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Welcome to ASCEND Group


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.

Chat, Chew & Chocolate

4/27 6:00-8:00pm
475 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, Pa 19008
An informal gathering for family members of individuals with Asperger Syndrome or HFA in a support group type of forum.
Rsvp: via email.

Highlights from the book Bright not Broken: Gifted kids, ASD & ADHD

5/6 7:00-9:00pm
475 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA. 19008
Our presenter is Maleita Olson of Spectra Support Services. Learn how to create an effective combined IEP and GIEP and the unique challenges of "twice exceptional" kids.
Rsvp: via email.
A calendar of ASCEND events through June 2014 is now available on our website. Click here to download the PDF now.

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.