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: 


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., 4/7 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., 4/7 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]


*Free Gamer MeetUp for Tweens and Teens
(Video games, board games, Legos, foosball & air hockey) Hosted by Elena Perri and Terry Peura from the ASCEND Group
*This event is free but RSVP through MeetUp.com  is required as space is limited. Once you join (it's free!) search for ASCEND Group. 
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 provided.

Sunday, 3/31 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Every last Sunday of the month)
Directions: Social Enrichment Center, 542 Wesley Road · Springfield 
How to find us: The Social Enrichment Center is located at Hancock Methodist Church in Springfield. Entrance has red doors. We fill up fast so please RSVP to reserve your spot!


ASCEND Professionals' Events

 Family Support Groups and Peer Group

Exploring Executive Functioning
Led by Laura K. Evak M.A., CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at Communiverse, this presentation will help you understand the definition and components of Executive Function (EF), increase your awareness of how EF impacts different aspects of daily living, socializing and learning, identify some indicators of EF difficulties, and a brief introduction to at least two strategies to aid in improving EF. Refreshments and Coffee Served.
Tuesday 2/26, from 6:30-8:00 PM

Peer Support Groups ... now every Tuesday!
Date: Tuesday, 2/26 Time: 6:30-8:00 PM Coping Skills: How to Deal with Unpleasant Situations Hand Project - Pizza Served
Please RSVP to Pam Frebowitz at [email protected]  or call 215-681-0172.
All groups are open to the community! Family Support Groups are free however there is a $5 fee for peer support groups if you are not receiving waiver services from Kaleidoscope.
Bethel AME Church, 50 S. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010



Hill Top Preparatory School Admission Open House

This is a great opportunity to learn about the students we serve, our unique academic programs, and see our beautiful campus on a tour lead by our Student Ambassadors.
Wednesday, March 6th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Hill Top Preparatory School, 737 S. Ithan Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

RSVP here.

Meredith R. Fitzpatrick, Director of Enrollment Management at 610-527-3230


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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 will be led by popular financial speaker, Pat Bergmaier, and will 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 without distraction.

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 PM
Autism Cares Foundation, 816 S. 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 18966

Friday, March 8th, 8:30am
Pennsbury High School West Campus

608 S Ol



Art of Friendship
Mike Fogel's
 Art of Friendship

Cyber School Skills: Guidelines for Social Media Safety, Etiquette and Success
1) Paoli on Tuesday, March 22nd at 250 W. Lancaster Ave. ~ Suite 255 ~ Paoli, PA 19301
2) Plymouth Meeting on Thursday, March 29th at 5 Sentry Parkway East, Ste. 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422




 Ongoing Groups:

Fick Educational ServicesFick Educational Services: New Social Groups Forming
Fick Educational Services will be forming new social skills groups for the New Year! If your child struggles to make friends and could use some practice with teamwork or coping skills, consider a social skills group at FES. We form groups based on need and age and will tailor activities to suit the child's needs. Call us at 610-457-2199 for more information.

 Mike Fogel's Art of Friendship
Social-Coping Skills Groups are currently enrolling girls, boys and co-ed groups between 4-18 years old in: Paoli, Haverford, Plymouth Meeting and Center City Philadelphia.

  • Social Cognition Social Skills Groups with a focus on play (i.e. theory-of-mind, perspective-taking, hidden rules of socialization plus developmentally appropriate play)
  • Social Cognition Social Skills Groups with a focus on conversation (i.e. theory-of-mind, perspective-taking, hidden rules of socialization plus developmentally appropriate conversation skills)
  • Self-Regulation & Impulse Control-Focused Social Skills Groups
  • Anxiety-Focused Social Skills Groups
  • Frustration, Anger & Problem Solving Focused Social Skills Groups
  • Victims of Bullying & Resilience Focused Social Skills Groups
  • Girls Groups
  • Adolescent Group
Contact: Admissions Coordinator, Debbie DeBenedictis, at 610-649-1080, ext 1.

Autism Diagnostics
Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting: Tech-Based Vocational Skills Group 

Research has shown that individuals with ASD can not only perform proficiently in the workplace, they can do so independently if the job matches their personal strengths and capabilities and specific job tasks are taught to mastery. The goal of this group is to not only develop participant proficiency in technology use, but to also teach key "soft-skills" such as; job searching, understanding workplace norms, routines and etiquette, social communication at work and workplace problem-solving skills.

If interested, contact Reggie Candio at  
[email protected]