Friends & Pals Teen Club (age 13 – 21) provides an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and FUN!  Teenagers need more independent social skills once they leave school for college or the job market. Our group gives teens on the autism spectrum an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice them in a comfortable environment.

The club will be meeting on a monthly basis with our facilitator, Warren Levy.  Our Teen Club Outings will continue in addition to the monthly club gatherings.

Monthly Club Gatherings

Thursday, September 7                Thursday, October 5
Personal Space                             Safety Skills

Thursday, November 2                Wednesday, December 6
Developing Friendships                Holiday Party

Thursday, February 1                   Thursday, March 1
Conversation Skills                       Internet Safety

Thursday, April 5                           Thursday, May 3
Super Suppers Outing                   School Friends vs. Summer Friends

REGISTRATION OPEN:  Click the date to register for the Teen Gathering(s) you will be attending.

A Parent Mingle area will be provided from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.   Warren Levy will meet with parents/guardians from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm to discuss the social skills lessons.

A Pledge to Friendship

Autism Society NWPA has partnered with Gannon University Occupational Therapy Department/Professor Bernadette Hattjar to develop a socializing and relationships program for our youth age 16 – 22.

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the Registration & Release form  | DOWNLOAD FORM

Applications are due by January 14, 2018.  Please return to Autism Society NWPA P.O. Box 3923 Erie PA 16508 or bring to our Snow Tubing outing.

The program will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Gannon University OT Lab, beginning January 31, 2018.


  • Week 1 | Conversation Skills
  • Week 2 | Positive Thinking
  • Week 3 | Presentation of Self
  • Week 4 | Choosing Appropriate Friends
  • Week 5 | Getting Together with Friends & Family
  • Week 6 | Electronic Communication
  • Week 7 | Handling Teasing/Bullying, Disagreements, & Rejections
  • Week 8 | What to Do If You Like Someone
  • Week 9 | Proper Dating Behaviors
  • Week 10 | Dance!

If you have any questions, please contact Autism Society NWPA (814) 455-3540 or via email: or Gannon OT Professor, Dr. Bernadette Hattjar, at




You are invited….Join us for a prom night that you will never forget!

Walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment and dance the night away!

WHEN:  Friday, February 9, 2018
TIME:  6:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE:  St. James Place | 2622 Buffalo Rd Erie PA

All attendees must complete an application.   DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

For people with special needs ages 14 +

Erie Night to Shine Committee:   Linda Hennigan, Tish Bartlett, Mark Ericson, Anthony Lecce, Nick Fenton, Michele Inter, & Jackie Lupo.

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If your teen has not previously attended, please download and complete the Friends & Pals Registration & Release Form