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Middle School Meetup: Bowling at Sproul Lanes, Springfield
Sunday, March 19, 2017
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sproul Lanes
745 W Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 
Ages: Middle school students (boys and girls in grades 6 through 8)

ASCEND has reserved three lanes (6 bowlers per lane) which includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental for attendees. The cost of the games and shoe rental is covered for those who participate in this Meetup, but please note that food and/or beverages are NOT included.

A maximum number of 18 students will be accepted for this meet-up. To save your spot please RSVP Elena with the names of the bowler/s.


ASCEND Conference Recap

Thank you to our wonderful speakers, all the attendees and our ASCEND Board who made our conference a huge success! If you missed our conference or would like a recap, below are the links to the slides provided by the speakers. 

Dr. James Coplan: Autism Spectrum Disorder in 3-D: A Life Span Perspective (all ages)

Dr. Robert Naseef: Involved Fathers Get Results: Engaging Fathers and Strengthening Families (younger children) Flyer 1 Flyer 2

Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen: A Different Voice: Adolescent Females on the Autism Spectrum (teen session)

ASCEND Board Members: Karen Myers & Robert Schmus: It's Never Too Late for a Diagnosis (adult session)

Sonia Voynow, LCSW: Making Friendships: Beyond Social Skills Training (younger children)

Dr. Eric Mitchell: Mindfulness and Identity for Teens Diasnosed with ASD (teen session)

Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen: Breaking the Cycle of Social Isolation (adult sessions)


ASCEND will be forming an Adults with Asperger's/Autism Support Group!

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ASCEND Professional Events Calendar &
Professional Directory


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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:

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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: 
  • Discounted admission to ASCEND’s
    annual conference
  • Invitations to ASCEND-sponsored
    social events
  • Inclusion in our Membership
    Directory (optional)
  • Free admission to speaker meetings
  • Invitation to join our listserv
    for message posting (member families only)
  • Access to the online e-newsletter archive

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!