Welcome to ASCEND Group


ASCEND's MISSION:

To improve the lives of individuals
     and families in the Greater Philadelphia area impacted by Asperger Syndrome
and Autism through connections,
community and support.




 ASCEND Events: 

This is a gathering of adults who may be interested in connecting with other self-advocates. While staff are available to help facilitate, participants will collectively guide the nature of the group and how they may like to see the group evolve from a gathering moving forward. Instead of becoming a therapeutic group, this group is intended to provide opportunities for connection and discussion among participants, possibly leading to additional activities based on common interests.

Sun., 8/26 from 4 - 5 PM
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Attendance is free but please RSVP to [email protected]

Discussion Group for Caregivers of Adults

This free group for parents/ caregivers will be held in a different room but at the same time as the adult group session, Chips, Chocolate & Chat.

Sun., 8/26 from 4 - 5 PM
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Attendance is free but please RSVP to [email protected].

ASCEND Group Brains Vs. Games MeetUp 

Come out to test your brain power by playing board games such as Yahtzee, Trouble, Checkers, and card games like UNO & Crazy 8s.  Make new friends! Have fun! Light refreshments will be offered!

Ages 10-14 years
Sat., 9/22 from 9:30-11:30AM
Fick Educational Services @ Embassy Court, 17 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380
Free event but RSVP before 9/19 via meetup.com (free) and SEARCH for ASCENDGroup Event.

How to find us: just off the Rt. 202 Exit for Paoli Pike, across from the West Goshen Shopping Center, as if headed to Chester County Hospital 


ASCEND Game MeetUp for Tweens & Teens

This event is for kids age 10 to 17, and we will have Legos, board games, WII video games, Nintendo DS and other video games, foosball and air hockey. We encourage participants to bring their favorite games to share and for parents to stay and socialize. Light refreshments will be available.
Sun., 9/30 from 2-4 PM
Social Enrichment Center
542 Wesley Rd., Springfield, PA 19064

How to find us: 
The Social Enrichment Center is located at Hancock Methodist Church in Springfield. Entrance has red doors.
Free event but RSVP before 9/27 via meetup.com (free) and SEARCH for ASCENDGroup Event.

 

ASCEND Group: Save the Dates:

Wednesday, 10/3
College Panel at West Chester University

Sunday, 11/18
ASCEND Workshop at Congregation of Ami

 


ASCEND Professional Events Calendar & Professional Directory

ASCEND Professional Member Events
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Professional Members' Offerings:

Social Groups, Support Groups & Workshops     

Summer Camps/Programs   

Research Opportunities (New studies added!)


Professional Member Events:

 



Social Enrichment Center: Now Enrolling Young Adult Transition Sessions 

 
Young Adult Transition Sessions  Available for ages 18-21
1hr weekly group sessions available,, meets Mondays from 4-5 PM.
Designed to facilitate the transition from high school to either college or the workforce, this experience will develop the skills necessary to move into adulthood. Weekly sessions are designed to foster overall social skill development as well as guide individuals through the adolescent to adult transition. Sessions can be modified and individualized depending on need. Click on main title link for more details. 


Young Adult Transition Sessions Available for ages 21+ 
1hr weekly groups sessions available, meets Thursdays from 4-5 PM.
Designed to facilitate the transition to, this experience will develop the skills necessary to move into adulthood. Weekly sessions are designed to foster overall social skill development as well as guide individuals through the adolescent to adult transition. Click on main title link for more details.   

 

 

Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting: Young Women's Groups

Young Adult Social Encounters and Relationships Group for Young Women at Autism Spectrum Diagnostics and Consulting in Doylestown, PA. Groups are for ages 15-17 and 18-21. 
The group will focus on a variety of topics pertinent to Young Adults on the autism spectrum including: nonverbal communication, maintaining reciprocal conversations, dating and relationships, use of social media, consent, etc. Groups will start second week of July.
If interested in learning more about our Young Adult group and to sign up for our next session please contact Dr. Brittany Lyman.


 

ASCEND Membership

Member Benefits include:

    • Free admission to one or more meet-ups. To view our 2017 Meet Ups list click here.
    • Invitations to ASCEND-sponsored social events
    • Inclusion in our Membership Directory (optional and available only to member families)
    • Invitation to join our families e-lists (listservs) for message posting (member families only)
    • Access to member only links on our site like our recent information sessions: Choosing the Right Job or Career: Tips for Individuals on the Spectrum and Their Parents, SAP: Autism at Work: The groundbreaking Autism at Work program as well as our e-newsletter archive.
    • Free, unlimited posting of events, sessions, camps, social groups, etc on our calendar as well as our free, monthly e-newsletter which has 4000+ subscribers (posting for professional members only)
    • Invitation or join our professionals e-list (listserv) for message posting (professional members only)
    • Referrals of your services to clients who phone us for resources (professional members only).

ASCEND Individual Membership $25/year

ASCEND Family Membership  $45/year

ASCEND Professional Membership $160/year

Click to get a printable Membership Form in Word format.

Interested in volunteering? We welcome ASCEND members and non-members to sign up to volunteer on one of our committees. It's a great way to meet other people in our community and to give back! Please click here to sign up to volunteer.