We are excited to introduce Autism? AHA Can Help, our first-ever public service announcement [PSA] series produced by AHA and Hofstra University.
These powerful PSAs depict AHA members who are parents, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum discussing how our services and community have helped them face the challenges of autism. The spots debuted at our Spring Conference as part of April's Autism Acceptance Month, but you can view and share today, as well as check out behind-the-scene photos from the shoot below. We are deeply grateful for the dedicated efforts of our co-producers and Hofstra graduates Kathleen Flynn and Jack Farley.
14th Annual Spring Conference
Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents & Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Keynotes: Brenda Smith Myles, Alex Plank
Workshops, panels, agency walkway, resources and books!
Annual Abby Irwin Family Picnic
June, 2014 (date to be announced)
24th Annual Fall Conference
Issues in Education K-12 for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Monday & Tuesday, October 20-21, 2014
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
5th Annual ROCK 'N' BOWL for Autism
Sunday, November 16, 2014
AHA Association [Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association] serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential.
Founded in 1988 and based on Long Island and NYC, AHA is directed by a dedicated and experienced volunteer executive board and expert professional advisory board.
AHA's services reach nearly ten thousand people annually through one-to-one phone and e-support; more than a dozen monthly support meetings, the most run by a single autism-related association in New York state; an informative weekly AHA eNewsletter and bi-annual On The Spectrum print publication; family recreational events; bi-annual education conferences; and signature fundraisers such as its annual ROCK 'N' BOWL. By maintaining efficient administrative practices, 90% of every dollar donated to AHA goes directly to providing and expanding its services.
How AHA Can Help
The search for effective treatment in the autism community is made more difficult because each individual on the autism spectrum is unique. There is no "one size fits all" treatment. Myriads of interventions are offered, including a wide variety of medications, therapies, educational methodologies and nutritional approaches. While many of these methods reflect sound current practice, many of them do not. A parent or individual's urgency to take action may be exploited by providers of unsound practices that can be costly, time-consuming and physically demanding. We make every effort to provide objective, up-to-date, reliable, evidence-based information, and urge you to thoughtfully evaluate any proposed treatment.
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