to 2nd light and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.
From MECHANICSBURG: Take York Street, North (Rt. 114) out to Rt. 11/Carlisle Pike. Go straight and continue over Rt. 81 to and turn left onto Rt. 944 West/Wertzville Road. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right on Glendale Drive and follow the road all the way back until you see signs for parking.
Logan’s 5K Run and Walk for Autism
ASGHA's 14th Annual Logan's 5K Run and Walk for Autism - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Many Thanks to our AMAZING 2019 Logan's Run Sponsors who help ASGHA provide so much for so many!
And a very big thank you to our many amazing vendors for helping make the day so very fun for our families:
American Marketing Co., Inc.
Central PA Ghostbusters
Falcon Race Timing
Marisco's Food Truck
Paramount Sports Complex
Three Monkeys Inflatables
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.
Mark Your Calendars
2019 Save the Dates
Annual Logan's Run and Walk: April 27, 2019 (Thank You for a WONDERFUL Year!)
Annual Sensory Picnic: May 19, 2019 (Registration: OPEN)
Day at the Senators: TENTATIVE- June (Registraiton: TBA)
Camp Day Event: TENTATIVE- July 26, 2019 (Registration: TBA)
M&H Railroad ASGHA Family Train Ride - TENTATIVE- October (Registration: TBA)
Annual Holiday Party: December 8, 2019 (Registration: Opening in November)
2019 S&E Calendar
January 10th - Tom Hassell, Spectrum Friends
February 14th - Diana Fishlock - Topic: PA ABLE Savings Program - a program that helps people with disabilities save money
March 14th - Open Forum
April 11th - Tom Hassell, ASGHA Board Member and Spectrum Friends Leader will be speaking on his personal experiences as an Adult with Autism
May 9th - General Membership Meeting
June, July, August - Social Events to be Announced, No Meetings
September 12th - TBA
October 10th - TBA
November 14th - 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: email@example.com)
Our Support & Education Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Capital Area IU located at 55 Miller Street, Summerdale.
2020 Save the Dates
Bi-Annual Weekend Getaway (Member Event): TBA
Annual Logan's Run and Walk: TENTATIVE April 25, 2020
Annual Sensory Picnic: May 17, 2020
Annual Holiday Party (Member Event): TENTATIVE December 6, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Community Fundraisers for ASGHA
Become one of our 2019 Sponsors or create a Fundraiser for ASGHA and have your donation recognized HERE!
To Learn More, Contact: Leora Appleby, President@autismharrisburg.com