Healthcare Employment Opportunities

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest growing employment sectors in the Bay Area. The great majority of jobs do not require physician or nurse degrees—they are jobs available to adults in the autism community, who may not have these degrees—jobs as medical coders, health care assistants, aides in hospitals and health care facilities. On April 7, AASCEND will host two employment experts in health care jobs:  Michelle Wood, training coordinator at Jewish Vocational Services, and  Aryn Maitland, workforce readiness manager at Homebridge. This is a great opportunity to learn of jobs that offer greater stability and opportunities for advancement than most other jobs in the Bay Area today.

As always, attendees on the spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives throughout the program.

For more information about employment on the autism spectrum, join us at:
Spectrum Employment Community by AASCEND on LinkedIn

Special thanks to the Autism Studies Department at SFSU for volunteers!


Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: info@aascend.org
When: Sat Apr 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St. SF, CA 94103 map

Parking is usually 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.

Live at the Roxie + Pacific Crest Trail Challenge

On March 27 AASCEND is co-sponsoring the San Francisco showing of the independent film Keep the Change, a romantic comedy featuring autistic actors, to be shown at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on March 27 at 7pm. AASCEND is being offered a number of free tickets to the event so show up and get your free ticket while supplies last! After the screening there will be a panel discussion of the film, with participation from AASCEND, co-ponsors Creativity Explored, the Disability Superfest, and others. This will be a memorable event: Don’t miss it!

When:  Tue Mar 27, 7pm
Where: Roxie Theater 3117 16th St. SF, CA 94103 map

At the March 17 meeting AASCEND board member Paul Nussbaum previewed his latest outdoor challenge: Conquering the entire Pacific Crest Trail, extending from Mexico to Canada, starting this May! Those who came heard how Paul plans to accomplish this inspiring demonstration of autistic ability, and how to participate!

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


(The following event was cancelled due to the speaker being stuck in Sierra snows.)

The event is a presentation by Eric Zimmerman,  creator of the Buddy Project. The Buddy Project is a non-profit organization through which Eric reconditions out-of-service computers and makes them available to people with disabilities. To date he has placed over 400 computers. Come hear Eric tell how he came to create this valuable service, and what he has learned about thriving with autism from his own experience. Eric is also the author of two inspiring books available free online, Anything but Ordinary (pdf viewable online), and Dare to be Different (epub download). Eric has also recently taken up auto racing.

Parking is 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.

Working in Film, on the Spectrum

(Click here for general information about our Job Club speaker series.)

AASCEND‘s February 3 Job Club presents Hester Wagner, Program Director of the Futures Explored Film Workshop.

Picture of Hester Wagner

The Futures Explored Film Workshop is a hand-on program that teaches all aspects of film-making and explores employment opportunities in film and media for adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

Futures Films Logo

As always, attendees on the spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives throughout the program.

Noon-1:00 PM: Job interview practice, LinkedIn support, AS focus class

For more information about employment on the autism spectrum, join us at:
Spectrum Employment Community by AASCEND on LinkedIn

Special thanks to the Autism Studies Department at SFSU for volunteers!


Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: info@aascend.org
When: Sat February 3, 10am – 1pm
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St. SF, CA 94103 map

Parking is usually 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.

 

What Box? The Autism Advantage in Science

In Asperger’s they say, “What Box?” — Tony Atwood

The world we live in today would be radically different without the contributions of autistic scientists. Everything from spacecraft and computers to MRI scanners, cellphones, and the Internet can be traced through autistic minds. At AASCEND‘s January 20 meeting AASCEND Co-Chair Gregory Yates explores the history of autism as rocket fuel for scientific innovation — obvious in the lives of autistic scientists Henry Cavendish and Paul Dirac, and in the out-of-the-box thinking of autistic “cousins” like Newton, Darwin, Kurt Godel, Alan Turing, and even Albert Einstein. Without autism and strongly autistic traits we would be living in a dark age.

Greg will also take a brief tour through his own scientific work on how brains are built, as detailed in his book Dragon Puzzle Story, and trace in detail exactly where autism played a role in its development.  

As computer programmers like to say about their oddly-behaving programs, and that one might also say about some autism, “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” It’s the Autism Advantage in Science.

