September 2021






JCHAI CenterWe are back in person at the JCHAI Education Center, 274 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA on Sunday, September 19 at 4:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you all then! Masks are required indoors for everyone.

Chips, Chocolate and Chat is a group of adults on the autism spectrum (ages 18+), who with the help of a facilitator, discuss topics chosen by the group. Topics that have been addressed include dating, co-workers, break-ups, meet-ups, interviewing for jobs, etc.  

Parents/caregivers meet in a separate room to discuss various issues and provide support to one another. 


Margot Stein Virtual Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Teens 

Third Tuesday of the month

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Watch video with Margot.

Margot Stein, marriage and family therapist, will facilitate these                    groups. Register at main link above: ASCEND members free, non-members: $10/session.

The Philadelphia Autism Project funded this program. To learn more, visit


Happy birthday
Celebrating a birthday this fall?

Support the ASCEND Group by hosting a Facebook Fundraiser!
It's easy to set up and doesn't cost anything!

We greatly appreciate your support!

New ASCEND Professional Member!


About SafeinHome

We are a provider of Remote Supports and Assistive Technology for people with disabilities.
At SafeinHome, we empower our clients to live independently in their own homes and communities, building their decision-making skills to lead self-determined lives. We make daily living safer while supporting the dignity of risk.


SafeinHome’s intelligent system integrates multiple technologies and sensors for superior accuracy and real-time 24-hour response. Some of our services include: seizure management, elopement mitigation, medication management, kitchen safety, overnight supports and fall risk mitigation.

Our contact number: 1-855-476-6665
Our email: [email protected]
Our FAQ.


About Full Spectrum Fitness

Full Spectrum Fitness offers 1:1 and small group exercise programs designed to meet the individual needs of children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum. All sessions are 50 minutes long and our programs can help lead to an improvement in overall health & quality of life as well as increased confidence, independence and an enjoyment of exercise!

Contact: [email protected]
Book an assessment session.



Professional Member
Sessions & Events




Special Needs Workshop:

Hosted by We Make!
Thursday September 9, 6:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Some topics of discussion:

-SECURE Act and it's tax-planning ramifications
Roth Conversions - why to not let COVID create a diversion on a potentially timely conversion!
-Estate Planning in a virtual world - yes you can!
-What will insurance planning look like on the other side of Coronavirus?
-Let 2020 be a learning lesson on how to navigate this again when it matters - IN retirement.
-Grandparents - the do's the don'ts to -Multigenerational Legacy Planning
-Plus more!





Next Steps for Families with a New Diagnosis
Wednesday, September 29
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Center for Autism Research and the Regional Autism Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia invites you to a workshop geared towards parents/caregivers of toddlers through elementary school-aged children who have recently been diagnosed with ASD. Topics will include an overview of ASD, tips for accessing community supports and resources and a parent panel discussion.




The Growth Opportunity Center in Southampton and Huntingdon Valley

New groups starting September!

We are running in-person social groups: children and teen groups for ages 5 to 18, creating a positive and fun, welcoming climate. We are also putting together a young adult group, focusing on the challenges of transitioning from high school to higher education or the work world, as well as navigating relationships of all kinds.


Have you or someone in your family attended a free webinar or program that ASCEND offered this year?

If so, please consider making a donation to the ASCEND Group!

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extend of the law. 

Ways You Can Support ASCEND


~ Make an online donation today!

~ Host a Facebook Fundraiser on your Birthday.
It's easy to set up and costs nothing!

~ Participate in United Way's Donor Choice Program (ASCEND's Donor Code is 15008)

~ Double the impact of your gift through your company's matching gift program.

Shopping online? Support ASCEND by using iGive and AmazonSmile links:

iGive website

If you would like to share our ASCEND Group enewsletter, please use this link.






Autism Connection of Pennsylvania Free Virtual Workshops:

Introduction to Autism for Parents and Caregivers

Getting any new diagnosis comes with the need to understand it. Learn the basics about autism, and get some take-home tips, from people who understand and have worked in this field for 20+ years.

We will explain the details about autism and how brain differences help shape personality, likes, dislikes, fears, eating, sleeping, the senses, and communication. Please come and ask your questions, meet others with similar concerns and learn what to do at home and in the community!

