February 2020







Cyber Wellness
Presenter: Dr. Paul Kesselman
Thursday, February 27
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Berwyn United Methodist Church
140 Waterloo Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312
(The church is about a 10-minute walk from the Berwyn train station.)
Cost: FREE for ASCEND Members (up to three people); $10 per person for non-members

Join ASCEND for only $45 a year for families.

Register here.
Paul KesselmanPaul Kesselman holds a Doctor of Psychology and a master's degree from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. He is the founder of Kesselman Clinical Associates in Devon. He and his staff provide treatment for children, teens, adults and families who have a variety of different issues and problems.
They specialize in working with clients with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, trauma, ADD/ADHD, and Asperger's and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
More details about Dr. Kesselman's presentation will be e-mailed shortly. 

Bridges to Independence
Presenter: Dr. Alan Schnee

Wednesday, March 25
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

In this 90-minute program, attendees will learn why teaching young children to identify and solve problems can open doors to independence, improve academic skills and reduce challenging behaviors. Attendees will leave with an understanding of: 

  • How solving practical problems leads to both Independence and engagement
  • The use of schedules: Toward greater independence and language acquisition
  • What we can do to improve memory/ executive functioning
This presentation is geared toward younger children (under 10).

Cost: FREE for ASCEND Members (up to three people); $10 per person for non-members

Join ASCEND for only $45 a year for families.

Register here.


Alan SchneeDr. Alan Schnee is a clinician, author and public speaker on effective autism intervention for young children. He has been working with children on the spectrum for almost 30 years. For 10 years, he ran a center-based autism intervention center in Northern New Jersey and has now moved his work here to Marlton, NJ to meet the unmet needs. He studied under ABA pioneers at Princeton Child Development Institute, and with Dr. Bridget Taylor from the Alpine Learning Group in Bergen County. 

Non-Verbal Communication & Social Communicatio
n Workshop

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Social communication occurs in the home, school, work and community and with a variety of people.  Additionally, social communication rules vary depending on every social context across the landscape of humanity.  How very confusing!  People with social learning challenges and their communication partners will benefit from this workshop.  Susan Paul, a speech/language pathologist and founder of Communiverse® will arm you with strategies to foster positive relationships and functional communication strategies in this interactive workshop geared toward people of all ages.

Please note new date: 
Tuesday, April 21 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Register now.

Cost: FREE for ASCEND Members (up to three people); $10 per person for non-members
Join ASCEND for only $45 a year for families.


Susan PaulSusan Paul is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified speech/language pathologist with over 35 years of experience. She attended the University of Maryland and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University and received her teaching certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

As a private practitioner, Susan has consulted with preschools, schools, and early intervention programs, and has provided individual and group therapy for people of all ages.

In her group private practice, Communiverse®, she and her associates pride themselves in fostering effective and functional communication techniques by utilizing the most recent research, and a team approach, while drawing on individuals' strengths. In her capacity as an expert in the field of autism, Susan was featured on Friendly Neighborhoods, a cable television program produced by La Salle University. 

Susan has presented workshops to both professionals and laypeople on the topic of autism, social communication, early child language, and learning and literacy development.



Chips, Chocolate & Chat Adult Social Group
A group of adult self-advocates 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. In the past, we have had a few guest speakers who have addressed the group as well. 

Attendees: Adults on the autism spectrum, ages 18+
February 23 from 4 -5 PM
Please click here for directions to our new location.


Discussion Group for Caregivers
Runs simultaneously but in a different room than the adult social group.

Attendees: Caregivers of adults on the autism spectrum
Date/Time: February 23 from 4 - 5 PM
Please click here. for directions to our new location.

Gaming Meetup (ages 10 - 17 years)

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.

Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Every 4th Sunday of the month

How to find us: The Social Enrichment Center has moved to 216 South Orange Street in Media. Parking available.

RSVP on meetup.com (free to join; then search for ASCEND Group).

ASCEND Professional Events

SPARK Family Fun Day

Families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder are encouraged to RSVP for a day of fun, sensory-friendly activities and to be part of the nationwide  SPARK  research study!
Join us for a live, on-site SPARK registration event and stay for all of the fun We Rock The Spectrum has to offer, including climbing structures, crash mats and pillows, tunnels, swings, sensory toys, an arts and crafts area and more!

Registration is required for this free, fun, sensory-friendly event! Space is limited, so register today!


 Upcoming Workshops

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.

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM
Hosted by: Lower Merion Committee on Special Education, Location TBD - stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 PM
Local's Coffee, 909 E Willow Grove Ave Wyndmoor, PA  19038
Joanna Craney presenting!

