October 2019






ASCEND's Upcoming Events

Preparing for College: Supports and Panel Discussion
for Students with Asperger's / Autism Spectrum Disorder
& Their Caregivers

Darlene Hemerka Esq., will share information about the transition to college and beyond, including the following topics:

  •  Define the transition planning process

  •  Give examples of transition services related to post-secondary education, independent living, and employment

  •  Describe the differences between getting disability-related accommodations in high school and college 

About our speaker: Darlene is a staff attorney at the Public Interest Law Center. She focuses on representing parents in IEP meetings, advocating for teens with disabilities in the Philadelphia School District, and teaching students and their families about transition services. In 2016, she received her J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. She received her B.A. in political science and urban studies, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University.

Cost: Free for ASCEND members (up to three people)
$10 per person for non-members.
Join ASCEND for only $45/year for families!  

When: Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church 1141 West Chester Pike, Havertown, 19083

Register here



Chips, Chocolate and 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+

Sun., October 20 from 4-5 PM 
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor, Blue Bell, PA 19422


Discussion Group for Caregivers
Runs simultaneously but in a different room than the adult social group.
Attendees: Caregivers of adults on the autism spectrum

Sun., October 20 from 4-5 PM 
Ruttenberg Autism Center
1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Sunday, January 12, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dave and Buster's
500 West Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting

Tickets: $35 per person (includes food, unlimited video games, $20 Power Card)

The restaurant will open an hour early so that our group has exclusive use of the gaming area. 50/50 Raffle and Gift Basket Raffles!

Get your game on and support ASCEND!

ASCEND Professional Events

Resource Fair for Adults with Special Needs


Dear Families,
Valley Forge Educational Services invites you to join us as we host our 4th Annual Resource Fair  We bring together fifty of the area's best programs, services and resources for transition-age youth and adults with special needs and their families.
Explore a variety of supportive employment organizations, residential services, community support services, continuing education programs, benefits counselors, family advocates, special needs financial planning experts and recreational and leisure programs-all in one location. 
This event is free and open to the public We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at VFES Activities Center, 1777 N. Valley Road, Malvern PA 19355


  Upcoming Fall 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.

1) Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by: YMCA of Bucks County - Doylestown, 2500 Lower State Rd,Doylestown, PA 18901
** Housing Opportunities Workshop (see below under Local Events for more details)

2)Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 PM
Hosted by: YMCA of Bucks County - Newtown, 190 S Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940

3) Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 PM
Hosted by: Avon Grove School District, Avon Grove Intermediate School, 395 S Jennersville Rd, West Grove, PA  19390

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



Professional Member Ongoing Groups:


New 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. 

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



emPower Lunch

Love with Limits
: The Art of Friendship's Positive Behavior Support Plan for Home & School Reinforcement of Social Coping Skills, Cooperation and Self-Regulation

Parents, educators, and professionals are invited to FREE lunchtime workshops! Each month, Mike Fogel MA, ATR-BC, LPC presents practical and memorable social-coping skills and parent/caregiver reinforcement tips. These are the same strategies promoted at Camp Pegasus and the Art of Friendship Social-Coping Skills Program. 

Child & Family Art Therapy Center ~ 250 W. Lancaster Ave. ~ Suite 255 ~ Paoli, PA 19301
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Tuesday, October 8

 5 Sentry Pkwy Ste 110, Blue Bell, PA 19422,11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Thursday, October 10

 Ongoing Groups:

Registration Open for Adolescent Groups Developing Social and Emotional Coping Skills

Center City, Plymouth Meeting, Paoli, and Haverford, PA - Enrollment is now open for social-coping skills groups designed especially for the social developmental needs of teens between the ages of 12-18. Girls-only and boys-only middle school and high school groups are available. Mike Fogel's Art of Friendship Social-Coping® Curriculum (also used at Camp Pegasus) launches participants on a "Reputation Project" with perspective-taking and the hidden rules of socialization at its core. 



 Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting

1) 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]

2) Lego®-based Social Skills Group
Doylestown, PA 
Openings for Children ages 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!
Groups will be run on Monday afternoons/evenings for one hour per session for 8 sessions starting Monday, October 7, at Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting, 259 Veterans Ln, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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


Kristina Vacha's Groups
Kristina Vacha, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LBS, MSS, MA

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.

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

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.

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

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

Autism Society Greater Philadelphia and AMC: Sensory-Friendly Movies 

10/08 Joker
10/12 Abominable
10/22 Zombieland 2: DoubleTap
10/26 The Addams Family

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing
Check asaphilly.org for updates. Movies and times are subject to change.

AMC Neshaminy 24, Bensalem, Pa 19020 215-396-8050
AMC Philadelphia (Franklin) Mills 14, Phila, Pa 19154 215-612-2740
AMC Marple 10, Springfield, Pa 610-328-5439

 Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities Workshop

Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Doylestown YMCA - 2500 Lower State Rd Doylestown 18901

Sponsored by 1847Financial:

What an amazing lineup we've assembled for an information-packed evening. Please RSVP as this event is expected to be standing room only!