Wednesday, September 22 from 6:30-8:30 PM.

This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required.


 A Different Approach To Getting A Job

Did you know that there are employers who want to hire more people with disabilities?

Presenter Bill Frase, Assistant Director of Achieve Business Services, will help you learn how to gain access to employment professionals who help progressive organizations hire, retain, and advance more people with disabilities.

At the completion of this session, learners will be able to:

Access disability employment professionals who are embedded within organizations that want to hire, retain, and advance more people with disabilities.
Learn about the specific companies who have these embedded disability employment professionals and how to access them.
Know how to get more information.
Take the next step.
This workshop is for job seekers with disabilities and those who support them.

October 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

Contact info: Autism Connection of PA
[email protected]


PEEA Tennis Clinic


For individuals with autism ages 6 and up. Awbury Park, 6101 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia PA 19138. Upcoming dates: 9/11 and 9/25 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. This is an outdoor event. Weather permitting. FREE. Register by session by contacting Eric at [email protected] or 267-258-8687. No walk ups. Note: Website may be under construction, so please check back for registration link.


Aceing Autism


Aceing Autism Tennis Program Begins September 18

The Aceing Autism tennis program will be offered at Idle Hour Tennis Club in Drexel Hill on six consecutive Saturdays, beginning on September 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The program is open to participants who are five to 18 years old.

Click here for more details. Registration link. ACEing Autism is on a mission for children with autism to grow, develop and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming, uniquely serving individual needs while filling a national void for this growing and worthy population.

For more information, contact Dan Sears at 540-538-7543.


Life on the Spectrum Two-Part Workshop: Sex Education and Dating

Policy and Analytics Center (PAC) at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute upcoming workshop we will be hosting about Sex Education and Dating, as part of our series “Life on the Spectrum: A Workshop Series Developed by and for Autistic People.”

Our next workshop, titled “Sex Ed and Dating,” will be held on Saturday, September 18 from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM EST. The workshop will consist of an hour-long presentation on sex education by Michael John Carley, author of the book, The Book of Happy, Positive and Confident Sex for Adults on the Autism Spectrum… and Beyond!, followed by a one-hour panel conversation featuring autistic adults discussing their experiences with and perceptions of dating and relationships.

This workshop will be a frank discussion on sex and dating, so this conversation is meant for individuals 18+.

You can register for the event here.


The High School Youth Preparation for Higher Education Program (HYPE)

The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC) and Devereux Pennsylvania Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP) programs have partnered with West Chester University to create a specialized program for high school students with
autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The goal of our High School Youth Preparation for Higher Education (HYPE) program is to provide students with ASD meaningful educational activities and supports, enabling them to maximize their independence and help them become
prepared for university life.

For more information and how to contact us, please click link above.

Back to School: Knowing the hierarchy of the school system can make your path to an answer easy and smooth - from Parenting Special Needs Digital Magazine


              Adult Group Meetup:
           Zoom Conferencing Chat

This group provides an opportunity for older teens and adults (around age 18 and up) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to meet for support, self-advocacy, networking, conversation, and fun.



  ASERT Youth and Young Adult
      Virtual Coffee Drop-in

Calling all youth and young adults! Looking for ways to speak up? Join us on Thursdays from 12:00 - 12:30 PM. Email for accommodations.. 

Free ASERT Workshops
Download the Trajectory and the Integrated Support.



Employment for individuals with disabilities

Bender Consulting Services, Inc. provides disability employment expertise in the areas of recruitment, workplace mentoring, strategic planning, training, and digital accessibility to drive innovation and realize business value for customers.



Currently Recruiting Qualified Individuals with Disabilities 

AECOM brochure 

AECOM "How To Apply Online Guide"  


© Copyright 2021 ASCEND Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Legal Disclaimer: ASCEND maintains the Professional Services Resource Directory and e-newsletter as a service to families and professionals as a reference tool. ASCEND does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. The resources listed on this page are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource or as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any organization, product or professional. Users are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism, or the provision of services related to autism.

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.

Privacy Policy