Welcome to ASCEND Group


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: 

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.

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., 9/23 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., 9/23 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 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 College Panel Discussion

Preparing for College: Supports and Panel Discussion for Students with Asperger’s / Autism Spectrum Disorder & Their Caregivers

Fee: Free for ASCEND members; $10.00 for non-member families (3 attendees) Join ASCEND Group now and attend for free!
Due to space being limited, registration required by October 1, 2018
Audience: High school students and their caregivers
When: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM
West Chester University - Graduate Center, Room 325, 1160 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19383  
Parking: Free (when driving into the corporate center, the WCU Graduate Center will be on your right hand side)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Register online here.

ASCEND Group, in coordination with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Eastern University, West Chester University, Kutztown University, Delaware County Community College and Bucks County Community College, present a panel discussion with college staff members as well as students on the autism spectrum who attend these colleges. The panel will discuss resources, share their experiences, and offer their advice and insight into college life. Topics include executive functioning, independence requirements as well as suggested planning and services that can be utilized to help support students through graduation. The intent of this session is to help families/caregivers plan for a future for those students who wish to pursue higher education.


ASCEND Group: Save the Dates:

Sunday, 11/18
ASCEND Adult Transition 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:


Please Join Us!

Our complimentary workshops are 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. Our small and interactive seminars are led by popular financial speaker, Pat Bergmaier, and they provide a comfortable setting in which attendees can learn how to take control of their present and future financial planning. As a follow-up, individual meetings may be scheduled to focus on your personal financial situation.
Tuesday, 9/18 at 6:30 PM
Lenape Valley Foundation 
601 Dresher Rd, Suite 150, Horsham, PA 19044
Interested in your organization hosting a workshop for your families? Should your employer potentially be offering one of these workshops on location? Please email Pat:  Pat Bergmaier, CFP®, ChSNC or call 215-317-4143.


 Family/Caregiver Support Group with Simultaneous Peer Support Group

Family Support Group: Reframing Expectations: Setting and Achieving Realistic Outcomes in Postsecondary Living, Jordan Hollander M.Ed BCBA, Clinical Development Director, Kaleidoscope Family Solutions. Using a person-centered approach combined with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Jordan Hollander will focus on rethinking values, identifying strengths, and how to start teaching your family skills that are essential for success in the real world.

Peer Support Group: Strengths, Interests and Dreams Equal Life Pizza Served.
Tuesday 9/25 from 7:00-8:30PM
Bethel AME Church 50 S. Merion Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Parent/Caregiver Support Groups with Simultaneous Peer Support Groups

Location: Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 E. Lincoln Hwy. Coatesville, PA 19320
Thursday, September 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Family Support Group: Special Needs Planning with Pat Bergmaier, CFP, ChSNC of 1847 Financial. This workshop will provide an overview of financial & estate planning for families that have dependents with special needs such as the PA Able Act, Wills, Special Needs Trusts, and the differences between Guardianship and Powers of Attorney. Peer Support Group: Strengths, Interests and Dreams Equals a Fulfilled Life Pizza Served This group will help individuals identify personal attributes and goals that can positively impact life in the home, community and real world of work.


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)
    • Invitation to exhibit your services at one or more ASCEND educational workshops
    • 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.