A tribute to our employees and community.
Spring is Here
See what we have in store for you this season.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Here's what happened in 2014 and will be happening in the year to come
Celebrating Familiar Faces
ASI enters 2014 celebrating anniversaries and announcing new and exciting events
Recognizing Community Partnerships
ASI honours the many organizations in the Western New York community that have opened their doors to ASI
In this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI cuts the ribbon of a new school!
Run for Autism
In this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI announces the second annual Run the 'Burg for Autism. Don't miss it!
Making Their Mark
For this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI acknowledges over two dozen employees who have reached career milestones with the agency.
ASI Introduces the Ziggurat Model
Continuing our mission to provide services that focus on the needs of the individual, Autistic Services has recently adopted The Ziggurat Model...
2010 Year End Review
Last year we vowed to build on past successes and set our sights even higher. This year, with your help, the Arts Work Program has accomplished this goal, and more.
Bringing Autism Into the Homes
To help families face the challenge of finding the right environment for their child, Autistic Services has partnered with Coldwell Banker Chubb to assess prospective homes as being Sensory Safe for people with Autism.
The True Colors of Autism
From the beginning the autistic child sees and experiences the world in a way we do not. A fixation with sights, patterns, textures etc. lends itself to the language of the arts. Artists at ASI take up their brushes at an early age.
Walking on Sunshine
Clifford & Kathy Kepner have transformes 45 acres of land into an outdoor sensorium named "Sunshine Garden". For 3 years they have welcomed the people from ASI to drop in and commune with nature.
My Trip To See Barack Obama
Of the nearly 304 million citizens of this country, only 1.5 million of them were lucky enough to attend the inauguration. Mariam was one of those lucky people. This is her story about her trip to see Obama.
"It's All About Me."
Introducing Elizabeth Harzewski... A Poet. Writer. River Scientist. And Solver of Mysteries. There's no such thing as boring with Liz.
The Neil Sanders Show
For this issue we place the spotlight on Neil Anthony Sanders, and his new adventures in radio podcasting.
Autism Awareness Month
Tell your friends that April is booked solid. Better yet, tell them that their month is booked too. Because this issue we are going to show you why April will be A Month to Remember...
Support is the Lifeline of Service
In this Winter 2007 issue, we acknowledge the ongoing support and contributions from members of our community.
2010 Arts Work
Year End Review
Last year we vowed to build on past successes and set our sights even higher. This year, with your help, the Arts Work Program has accomplished this goal, and more. With the recent implementation of the Ziggurat model we have become even more aware of how successful our programs can be when we can supply our participants with the resources they need on an individualized basis. This is especially so in the Arts Work Program – a true celebration of the individuality of the artist. And the community has responded with overwhelming support and partnership opportunities.
Thank you to 96.1 WJYE for a spectacular kick off to the year with their very successful “Chocolate Affair” fundraiser. Arts Work participated in the sold out event with an art exhibit and No Words Spoken performance. Next on the calendar was Richard Nesbitt’s impressive solo show at CEPA gallery. This is an important accomplishment for Richard, and represents the mission of the Arts Work Program – to create opportunities and promote community involvement for our participants.
In all, we held a total of 15 major arts events this year and added 4 new venues to our list of exhibits. Thank you to the SUNY Fredonia Reed Library, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Larkin at Exchange Building, and Heart Gallery. These shows led the program into exciting new territory, geographically and thematically. Our musical group No Words Spoken performs regularly at our art receptions and other ASI events, not to mention numerous appearances in schools throughout the area. They continue to grow musically and have developed into accomplished performers. It is amazing to consider the experience they are gaining with each passing year.
Our theater performance of “Sesame Street” was record-breaking in two ways. We had an even greater number of audience members this year, and, for the first time, 15 students from the education program joined our adults on stage to dance, sing and act. Another “first” – Liz H., wrote the script as well as acted. The show’s posters, program book and ticket featured artwork by James M.
This year the Art Lending Program was fortunate to add several new partnerships, thank you to all our art lending partners who appreciate our artists’ work and help us share it with the community: Brodo restaurant, Coldwell Banker Chubb and Aubrey Leonard Realty’s four locations, Spot Coffee/Williamsville, Financial Architects, Elmwood Village Dental Care, Buffalo State College Office of Exceptional Education, The Rath Building, and J. Adams Associates.
A special thank you to Christina Certo-Yeates and The Waxing Studio, who added 24 additional works of art to their location and held an open house fundraiser at their newly expanded spa, to support Autistic Services and showcase our artists’ work. Another special thank you to Coldwell Banker Chubb/Aubrey Leonard Realty, for holding quarterly ASI fundraisers.
We have participated in community events such as the Music is Art Festival and the Buffalo ReUse Patchwork Garden Project.
All of this is only possible with your support and partnership. Thank you for believing in what we do, and thank you for joining us in this annual celebration of individuality.
The Eighth Annual Arts Work
Cocktail Reception and Auction is here!
Arts Work 2010 is our most memorable event of the year and features fine foods, wine, auction prizes, and of course, the inimitable artwork by artists with Autism. Please join us.
Friday, Oct. 8th, 2010 at Asbury Hall at THE CHURCH (Babeville)
341 Delaware Avenue @ Tupper
From 6-9 p.m.
Call 631-5777 for ticket information
We will raffle the following three items graciously
donated by Best Buy on Transit Road in Clarence.
1st Prize: – Value: $ 250.00
ASUS PC Netbook with Intel Processor
2nd Prize: – Value: $ 150.00
Barnes & Noble – NOOK WiFi eReader
3rd Prize: – Value: $ 100.00
Toshiba 7” Wide Screen Portable DVD Player
Here’s how YOU can help:
We ask that you consider selling tickets to assist in our fundraising efforts.
To obtain tickets contact:
Frank Andzik at 716-631-5777, Ext. 304
Very recently a professor from Buffalo State College contacted me about having twelve of his graphic design students work with some our artists as part of a student project. This call came after this professor had seen some of the works by our artists. I was thrilled. This level of community collaboration exemplifies the very mission of our agency. More importantly, it’s exciting to know that this happened because the work of our artists continues to circulate in the community. We kicked off this collaboration on Tuesday, September 7th – just a month before we kick off our 8th Annual Arts Work Reception and Auction.
The proximity of these two dates is a great reminder of what Arts Work is all about. It began as a signature fundraiser for supporting our arts program. However, these days I like to think that it is much more than that. Over the past few years the program has really opened doors for our artists, bringing them into some of the most well known venues in Buffalo. It seems that every year new people are contacting us by phone or email asking to schedule an exhibition of their work.
It wasn’t always like this.
The first years of Arts Work were slow. Exhibitions and attendance were modest. So we are grateful to be in a place where people are calling us, excited to meet and work with our artists. This annual event is a celebration of the strides we’ve made over the past eight years, so whether you are a new face or a familiar one, as always we hope to see you there.