The impact of autism on families

The impact of autism on families

One in 58 children have autism and the number of cases – and need for support services – continues to grow said Mike Jarman during Harrisburg Rotary President J. Stephen Feinour and Mike Jarman.his talk at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.

Jarman initially was working as an attorney as he and his wife struggled to find good programs and help for their two autistic sons, who are now adults. As a parent of two daughters as well, a challenging situation was made worse when his boys were young in the late 90s because there weren’t too many options, he said.

He discovered the Vista program that used proven techniques to help children with autism and began teaching classes out of his home for his kids and two other children. Interest in the program grew and in 2002 Jarman and a group of parents founded The Vista School in Hershey. He and the other founders were literally going into debt to fund the school until in 2002 it received private school status from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Today, Jarman is the chief strategic officer and general counsel for Vista, which is serving more than 100 children and more than 20 adults – all at no cost to parents. In the coming year, the school is looking to open a class serving infants up to 3 years of age.

Pictured from left to right:  Mike Jarman and Steve, Feinour, President.

For more information about the school, including how to make a donation or become a corporate sponsor, go to

Andrew P. Hetrick, 2016-17 Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Awardee

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Andy has been a member of a number of committees in his Rotary career and most recently has served as a Board Member, Chair of the Habitat for Humanity and Co-Chair of EarlyAct Committees.

Andy receive the 2016-17 Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award at the January 9th Rotlary Club of Harrisburg meeting. As awardee, Andy is eligible for a trip to the Rotary International Convention.

Pictured from left to right:  Past District Governor Janice Black, Immediate past president Betty Hungerford, President Steve Feinour and awardee Andy Hetrick.

Rotaract and Service

Central Penn College's Roteract Club (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg) recently volunteered at Bethesda Mission.rsz rotaract 2106

Dominican Republic Dental Clinic

rsz 1rsz img 1205rsz 1rsz img 1180The Dominican Dental Project is scheduled from November 5-12, 2016. The project has become enhanced with the addition of the Reading Hospital's Family Practice Intern Program. Dr. Bill Lovitt a physician from Lebanon, Pa. leads a team of ten Family Practice Interns who will provide medical exams prior to dental treatment.

This year Temple Dental School will provide an oral surgeon and eight senior dental students to work in three locations. Dr Stephen Grady of Camp Hill will provide, for the nineth consecutive year on site leadership to both medical teams. We are excited this year to have both the West Shore and Wellsboro, Pa. Rotary Clubs partnering with Harrisburg in support of the project.

Read more: Dominican Republic Dental Clinic