June 2018




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Choosing the Right Job or Career: Tips for Individuals on the Spectrum and Their Parents

SAP: Autism at Work: The groundbreaking Autism at Work program


ASCEND's Free Events 


Chips, Chocolate & Chat Adult Social Group
Sun., 6/3 from 4-5 PM at the Ruttenberg Autism Center


Discussion Group for Caregivers
Sun., 6/3 from 4-5 PM 
at the Ruttenberg Autism Center


 Free MeetUp Haverford Reserve Park
Sat., 6/9 from 1-3 PM. There is no charge for this event but registration required through MeetUp site. 

ASCEND Adult Meet Up
Sat., 6/16 from 1-3 PM. 
There is no charge for this event but registration required through MeetUp site.

ASCEND Professionals Events

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions Inc

Tuesday, 5/29:
 Bryn Mawr Peer Support Group: Community Service- Let the Summer Fun Begin!

Tuesday, 6/12: Lower CPA Picnic Pine Grove Furnace State Park 
Wednesday, 6/13: New Chester County Parent Support Group
Friday, 6/15: EPA Picnic Ridley Creek State Park 
Tuesday, 6/19: OVR Session on transition and gaining employment at Bryn Mawr Bethel Church with simulataneous peer support group on social skills. 
Thursday, 6/21: NJ Shore Trip

Parent Education: Talking to Adolescents about Sexuality & Relationships
Thursday, 5/31 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

Spectra Support Services, LLC is pleased to announce our next offering of Sibshops!
Friday, June 8, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Special Needs Planning Event: Law Office of Richard Newman 50 E. Court St Doylestown, PA 18901
Tuesday, 6/9 at 6:00 PM


ASCEND Professionals News

Kristina Vaccha, MSS, is forming a new therapeutic support group for women married/partnered with men with Asperger's.

The primary focus of this group is to discuss partner relationship issues. As this is a therapeutic group, she can provide an invoice for you to submit to insurance. 

Contact Kristina or call 484-274-8957
Look for me on Instagram at autism_over_21.


Financial Planning for Families with Loved Ones with Special Needs
From: https://blog.pennmutual.com, by Pat Bergmaier

Over 90 percent of my practice as a financial planner is working with parents of children with special needs.. This can be challenging because "special needs" means special on every level. There is no cookie-cutter solution that can guide people in the journey


In the Media

Pocono Raceway, visitors bureau unveil all-inclusive playground open to public By Christopher Holland

Pocono Raceway in Long Pond unveiled its new all-inclusive playground this week in a partnership with KultureCity, a nonprofit based in Alabama that helps children with autism.

Elmwood Park Zoo Becomes First Zoo to Earn Autism Certification
From the Mercury News by Gary Puleo, [email protected]@MustangMan48 on Twitter 

NORRISTOWN >> For families with children on the autism spectrum, the idea of visiting a popular attraction and coping with possible sensory issues can be fairly stressful. Will it be too loud, too crowded, too rowdy?

While more and more places are addressing the needs of those with autism, Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, recently became the first zoo anywhere to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center.

Not So Fast: School Discipline For Students With Disabilities 
From http://bt.e-ditionsbyfry.com by Michael J. Connolly

In today's climate of school violence, viral videos of students being arrested at school and reports of student-on-student bullying, among other things, there can be a tendency to take a zerotolerance approach to student discipline in schools. However, there are certain rules and procedures that public schools must follow when disciplining any student, as well as certain disciplinary protections afforded to students with disabilities under both state and federal laws.

As a general matter, Pennsylvania school districts are given a fair amount of latitude when it comes to disciplining students for violations of the school's code of student conduct. With the exception of corporal punishment and other similar aversive disciplinary measures, the why, when and how of school discipline for most students is typically left to the discretion of the school district, with some minimal due-process requirements for school suspensions and expulsions.





Highlight on an ASCEND Professional:

Spectra Support Services, LLC
 provides holistic, strengths-based supports and interventions which improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families by filling service gaps across the lifespan. Spectra strives to integrate in all that they do respect, potential, family and community. This summer, Spectra will be opening their doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings. Their new address will be 390 Reed Road, Floor 1, Broomall PA, 19008. This location is 0.9 miles from their current office. Read more about Spectra's services here. 

Local ASD Events

Autism Society Greater Philadelphia and AMC: Sensory-Friendly Movies

Saturday, 6/9
Solo, A Star Wars Story

CAN's Silent Party (Free)
Saturday, 6/2 from 5-8PM
Ages: 12-18 years old

Complimentary Tickets to the Second Annual Inclusion Night at the Soul
Sunday, 6/10 at 2:00 PM


 Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism 
Friday,  6/15 at 11:00 AM
Buy tickets here and use discount code: AUTISM


*Free After School Autism Program (ASAP) *Services provided are completely FREE and transportation is provided for qualified Philadelphia residents with active medical assistance.

Temple Free Summer Reading Program

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs for Children and Adults ~ Offered this Summer in Media, Radnor, Philadelphia, and on Campus.

New Research Studies 

Mealtime Experiences Study
For young adults (18-23 yrs.) on the autism spectrum who have food selective behaviors (i.e., dislike a lot of foods or eat fewer foods than most people their age).

Young Children's Knowledge About General Event Representations
This will allow us to better understand the way children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 6-12 years old think about routine social events.

The Impact of Traits on Social Cognition Study: We are looking for adolescents and adults ages 16-35 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to help with this project. 

Young Children's Knowledge About Categories of Foods
A study on the ability of children, ages 7-12, with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis to categorize food items.

Transportation Study
We are looking for people who are 18 years and older with developmental disabilities to complete a survey asking questions about transportation. 

This is a research registry in which children and adults with or without ASD are asked to create a profile in order to be matched with currently enrolling research studies.

Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS)
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 Developmental Disorders (ROADD)  
Children ages 3-5 with or without a diagnosis of ASD may be eligible to participate.

Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) 
Mothers who have a biological child with ASD or who are less than 28 weeks pregnant and who live in the tristate area are being invited to participate in this study.

JAKE App Study
Children and adults ages 6 and older with or without ASD may take part. 

Facing Puberty: Understanding Menses in Females with ASD 
Girls with and without ASD and one of their parents are being asked to participate.

Autistic Women with who have given birth within the past 10 years in an acute care setting such as a hospital and had no complications in themselves or with their baby are invited to participate.