News and Updates
Dear Members and Friends,  

As summer is now upon us we hope you are able to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the warm weather!.

We have a few announcements from the AHA family.  On July 1st Matt Lerner, one of esteemed Advisory Board members and his wife, Chelsea, welcomed a new member to their family, Sawyer Franklin Finn-Lerner. He joins big brother Everett. We can't wait to see the whole family again soon. 

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Advisory Board member May-Lynn Andresen's dad, Ulf Andresen, at the end of June. He was a man of charm, sensitivity and wit who supported his family and AHA. He and his wife were also members of the Grandparents group. 

In July  Paul Mazzotta, Sr. announced the 10th anniversary of  "Strikes and Spares". The group started as a way for Paul Jr. to enjoy bowling with a group of friends and has evolved over the years into a weekly group.  The Mazzotta's are a wonderful family who bring humor, fun and warmth to all. Congratulations! Great to have them as part of the AHA family. 

Also this month AAPC Publishing announced the addition of Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, co-founder, who has joined the company as president after the passing of co-founder Keith Myles, PhD. (see below) Brenda comes with a wealth of experience in the field of autism, having made over 1500 presentations internationally and written more than 300 articles and books. We would like to congratulate Brenda and wish her the best on this venture!

Save the Date for our fall conference: Focus on Education and Lifelong Learning for Students on the Autism Spectrum on Saturday, October 28 at Adelphi University with keynotes Brenda Myles, PhD and Kate Cody, PsyD and Rebecca Sachs, PhD along with many other presenters, panels and resources and our yearly FUNdraiser ROCK 'N' BOWL for Autism on Sunday, November 19th. 

Please note all support groups are off for the month of August. As we plan for events this fall we will post them on the eNews. Keep in the loop and keep checking in.  All the best!


Pat Schissel, LMSW
Executive Director
AHA Association  
  This month's content 
  • Remembering Keith B. Myles, PhD
  • New York Liberty Special Needs and Autism Awareness Night
  • SYJCC Self-Advocacy Group
  • Autism Friendly Showing of Spider-Man
  • NYS Partners in Policymaking 
  • AFSS
  • Research
  • Media
  • Spectrum Services

Remembering Keith B. Myles, PhD

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr Keith Myles, president and co-founder of AAPC Publishing. Dr. Myles died June 19, 2017 at the age of 79. Dr. Myles co-founded AAPC Publishing 18 years ago after realizing the lack of affordable, evidence-based autism resources. Dr. Myles took great pride in his work and enjoyed the many connections he made throughout the autism community. 

New York Liberty Special Needs and Autism Awareness Night

Join us Sunday, August 13th at Madison Square Garden as the New York Liberty take on the LA Sparks. Doors will open early with a designated sensory friendly security entrance before the game. Cozy Corner with sensory kits, bean bags, arts and crafts, etc. will be available.

For tickets and more info click here

SYJCC Self-Advocacy Group

If you are on adult (ages 18+) with a disability and looking to make changes in your housing, employment, transportation and looking for social opportunities please join the SYJCC's new Self Advocacy Group. Learn the skills needed to improve your life and community!

July 18th 7:00pm -8:30pm

Click here for flyer.
Autism Friendly Showing of Spider-Man

The Janoson Society for Autism Awareness is excited to host a Sensory Friendly movie experience of Spider-Man. This Autism Friendly screening will take place on July 30, 2017 at 10:00AM at the Bow Tie Franklin Square Cinemas. Attendees will also get to meet Spider-Man! Tickets may be purchased at the door or at:

NYS Partners in Policymaking

NYS Partners in Policymaking® is the premier learning and leadership experience for people with developmental disabilities and families. State-of-the-art personalized learning approach equips Partners with the knowledge, networks and confidence needed to shape and influence important issues affecting disability policy. Next session begins August 9, 2017. 

Click here for flyer.

AFSS Special Event: Compassionate Communication Workshop

AFSS is pleased to offer this unique workshop on Compassionate Communication and Responding Anger and Offering Effective Feedback. 

Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Location: QDEP, 521 West 126th Street, between Old Broadway and Amsterdam 
(One block East and one black north of the 1 Train 125th Street station)

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 all groups currently available click here 
Fathers of Children with Autism Survey

Fathers of children with autism age 4 to 11 years! Share your opinions with researchers at the University of Windsor in an online survey about your parenting experiences. It takes about 30 minutes. You will be offered a $5 Donation gift card. This study has received clearance from the University of Windsor’s Research Ethics Board. If you are interested in participating, e-mail Jason Bloom at for the study link. Please share with anyone else who might be interested. All information is confidential. 

Click here for flyer.
Caregivers of Individuals with ASD Survey

Dr. Kimberly Frame, an Assistant Professor at Savannah State University, is conducting a study on how the variety of choices available for caregivers of individuals with autism may affect the treatment choices they make. All information is confidential. If interested in participating in this online survey please click here
Study - People with Autism are Better at Making Rational and Consistent Decisions 
by Tom Hale

People with autism are often associated with having difficulty making everyday decisions. However, a new study has shown that adults with autism spectrum conditions actually make more consistent and rational choices in higher-level decision-making tasks. This means they were less susceptible to cognitive biases and could even be less fooled by deceptive advertising. 

Read full article  here.
John Oliver Discusses Autism and Vaccines

The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations. Alison Singer, founder of Autism Science Foundation was featured.

Watch 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.

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