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The mission of Autism York is to provide support to individuals on the autism spectrum, their parents, families and friends. Our group exists for the sole purpose of providing support in a safe and friendly environment. It is the intention of Autism York as a group to promote understanding and respect of all families and the choices they make regarding therapies and interventions. Through this group we will offer opportunities for families and individuals on the autism spectrum to learn, grow, and develop relationships that help guide one another through this journey.
Autism York sponsors events and programs at low or no cost to families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder in our community. Monthly meetings, educational seminars, social outings, a lending library, a resource directory, community awareness programs, family education sponsorships, and support for families and individuals are all made possible through tax deductible donations to Autism York.
Autism York is honored to be the recipient of 366 autism related books/resources from the working library of the late Dr. John M. Ortiz.
Dr. Ortiz was the director and founder of The Asperger’s Syndrome Institute.® A licensed psychologist, consultant, musician, composer, certified clinical hypnotist and psycho-educational trainer, he was listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. His international lectures and texts on Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism, and Neurodevelopmental disorders were based on over twenty years of work with autism spectrum and related conditions and over a dozen years specializing in Asperger’s Syndrome, neurodevelopmental, and genetic disorders. A psychologist with extensive clinical, research and consultation experience, his lectures brought a multi-disciplinary, integral approach to understanding and serving these challenging, highly rewarding populations.
We would like to thank his wife, Dr. Rosalind Hoffman, for entrusting Autism York with this remarkable gift. These wonderful resources will be able to be utilized by many parents, caregivers, service providers and educators to provide knowledge, understanding and awareness, and enhance the lives of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in our community.
Our library now houses over 750 resources! To browse the resources available in the Dr. John M. Ortiz Autism York Lending Library, click HERE.
Autism York is proud to have the support of many community groups and agencies. Without these generous organizations and individuals, we would not be able to continue to provide support to the local autism community. Thank you to each and every one of our contributors for helping to bring support, education, and awareness of autism to York, Adams, and surrounding counties.
Sinking Springs Elementary School Students from Mrs. Antoun, Miss Swavely, and Mr. Sweet's classes made over 700 puzzle pins for each student and staff member for World Autism Day on April 2, 2013. They sold them for .25 each and made posters, announcements, flyers, and even a commercial to promote awareness. The students raised $150 to donate to Autism York.
The Viking Athletic Association of York donated $2,500 to Autism York. By doing so, they have become a platinum sponsor of the 2013 Autism Expo & Walk for Autism, being held April 13, 2013 at Central York High School.
The sisters of Phi Sigma Delta Chi chapter at Shippensburg University raised $100 by selling autism awareness ribbons and bracelets on campus. A sorority sister has a brother on the autism spectrum who participates in Autism York Events. Thank you ladies for your donation!
Autism York wishes to thank Mikayla Hostler of Fawn Grove Elementary for hosting a fundraising event at her 10th birthday party. Mikayla raised $280.00, donating half of the proceeds to Autism York to benefit our mission and the other half to Diabetes. Mikayla presented the donation to Brian Rasmuson another student at Fawn Grove Elementary who is a member of one of our Autism York families. We were truly touched by Mikayla’s generous spirit and her support of her peers on the Autism Spectrum.
Many thanks to the wonderful members of the Sprenkle Village Garden Club who donated $500 to Autism York. The funds were generated from produce grown and harvested by members of the club. This generous donation will go a long way in helping us provide support, education, and awareness of autism in our community!
Autism York thanks Cooperlily & Blue for hosting this event for the 2nd year on our behalf! The event, held at The Links at Gettysburg on September 20th, included breakfast, golf, lunch, and prizes for all participants. A special thanks to April Handy for organizing the tournament and to all of those who participated in or sponsored this event! $2710 was raised for Autism York. We are grateful to be the recipients of these funds and will put them to good use supporting those with autism in our community!
Autism York was the recipient of a $1500 donation from Mack Madness 2012 and B-Tropical. Mack Madness is making a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer and spreading awareness of Down’s Syndrome. This generous donation will enable us to make a difference in the lives of those living with autism, and for that we are very grateful. Many thanks to Mack Madness and B-Tropical. Mack continues to be a blessing to so many in our community!
6/2/13 – NHS Swim Event
9/19/13 – 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament