Recent Advances in Autism Research and Implications for Treatment
Review of the Top Ten Research Studies in 2014

With so many research studies investigating diverse paths to better understand autism spectrum disorder, it can be difficult for anyone to stay up-to-date on the latest scientific findings. This educational seminar will help both parents and professionals with an interest in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Amaral will highlight findings from his own research, from colleagues at the MIND Institute and from the world autism research community. The presentation will review the “Top 10 Research Findings of 2014” as well as current research taking place at the MIND Institute. Dr. Amaral will review the difficulties in finding pharmaceutical treatments for autism spectrum disorder and discuss the Autism BrainNet which utilizes postmortem brain donations to facilitate autism research. David G. Amaral, Ph.D, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, with an appointment to the Center for Neuroscience and as an investigator at the California Regional Primate Research Center. He is also the research director at the MIND Institute, an affiliate of UC Davis, engaged in interdisciplinary research into the causes and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

Pre-registration REQUIRED.  Download flyer and send in registration form and check for registration fee.  Fee includes Subway boxed lunch.  See flyer for fees for professional CEU’s and additional information.

Autism Seminar- Dr. Amaral

Volunteer for the SOCIAL for Adults with Autism (ages 16 & up) & Their Caregivers
GAN Volunteers Needed

GAN volunteers are needed to host caregivers at the upcoming SOCIAL at the University of California – Irvine.  You will introduce caregivers to each other and enjoy the company of other GAN members.  Student volunteers will observe how autism affects three generations in families.

Join us at the UCI Student Center at 1:00 p.m. for a brief volunteer orientation.  We promise you a fun and very rewarding afternoon!   Contact if you can help.  Download the event flyer and driving directions.


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Bring Your Family or Come Alone

This is the single most powerful event to raise critically needed funds for research and awareness.  Walk with a team or walk alone to raise awareness and support for autism.  Visit the Resource fair from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  You’ll find our Grandparent Autism Network booth there, too.

You can call to pre-register:  323.549.0500 x74765

Check in/Resource Fair Opens   8:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies Begin   9:30 a.m.

Final Time for Walkers to Begin the Course   11:00 a.m.

Closing Ceremonies   11:45 a.m.

Resource Fair Closes & Entertainment Concludes  12:30 p.m.

Autism Speaks’ Town Hall on Housing
Orange County California

Join Us for a Community Discussion on Housing and Residential Supports for Adults on the Autism Spectrum.

Featured Leaders, Advocates, & Services Providers: Cathy Brock, Executive Director, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders,  Senator Lou Correa, California Senate District 34,  Joseph H Donnelly, MD, Medical Director,  The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders,  Nancy Donnelly, Chairperson of the OC Housing Committee,  Lauren Gavshon, PsyD, Director of Clinical Services, Jewish Federation & Family Services, and Fran Solmor, Esq., Parent Advocate

6:30 p.m. Open for Networking, Adult Services Resource Fair

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Q&A

For more information email: or Call: 888-288-4762

Adult TownHall on Housing Flyer



Friday, Oct. 17th and Saturday, Oct. 18th

This is a cutting edge conference featuring 30 leading experts.

Topic:  Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Go here for Early Bird Registration online through September 30 and for additional information.



SOCIAL for Adults with Autism (16 & Up) & Caregivers
Grandparent Volunteers Needed

Grandparents are needed to volunteer for this SOCIAL to greet and introduce caregivers to each other.  Volunteers arrive at 1:00 p.m., one hour earlier than guests.  Please email to if you can help at this event.  Links to the flyer and driving directions are below.


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Autism Education 6 Week Series (Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm)
Presented by Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Week 1 begins Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Spanish Translation Available

This is an innovative, multi-week educational series designed primarily for parents of young children who are newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Parents, family members and professionals are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

SESSION TOPICS INCLUDE • What is Autism? • Regional Center and Special Education programs • The A,B,C’s of Behavior • Speech & Language Interventions • Sensory issues and Occupational Therapy • Autism & Family Dynamics • and YOUR Questions!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT – SPACE IS LIMITED Tuition: $80.00 per family for all six sessions, or $15.00 weekly.

To reserve your spot please call our message line at 949-267-0407 and leave your name and phone number, or email . Due to limited space, we will need to confirm your reservation. You may send payment (check or money order) in advance, or pay at the first session. Sliding scale rates are available for families with financial need, please call 949-267-0407 for further information.

PLEASE NOTE:  First session meets 1/2 hour earlier, at 6:00 p.m.

Week 1 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Week 2 Tuesday, October 7 @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Week 3 Tuesday, October 14 @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Week 4 Tuesday, October 21 @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Week 5 Tuesday, October 28 @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Week 6 Tuesday, November 4 @ 6:30 to 8:00 P

Download Flyers:

Autism Education Series FALL 2014-1

Autism Education Series FALL 2014 Espanol


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