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.
This year at our annual Arts Work Auction we are celebrating some very special community partners whose hard work, support, and enthusiasm for our program have provided new opportunities and helped us achieve new levels of community integration for our amazing artists. Representatives from Community Canvases, Elmwood Village Association, Patrick Monfort, owner of East End Salon, and Tara Lyons, Program Manager at The Buffalo History Museum will be among our guests, and we look forward to sharing the evening with them.
Last year’s response to our new format was extremely positive.Numerous community members and families who want to see the Arts Work program continue, came out to support the event. And again this year the focus is on the art! Many more pieces will be included, and we made the process easier with the majority of work available for purchase without bidding. For the first time we are offering clay pieces made by Arts Work artists. Be sure to check out the beautiful clay pottery, tiles and sculpture fired in our own kiln, thanks to the new clay program here at ASI.
In all, there will be hundreds of drawings, paintings and works on paper available, representing a wide variety of styles, each reflecting the unique perspective of the artist. There is truly something for everyone and every budget. So whether you’re adding to your art collection or just starting one, we invite you to come support our artists, our program, and the services we provide. Hope to see you there!
We head into autumn with many wonderful accomplishments to celebrate.
In the spring, the Western New York Partnership Coalition selected Autism Services for their 2013 Best Practices Award for innovative work and dedication to people with autism. The Coalition recognized our change in name to “Autism Services,” our person-centered assessment and intervention models, our arts programs, and our commitment to community integration, at large and within our own organization.
On April 30th the Arts Work program and ASI visual artists Erich H., Matt M., Alonzo B., and James M., were awarded Certificates of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Community, at a Proclamation Ceremony at City Hall. These honors were sponsored and presented by Common Council Members Demone Smith and Joseph Golombek.
In conjunction with this event, the organization Community Canvases, led by Council staffers Alex Cornwell and James Montour, arranged a show of Buffalo themed art and note cards by ASI artist James M. in the foyer of City Hall. Our collaboration with Community Canvases continued and expanded – we now have a permanent place to display Arts Work program art in Community Canvases’ Window Gallery at the ,b>Elmwood Village Association, and ASI artist Kevin K. was one of 10 artists selected to participate in CC’s utility box public art project. We are excited to work with this energetic organization and look forward to future projects together.
In June we were invited to take part in Daemen College’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration for the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After School Programs. At the event, Daemen presented Mr. Reynolds with his portrait, expertly created by one of ASI’s most experienced portrait artists, Brandon S. The celebration was accompanied by a group art exhibit “Synapse: The Artists of Autism Services” in Daemen’s beautiful new Visual and Performing Arts Center Gallery. This was a wonderful opportunity to expose our artists work to a new and enthusiastic audience.
As we prepare for the annual Arts Work Auction, in October, we invite everyone to the upcoming Auction Preview exhibit at Realty USA, 504 Elmwood Ave., Opening Reception Friday, September 20th, 6-8 pm. Come preview a selection of auction pieces created by our accomplished artists, enjoy refreshments and the music of No Words Spoken. It should be a fun evening!
It was a great summer run this year, as we had two successful back-to-back events: On May 31st we celebrated another successful Variety Show play performance, but it was also our first ever sell out audience! The following day, on June 1st, hundreds turned out in the Village of Hamburg for a 5K run, raising $50,000 for Autism Services and its programs. Thank you to all those who turned up and, of course, to the J.P.’s Foundation for bringing this event to our population.
For our summer newsletter we wanted to recognize the many partnerships we’ve developed in Western New York. As most of you know, our philosophy as an agency centers around acceptance of our population, a mission we have accomplished through community outreach programs such as our play performances and art exhibitions. Over the years these programs have evolved into year-round partnerships with many organizations and businesses that have opened up their venues to our population. Along with having even more ways to interact with the community, these venues become destinations in our summer and after school programs, both of which are part of our Family Support Services. This is crucial to our overall mission since many of our parents have requested more opportunities for their child to socialize and develop inter-personal communication skills. Parents are often hard pressed to find a space that will engage their child, so having a variety of environments where our guys can learn, play and socialize is invaluable to our population and their families and for that we are grateful to our community partners.
We are also happy to announce that space is available in our Family Support Services program, so any parent wishing to enroll their child in after-school, summer, respite and other programs should contact us right away. Because of our friends in the WNY community we have wonderful options for your child. I hope this new availability comes as good news to our parents and to hear from you all soon.>