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: orangecounty@autismspeaks.org 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 info@ganinfo.org 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 thecenter4autism@uci.edu . 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


In-Home Supportive Services
Eligibility, Services and Preparing for Assessment

Attend an informative workshop on In=Home Supportive Services (IHSS).  Topics include program overview, eligibility, preparing for assessment or reassessment,  protective supervision,  resolving disagreements and the appeal process.

RSVP REQUIRED:  Call 714.558.4404 or email jenny.villanuea@scdd.ca.gov and indicate if you are a parent or a professional.  Parents of children with disabilities receive registration priority.

Through the Heart of Tango
Finding Friendship Through Tango
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    12:30 a.m.

“Through the Heart of Tango” is part of PBS SoCaL’s commitment to highlighting the arts and inspiring stories of the Southern California community. This film follows four special needs young men from Los Angeles, 3 with autism and one with Down syndrome, as they take a journey through dance to discover a whole new world of friendship and connection through tango. The documentary includes a compilation of interviews from the families and teachers of those involved, as well as professional tango dancers and aficionados.

“Most persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often times challenged with language and social skills making it very difficult to interact and engage with others. Tango is a dance that masters the art of non-verbal communication and partnership through music and movement. It is a language which focuses on connection and through the right approach becomes a valuable tool to reach another,” said Liza Krassner, Executive Producer of the film and Chief Administrative Officer of the Program in Public Health at UCI.

The documentary was an official selection of 6 film festivals and won “Award of Merit” at Indie Fest. The film is produced by Joey Travolta’s production company Inclusion Films with Creative Director Raymond Martino and Executive producer Liza Krassner. Inclusion Films trains individuals with developmental disabilities to ultimately acquire the creative skills and strong work ethics to become filmmakers.

For additional information, go to http://www.throughtheheartoftango.com/

  • Upcoming Events

    • Recent Advances in Autism Research and Implications for Treatments: Review of the Top Ten Research Studies in 2015
    • Special Education Disagreements
    • “The Politics of Autism”
    • Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD’s
    • WALK NOW for Autism Speaks