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2018 Updates and Reviews

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2017 was an incredible year for programs with families. Our teen program has seen some success as have our connections with programs and schools in the community. We were able to visit schools like New Story, Donegal High School and Salisbury Elementary school in the last few months of the year to help with our goal of helping kids feel included, respected and to deter bullying and foster a greater understanding about autism.

2018 is shaping up to be no slouch either. We have already started planning out various events including our support meetings, Egg Hunt, the 2018 Edge of Autism Walk & Festival and some special trainings.

As for our support meetings, we do have some small changes over the next few months since our irreplaceable Support Meeting Coordinator, Kira, is going to be welcoming a new wonderful addition to her family.  Our next support meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:30pm in Stager Hall, Franklin and Marshall College.  In March, Director of Advocacy, Shelly Koch will be taking the helm at our usual meeting time to discuss IEPs. Questions can be submitted by emailing her at  Additionally that month we have a Guardianship and Financial Planning seminar with Orrstown Bank and the law firm of Kling & Deibler, LLP on Saturday, March 17th.  Please make sure to follow our calendar of events or our public Facebook events page for updates.

Lastly for now, we did finally get approval for our Edge of Autism Event—Time & Space for Saturday, May 5th, 2018.  We are so excited to be having the event in what we hope will be warmer and nicer weather so everyone can enjoy the day. Many preparations are already well under way and we are officially co-hosting the event this year with New Story School (Mountville PA).  Our event will again be at Buchanan Park, Lancaster PA and we are certainly looking for ideas, volunteers and sponsors so let us know how you want to be a part of our Family Reunion and biggest day of the year.

You can register for the event at:
Email for any questions you might have!

We hope to continue to count on your support and participation with the families we serve this year.  Check out this awesome slideshow as well of some of our favorite memories from 2017.

Thank you!




Tommy Foundation Responds to New CDC Autism Numbers

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Autism Rates 1 in 68 USDear Friends,

As many of you probably already know the Center For Disease Control (CDC) made an announcement on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at noon concerning their new estimated rates for the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States among individuals 21 and under. It was announced at the teleconference that based on their latest study the new rates are 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. While these numbers show the obvious—that the rates have continued to increase over the years—there are some valuable things we can take away from the conference and would like to invite YOU to help us reach more families and help more individuals in our community. Continue reading →

Spring 2014 TTF Newsletter is Out

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The Tommy Foundation’s Spring 2014 Newsletter is now out and available! Filled with interviews and a schedule of events for Autism Awareness month in 2014, it’s a can’t miss!

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Featuring Interviews with world-class comic book creators Dave and Angie Knot from Autism Face Value:

Autism at Face Value started as a non-profit business based in York, PA, USA. Founder Dave Kot never imagined how widespread his idea for positive autism awareness would become…by making a comic book. A life-long comic book fan, Dave helped create the first golden-era comic book hero with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). During the “golden-era,” good triumphed over evil with modesty and self-respect. In-and-of itself, the risk to include a character with autism as a main heroic character in a comic book were huge steps towards diversity and public awareness…

Interviews with Naomi Hulst, a leader in the Lancaster County Special Olympics:

When she was 5 years old, my daughter, Haley, would swing so high she’d almost be horizontal and stayed in the swimming pool for 3 hours. At 6 years old, she ran on a balance beam with in a perfect, straight line. At 7 years old, she’d lob a ball directly into the basket. A natural athlete, I thought. But she was diagnosed at 28 months with autism. She was barely verbal, slept only 5 hours a night, and I couldn’t get her to focus or respond to commands…

And all about our upcoming events in April 2014 including the 7th Annual Edge of Autism Festival and Walk and more! Be sure to check it out!