Welcome to ASCEND Group


 ASCEND Events: 

ASCEND's Autism / Asperger Employment Panel

A session for adults on the autism spectrum and their families about services which help to find and retain employment to succeed in the workplace.
Location: Wissahickon Valley Public Library, 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, 19422
Date/ Time: Thurs.,11/16, 7:00 PM - 8: 30 PM
Register here.

Chips, Chocolate and Chat: ASCEND's Social Gathering for Adults on the Spectrum

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., November 19, from 4 - 5 PM
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Attendance is free but please RSVP to info@ascendgroup.org

Discussion Group for Caregivers of Adults

Facilitated by Carol S. Weinman, Esq., Autism Expert & Consultant, specialized attorney and parent, this free group will be held in a different room but at the same time as the adult group session, Chips, Chocolate & Chat.

Sun., November 19, from 4 - 5 PM
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Attendance is free but please RSVP to info@ruttenberg.com


Save the Dates!

Pizza and Planets 

We will meet up for a pizza dinner on Fri., 12/1, at 5:45 p.m. at Poppi's Pizza, Wynnewood Shopping Center, 50 Wynnewood Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096. Everyone who attends will be responsible for paying for their own dinner.  

After dinner, we will head to the Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA. The public viewing event is free and starts at 7:00 p.m. 

No worries if you are unable to join us for dinner. You can go directly to the Strawbridge Observatory. We will have an ASCEND sign so you can find us.

Campus map: https://www.haverford.edu/campus-map

More details about the public viewing:There will be a student talk, hands-on activities, and telescope observing. The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes. 

This event will take place, weather permitting. Rain date is Fri., 12 / 8.

Sixers Game

ASCEND is teaming up with New Avenue Foundation to host a group outing to the Sixers vs. Toronto Raptors game on Mon., Jan 15, 2018 at 1 PM (Martin Luther King holiday). The seats are in Section 222. Cost: $20 per ticket. Limited tickets available. For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact Elena Perri at president@ascendgroup.org.


ASCEND Professional Events Calendar & Professional Directory

ASCEND Professional Member Events
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If your are an ASCEND Organizational Professional Member and would like to submit a listing for our website, simply click below to complete one/more of the following forms:

Submit an Event       Submit Research      Submit a Service


Professional Members' Offerings:

Social Groups, Support Groups & Workshops     

Summer Camps/Programs   

Research Opportunities (New studies added!)


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

 Support ASCEND today!

As a nonprofit organization, we depend solely on the support of our members.

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)
    • Invitation or join our professionals elist (listserv) for message posting (organizational level only)
    • Access to the online e-newsletter archive

Join here.

Click to get a printable Membership Form in PDF format.

Click to get a printable Membership Form in Word format.

There are membership level options that make
sense and are affordable for just about anyone.
Please consider becoming an ASCEND member today.

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.

 On this site

An important part of the ASCEND mission is identifying and sharing resources with families, individuals with autism, professionals, educators, and other community stakeholders. We invite you to browse this site for access to regional and national resources in many categories, including advocacy, research, autism in the media, and much more!