Sara Crimm - Families CCAN - Readiness for Independence

Beth Rosenwasser, PhD - Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence (JCHAI) - The JCHAI Model - Independence Built Through Community

Kimberly Krauter - Advanced Living Communities - Innovative Housing Trends

Sabrina Conyon & Jessica Cichocki - Access Services - Lifesharing and Independent Living Options


4th Annual Bob Pantano Dance Party
Put your dancing shoes on! Join us for a night of dancing to the best music, a delicious buffet, beer, wine, soda, and our exciting Raffle Baskets!
Individual tickets $40
Group of 10 $350

Friday, November 1, 7:00 - 11:00 PM 
The Waterfall Room 2791 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154


Fathers of Children with Autism Support Group

The Autism Institute is excited to offer a support group for fathers with children on the autism spectrum in partnership with Dr. Robert Naseef, clinical psychologist at Alternative Choices, and Dr. Michael Hannon, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Montclair State University.

The group will meet on Saturdays from 10:00-11:30 AM on October 19, November 16, and December 21 at the offices of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute on 3020 Market Street.

For more information, see the attached flyer, or contact: [email protected].



A formal network of home health professionals, medical providers, medical assistance insurance providers, social service providers, school nurses, legal advocates, policy planners, and representatives from various local and state government service agencies, and parents of technology assisted (TA) children.

 A forum for education and discussion about issues related to care of TA children and children with special health care needs Presentations that meet the needs of the represented professions and parents A component that encourages communication, support, and partnership among members outside of the quarterly meetings.

To RSVP, send an email to Missy Modesti at: [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 17, 10 AM - 12 PM
Location: Centre Square Bldg. 1500 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19102 East Tower, Lower Mezzanine Conference Center.
Also Via Webinar! *Featuring PA Waiver Discussion with David Gates


PMHC After School Program

PMHC has an After School Autism Program from September 3 to June 4, Mondays through Saturdays for two age groups: 5-12 years and 13 & up.

Please contact Thelma Bryant, 215-598-0223 ext.123 or email: [email protected]

5th Annual Halloween Bash For People with Special Needs

The Annual Halloween Bash, presented by Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison, P.C., provides individuals with special needs (of any age) the opportunity to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. We will proudly donate 100% of the profits from this event to Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, further benefiting the special needs in our area.

Thursday, October 17 at Montgomery Township Community Center,1030 Horsham Road, Montgomeryville, PA 18936


2019-20 COP Secondary Transition/Interagency Webinar Series: Transition Assessment Across Agencies

Overview of Assessment for Transition Planning

This free webinar is designed to increase awareness of transition assessment requirements to help students with disabilities understand and identify their current needs, preferences, and interests, as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal, and school environments. 

Instructor: PaTTAN Educational Consultant, Transition Partners

Wednesday, October 2 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM


Eden II Free Webinars

Understanding OPWDD - Self-Direction

This presentation will provide instruction in various skills important to families of individuals with autism to assist them in effectively supporting, advocating, and planning for the future of their affected family member. 

This presentation will also be applicable to/of interest to individuals with autism spectrum disorders themselves, assisting them in developing the necessary skills and supports to navigate social relationships and current/future employment.


Olena Zaretska
HCBS Waiver Coordinator
Eden II Programs

Wednesday, October 2:

12:00 - 1:00 PM OR 2:00 - 3:00 PM 


What To Do When Your Child with ASD Has Anxiety

This presentation will address assessment of anxiety through multiple means. The role of functional assessment and functional analysis in the assessment of behavior related to anxiety will be discussed. This workshop will discuss the prevalence of anxiety, a description of anxiety based on the research, specific potential causes of anxiety and clinical interventions. There will be a focus on the use of self-assessment and self-management.

Joanne C. Sgambati, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Director of Psychological Services
Eden II's Genesis Programs

Wednesday, October 16:

12:00 - 1:00 PM or 2:00 - 3:00 PM


Second International Conference on Disability Studies, Art & Education

Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, October 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at The Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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 3rd Wednesday of the month: September-June at 9360 Ashton Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19114

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

 Potty Boot Camp

Hosted by: Icylee Basketbill, Parent Educator Let's get ready for Potty Boot Camp!

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH TOILET TRAINING A CHILD? Come to our training and we will show you how! We will also provide useful tips on proper hygiene for your child. (This is for children of all abilities, even if your child is non-verbal!)

CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE! Please register by calling, 215.571.3209 or 215.571.3152, so we know if your children will be attending.

QUESTIONS? Call: 215.571.3209 or 215.571.3152 or email: [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: The Philadelphia Autism Project, in partnership with Elwyn, will continue what was formally the Philadelphia Autism Network Trainings. Stay tuned for additional trainings!

