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.
GET READY TO RUN…
Or you can walk, or even just hang out for the music, the food and the fun. Either way, we’d love to see you, your friends and your family at our Second Annual Run the ‘Burg for Autism. This 5K Run/Walk fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012, in the Village of Hamburg, NY. The race course winds through some of the beautiful streets in the Village of Hamburg. Pre-race registration and a post-race celebration will be held at J.P. Fitzgerald’s Restaurant located at 4236 Clark Street in Hamburg, just a few paces from the start and finish lines. The post-race celebration will include food, drink and live music throughout the afternoon, for those participating in the Run / Walk or anyone else simply interested in supporting the cause. Each registered runner/walker will receive a disposable timing device with their race packet that corresponds to their race number. Visit the Run the ‘Burg website at jpsfoundation.org for more details.
…ASI artists Ben B., Alex K., James M. and Joseph P., who received Certificates of Merit from the Erie County Legislature this month. The artists have work on view at the Legislature in Old County Hall as part of ASI’s Art Lending Program. Ben, Alex, and James attended the April 5th Proclamation Ceremony and received their certificates from presenter Tom Mazur, 8th District Legislator. Parents and ASI staff watched with pride (and a few tears) as the artists were honored for their achievements in ASI’s Arts Work Program and for their “Artistic Contribution to the Cultural Fabric of Erie County.” We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize our artists and share their extraordinary gifts with the community.
“the Best Schools in New York for Children with Autism”
by TheBestSchools.org website. To see our distinction
for yourself visit their website at the above address and
scroll down to the New York Category.
Look for our December newsletter highlighting all staff celebrating
their hallmark years of service with Autism Services. We will publish
the names of staff who have been dedicated for 5, 10, 15, 20 and
over 20 years during the calendar year of 2012. We will also be
recognizing those staff who celebrated since our last cut off date
of June 2011.
In this season of new beginnings, change is in our immediate future.
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of ASI’s incorporation as an organization. What a tremendous journey it has been. Our commitment to the autism community, and autism as a culture, guides our growth and shapes our identity.
As the incidence of autism continues to increase (the latest statistic now citing 1 in 88 as being on the autism spectrum), we are strengthening our individualized approach to meet the unique needs of our children and adults. This year, we will become even more person-centered in a variety of ways.
We will make changes to our surroundings. Both our interior environments and exterior spaces will become more reflective of the people we support. Lighting, sound, and all other sensory components will be considered to maximize comfort and encourage well-being.
We are looking at our language. Language is a powerful tool for change. Meaning in language is created by the use and interrelationships of words, phrases, and symbols. We will use these elements to initiate changes to both our visual and verbal communication, to help us better convey our identity and mission. We will put person-first language into practice in new ways.
And most importantly, we will focus on promoting acceptance for people with autism. Throughout our community there are so many opportunities to go beyond awareness and encourage inclusion and acceptance of the remarkable people we support.
The past 30 years provides a strong foundation for these changes and leads us into the future.