Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association

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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 for Autism. 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.


  • To increase awareness and knowledge of higher functioning autism among the professionals who diagnose, treat, educate or provide services. (Autism is a spectrum disorder that varies in degree from mild to severe with a wide range of needs). 

  • To attain appropriate educational programs, effective social skills training, increased social and recreational opportunities, meaningful employment, and sufficient and satisfactory independent living accommodations for those with High Functioning Autism (HFA). 

  • To develop a strong network of parents supporting one another through the challenges of daily life. 

  • To provide parents and professionals with a useful forum where they can exchange pertinent information.

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