Contact us: (215) 571.3209 or (215) 571.3152 www.phillyautismproject.org


Free Eye Care for Kids at Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street on Saturday, October 5 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

For children 17 years and under, from Philadelphia and surrounding counties, who have not had, or who have not passed, an eye screening and/or who are uninsured.  For more information email: [email protected] or call 215-563-5848 x21.

Click here to download Spanish flyer

The flyer is also available in the following languages - click to download below:

Arabic  /  Bengali / Chinese  /  French  /  Haitian Creole  /  Hindi  /  Indonesian  /  Portuguese / Russian  /  Spanish  / Vietnamese



Sprout's programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Vermont:  Monday Oct. 21 - Thursday 10/24

Philadelphia:  Tuesday 11/19 - Thursday 11/21

Mystic, CT:  Friday 11/22 - Sunday 11/24


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.


Suicide Prevention and Autism
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a study on suicide prevention in adolescents and adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. You may qualify to participate if you are the family member of a teenager or adult with ASD.  Participants will complete a one-hour interview with a member of our research team and will be compensated $30 for their time. Please call Dr. Shari Jager-Hyman at 215-746-3944 for more information. Investigators: Shari Jager-Hyman, PhD, Brenna Maddox, PhD, and David Mandell, ScD.


Suicide Prevention in Adolescents and Adults
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a study on suicide prevention in adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. You may qualify to participate if: you are 12 or older; you have a diagnosis of ASD; you have struggled with thoughts of suicide in the past; and you have the verbal abilities to complete an interview. Participants will complete a one-hour interview with a member of our research team and will be compensated $30 for their time. To see if the study is a good fit for you, please take our brief screener survey by going to this website. Investigators: Shari Jager-Hyman, PhD, Brenna Maddox, PhD, and David Mandell, ScD.


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

At West Chester, an inclusive store
Autistic students are among the staff at a campus convenience shop. It's said to be a first in the U.S.
By Susan Snyder for  https://www.inquirer.com 

Katie Noll was ready at the cash register when one of the first customers of the day stepped up. "Is that everything?" Noll, 19, asked. "Oh, wait, hold on," said the customer, a fellow West Chester University student, as she whirled around to grab gum. "Your total will be $7.96," Noll said.

The transaction was a simple one, but for a student such as Noll, who has autism, the experience of working in a newly opened convenience store, dealing with strangers, managing multiple tasks, and understanding basic social cues can be challenging but also key to preparing for the career world.


Millstone Teen with Autism Writes Guide on How to Treat People with Disabilities 
Jerry Carino by Asbury Park Press

Timothy Rohrer holds a part-time job working a concession stand at iPlay America in Freehold. He got his driver's license last year, right on schedule at age 17. He is starting to look at colleges.

None of this seemed possible 10 years ago, when he was diagnosed with autism as a second-grader at Millstone Township Elementary School.

Why this investor left the pursuit of billion-dollar exits to help employers hire people with autism

Ari [email protected]


Brian Jacobs is leaving Emergence Capital to start his own firm, Moai Capital, where he'll invest in start-ups focused on the "huge employment gap" for people with autism

He started researching the subject after his son, who's now 24, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Jacobs co-founded Emergence in 2003, and his firm notched huge gains from early bets on Veeva Systems and Zoom.

Why Advocacy is an Important Part of Disease Management
ORLY AVITZUR, MD, MBA, FAAN- Editor in Chief, https://www.brainandlife.org

I first met Ann Curry in 2011 when I was invited on the Today show as a medical consultant to talk about preventing stroke and cardiovascular disease. Curry wanted viewers to know how they could ward off these conditions by paying attention to key health numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. She hoped the information would motivate people to take control of their own health.


Green Lane nanobrewer has disability-friendly tasting room in former bank building
By Brian Bingman for https://www.thereporteronline.com

Perkiomen Valley Brewing (PVB for short) quickly made its presence felt in Green Lane, and it had nothing to do with beer.

Four weeks after opening its doors in late June in the former Univest branch building at Route 29 and Walnut Street, owners Kelly and Tom Weiss discovered that a section of the borough, very close to their brand-new taproom and brewing operations, was under water. Unusually heavy rainfall had caused the Macoby Creek to flood, suddenly displacing several families, leaving more than 20 people without a place to live.

"Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
By: Philadelphia Sun Staff at https://www.philasun.com

No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:

  • Help you control your weight. Along with a healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.
  • Reduce your risk of heart diseases. Exercise strengthens the heart, improves circulation and can lower blood pressure.
  • Improve your mental health and mood. During exercise, the body releases chemicals that can help you handle stress and reduce the risk of depression.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles. Weight-bearing activities can help increase and maintain muscle mass while slowing the loss of bone density that naturally comes with age.
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers, including colon, breast, uterine and lung cancer.


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: 

  • Key Considerations and Concerns for Teens with ASD Presentation
  • SAP: Autism at WorkCollege Panel Night 
  • Autism and Employment Webinars with Barbara Bissonnette: Networking & Interviewing
  • ASCEND Enews archive

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




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