Monthly Archives: July 2016
AASCEND Picnic in the Park!
The picnic was a great success in spite of the initial cold weather and wet ground. After valiant members helped set up around 11:00, 45 or more picnickers arrived on and off until 3:00 and we all hung out until 4:00. Jim made fantastic barbecued chicken and there was plenty of good food to share! We had some Frisbee and badminton players later in the day and in typical Richmond District style, the sun came out as we were packing up. Thanks to all who helped!
It’s time again for AASCEND‘s annual potluck picnic in the park Saturday August 13. Note that this is the second not the usual third Saturday of the month! All are welcome for an afternoon of informal socializing and games with our community. This year’s picnic will be held at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park. We will have food and drink, but bring something to share if you can. No RSVP is necessary. Set-up begins at 11:00 AM.
Sat Aug 13, Noon-3pm at Tables 5 to 9 in Lindley Meadow GG Park (see map)
See you there!
When Autistics are Victims of Crime
People on the autism spectrum are often, sadly, the victims of crime and abuse. A general openness, lack of guile, and difficulty navigating social cues make autistic adults easy targets for harmful activity.
At AASCEND‘s July 16 meeting Gena Castro Rodriguez, PsyD, of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will speak about resources and strategies for people who have become crime victims. Gena is Chief of Victim Services and Parallel Justice at the Office of District Attorney George Gascón. The Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office serves nearly 8000 victims of crime each year. Gena will speak about the services, supports and resources available to help victims of crime mitigate the trauma, navigate the criminal justice system and rebuild their lives. Come with your own stories and learn how others have coped with their stories using these helpful services and tools.
We look forward to seeing you at this informative event. All are welcome and as always it’s free – with no donations turned away for presence of funds!
When: Sat July 16, 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.
In other news, long-time AASCEND member and new author Anlor Davin is starting a basic meditation group for autistic and neurodiverse adults. The group will meet at Dominican University in San Rafael on first Saturdays of the month starting in October. Beginners and practitioners of all faiths or none are welcome. The group is free. See Autsit.net for details.