Dear ASCEND Community Member, 

More than a decade ago, I received a ceramic mug with the following saying on it.

There Are Three Types of People: 
Those Who Make Things Happen
Those Who Watch Things Happen
and Those Who Wonder What Happened

Those words are still relevant in my life because I'm the type of person who is more inclined to make things happen. I've been focused on doing that for the past two years as the president of the ASCEND Group. We've made progress by offering educational programs, social events and a monthly discussion group to help meet the needs of the growing number of adults on the autism spectrum. We've also hosted social events and educational programs for middle school and high school students. 

I'm blessed to have a group of dedicated volunteers who serve as board members, and I'm grateful for everything they have done for the ASCEND Group. My sincere thanks goes to Rich Fry, Steve Glazier, Andrea Kirshenbaum, Susan Paul, Randi Rentz, Robert Schmus and Sandy Shacklady-White.

In order to expand the programs we offer in 2019 and beyond, we need more people who can help us make things happen

Our areas of need include:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Social media management/event promotion
  • Graphic design - creating flyers, social media graphics, etc. 
  • Editing/proofreading our monthly e-newsletter
  • Planning quarterly educational programs (in person and webinars)
  • Coordinating monthly social activities for different age groups
  • Planning fundraising events and initiatives throughout the year

If you are interested in one of these opportunities to make things happen with the ASCEND Group, please take a minute and fill out this brief questionnaire

In addition to volunteer opportunties, here are a few other ways you can make a difference:

  • Make a donation directly to ASCEND before Dec. 31. All donations are tax-deductible.

  • Does your school or company host fundraisers? Consider designating the ASCEND Group as your beneficiary. You can increase your impact by supporting a local organization!

  • Organize a social outing in your area. We will promote it through our MeetUp page and assist you with the planning process.

  • Choose the ASCEND Group as a beneficiary through the United Way. Our Donor Code is 15008.

  • Shop online through our Amazon Smile account.

  • Create a Facebook fundraiser on your birthday, anniversary or during Autism Awareness Month (April).

Thanks for your ongoing support of the ASCEND Group! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!


Warm regards,

Elena Perri
President, ASCEND Group