Support Group Meeting for Caregivers of Adults
Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Conservatorships

Grandparent Autism Network members are welcome to attend this meeting.  Learn about Special Needs Trusts and Conservatorships. Guest speaker, Patrick J. Hoolihan, Esq., will present information about current laws and answer your questions about estate planning for people with special needs.

Alexandra Rogers, PhD, will facilitate discussions and share information about programs and services for adults with autism.

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.


Support Group Meeting for Caregivers of Adults with Autism
Things to Do, Places to Go

Learn about recreation, activities and trips for adults with developmental disabilities.  Guest Speakers include Jacqui Knudsen-Kerze, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Regional Center of Orange County and Charles Kalyn, representative from Autism on the Seas.  You will receive information about summer and year-round programs and outings.

View the flyer below for more details.


Support Group Meeting for Caregivers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Join in the Discussions

Join us on the third Monday evening of each month at MiMi’s Cafe 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 adult programs and services.

Mixer for Adults with Autism & Their Caregivers
For Ages 16 & UP
Join us in April, National Autism Awareness Month, and make new friends at a great event!  The Mixer on Sunday, April 21, 2013,  promises to be filled with FUN and new opportunities to meet other families with common interests.  We invite you to bring the adults you care for (ages 16 years and older) to this event.  They are welcome to bring their special interests to share with others (games, hobbies, collections, etc.).  In addition, they will be entertained by Wi, xbox, foosball, table tennisIndoor basketball and volleyball.  Everyone can sing along or dance to live music (requests welcome) and enjoy delicious refreshments from Jay’s Catering.  See the attached flyer and directions for this event at Mariners Church.
Please r.s.v.p. by e-mail to  

2013 – Mixer Flyer

Directions to Mixer

Improving Quality of Life Outcomes across the Lifespan for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

rThis presentation will discuss an overview of effective transition programming at any age – with the ultimate goal being a life of dignity, competence, happiness, and quality.  An overview of  transition planning, community based instruction, social competence, sexuality and sexual safety, and quality of life concerns will also be discussed.

Dr. Peter Gerhardt is Director of Education  at the Upper School for the McCarton School in New York City.  Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings.  He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.

Dr. Erica Holding, is the Executive Director and Founder of Avita Nova Academy, a behavioral services company located in Lake Forest, CA. Dr. Holding received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level.  Dr. Holding has over 20 years of experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities and behavior disorders in school, home, community, and clinic settings.

In home respite may be available.  Contact your Regional Center Service Coordinator.Price includes Subway boxed lunch.  Continuing Education hours available for additional $50.  Download and send in the registration form attached to the flyer.

Files for Download
Gerhardt – Holding Flyer (doc)

Support Group Meetings in February & March for Caregivers of Adults with ASD’s
Caregiver Support Group

A new support group for caregivers and parents of adults with autism will meet on Monday, February 18 and Monday, March 18, 2013.  Please  download and distribute the attached flyer to parents or caregivers who will benefit from these meetings.  In addition to networking opportunities for the caregivers, there will be future social opportunities for them and adults with ASD’s to encourage new friendships.



New Support Group for Caregivers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Come to Our First Meeting

The Grandparent Autism Network, in collaboration with the Family Autism Network, will launch a support group for caregivers and parents of adults with autism.  This new group will provide information, networking and social opportunities for its members. Alexandra Rogers, Ph.D., an Orange County psychologist who works with special needs families, will serve as the facilitator. Please encourage caregivers and parents of adults that you know to attend this meeting.   R.S.V.P. to or call 714.820.4529 for further information.  A flyer is available for download



  • 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