News and Updates
Dear Members and Friends, 

Fall is officially here, and what better time to hit the theater! TIMELY! COME FROM AWAY is having a sensory friendly performance and tickets go on sale TODAY! October 12th at 12 Noon! Please see our posting below for further info. Also, coming up next week, Asperger's Are Us at the Peoples Improv Theater. Don't miss this sketch comedy all performed and produced by the first comedy troupe composed of people with Asperger Syndrome. See details below in our theater section.

Our 2017 Fall Conference, EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING FOR STUDENT'S ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM , Saturday October 28 at Adelphi, is open for registration. You can download the brochure here or go to our website to see the exciting lineup or go to REGISTER here . Social workers requiring certificates day of conference must register no later than Oct 18th!

Also, please Save the Date for our yearly FUNdraiser ROCK 'N' BOWL for Autism on Sunday, November 19th.  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Click here to register. Please pass the word on to friends and family!

As we plan for events into the fall we will post them on eNews. Keep in the loop and keep checking in. All the best!


Pat Schissel, LMSW
Executive Director
AHA Association  
 This month's content 
  • SOYAN Supporting our Young Adults Network
  • Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Live Stream: Supported Decision Making Discussion
  • Autism-friendly showings of My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Front Door Information Session
  • Population Earth - You Can Dance!
  • Self-Advocacy Conference
  • Jackie Marquette Services
  • Theatre
  • Spectrum Services
  • Spectrumly Speaking
  • AFSS
  • Parent to Parent
SOYAN Supporting our Young Adults Network
Providing the space for nurturing family members that are differently-abled so they may lead a self-determined life: Basic Info about OPWDD and Self-Directed Services discussed from 7-7:30; General Meeting starts at 7:30p. 10/17/17 A conversation with Ralph Warren, PhD.--OPWDD and DOH: Needs Assessment and Measurable Goals.
October 17, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm

More info here.
Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Early Morning Openings

On select weekends, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens an hour early for families with children on the autism spectrum. Educators lead interactive tours, activities and structured play opportunities. Click here for info.

Access Family Programs

Access Family Programs is for families with children with learning/developmental disabilities - These programs include a tour of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and activities intended to engage the entire family. Click here for info.

Access Family Teens (15+) and Adults

For Teens (15+) and Adults with learning/developmental disabilities and their families, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum offers guided multisensory programs that include hands-on explorations. Click here for info.
REGISTER FOR THE LIVE STREAM: Supported Decision Making Live-stream Discussion, October 19

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is actively working to try to make all information and announcements universally accessible. A text-based format with information for this important event follows. 
Please share within your networks.
What happens when young people with developmental disabilities become
legal adults?
Who will make decisions for them if/when they cannot?
There are alternatives to guardianship. Join our conversation with Supported Decision Making New York (SDMNY) as we challenge the
widespread assumption that all people with developmental disabilities require guardianship when they reach age 18.
12:00 noon - 1:00pm. • WATCH ONLINE
Autism-friendly showings of My Little Pony: The Movie

Regal Cinemas is showing a sensory friendly movie experience of My Little Pony: The Movie on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30AM. Regal's My Way Matinee offers a safe place where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down, so everyone can sing, cry, dance, and shout while enjoying Hollywood's latest films!
For more info and locations  click here.
Front Door Information Session

East Meadow School Dstrict Parent/Guardian Workshop Series:
This workshop will give you an understanding of OPWDD as well as the process of how you can become eligible for OPWDD supports and services.

Guest Speaker: Lambert Liu, LMSW-NYS OPWDD
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY

More info here.
Self-Advocacy Conference

Register now for this year’s Self-Advocacy conference! Don’t be locked out, space is limited, and SANYS-LI is growing. Hear from Self-Advocate leaders, SANYS Statewide Director Arnold Ackerley, and Policymakers. Register now while early bird pricing is still in effect!! Conference will be October 30th.

More info here.
Jackie Marquette Services

An Online Strengths and Career Index MSCI© that gives student AIS-EP (Employment Profile) in abilities, interests, preferences and self emotional awareness and a printout of job possibilities that match student strengths in these categories: college, ft employment, pt job, self employment, hobby, and volunteer work. Also available: On site consulting to use tools and Power Practices Curriculum, One-to-one coaching, Company training, and Keynote and Presentations.

More info here.

Autism friendly performance of Peter and The Starcatcher at Adelphi University. The original artwork for this special flyer was created by Bridges to Adelphi student, Matthew Hamilton.This rousing play with music, loosely based on the story of Peter Pan, is the perfect entertainment for children with autism aged 10 up to adult. This is a family play! Tickets cost $25.00.

More info here

A quick-witted sketch show full of dark absurdity and word play, followed by a Q&A at the end. Performed and produced by the first comedy troupe composed of people with Asperger Syndrome.
Appropriate for ages 13+. Thursday, October 19, 8:00pm. The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th St, New York, NY

More info here. 

UNCOMMON SENSE is a new play about living with autism-as individuals, families, and communities, and the impact each feels as they strive to be heard and valued. For five weeks only beginning on October 25, 2017, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is proud to present this Tectonic Theatre Project. Relaxed performances are on 11/11 at 2:00 pm and 11/19 at 3:00 pm. All performances are inclusive and judgment-free. Uncommon Sense is offering four (4) tickets to a performance as a raffle at our upcoming fall conference!

More info here
Autism-Friendly Performance of Come From Away

Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre ( 236 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036 )

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.

Tickets go on sale: Thursday, October 12th at 12 pm exclusively at:
Autism-Friendly Production of Rapunzel at the Syosset Public Library

Syosset Public Library invites you to attend the fifth annual Autism-friendly show of  Rapunzel . This year's production is, once again, specially designed and adapted by Plaza Productions, Inc. for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders and their families. Please join them on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 12 noon.  Seats can be reserved by phone 516-921-7161 ext. 222 or email

More info here.
Spectrum Services in Midtown Manhattan offers specialized therapy services for clients with Asperger's, autism, anxiety, trauma, and multigenerational family and couples needs. A diverse collection of groups are available.

A list of groups currently available  here .
Over two dozen experts in Asperger's and related conditions here.
Articles by these professionals here.

303 5th Ave, Suite 1003, within two blocks of Penn Station
Spectrumly Speaking

Spectrumly Speaking is a podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Hosts Katherine Cody, Psy.D. (a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in people on the autism spectrum at Spectrum Services in New York City) and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS (a Life Coach, Certified Autism Specialist, and Autism advocate that is herself on the spectrum) discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community.

More info  here
Aspies For Social Success, AFSS  is a peer-run organization that provides support and social groups, as well as cultural events, to adults 18 and over who have either been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder or have difficulty with social communication, sensory processing, or excutive functioning. 

A list of groups currently available  here  
Parent to Parent 

Parent to Parent of New York State builds a supportive network of families to reduce isolation and empower those who care for people with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs to navigate and influence service systems and make informed decisions. 

More info  here
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