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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.

We hope the information on our site is helpful for you and your family. If you have any questions about the ASCEND Group, please send a message to [email protected].

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Recurring ASCEND Group Social & Support Groups

 Chips Chocolate and Chat has resumed in-person gatherings at the JCHAI campus in Bryn Mawr. Our next gathering is June 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Chips, Chocolate and Chat is a group of adults on the autism spectrum (ages 18+), who with the help of a facilitator, discuss topics chosen by the group. Topics that have been addressed include dating, co-workers, break-ups, meet-ups, interviewing for jobs, etc. 

Parents/caregivers meet in a separate room to discuss various issues and provide support to one another.

2022 Dates

Sunday, June 26

Contact us to RSVP (if you use Outlook please include your email in the body of the message as it doesn't display otherwise).


 Virtual Support Group Meeting for Parents of Teens on the Autism Spectrum

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 (click on image above to register now). Join now!



1. Registration is Open for 29 Unique Social Skills Groups at Four Philadelphia Area Locations

Our renowned year-round social skills therapy program is accepting new participants ages 4-18 in Haverford, Paoli, Plymouth Meeting, and Center City Philadelphia. Click HERE to visit the Art of Friendship website for information about these services.

2. Camp Pegasus Accepting Applications for In-Person Camp in Summer 2022

What's your child doing this summer? The Main Line's therapeutic social skills day camp is making detailed plans for a second straight COVID-free summer. Our passionate objective is to run the entire magical 8-week program in person.

Join us for a summer of intensive social skills growth, fun, and friendship! Apply ASAP - several bunks were waitlisted last year! We adjusted our admissions criteria to prioritize admission for neurodiverse children who can be safe without prolonged one on one support. Click HERE to see how our admissions criteria has changed.