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ASCEND events provide members and non-members with the chance to meet and
network with other family members, professionals, educators and individuals “on the
spectrum” whose experience and expertise can be of immeasurable value. There is no substitute for in-person conversation, and dialogue when it comes to living, learning and growing.

Speaker Meetings

ASCEND is offering bi-monthly speaker meetings starting in January. Members are invited to attend speaker meetings free of charge; non-members pay $5 at the door. Please be sure to register at ascend.memberclicks.net!

Indistinguishable from Normal
James Coplan, MD, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician & Author
Thur, 3/12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Plymouth Meeting Community Center
2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA
This session will include topics such as anxiety, self-disclosure, and medication. Dr. Coplan will discuss the importance of “becoming successful rather than passing for normal.” He will also address the DSM-V and the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Click here to register now.

Empowering Parents: A Home Program for the Training & Reinforcement of Social & Coping Behaviors
Michael Fogel, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Thur, 5/14, 5-7 p.m.
Art of Friendship Social Skills Program
1845 Walnut St, 15th Fl, Phila, PA
Michael will provide practical and proven strategies to help families with youngsters with ASD to develop and reinforce appropriate social and coping behaviors in the home and community. Click here to register now.


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new ASCEND member-only website: http://ascend.memberclicks.net

We're going modern. This website will help with keeping our members connected with social networking support, simple tools for staying in touch and a space for sharing documents and photos.

Our new homepage now includes a clickable event calendar allowing a more efficient way to collect member dues and support event registration, sign-ups and payments.

We hope our new site will help connect our members* and highlight the great work being done at ASCEND. We invite you to come browse at your convenience.

* ASCEND members can expect a more detailed email inviting them to view the website which will include information to allow editing of personal profiles.

Upcoming ASCEND Events

Click here to open ASCEND’s current calendar of events. Please note that as in past years, we have no events planned for the summer months. Feel free to print this calendar and display as appropriate!

Publicizing Our Professional Members’ Offerings

In an effort to allow us to provide higher visibility for our Professional Members’ offerings, we’ve made some changes to how we will publicize ongoing activities, including social groups, special needs camps, and special events. Rather than compile a once-a-month listing accessible only to our enews subscribers, we’ll list these activities on our website as we receive them.

Future issues of the enews will include alerts about new group and camp listings as well as one-time events. Contact information and full descriptions will be accessible via our website. Readers can simply click through to our new website pages to “read all about it.” Visit these pages now to see what's coming up!

Professional Member Listings

If you’re already a Professional Member and would like to submit a listing for our website, simply login to the site and complete a “Submit Event” form or “Submit Service” form.


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.


ASCEND is a community of
people in the Greater Philadelphia
area who are concerned about the
many ways that Asperger Syndrome
and other autism spectrum disorders
affect children and adults and their
families in the home, at school
and in every area of
their lives.

By working together, we raise public awareness about Asperger Syndrome and related disorders, advocate for improved education and services, and provide support and information to the Asperger and autism community.

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!

ASCEND Group Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We do not endorse any specific professional or therapeutic treatment. We are not meant to be a replacement for medical or legal advice. Our mission is to raise public awareness about Asperger Syndrome and related disorders, to advocate for improved education and services, and to provide support and information to the Asperger and autism community. This web site is for informational purposes only. Any link or mention on our web site should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation. If you have questions about Autism or Asperger Syndrome, please consult with a qualified medical professional.