Interested in hosting a workshop for your families? Should your employer be offering something similar? Please reach out to Pat!

Professional Member Ongoing Groups:


Surviving and Thriving

A group where parents of children with autism can find connection, inspiration for parenting and self-care, and lots of support! 

Free childcare provided with advance registration. Scholarships available!

A Step Up Academy, 2450 Hamilton Ave., Abington, PA 19001
Saturdays from 10 - 11:30 AM:
February 22, March 14, April 18 and May 16.


Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting Groups


Autism Spectrum Diagnostics and Consulting's LET'S GET M.A.A.D. (MANAGEMENT OF OUR ANGER, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION) 

Difficulty regulating one's emotions not only impacts the individual's mood and well-being but also his/her ability to socialize with others effectively. This group will focus on helping group members identify their emotions including bodily sensations and triggers and how these emotions negatively impact their ability to connect with and socialize with their peers. Group leaders will facilitate the learning of more effective coping skills for managing emotions in difficult and stressful situations as well as learning how to better connect and maintain relationships with peers. 
The group consists of eight, one hour per week sessions starting Monday, January 27 in Doylestown, PA. Members will be grouped based on their age, language abilities, and goals for the group. 
2) Teen Boys Group

Teen Boys/Young Adult Social Encounters and Relationships Group starting Monday, January 27 at Autism Spectrum Diagnostics and Consulting in Doylestown, PA.

The  group  will focus on a variety of topics pertinent to Teen Boys and Young Adult Males on the autism spectrum and/or with social emotional difficulties including: nonverbal communication, maintaining reciprocal conversations,  dating  and relationships, use of social media, consent, etc. 
3) Lego®-based Social Skills Group 

Openings for Children ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, & 13-15

Children will be grouped by age, language abilities, and social skills goals. Lego®-Based Therapy, or Lego®-Club as it called by group members, is an evidenced based treatment where children develop skills through collaboration on group projects through the use of Lego®. Group members collaborate on building sets, free style projects, and creating and producing short stop-action films. Children with ASD, ADHD, anxiety, and other social challenges are welcome! 

Adult facilitators provide feedback and coaching in real-time targeting skill development in the areas of cooperation, problem solving, reciprocal conversation, joint-attention, and flexibility leading to increased maintenance and generalization of skills to other settings. Most importantly, Lego®-Club becomes a place where children identify with a peer group, build friendships beyond the confines of the club, and find a place where their peers and adult coaches understand, encourage, and celebrate their talents. 

Groups will be run on Monday afternoons/evenings for one hour per session for eight sessions starting Monday, January 27. 

Contact Dr. Brittany Lyman at [email protected] for more information.



Kristina Vacha's Groups
Kristina Vacha, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LBS, MSS, MA
(Now accepting Cigna for outpatient therapy)

I am a good listener and will give you time and space to share your concerns. I specialize in supporting transitioning teens and adults with ASD and parents/caretakers. I offer a comprehensive strengths-based approach that also utilizes evidence-based interventions to address issues related to anxiety and depression, life transitions, family and relationship dynamics, self-advocacy, work/employment, co-morbid mental health issues, healthy lifestyle, independent living, contact with law enforcement, and sexuality/dating. I work across the spectrum including nonverbal individuals to high functioning professionals.

1) MeetUp Group: Autism Spectrum Connections

Kristina Vacha, LCSW, will be facilitating a movie meetup once a month at the Movie Tavern in Exton. This group is appropriate for individuals who are college educated or current college students and who can attend independently.  An initial consultation at my office is required before attending events or groups. This group is for adults with autism who are interested in increasing social connections and addressing issues related to living as an adult on the spectrum. 

2) Anime Club for Adults on the Spectrum

If you are an adult on the spectrum or know one who might be interested in being part of an anime club, join our meetup group. 

Join meetup.com (it's free!) and search for https://www.meetup.com/Autism-Spectrum-Connections/ to send a request to join.

3) Adults on the Autism Spectrum Group
This group is a therapeutic support group where you can talk about your experiences as an adult with autism. We address concerns with social isolation, developing more meaningful relationships with others including improving family dynamics, developing friendships and dating, succeeding at employment or education, coping with anxiety and depression, improving self advocacy and developing a better understanding of the autism diagnosis. The group is for adults ages 25 and up who are employed or enrolled in higher education. More about this group

4) Spouses & Partners of Aspies / Autism Support

This group is for adults who are married or in a relationship with an adult with autism spectrum disorder. The group will discuss experiences, offering opportunities to support each other, to vent as needed and to share positive experiences as well.

