Family SENSORY Picnic: “Bringing Families, Friends and Communities Together”

18th Annual Family SENSORY Picnic, Sunday May 15th.

Registration is now open:

This picnic is for All Families with members diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Integration Disorder, Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, RAIN OR SHINE at the Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds.  

French Fries~Hot Dogs~Sausages~Chicken Nuggets~Pizza~ and water will be provided

Sensory rides, games, and centers for kids of all ages:    MoonBounce         Obstacle Course         Jousting Bounce      ”Seek & Find” Bin          Bubbles         Balloon Animals           Sand Art          Piñatas          Pony/Horse Ride          Service Dogs      Play-Doh       Face painting         Balloon Launch         Bingo         Carnival Games        Raffle        Family Photo

Logan's Run & Walk for Autism 2016

Thank You to everyone that attended the 

11th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism 

Donate online at and click on give. 

Race Results:

Community Fundraisers for ASGHA

 Thursday, April 21st Sky Zone - FUNraiser! Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area!

If you would like to support the Autism Society then all you have to do is purchase a 60-minute, 90-minute or 120-minute jump pass on Thursday, April 21st.  For every 60-minute, 90-minute or 120-minute jump pass sold on 4/21/16, Sky Zone Harrisburg will donate $5 to the Autism Society!

#SkyZoneCares  Click here to purchase tickets!

Many Thanks to Tammy Bakalarski for the amazing Vantel Pearls fundraiser she is hosting for us the month of April!  For more information or to place an order, contact or visit the following link: item number C1016 and party number 90520.

We are grateful for the support of LIDS during April’s Autism Awareness Month. All U.S. Lids retail stores will be collecting your donations at the register. Please help out however you can. All proceeds will be distributed to local Autism Society affiliates to help locally within your community

Thank You to everyone that attended the 

11th Annual Logan's Run & Walk for Autism 

Donate online at and click on give. 

Race Results:

Monthly Support & Education Meetings

Upcoming Monthly Support & Education meetings

​​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."  

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 Annual Business Meeting

During our Annual Meeting, our President will review ASGHA events, activities, and expenditures for 2015.  Elections for our Board of Directors will also be held at this meeting.

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 or 921-2993. Our Support & Education Meetings are open to the public, and are held at the Capital Area IU, 55 Miller Street, Summerdale.

Directions to the CAIU:

Dauphin County Respite Kick Off Event

Parents Night Out - East Shore Friday, May 6 - SAVE THE DATE!

ASGHA is working with Cumberland Perry Respite to open a Dauphin County location for respite services by sponsoring a Parent's Night Out for Autism Society (National) Members on Friday, May 6th ASGHA will provide childcare (through CPR) as well as dinner for the parents of ASD children.  The Respite childcare will be held at CPR's Dauphin County location on North 6th Street in Harrisburg.  and the parents will have dinner at Chili's Bar & Grill in Harrisburg**.   ASGHA will pick up the check for two adults per family, up to $25 per person (alcohol excluded). 

We need your help to make this event successful!  Even though the event is in May, we need you to register right now so that we can give CPR the number of children needing respite at this new location.  To reserve your spot, email the names of the parents/adults needing a dinner reservation, and the number and names of the children needing respite childcare to Betsie Flynn of ASGHA at

*Stay Tuned: further details for this event will be finalized by mid-March. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: To take advantage of this event, you must be a member of the Autism Society (National) and you need to register with CPR Respite Services for May 6, 2016, at the Dauphin County Location, once registration for that location opens. ASGHA will post that information as soon as it is available.

 If you have not previously used CPR respite care for your children, you must download & complete CPR's Respite Application: Send the completed application to Kathy Seiderer via email at, or by mail using the mailing address listed on the application.  If you have further questions about CPR's application or registration process, contact Kathy Seiderer at 717-737-3477.


THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Broomball game and Raffle.  HBBC has raised over $2,700 so far!  

 100% of all money raised will go to the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area

MORE INFO:,  Facebook Page: HBBC Broomball for Autism Awareness

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

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