AASCEND Innovation at Work Conference October 18 in SF!

AASCEND hosts its seventh (and 15th-Anniversary!) conference about adult autism on Sat October 18 in San Francisco, with a special program for software employers on the 17th.

Keynote Alex Plank, Creator of Wrong Planet, the web community designed for individuals  (and parents/professionals of those) with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs and other neurological differences.

Keynote Jose Velasco, Autism at Work at SAP in Silicon Valley
“Innovation comes from the edges. That’s why SAP plans to recruit hundreds of people with autism, making use of their unique talent for information technology.” SAP TV



The program features Autism at Work in Silicon Valley, The Autism Job Club, Autism on LinkedInWomen’s Issues on the Spectrum, Friends Like Me, Autism and Trauma, The Autistic Global Initiative, Michelle Winner, Paulette Pensvalto of GRASP, Meditation for Sensory Overload, representatives from DOR, SF State, UC Berkeley, CSUEB, CCSF, CIP, … with CEU’s, and much more!


-Special Friday Session for Employers
-Women in Autism
-Employment on the Spectrum
Breakout Sessions
Social Thinking, Designing Autism-Friendly Opportunities, Linkedin: A Tool for Autism Employment, Becoming an Autism Professional,  Meditation for Sensory Overload, Interpersonal Communication Styles, Autistic Global Initiative, Autism Support in College Programs
Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with the Autism community!
Seven Hills Conference Center, SFSU
October 18, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Autism in France + Do Vitamins Help?

At AASCEND‘s July 26 meeting: France has long had a doubtful reputation in the world of autism. AASCEND member Anne-Laure Davin (“Anlor”) is a native of France formally diagnosed as autistic. She feels that she survived her autism “only by escaping to America.” During a recent return to France Anlor and AASCEND co-chair Greg Yates took a look at the current state of affairs in France. Come to the July 26 meeting of AASCEND to hear of their adventures! Change is in the air in France and there is encouraging progress to report.

This picture from the Autisme Alliance 85 website reads, “There was a superb General Assembly last night. The testimony of Anne-Laure and Greg was so moving and valuable for parents, professionals and youth with autism present. It was truly a great moment!!”

ALSO AASCEND invites researchers from UCSF to speak on their studies to see whether substances like Vitamin B12 can help social communication in adult autism. The idea is not to cure autism but to give individuals information about tools they can choose to test if they wish.

When: Sat July 26, 10am – Noon
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103  map