5) Adult Support Group
This group is for adults on the autism spectrum who are struggling with feeling stuck in significant areas of adult life. If you would like to be working but are currently unemployed or underemployed, socially isolated, unsure about how you would like to become a more independent adult, use or hope to use state funded adult autism services, then you may find this group helpful. More about this group

6) Women with Autism
This group is for women with autism 25 years and up. Whether diagnosed in childhood or recently this group will give you a place to meet other women and talk about your experiences as women living with autism. This group is targeted for women who are employed and/or pursuing higher education. More about this group

If you or an adult with ASD you know is interested in this group (or in one of the other groups Kristina meets with) please contact Kristina: [email protected] or 484-274-8957.


Local ASD News,  Events & Resources

The Philadelphia Autism Project's 2019 - 2020 Seed Award application is now open! Deadline to apply is February 1. Learn more and apply here.

The Public Interest Law Center would like to learn more about employment-related transition services in the School District. Learn more here.  


FREE Leadership Development Training Series
Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking (C2P2) presents a series to develop leadership skills, learn best practices and learn to educate and partner with policy makers on a local, state and federal level.

Eight Weekend Events


Session 1: January 31-February 1

Session 2: February 21-22

Session 3: March 27-28

Session 4: April 17-18

Session 5: May 1-2

Session 6: June 5-6

Session 7: June 26-27

Session 8: September 11-12

Participants must commit to attend ALL 8 two-day (Friday and Saturday) training sessions.

C2P2 trainings are for: 
adults with intellectual disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum, parents of school age children with intellectual disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum.

LOCATION: Hyatt Place, Bethlehem, 45 W North Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 

Superhero Playwriting Workshop

This free, playwriting workshop for kids and teens with autism spectrum disorder at Thomas Jefferson University.  The workshop will be run by Michele DeMuth, a current 4th-year medical student and soon-to-be pediatrician at Thomas Jefferson University who has experience working with individuals with autism.  In this workshop, participants will have the chance to write a short play about a superhero.  Each participant will be paired up with a medical student.  The purpose of the workshop is to not only provide the participants with a fun, creative outlet, but also to engage medical students (outside of the classroom) with individuals who at some point may require special medical services (and understanding) based on their diagnosis of ASD.

Saturday, February 1 from 10 AM - 3 PM at Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus.

The workshop is free! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please email [email protected] if interested!

Applications are open for the 2020 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to engage in disability advocacy on their college campuses.  ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.  ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 13th to June 20th, 2020. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.


PMHC After School Program

PMHC has an after school 0-4, Monday through Saturdays for two age groups: 5-12 years and 13 and up. Contact Thelma Bryant or 215-598-0223, ext. 123. 


Northeast Philadelphia Support Group Navigated by Families

Welcomes individuals, parents, family members, friends of an individual with intellectual disabilities, autism and other abilities.

Free parking, SEPTA Bus Routes 19 and 50

From 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM every third Wednesday of the month: September-June at 9360 Ashton Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19114

RSVP and for more information: Joan Nelson or 267-642-1321


Family Advocacy Clinic

The Family Advocacy Clinic supports families "find their voice" and strengthen advocacy skills. Specifically, we help parents and to understand and communicate which resources and actions can help address challenges related to education, health and social wellness. We explain legal rights but do not offer any legal advice or services.

Contact: 610-723-4108 | familyvoice.net within two business days

Special Education Parent/Family Support Group

Become Involved With Your Local Task Force !!! The Local Task Force (LTF) - is a Parent / Family Support Network Group for Families that Have a Child with a Disability. The Local Task Force membership consists of parents and family members of children with disabilities, local IU representatives, local MH / ID office, the Local Arc, area school districts and charter schools, and additional agency outreach programs. The function of the Local Task Force is to support each other through dialogue, trainings and networking.

Any further questions, please contact Keith H. Focht, Chairperson of the Right to Education State Task Force, at 717-783-6921 or [email protected]

DBHIDS Respite Care

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services offers respite care. Respite care is short-term care for children ages 6-17. Children with a behavioral health diagnosis are eligible for short-term care.

Contact DBHIDS at 215-685-4746, 215-685-4740 or visit us online.


AECOM is Recruiting Qualified Individuals with Disabilities at its Conshohocken Office

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm. AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firms by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine's annual industry rankings and has been named as one of Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies for the third consecutive year. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments. AECOM has nearly 100,000 employees and serves more than 150 countries offering global expertise. For more information about AECOM please refer to our brochure or visit our website at www.aecom.com. To view our "How To Apply Online Guide," click here. You can view the Conshohocken job postings here. Some include intern, management and engineering positions. Nine new positions posted for Conshohocken.

