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.
28 years ago, Autistic Services was created by one determined parent and a small group of dedicated people who started a school program for children with autism. Through the years, ASI has grown into an agency of 319 vibrant and passionate employees who celebrate and support people on the autism spectrum. We now have three sites, 11 residential locations, and offer a wide variety of specialized programs and services for children and adults with autism, and their families.
Starting with this issue, we are dedicating our summer newsletter to staff reaching their 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 year length of service milestones. Stay tuned for this annual feature, and be sure to congratulate the above mentioned staff who are reaching milestones in 2011. They represent every facet of our agency and include support professionals, clinicians, business office staff, directors, teachers, clerical staff, administrators, and talented craftsmen who have built – both literally and figuratively – Autistic Services as we know it today.
We are so incredibly grateful.
Robert Coder, Rosemary Jordan, Christopher Woelffel, Jennifer Kasprzak, Elizabeth Tenace, Michael Grant, Catherine Brown, Rebecca Studer, Dawn Cich, Michael Heaney, Brian Kavanaugh, Dawn Askew, Molly McMahon, Arlene Olday, Jeanne Stiny
Julie Barrett, Yvette Williams, Gail Giallella, Frank Blackwell, Jason Green, Sheryl McCluskey, Ana Resto-Ortiz, Michele Croll, Robin Koonce, Vera McCloud, Roger Vincent
Jason Mount, Nancy Gangloff
Goodbye Sandy, hello Andy!
This year we say goodbye to Sandy Klimas, who has served as the Director of our Education Program for the past 7 years. During that time she has seen the education program through a period of tremendous growth and development, not only in the size of our program but also in quality and stability. She created strong partnerships with the many school districts in the Buffalo area and developed a large group of dedicated special educators and staff. Most importantly, she helped to create a safe and productive environment for our students. Sandy, we wish you all the best in retirement and you have our sincere gratitude for all you’ve done for ASI, our kids and their families.
Welcome to Andy Shanahan as our new Education Director. After completing a graduate degree in school counseling and working as an educational consultant for special education programs around New York State, Andy joined Autistic Services in 2009. As he completes certification as a school building administrator, Andy prepares to step into his new leadership role. Andy, we are proud to have you leading our school and look forward to all we have to accomplish for our students and families. Thank you for taking this journey with us.
P.S. The fact that ‘Sandy’ and ‘Andy’ rhyme is merely coincidence…
Autistic Services, Inc. exists in order to promote and protect the health and legitimacy of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As the world becomes more populated with people on the autism spectrum, it becomes even more imperative that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are understood and valued for their unique contributions to arts, sciences, cultural diversity and general human experience. On a daily basis, Autistic Services, Inc. strives to protect the rights of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and to create environments, both within our programs and in the larger society, where they can flourish and thrive in ways that are consistent with their personal values.
Autistic Services, Inc. also employs methods to teach people with Autism Spectrum Disorders new skills and abilities in ways that promote genuine internalization, generalization and development. We are a person-centered program that believes in incidental teaching as a way to promote authentic, internally motivated growth. Our staff members provide the support and guidance that is necessary to maximize learning opportunities, independence and societal inclusion.
We provide services that
• Educate children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Promote physical and emotional health
• Promote independence and self-expression
• Ensure people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are treated respectfully
We envision a world in which people
with Autism Spectrum Disorders are
commonly accepted as members of society
who have valid experiences and constructive
influence over our reality.
This newsletter is dedicated to our staff. We are truly grateful for the commitment they have made to the people we support, and we celebrate those who are reaching milestones this year.
At ASI we have put several initiatives in place to acknowledge our staff. At an outdoor picnic this fall we will honor all of our staff members, in particular the long term staff whose wisdom and perseverance we could not manage without. Each of them will receive autism pins marking their years of service. We are creating posters and banners for distribution throughout each site and to all program areas, which will display the agency norms and values that are so well exemplified by our staff every day. Please know that I recognize all of the incredibly thoughtful, and often, enormously challenging work that each of you do..
I would like to congratulate Tracy Panzarella, our Director of Clinical Services, who received a SHAWNY recognition award this year. Tracy has been with us for eight years. She received an honor from Business First in 2009 for the 18th annual 40 under Forty award, which recognizes professionals for their successes and community involvement. Thank you Tracy, on behalf of our staff, students, and families.
I see and appreciate everything you do for our participants. These wonderful people’s lives are made better everyday by the great tasks you perform and sometimes by the smallest gestures. Whether it is taking time to meet about a child’s future, repairing a door frame that needs to be reinforced or transcribing hours of meeting minutes, please know that I recognize each act and appreciate it. I’m proud to lead this group of wonderful staff members and from my heart, I thank you.