When: Sat Jan 20, 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 $2.25/hr

Job Club 2018 Brainstorming Session

Happy New Year! Start 2018 right! At AASCEND‘s January 6 Job Club set your individual employment goals and develop strategies for achieving them with fellow Job Club members. Discussion, ASD focus class and individualized LinkedIn and resume assistance.

As always, attendees on the spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives throughout the program.

For more information about employment on the autism spectrum, join us at:
Spectrum Employment Community by AASCEND on LinkedIn

Special thanks to the Autism Studies Department at SFSU for volunteers!


Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: info@aascend.org
When: Sat January 67, 10am – noon
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St. SF, CA 94103 map

Parking is usually 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.

Holiday Party!

It’s time again to git down at the AASCEND Annual Holiday Potluck Party! Come join our community for food, conversation, entertainment and good cheer. There will be Musical stylings by AASCEND members, Games, Santa D.J., More Food, and a low-sensory space available. It’s a potluck, so bring food to share if you can — but if you can’t, show up anyway!

Party Graphic with "cool" reindeer

and the reindude sez hey, join the fun!

When:  Sat Dec 9,   noon – 4 pm
Where: The Arc of SF   1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.    SF, CA 94103   map

Set up:    noon – 1:00
Party:        1:00 – 4:00
Food:        1:30 on
Cleanup:  4:00 – 4:30

Parking is available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays. There is also metered street parking for $2/hr.

Human Rights on the Spectrum

At AASCEND’s November 18 general meeting, San Francisco Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sheryl Davis will explain what the HRC does, what its plans are for the future and how our community can get involved. Are people on the autism spectrum discriminated against because of their autism? Can anything be done to prevent discrimination and bullying?

Come with your own experiences and questions about your basic human rights on the spectrum – as they are by law, and as you feel they should be.

As always, attendees on the spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives throughout the program.

When: Sat Nov 18, 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. There is also metered street parking for $2/hr.

DOR on Job Coaches, + Self-Employment Assistance

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and henceforth we are moving our regular Job Club announcements to our front page! Click the Job Club link to the right for general information about the Job Club.

At AASCEND‘s October 7 Job Club

Theresa Woo
District Administrator
California State Department of Rehabilitation
will speak on

“The Effective Job Coach and How to Find One”

with

Bill Pelter
of
Ability Now
discussing

“Assistance Possible for Self-Employment Ventures”

As always, attendees on the spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives at the presentations.

Noon-1:00 PM: Job interview practice, LinkedIn support, AS focus class

For more information about employment on the autism spectrum, join us at:
Spectrum Employment Community by AASCEND on LinkedIn


Special thanks to the Autism Studies Department at SFSU for volunteers!

Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: info@aascend.org
When: Sat October 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: The Arc of SF 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St. SF, CA 94103 map

Parking is usually available in the garage at 255 12th Street, with a reasonable flat rate for Saturdays. There is also metered street parking for $2/hr.


The next AASCEND general meeting will be on Saturday October 21. Stay tuned for details!

Happy Holidays!

AASCEND celebrated another of the great holiday parties for which it has become so well known. Once again the Arc of SF provided the lovely setting for the evening of food, games, conviviality — and inspiring musical performances by four AASCEND members, not counting the talented DJ! Thanks to all who helped make this celebration a success. AASCEND wishes all a holiday season filled with cheer, and a bright New Year!

Be sure to mark your calendar with the meeting dates listed to the right in UPCOMING  EVENTS.  Another season of great programs is in the works!


SSI and ABLE Act Questions Answered

At AASCEND‘s November 19 meeting Michael Joyce, a Sacramento-area lawyer, will discuss the various stages of being awarded Supplemental Security Income, and the future of the Able Act in California.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a United States government program that provides stipends to low income people who are either aged 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Although administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is funded from the U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust fund.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows families with children with disabilities to save for college and other expenses in tax-deferred accounts. Recently signed into California law, the ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Families will be allowed to use the funds in the savings accounts to cover education, housing, medical and transportation expenses, among others.

ABLE Act logoBoth of these subjects are very important to the autism community. We look forward to hearing your questions about them at this informative event! All are welcome and as always it’s free – with no donations turned away for presence of funds!

When: Sat November 19, 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.