Recent Progress in Understanding the Causes and Courses of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by David G. Amaral, PhD

With so many researchers investigating so many 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.

David G. Amaral, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis and since 1998 has been the research director at the M.I.N.D. Institute, an affiliate of UC Davis, engaged in interdisciplinary research into the causes and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Amaral joined the UC Davis faculty as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Neuroscience and as an investigator at the California Regional Primate Research Center in 1991. Since 1995, he has been a professor of psychiatry in the UC Davis School of Medicine, with an appointment to the Center for Neuroscience.  Please download and print the flyer for registration information

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Preparing for the Holidays:
Share How to Make Them Better and Less Stressful For Everyone

The Support Group for Caregivers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum will meet to discuss how to make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone.  Add your tips to our list of suggestions and enjoy the camaraderie with others.  Bring your questions for Dr. Alexandra Rogers and other caregivers.

Join us on the third Monday evening of each month at MiMi’s Café in Tustin, where you can purchase a beverage, dinner or dessert during the meeting. Alexandra Rogers, PhD, will facilitate discussions and experts will be available to share information about programs and services for adults with autism.

Download the flyer and join us.

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WALK NOW for Autism Speaks
Visit GAN at the Resource Fair

Join us at the Autism Speaks’ Orange County WALK.  You can register online or just come that day.  You do not need to donate to participate.  If you have walked with us before, please wear your GAN caps.  If you are new walkers, we will have caps for you. 

GAN will have a table in the Resource Fair and, even if you choose not to walk, do drop by to meet other grandparents and get information about many other local and national autism services.  

The schedule:

  8:00  a.m.  Walker Registration & Resource Fair Open

  9:30  a.m.  Opening Ceremonies

10:30 a.m.  Walk Begins

 1:00  p.m.  Resource Fair Closes

We look forward to seeing you there.

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How can we increase Social Opportunities for Caregivers and Our Families?

Join us on the third Monday evening of every month at MiMi’s Caféin Tustin, where you can purchase a beverage, dinner or dessert during the meeting. Alexandra Rogers, PhD, will facilitate discussions and experts will be available to share information about programs and services for adults with autism.

For additional details, please download the flyer

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MIXER for Adults with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
Ages 16 years and Older

Enjoy a care-free, cost-free Sunday afternoon together.  Jay’s Catering will provide delicious food and desserts and the Family Autism Network will provide the fun!  Meet new friends and dance or sing along to a a 10 piece band!  Electronic games, interactive activities and indoor sports will make this event extra-special!

PLEASE RSVP WITH YOUR NAME AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY to info@faninfo.org

Download the Mixer flyer and driving directions to the location.  Port Mariners is adjacent to a playground.  Park in the lot at the rear of the campus.  From the parking lot, take the ramp up to the 2nd floor.

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Support Group Meeting for Caregivers of Adults with ASD’s
Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Learn about Sexual Safety Issues in dating relationships, at the workplace and in the community. Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT, Clinical Director at Autism Partnership will discuss sexual matters that affect adults with autism and their caregivers.  Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

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Presentation Materials to Download  Sexual Safety Issues – 8-2013

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Support Group Meeting for Caregivers of Adults
Ages 16 Years and Older

Please bring contact information for Adult Resources you can recommend, such as physicians, dentists, adult therapists, employment services, social groups, classes, hobbies, music teachers, entertainment venues, etc.  We will provide note cards for you to write down the new resources. Alexandra Rogers, PhD, facilitates discussions and shares information about programs and services for adults with autism.  Download the flyer for additional information.

Join us on the third Monday evening of each month at MiMi’s Café in Tustin, CA, where you can purchase a beverage, dinner or dessert during the meeting.

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  • Upcoming Events

    • SOCIAL for Adults with Autism (16 & Up) & Caregivers
    • The HELP GROUP SUMMIT 2014
    • Autism Education 6 Week Series (Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm)
    • In-Home Supportive Services
    • Through the Heart of Tango