This year has gone by so quickly! As the summer ends, I
wanted to summarize the many things the Autism Society of
America, Lehigh Valley Chapter has done this year. We have held many general outings (Iron Pigs, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Snow Tubing at Blue Mountain, Bounce-U, swimming at Rodale Center at Cedar Crest College), hosted or co-hosted several meetings/parties (Legislator’s meeting, Christmas party, teen dance), co-sponsored Jed Baker’s 1 day conference, and held several parent run activity groups (pre-teen, Teen/Adult, Asperger’s Teen/Adult, bowling Sundays). Additionally, we awarded six college students Todd-Roche Memorial Scholarships ($500 each) and distributed 139 Child Enrichment grants to people in the Lehigh Valley.
All of these activities are created and run by only a few
dedicated volunteers, including board members Traci Cyr,
Kimberly Heinrichs, Tracy Bodnar, Sheri Miltenberger, Liz
DeSantis, and myself. Joanne Laudenslager runs the Sunday
Bowling, and Monica Halkias and I together run the
Asperger’s Teen/Adult group. Kimberly Heinrichs started a
pre-Teen Asperger’s group this year. We are very fortunate
that Sheila Fabrizio and Anna Ball created a great dance for
ASA-LV with a DJ and all! I also want to thank Ellen Hunt
and the ARCH staff for helping with several events and
allowing us to use their wonderful facilities.
I truly believe that volunteering to help others and working
together to create a friendly environment for our special kids
is really important. While we will always need professional
help and services from professional organizations, we
should be helping each other to create an autism-friendly world.
This is not an easy task. I am concerned that as funding gets
tighter, we are going to need each other more. I would like to
encourage parents and caregivers to join ASA-LV in whatever
capacity to volunteer to do one event or create one activity or
volunteer to help run one meeting.
Together we can create a better place for our children. As a
community we can help support each other, and through
volunteerism we can create a disability-friendly world.
Thank you for your interest in our organization. We look forward to hearing from you.