AASCEND Holiday Party

Next up — party! Join adults on the spectrum, friends, family and autism professionals to celebrate the holidays and AASCEND’s 15th birthday. There will be entertainment, Nintendo Wii, pool, community and more. Let’s celebrate our amazing longevity! It’s a potluck and we will have food and birthday cake, but bring something to share if you can.  As always, the party is free and all are welcome.

Be there and be square like the reindude. No sensory overload there!

When:  Sat Dec 6,   2 – 5 pm
Where: The Arc of SF   1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103   map

Set up:    1:00 – 2:00
Party:        2:00 – 5:00
Food:        2:30 on
Cleanup:  5:00 – 5:30
Parking is available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays.

Trauma Warriors: How we heal from trauma in autism

Please join us November 15 when AASCEND screens the film Trauma Warriors featuring adults with autism as they discuss the effects of trauma in childhood and their stories of survival as adults. Many people with autism experience trauma and are bullied at school or are harassed at work and in public as adults. Too often this leads down the difficult path to disorders like PTSD. Trauma Warriors is a project of the Autistic Global Initiative, an organization composed of adults on the autism spectrum. AGI head Val Paradiz says, ”We are determined to get this important message out there, not only for adults who need support in recovery from trauma, but also for children with autism and their families.” The film had its Bay Area premier at AASCEND’s recent Innovation at Work conference.

The Trauma Warriors screening will be followed by an open discussion of tools we use to heal from trauma in autism. Bring your experience and positive stories of what has helped you. The meeting is open to adults on the autism spectrum, their family and friends, and professionals who work with them. This and all AASCEND general meetings are free, though donations are welcome!

When: Sat November 15, 10am – Noon
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103  map   

Parking is available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays.