Welcome to ASCEND Group


 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 register below.

*Indistinguishable from Normal Part II

 Dr. James Coplan, Developmental Pediatrician and Author 
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Spectra Support Services
475 Lawrence Rd
Broomall, PA 19008
Dr. Coplan will continue his discussion on topics such as anxiety, self-disclosure, and medication. He will discuss the importance of “becoming successful rather than passing for normal.” He will also address issues involving the DSM V and the loss of the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis.
Register here.
*You need not have attended the first session last month in order to attend this second session.

Save the Date for ASCEND’s Annual Fall Conference!
Friday, 11/6/15
Williamson Caterers
500 Blair Mill Rd, Horsham, PA
More details coming soon!


Professional Members' Offerings:

 Social Groups, Support Groups & Workshops                Summer Camps/Programs


Professional Events Calendar & Professional Directory

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 If your are an ASCEND Organizational Professional Member and would like to submit a listing for our website, simply click below to complete one/more of the following forms:

Submit an Event       Submit Research      Submit a Service



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.

 Support ASCEND today!

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.


 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!