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Our goal is to provide support to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families through educational programs, support groups and social gatherings. You’ll find information about our mission, upcoming programs, professional members, and a variety of resources on issues such as education, employment, advocacy, etc.

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Social & Support Groups

JCHAI Center

Chips,Chocolate and Chat Gatherings for Adults and their Caregivers (Offered in partnership with Neurodiversity Consultants)

We will not have Chips Chocolate and Chat gatherings in July or August, but we are planning to resume in-person gatherings in September at the JCHAI Education Center, 274 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Fall meetings at 4:00PM: September 19, October 17, November 14 and December 12. We look forward to seeing you all then!

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ASCEND Group's Virtual Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Teens

Upcoming Session: August 17

Click here to view our video with Margot Stein, marriage and family therapist who will facilitate these groups.
Sessions are free for members and $10 for non-members. Join now!

Disability Planning Panel Discussion on Wednesday August 4 at 5:00 pm
Hear from the experts in planning and strategy for those with disabilities. Panelists areas of expertise cover legal, tax planning, financial planning, trust administration, and care management.

You won't want to miss this panel discussion! A fantastic resources to be able to educate yourself and share with your clients. 

Meet the Panelists
Joanna Craney, ChFC®, ChSNC®
Financial Advisor at 1847 Financial: Financial Strategies for Disability Planning

Christine Pontecorvo, MSS, LSW
Care Management Supervisor at PLAN of PA: Care Management & Trust Administration

Randy Hope Steen, Esq.
Disability & Tax Planning Attorney at Law Offices of Randy Hope Steen: Legal Aspects of Disability Planning

Moderator: Christy Holland, MA
Executive Director at PLAN of PA


ASCEND Professional Events & News

Professional Member Summer Camps 2021

 Camp Akeela: Autism & Asperger's Social Skills Summer Camp 

Camp Akeela is now accepting application for Summer 2021. Grades 3-12; we also have a one week family camp! 
Camp Akeela: w
here quirky campers thrive! 

Check out Hill Top's amazing summer programs designed for students in grades 2 through college freshmen. There's also a new Esports program in the curriculum! Flyer.


Quaker School at Horsham Summer Enrichment Program

Our program is designed with academic enrichment in the mornings and recreational activities in the afternoons, including swimming, art and weekly field trips.
Grades: 1st-10th.


 Camp Pegasus Social Skills Summer Camp 2021: In Person

We are excited to share with you that we will be in person again for this upcoming camp season! We are putting strong safety measures in place and planning for every contingency! Ages 4-16 years old.


Upcoming Special Needs Zoom Workshops

Complimentary workshops focused on empowering and educating families who have dependents with special needs giving them clear, actionable information that can be used to understand and build a responsible financial lifestyle. 

Join us for a Special Needs News at Noon every Wednesday, at 12 Noon to discuss special needs planning topics!