***POSTPONED***Autism Night with the Senators

***This event has been postponed do to the forecasted weather****

As soon as we know updated information we will post it.


Saturday, June 27th, 4:30-9:00 p.m.
Metro Bank Park, City Island*, Harrisburg, PA


Autism Society Activity Day With the Bureau of State Parks at Gifford Pinchot State Park

We need you!   

The Bureau of State Parks has been working with ASGHA to educate their staff about Autism Spectrum Disorders and to make their programs more Autism friendly.  On August 13th at Gifford Pinchot State Park, the Bureau of State Parks has created an activity day specifically for our local autism community.  We need kids, teens, and adults with an autism spectrum disorder, along with their families, to participate in the park programs and give feedback to the staff.  This unique opportunity is part of an overall process to further the education of park staff and to better accommodate the autism community at our PA State Parks. 

Location: Gifford Pinchot State Park; Sunnyside Pavilion

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Time: 10am – 2pm

To participate, PLEASE REGISTER by sending an email to greaterharrisburgas.bod@gmail.com with the subject “Autism Society Activity Day.”  In the email, list the names and ages of all who will be attending, and identify which participants are on the spectrum; this will help the State Parks arrange the activities.  You will receive a confirmation email.

 Stay tuned, more details to come!

2nd Annual Golf Fore Autism Open

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thrivent Financial and the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area are proud to host the Golf Fore Autism Open with all proceeds benefiting the Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area. Players of ALL abilities are welcome!

For more information, CLICK HERE!


Afternoon Of Inspiration

The bi-annual Afternoon of Inspiration will be held at the National Civil War Museum 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, book signing, and free tours of the museum guided by Thomas Hassell. Respite care will be offered.

Registration will open in July 2015.


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


Thank you for supporting ASGHA!

Donations are still being accepted at  http://LogansRunWalkForAutism.kintera.org.



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.