Research Studies

In the interest of promoting autism awareness, we feel it is important to help spread the word about autism spectrum research studies that are being conducted in our area. Use this Research Study Form to submit If you would like to submit your study.

New! Online Research Study: Physical Activity and Nutrition Habits of Young Adults with ASD and their Parents
Researchers at the University of Virginia are conducting a nationwide survey of parents to understand physical activity and nutrition habits of young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will be asked to complete an online survey with questions about your physical activity and nutrition habits as well as your adult child's physical activity and nutrition habits. The survey is completely anonymous; we are not asking for names or any personal information, The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. The University of Virginia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this study, and all participants will receive via email a $20 Amazon gift voucher. Questions? Feel free to email the study director, Dr. Martin Block from the University of Virginia.


Social Communication Skills Study

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia just began a large study to understand communication differences in teens between the ages of 12-17 with or without Autism, Anxiety, Depression, and/or ADHD.

The study includes a complete diagnostic evaluation and feedback with CHOP clinicians, and participants will receive compensation for their time.

Contact Amanda Riiff at [email protected]
267-425-1192 with interest or questions.


PARSEC is an intervention done by phone aimed at helping young adults (18-25) with ASD increase their community participation activities in non-urban areas of PA.

Are you a young adult with autism who would like to better engage with your community? 

ABOUT OUR STUDY This study will evaluate an intervention designed to help young adults with autism increase participation in their communities. 
Recruitment Flyer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Jayde Nagle 717-531-0003 ext. 285543 [email protected]

The Prevalence of Genetically Linked Autism & Vitamin D Deficiency in Hispanic Families

Contact Faith Hess, RN, for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at [email protected]


The Experiences of Stigma, Stress, and Social Support Amongst Fathers of Children on the Autism Spectrum  

Are you a father of a child or teenager (ages 5-18) with autism? Have you ever felt that people don't understand what your life is like and how you feel? Have you ever been rejected, judged, or embarrassed by friends, family, or even complete strangers because you are the father of an amazing and wonderful child with autism? Your experiences as a father of a child with autism are unique and important. As a parent, you are the only person who really knows what it's like to raise a child with autism. You have experienced the ups and downs, the laughter and tears, the joy and pain. We are inviting you to participate in a research study and share your experiences of stigma, stress, and social support. Your perspective will increase our understanding of what your life is like. You can help us know how it feels to be a father of a child with autism.

What do you do in the study? Parents will be asked answer questions via an online survey about your experiences as a father of a child with ASD. The entire survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. As a small token of appreciation for your participation, you may choose to be entered into a raffle for one of four Amazon Fire 7 tablets.

SPARK for Autism 

We are enrolling any individual with autism spectrum disorder and their biological parents into the nation's largest autism study, called SPARK. The goal of SPARK is to speed up autism research and find the genetic causes of autism. All participants enroll online at www.sparkforautism.org/CHOP and then provide a saliva sample via kits that are mailed to the home. Families who return the saliva collection kits will receive compensation and access to free webinars and an interactive and informational dashboard.
For more information: 267-426-4971 [email protected]

Police Safety Study 

We are looking for teens and adults ages 12 and older with autism spectrum disorder to participate in a research study testing two different methods of helping people with ASD learn to interact with police officers. One method will use virtual reality (VR) and the other uses video modeling (VM). Participation in this study involves one to three visits to CAR for VR or VM intervention and complete questionnaires. Participants will be compensated for their time.
For more information: Ashley Zitter, [email protected]


Social and Motor Communication Study 
The goal of this research study is to better understand differences in the way children with autism move their bodies and faces compared to children who are developing typically. Children who are diagnosed with ASD or who are typically developing are invited to participate in this study, which will include a visit to CAR to complete simple social skills tasks, motor behavior and language tasks as well as an IQ test. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort and will receive a brief report of their behavioral and IQ tests results.
For more information: [email protected] 

Orbiting - For Repetitive and Restrictive Behaviors 

No two people with autism are the same. And of course we wouldn't want them to be. We're looking for children and adults with autism between the ages of 5 and 17 to join the Orbiting Study. Orbiting will help us to better understand the different scales used to measure certain behaviors associated with autism. We'll also ask what wearable technologies can tell us about autism.
For more information:
Jessica Tschida, 267-425-1179

Transportation Survey

We are looking for adults with autism ages 18 and older to participate in a study looking at the impact of travel training on use of public transportation to access the community (i.e., social events, medical appointments, work).

Participants receive group and individual travel training instruction from occupational therapists and peers on how to use public transportation such as buses and trains. 
Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS)

In an attempt to learn about patterns of brain development in children, we are studying the differences in brain patterns between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Infants between 3-6 months of age with an older sibling who is diagnosed with an ASD are invited to participate. 

