Autism Advancement Month Brunch

April is Autism Awareness Month, but we propose thinking in terms of Autism Advancement! Join the AASCEND community for a potluck brunch on Saturday, April 21, 10:30-1:30 PM, at the Arc of San Francisco, 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St. San Francisco. We will have food and drink, but bring something to share if you can. No RSVP necessary. Entertainment!!

The Politics of Autism

The March 17 AASCEND meeting should be a lively one! Is it possible to have peaceful and inclusive discussion of questions like the following? Come share your thoughts:

  1. Do the changes to the definition of autism proposed for the upcoming DSM 5  help or harm the autism community?
  2. “The Autism Wars”: Can the Cure-Childhood-Autism and Celebrate-Adult-Autism contingents hear each other and speak with one voice when advocating for autism resources? How do the needs of self-advocating spectrum adults overlap those of families with severely impacted autistic children?
  3. Can adult autism advocates “own the puzzle piece” logo long associated with the cure-autism movement? Is there anything puzzling about autism?
  4. Bring your own questions about the Politics of Autism!

March 17, 10-noon     CCSF Downtown Campus      Room 618    88 4th St. @ Mission St.

What I Wish My Parents Knew

AASCEND members will explore What I Wish My Parents Knew about autism on a panel at the 2012 Information and Resource Conference hosted by Support For Families, Saturday March 3, 8:30am-3:30pm at John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St., SF.

The AASCEND panel will be at 2pm. Come for a lively event, to encourage the panelists, and to  soak up a lot of useful information among friends!

The event is FREE and all are welcome. There is food. More information is here.