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Celebrating You

A tribute to our employees and community.
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Spring is Here
See what we have in store for you this season.
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Keep Your Eyes Open
Here's what happened in 2014 and will be happening in the year to come
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Celebrating Familiar Faces
ASI enters 2014 celebrating anniversaries and announcing new and exciting events
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Recognizing Community Partnerships
ASI honours the many organizations in the Western New York community that have opened their doors to ASI
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New Beginnings
In this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI cuts the ribbon of a new school!
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Run for Autism
In this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI announces the second annual Run the 'Burg for Autism. Don't miss it!
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Making Their Mark
For this issue of IN TOUCH, ASI acknowledges over two dozen employees who have reached career milestones with the agency.
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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...
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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.
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Autistic Services Inc. 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.
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Autistic Services Inc. 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.
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Autistic Services Inc. 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.
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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.
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"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.
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The Neil Sanders Show
For this issue we place the spotlight on Neil Anthony Sanders, and his new adventures in radio podcasting.
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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...
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Support is the Lifeline of Service
In this Winter 2007 issue, we acknowledge the ongoing support and contributions from members of our community.
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April 7th: Autism: A Self-Portrait

In 2007 Autistic Services produced a documentary titled AUTISM: A SELF-PORTRAIT. The documentary made its debut last year on Think Brink just in time for Autism Awareness Month. We’re proud to say that Autism: A Self-Portrait returns to Think Bright on April 7th. It airs on Ch. 21 at 8:30PM. This eclectic documentary focuses on the Autism population at Autistic Services with a special focus on five our individuals who talk about themselves and their life with Autism. Oh…and if you’re an early bird, it airs again on April 8th, at 5:30am


April 11th: Time for some Culture.

The Amazing Art of Autism returns to the WNED Gallery, with an opening reception on April 11th, from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm. You won’t want to miss this event as many of our artists will be present to represent their art and the agency. For a preview of the art done by our autism students, just visit our Gallery section on this website.

 
…thru April 25th
April Showers may bring flowers, but they also bring excuses to stay home. That’s okay though, because the Arts Work Exhibition at the WNED Gallery will remain up until April 25th. That means if it rains, you’ll have plenty of other fine spring days to see the art by our individuals with autism.

We hope to see you at our exhibition.
The WNED Gallery is located at 140 Terrace.


April 12th:
It’s Fun. It’s Informative.

IIt’s an education class and it will help your child gain a better understanding about their brother or sister’s autism diagnosis.

Autistic Services is proud to present another Sibling Education Group for children ages 7-12 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at our main location at 4444 Bryant Stratton Way. Please click on the link below for registration and program information.  Hurry, registration is limited!


April 24th:
Eat, Drink and Raise Money for Autism.
After all that running around this month, you must be hungry. No problem. Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner is back and will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to work at the dinner, contact Frank Andzik at 631-5777 ext. 304.

Dinner costs are as follows: Adults $7.00 Seniors $6.00 Children ages 4-10 $5.00 Children under 3 are free. Come join the fun!


 
April 26th:
We’re Building Bridges.
Join us for Building Bridges: Sensory Strategies for Individuals with ASD.

Paula Aquilla, OT, co-author of the book “Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration,”will describe how sensory processing differences and needs can impact learning and behavior in both the home and school settings.

Join us at Classic V Conference and Banquet Center in Amherst. Time: 8:45am thru 12:45pm. Rates are $10 for Professionals, $5 for Parents & Individuals with ASD.

The 20th Annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day conference will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Buffalo Convention Center. This event, which is open to the public, will bring together approximately 1500 people including individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, human service agency representatives, and local officials to explore current issues in the field. The day will include speakers, workshops, vendor exhibits, live entertainment and an awards presentation.
 
Jason McElwain nicknamed “J-Mac”, is a young man with Autism who became suddenly famous in 2006 for scoring twenty points in four minutes during the last basketball game of the season at Greece Athena High School near Rochester, New York. For Jason, his four minutes produced more than 15 minutes of fame. Following his popular appearance on CBS Evening News, everyone wanted to know about “J-Mac.” His celebrity status now includes a meeting with George W. Bush, a movie deal with Columbia Pictures, which will be produced by Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and guest appearances on Oprah and The Today Show. To top it off, he has now released a book called, “The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph and Growing Up Autistic.” J-Mac will be presenting a workshop, promoting his book and will be available to the media for interviews during his visit to Western New York.

For information on attending the conference, please call (716) 805-1555. 

 Of course you wanted to know that “The Sears PowerMate Vacuum Cleaner Picks Up Potato Chips On The Cushioned Chair.” Who wouldn’t want to know that? And there is a lot more where that came from. And on April 11th it’s all moving over to the WNED Gallery on Lower Terrace St for an Opening Reception of this fun and inventive work by our individuals with Autism. This will be our 2nd trip back to the WNED Gallery, but you will have the opportunity to make multiple trips. The exhibition remains publicly open from the 14th thru the 25th.

 

For Autism Awareness, I have my own personal rubber stamp that I use as a supplement to my signature for all my correspondence. Although it is small in size, it is a big reminder to people about our growing Autism population. The stamp will not go away when April ends. People with Autism are here long after April 30th. When May comes, they are still here with us. So it makes sense that Autism Awareness is not just a month. It is a year long, life long journey for all of us.

This April we have been very fortunate to have a number of events lined up at different venues. Hopefully, we will see you at some or all of them. However, April is only a fraction of what we are offering for the rest of 2008. The message of Autism Awareness must be taking hold in Western New York, because our entire monthly calendar will see us traveling throughout the community, orchestrating some kind of artistic or musical event for the public. We will be posting our schedule and latest travels on our community website: www.friendsofasi.com. Make sure you visit the site often to stay abreast of what we are doing.

When we first started with our mission of reaching out to the community through the arts, we often had to call various galleries and shops to see if they would have us. Now, they call us. It is a terrific feeling to know that our mission is catching on and that the community is reaching ahead through our outreach program. More importantly, it is great to know that the typical population understands that Autism Awareness is actually a year long celebration.

 

 

Veronica Federiconi,
Executive Director