Welcome

Thanks for visiting our website. We’re glad you found us!

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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World Autism Day

Donate: http://bit.ly/DonateASCENDGroup

Upcoming Events

Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion with Chris Braga, talent acquisition specialist for Specialisterne USA, a non-profit social enterprise that pioneered the Autism @ Work movement in the United States. He will share information about Specialisterne USA, the organization’s recruitment/hiring process, and job opportunities. 

About Specialisterne USA:

Specialisterne USA partners with corporations, universities, high schools, and community agencies to create change by examining traditional recruiting, training and on-boarding practices to help companies to employ work ready neurodiverse talent.

Successful organizations realize standardized recruitment processes leave autistic and other neurodiverse talent behind. They know tapping into neurodiversity will bring new solutions to their teams, enhanced productivity and an increased bottom line. But understanding how to best access, recruit, onboard and manage neurodiverse talent can seem like an overwhelming endeavor.

Chris BragaAbout our presenter:

Chris Braga joined Specialisterne in late 2020 as the Talent Acquisition Manager for the United States. Chris has a diverse range of experience including entrepreneurship, sales, and IT recruiting. He has a passion for advancing the careers of candidates and helping hiring managers grow quality teams. Chris has a young son on the autism spectrum, which fuels his passion for making the employment process a more inclusive one, where everyone’s strengths and talents can shine.  

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FREE PROGRAM: http://bit.ly/SpecialisterneProgram


Social & Support Groups

ASCEND Group's Chips, Chocolate and Chat Gatherings for Adults and their Caregivers
(virtual for the foreseeable future and free for members and non-members)

For adults on the spectrum and their parents/caregivers (families will attend a simultaneous, but separate session)
Upcoming Sundays: May 16, June 13
Sessions: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Contact us to RSVP (link provided only to those who contact us).


 

ASCEND Group's Virtual Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Teens

      
Next Sessions: 
April 20 - 7:00 PM

May 18 - 7:00 PM


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. Join now!




The Art of Friendship Groups
Preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school groups: both after-school and weekend groups run all year long, including summer-time.  Due to changes in legislation, most health insurance plans cover ABA services to children with ASD.


Family and individual in-Home ABA Therapy, social skills groups, community outings and much more. View site.

 ASCEND Professional Events & News

Double Donation


 

Professional Member Summer Camps 2021

 Camp Akeela: Autism & Asperger's Social Skills Summer Camp 

Camp Akeela is now accepting application for Summer 2021. Grades 3-12; we also have a one week family camp! 
Camp Akeela: w
here quirky campers thrive! 




Check out Hill Top's amazing summer programs designed for students in grades 2 through college freshmen. There's also a new Esports program in the curriculum! Flyer.


 

Quaker School at Horsham Summer Enrichment Program

Our program is designed with academic enrichment in the mornings and recreational activities in the afternoons, including swimming, art and weekly field trips.
Grades: 1st-10th.


 

 Camp Pegasus Social Skills Summer Camp 2021: In Person

We are excited to share with you that we will be in person again for this upcoming camp season! We are putting strong safety measures in place and planning for every contingency! Ages 4-16 years old.


 


Upcoming Special Needs Zoom Workshops

Complimentary workshops 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. 

1) Saturday May 1st - MCCC Bridging to the Future Conference (virtual). Workshop breakout time 11:30am-12:30pm
2) Tuesday May 4th 6:30pm - hosted by Downingtown Area School District!
3) Tuesday May 11th 7:00pm - hosted by TACA NJ
Email Pat for links.

Join us for a Special Needs News at Noon every Wednesday, at 12 Noon to discuss special needs planning topics!