Happy Holidays!

AASCEND celebrated another of the great holiday parties for which it has become so well known. Once again the Arc of SF provided the lovely setting for the evening of food, games, conviviality — and inspiring musical performances by four AASCEND members, not counting the talented DJ! Thanks to all who helped make this celebration a success. AASCEND wishes all a holiday season filled with cheer, and a bright New Year!

Be sure to mark your calendar with the meeting dates listed to the right in UPCOMING  EVENTS.  Another season of great programs is in the works!

SSI and ABLE Act Questions Answered

At AASCEND‘s November 19 meeting Michael Joyce, a Sacramento-area lawyer, will discuss the various stages of being awarded Supplemental Security Income, and the future of the Able Act in California.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a United States government program that provides stipends to low income people who are either aged 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Although administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is funded from the U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust fund.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows families with children with disabilities to save for college and other expenses in tax-deferred accounts. Recently signed into California law, the ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Families will be allowed to use the funds in the savings accounts to cover education, housing, medical and transportation expenses, among others.

ABLE Act logoBoth of these subjects are very important to the autism community. We look forward to hearing your questions about them at this informative event! All are welcome and as always it’s free – with no donations turned away for presence of funds!

When: Sat November 19, 10am – noon
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103  map

Parking is often available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays. There is also metered street parking for $2/hr.

Oct AASCEND meet and Job Club will be at the Conference

The October regular AASCEND meeting and Job Club meeting will be at the conference on October 8. See you there!

Calling Job Club participants and all adults on the autism spectrum: Come on down to the AASCEND Conference on October 8! We need your participation so spectrum voices are heard at the breakout sessions. Some free registrations are available to you thanks to mysterious benefactors, so act now and sign up here. Or just email info@aascend.org and we’ll do it for you!

The Online Job Club will continue as usual.