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ASCEND 2016 Annual Conference:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lifespan


About the Conference

The 2016 ASCEND Group Conference "Autism Across the Lifespan" will cover the various lifelong challenges and transitions faced by autistic individuals and those who care for them. This full-day conference features a variety of topics aimed to inspire and instruct. Top experts will present the most up-to-date information and strategies, benefiting parents, professionals, caregivers and self-advocates alike. Attendees will enjoy numerous opportunities for support and networking. There will also be a Vendor Expo to browse, and a full lunch is included.       

Who Should Attend?

·         Parents/Families

·         Educators

·         Professionals

·         Caregivers

·         Adults with ASD

·         Employers

·         Students

·         Anyone who wants to learn more about autism


Conference Details: 

Williamson's Banquet and Event Center
500 Blair Mill Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Conference Schedule: (please click on links to view bios and session descriptions)


Presenter & Session

Session Title

Age Group

8:45 a.m.




9:00 a.m.-
11:00 a.m.

Keynote presenter:
Dr. James Coplan, MD

Autism Spectrum Disorder in 3-D: A Life 
Span Perspective


11:00 a.m.-
11:15 a.m.




11:15 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

Choice Break Out Sessions




Robert Naseef, Ph.D

 Involved Fathers Get Results

 Younger Children


Mary Cohen, Ph.D

A Different Voice: Adolescent 
Females on the Spectrum



Karen Myers & 
Robert Schmus, MSW

 It's Never Too Late for a Diagnosis


12:30 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

 Lunch Break



1:15 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. 

Choice Break Out Sessions




Sonia Voynow, LCSW

 Making Friendships

 Younger Children


Eric Mitchell, Ph.D

 Mindfulness and Identity for Teens



Mary Cohen, Ph.D

 Breaking the Cycle of Social Isolation


2:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.




2:45 p.m.-
4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Life Transitions: Preschool to





Conference Pricing:



Non-ASCEND Member

**Educators &




Family Members,
Friends & Caregivers

$75 for one or

$125 for two from same family

$110 for one or

$160 for two from the same family


College Students* 
 & ASD Individuals 






Day of event

Additional $10

Additional $10

  * Students please send copy of ID
** Certificates of Attendance will be provided however Continuing Education Credits will not be offered.

To view full flyer and download printable form click here.

To find out more about membership benefits including the conference membership discount:

If you are already an ASCEND Professional Organization Member and would like to be a vendor at this conference click here.

See you at the conference!

Register here.


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To improve the lives of individuals
     and families in the Greater Philadelphia area impacted by Asperger Syndrome
and Autism through connections,
community and support.

 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.

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 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!