Research on Autism and Developemental Disorders (ROADD)

This study will observe young children to learn more about the biological underpinnings of ASD. Children ages 3-5 with or without a diagnosis of ASD may be eligible to participate. 

Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) 

This ground-breaking study is looking at possible environmental and genetic links to autism. Mothers who have a biological child with ASD or who less than 28 weeks pregnant and who live in the tristate area are being invited to participate in this study. 

JAKE App Study
With the use of new mobile app technology, this study aims to develop a mobile app-based system to monitor clinical outcomes in children and adults with ASD vs. typically developing children and adults. Children and adults ages 6 and older with or without ASD may take part. 


In the Media

"Can you hear me?
The voice coming through my earbuds sounds scratchy. The earbuds connect to an FM receiver, part of an assistive listening device. Harvard Law School hired American Sign Language interpreters with voice transliteration skills to provide access to audio and visual information in my classes.
In the back, interpreters Celia Michau and Erin Foley whisper into a microphone, which has a wireless connection with the receiver, so I can sit anywhere in the classroom. I prefer to sit in the back, though, just in case I need to communicate with the interpreters.

Weinberg Commons - Now Open!

Weinberg Commons is a brand new 55+ rental community in Cherry Hill, NJ. The 80-unit development features 72 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartment homes. Sixteen apartments have been designated for people with developmental disabilities in the form of special needs suites. Applicants for these units do not need to meet the 55 or older age requirement. All residents will have access to on-site supportive services.

Residents will enjoy an inviting community room, fitness center, computer lab, and on-site laundry facilities. This is the first of two phases of Weinberg Commons, developed in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

Apply today & we'll waive the application fee!

Offer available for a limited time.

  • Pre-applications are available for download from the "Application" link at the top of the page. Paper copies can be picked up at the management office inside Weinberg Commons. Please call if you need one mailed to you.
  • Pre-applications can be dropped off at the management office during business hours or submitted via US Mail to: Weinberg Commons, Attn: Property Manager, 1711 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  • Pre-applications must be filled out in its entirety to be eligible for housing. Only one needed per household.
  • Pre-applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all apartments are occupied, after which a waiting list will be established.

Exercise, dance, music, rigor - and healing
by: Laura McKenna for hechingerreport.org

With plumed caps and braided epaulets for miles, marching bands are a staple of the high school football game. Students stride purposefully around the field with piccolos and tubas, and synchronize their steps to Billy Joel medleys, homages to Mary Poppins and even a snappy march or two from John Philip Sousa. Girls in flared skirts and knee-high boots triumphantly wave flags or twirl wooden rifles.
In some ways, marching bands are anachronistic today. The frozen smiles and stiff-legged choreography of these bands harken back to a 1940s Esther Williams technicolor movie. The twirling rifles feel vaguely sinister in this post-Sandy Hook era. Yet they hold a certain magic, too - a place of innocence and sincerity not found elsewhere in the dystopian world of the modern American high school. They hold a different kind of magic for the kids who participate in this activity.

PETacular helps autistic adults become more independent
From https://6abc.com/

A partnership between the Kinney Center for Autism and PETacular helps autistic adults find employment and feel empowered. We caught up with pet sitter Ira Edwards, a volunteer blossoming in the program by walking dogs, to see how the two groups are helping those on the spectrum.

Autistic people have increased incidence of neurological problems
by Laura Dattaro for https://www.spectrumnews.org/


Brain food: Autism appears to be closely linked to headaches.

People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do, according to a survey of twins1. The study is the first to look at associations between autism and physical health problems among twins..

The study found no association between autism and other physical conditions, such as gastrointestinal problems and infectious diseases, however.

"I find it particularly remarkable that our results are so clear in terms of confirming that [autism] but also autistic traits are associated with neurological alterations, and no other somatic issues are equally associated," says lead investigator Sven Bölte, director of the Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The findings also support the idea that autism is a condition of the brain, Bölte says, and not of the immune system or the gut.


ASCEND's Member Cybrary:

Our ASCEND members can take advantage of our Member Cybrary where they can listen to an audio recording and/or view the slides of online webinars and in-person educational sessions we have presented. 
The list now includes: 

  • Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life After School and the Workplace
  • Key Considerations and Concerns for Teens with ASD Presentation
  • SAP: Autism at WorkCollege Panel Night 
  • Autism and Employment Webinars with Barbara Bissonnette: Networking & Interviewing
  • Emotional Regulation
  • ASCEND Enews archive

If you would like to join ASCEND and gain access, please click here.


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