Autistic Special Interests, Passions and Obsessions

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Join us August 17 as AASCEND screens excerpts from the award winning documentary, Off the Rails, the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man on the autism spectrum whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. How could society better respond to Darius and find a way to channel his passion?

Do you have a special interest that has had an impact on your life? Join our discussion.

When: Sat Aug 17, 10am – noon
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103  

Parking is sometimes available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays. There is also metered street parking for $2.25/hr.

AASCEND member Ian Moura has begun a research project to examine autism employment programs from the perspective of the actual program users — autistic adults. Your input is vital and can help many people, whether or not you have participated in any employment programs. Please take the survey here, where you can also find information about relevant privacy protections.

Paul Nussbaum is back on the Pacific Crest Trail after a brief stop to jump northward to where he left off in 2018. His latest progress will be posted in the next few days, with regular updates thereafter, at