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.
We are pleased to announce that the 12th annual Arts Work Auction and Sale raised more than $41,000 in support of our fine and performing arts programs! Held on Friday, October 10, 2014, Asbury Hall (aka The Church at Babeville) was once again transformed into an authentic art gallery, adorned with one-of-a-kind works created by our gifted artists. Nearly 200 guests viewed and purchased drawings, paintings, works on paper and clay sculptures, as they enjoyed food and drink, dessert from DiCamillo Bakery and a special performance from ASI’s own No Words Spoken.
Presented by Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex, Lawley Services, Inc, ONY, Inc. and Upstate Pharmacy Ltd., the Arts Work Auction and Sale also honored two talented artists for their creativity; Joseph P. received the distinguished Dr. Tom and May Chou Art Achievement Award, and Matt M. performed his rendition of “Where the Wild Things Are” and was presented with the first-ever Veronica Federiconi Performing Arts Award.
Thank you to all who supported the event and please save the date for next year:
Friday, October 9, 2015!
Saturday, November 8, 2014, marked the first-ever Matt Anderson “Spiking for Autism” Volleyball Tournament at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca, New York. Volleyball players from across WNY joined together to compete as they raised funds for ASI. Professional volleyball player and West Seneca native, Matt Anderson founded the tournament to help raise Autism awareness in honor of his eight year-old nephew, Tristan. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt and event coordinator, Brian Hahn, for their efforts on our behalf.
For more info, please visit “1st Annual Matt Anderson Spiking for Autism Volleyball Tournament” on Facebook.
ASI is seeking volunteers for our annual holiday gift wrapping booth at the Walden Galleria Mall, on the first floor near the Apple Store and William Sonoma, from December 1st – 24th. We have shifts each day from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 2:00-6:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the booth will directly support the programs and services provided to the Western New York community by ASI. The booth’s success depends in large part on our amazing volunteers. This opportunity is a great way for service-minded individuals and organizations to work together, have fun and give back to the community. We are looking for adult, as well as supervised young adult volunteers. Don’t worry – you don’t have to bring anything to the booth. We will have all of the gift wrapping supplies that you need waiting for you!
Online sign-up is quick and easy! Simply visit our homepage and click on our link to volunteer on the homepage. You’ll be directed to a sign up page where you will fill in your name and e-mail address, and choose the time slot(s) that works for you, then you’re all set.
Earlier this fall, members of the J.P.’s Foundation board of directors presented ASI ExecutiveDirector, Veronica Federiconi with a check for $50,000, the proceeds from the 2014 Run the ‘Burg for Autism. These funds will directly support our new Southtowns location in the Village of Hamburg.
All members of the ASI community are asked to mark your calendars for June 6, 2015, and join us for the 5th annual Run the ‘Burg through the beautiful Village of Hamburg! Whether you run, walk or stop by with your family for the post-race celebration, you’ll be helping to raise awareness and funds for ASI.
For more information about volunteering for our gift wrapping booth or Run the ‘Burg for Autism, please contact:
Heidi B. Henzler,
Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator,
or by calling 716.631.5777, ext. 369.
In October 2013, ASI was one of the first eight agencies selected to participate in the first cohort of a new initiative for human services agencies entitled “GetSET.”
GetSET is supported by three foundations: The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, the John R. Oishei Foundation and The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. Its purpose is to strengthen selected agencies as we all transition into a Managed Care system. Agencies are assisted in this process by a consultant, recommended to guide us through a series of steps designed to identify and investigate our agency’s strengths, and improve weaknesses. The outcome of this effort is the creation of a Capacity Building Plan, our guide to ensure that we remain fiscally secure and able to provide much needed services for those we support.
ASI’s Capacity Building Plan contains 15 components. Each goal area is assigned an “owner” who organizes committee meetings and ensures the committee stays on task to meet deadlines for each stage of development.
As Managed Care is unrolled in New York State, agencies such as ours must highlight what they have to offer to families looking to purchase services. ASI will develop a marketing plan containing data to back up our claims, outlining the value of the programs we offer for people with autism. The Capacity Building Plan is a blueprint for the future of our agency.
This season we have much to be grateful for, as you can see in the items featured throughout this newsletter.
I would like to make special mention of our new Hamburg site and the J.P.’s Foundation, our wonderful partner in this goal. With extraordinary help every step of the way from J.P.’s Foundation members, we found a space perfect for setting up a community resource center in The Southtowns.
Centrally located at 97 Main St. in the Village of Hamburg, this site contains ample interior space to provide a variety of outreach services, as well as a beautiful green space adjacent to the building. I sincerely thank the J.P.’s Foundation for giving us this opportunity to offer support to our new neighbors and friends in Hamburg and the surrounding Southtowns communities.
Also new this fall, an additional IRA residence in the Town of Tonawanda was added to our residential program. By downsizing our ICF, we were able to acquire a new home for four of our gentlemen, providing a more personal living environment for them to enjoy.
We look forward to the holiday season and hope to see many of our friends at the ASI gift wrap booth again this year.