Past 2011 Events
AASCEND October 15th Conference
Topic: Success on the Spectrum
Keynote Speaker: Ari Ne’eman, Co-Founder of ASAN appointed by President Obama to the National Disability Council
Location: Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State Campus (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Our October 15th AASCEND conference, Success on the Spectrum, is highlighted in Laura Shumaker’s sfgate autism blog! Laura Shumaker’s Blog
Annual AASCEND Picnic
July 16th – Golden Gate Park
It was a spendid party, in Lindley Meadow, one of the grandest green spaces in glorious Golden Gate Park. All who attended enjoyed great company and a tasty potluck, including one of Betty’s delicious artison cakes.
April 16th AASCEND Meeting
Topic: Autism Asperger Advancement Month -
What is Working for Adults on the Spectrum and our Families?
Thanks to all who participated in the stimulating discussion led by Jack Fagan on various topics relating to adults on the autism spectrum, such as: preferred social activities, employment support options, strategies in dealing with work, doctors, sales people etc.
March 19th AASCEND Meeting
Topic: Somatic Self-Regulation Skills
Thank you to Nick Walker, Ph.D.candidate in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, who led an informative discussion on dealing with stress and presented simple techniques of staying calm, grounded and clear-headed in situations of potential stress.
AASCEND members participated in a well-received panel presentation, What I Wish My Parents Knew, on March 19th, at The Support for Families 2011 Resource and Information Conference in San Francisco.
February 26th AASCEND Meeting
Topic: Working with Health Care Providers
Clarissa Kripke MD, Director, Office of Developmental Primary Care and Associate Editor, American Family Physician, spoke about her work and gave us tools for working more successfully with health care providers.
January 22nd AASCEND Meeting
Thanks to poet Rebecca Foust for reading her elegant and moving poems. Thanks to her also for distributing free copies of the chapbook, Dark Card, to our members. You can find more information on both Rebecca and her poetry at: http:\\www.rebeccafoust.com.
Foust’s chapbook, Dark Card, about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Award as well as a number of other awards and distinctions and was widely reviewed, in The Hudson Review , Poetry Daily and elsewhere. Foust earned her MFA in 2010, and her other books of poetry include All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving, 2010), God, Seed (Tebot Bach, 2010), and Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009).