News and Updates
Dear Members and Friends,  

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer! AHA is once again gearing up for this fall's events. Our next board meeting is scheduled for August 2nd at the AHA offices at 330 Braodway in Amityville at 7PM. All members are welcome to any board meeting. They are listed on the calendar which can be found on our website. We welcome your involvement and attendance. 

We are assisting Integrate Autism Employment Advisors in filling a Finance Associate position at a private foundation in NYC. Integrate's mission is to help organizations identify, recruit, and retain qualified professionals on the autism spectrum. If you or someone you know is interested in this position please see below for further details. 

If you would like some interesting listening, Dr. Alycia Halladay, Autism Science Foundation's Chief Science Officer, does a weekly podcast of significant interest which can be accesssed over iTunes or Android or through RSS.

Save the Date for our fall conference: Education and Lifelong Learning for Students on the Autism Spectrum on Saturday, October 28 at Adelphi University with keynote speakers Brenda Smith Myles, Kate Cody and Rebecca Sachs and our yearly FUNdraiser ROCK 'N' BOWL for Autism on Sunday, November 19th. 

As we plan for events over the summer and into the 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 
  • Integrate Autism Employment Advisors
  • Special Advocacy Coalition
  • Autism-Friendly Movie Showing
  • DogFest Long Island 2017
  • Robotics Academy Training for Young ASD Adults
  • Articles
  • Research
  • Spectrum Services
  • AFSS
Integrate Advisors 

Integrate Autism Employment Advisors Inc., formerly ASTEP ,  Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership,  is assisting a private foundation located in  New York City in  recruiting  a college graduate  for a full time position as a Finance Associate in their Finance Department as part of the company’s autism hiring initiative.  Our client is a non-profit foundation with a focus on research.  Applicants should have a degree in accounting and solid understanding and mastery of accounting concepts and processes. Click here for full job description.
Please share this information with any and all students or alumni who may be interested and qualified for the position and  have the applicants send the completed application and their resume to Tracy Powell-Rudy at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy at 914-861-2328.  

Integrate's mission is to help organizations identify, recruit, and retain qualified professionals on the autism spectrum. Our vision is to increase inclusive competitive employment opportunities for college graduates with autism. 

Special Advocacy Coalition 

A new group at the Friedberg JCC for aduts with disabilites who want to SPEAK up and make changes in their communities.  This group will bring together individuals who want to tackle important issues such as housing, transportation, employment, social opportunities and inclusion. Pre-registration is appreciated.

To RSVP or for further info please contact:

Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location:225 Fox Blvd, Merrick, NY 11566

More info here.
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

DogFest Long Island 2017 

Celebrate the community of people and dogs that make it possible for Canine Companions to show that the most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart! Join Canine Companions for their 5th annual DogFest Walk 'n Roll Long Island! This event is family and dog-friendly, so come out for a tail-waggin' good time! Meet staff, volunteers, puppy raisers and graduates. Enjoy a 1-mile walk, DJ, vendors, dog agility course, dog and costume parade…fun for the whole family, even the dog while supporting the life changing mission of Canine Companions for Independence.

Date: September 23, 2017
Location:Marjorie Post Park, Massapequa, NY 

More info here.
Robotics Academy Training for Young ASD Adults

Our program specializes in hands-on, discovery, training of a few skills which are needed in robotics and industrial automation. These skills, abbreviated by SPADERO, include Simulations, Programming, Assembly, Design, Engineering, Printing and Operation with robots. This is a 45 hour, non-credit, orientation program. Graduates of this program may advance their studies in areas of interest at vocational schools, certificate programs, community colleges or universities.

More info here.
College Course
Autism News

Researchers tracked 660 students with autism from across the country using the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, ( a registry that followed special education students from 2001 to 2009 as they left high school and entered the adult world. Of the group, 190 attended college and submitted information about their majors. For the 35 students at four-year universities, the field of study did not influence their performance. But the data from the community college students tells another story.

Read more 

'No Jab, No Play': How Australia is Handling the Vaccination Debate
The New York Times

States are moving to punish child care centers that enroll the unvaccinated, dismissing the objections of those who resist immunization without a valid medical reason. There will be people who have, without any scientific validity, ideological concerns about immunization,” she added. “I’m not particularly interested in hearing an argument that isn’t based in science.” 

Read more 

Children's Visual Engagement is Heritable and Altered in Autism 
Attention to mouth and eyes is influenced by genetic factors, suggests NIH-funded study

How children visually engage with others in social situations is a heritable behavior that is altered in children with autism, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study appears in the latest issue of Nature. Autism spectrum disorder affects how a person acts, communicates and learns. In the United States, approximately 1 out of 68 children has the disorder.

Reduced attention to other people’s eyes and faces is a behavior associated with autism, and it is often used to screen for and help diagnose the disorder. In the current study, NIH-funded researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University in Atlanta explored the potential genetic foundation of this behavior, which can appear by the first 6 months of age and persist as children grow older. Read more

Read full article 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
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  

AFSS, 800 Avenue of Americas, Suite 10H, New York, NY 10001
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