20th Annual Sensory Picnic

Join the Autism community for a wonderful afternoon of fun and food for the whole family!

You must pre-register to attend the Family Sensory Picnic. Registration will close at 11:59pm on May 15, 2018.

Bringing Families, Friends and Communities Together.
Grandparents & Family Members Welcome!

**RAIN OR SHINE** covered pavilions provided. **DIRECTIONS below**

This picnic is FREE for ALL FAMILIES in the Greater Harrisburg Area with family members diagnosed with Sensory Processing Dysfunction and Autism. We ask all families to bring their own drinks and either a side dish or dessert to contribute to the picnic.

The Family Sensory Picnic helps families with individuals with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders have a fun day out. Families will enjoy Sensory Rides like
• Carousel Bounce
• Obstacle Course
• Giant Slide
• Jousting Bounce

We will also have Sensory Centers & Games like
• Seek & Find Bin
• Bubbles
• Balloon Animals
• Pony/Horse Ride
• Bingo
• Gentle Friendship dogs
• Candy Dash
• Balloon Launch
• Balloon Lady
• Smoothie Bike
• Sensory Crafts

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. ASGHA looks forward to sharing the day with all of you!

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.


Mark Your Calendars (2018)

2018 Save the Dates

Annual Logan's Run and Walk: April 21, 2018 (Registration is OPEN)

Annual Sensory Picnic: May 20, 2018 (Registration is OPEN)

Day at the Senators: June 16, 2018 (Registraiton Opens in May)

Camp Day Event: July 20, 2018 (Registration Opens in June)

Roller Skating Party: TBA - August (Registration Opens in July)

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.


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


May 10, 2018 Support & Education Meeting

May is our Annual General Member Meeting

ASGHA President, Leora Appleby, will be providing our Annual Report as well as discussing upcoming initiatives. ASGHA Board Voting will also take place. The meeting will conclude with time for members to talk with current board members and each other.

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


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