10th Annual Disability Rights Workshop
A Workshop on Inclusion for People with Disabilities & Older Adults

A Workshop on Inclusion for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Featuring RICHARD DEVYLDER, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Office for Access and Functional Needs  and BRENDA PREMO, Founding Director, Western University’s Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions…  Plus local and regional self-advocates and other professionals on access to education, employment, and medical and   behavioral health services

Raffle and door prizes!  *Lunch will be provided   *Please make your request for an ASL, Spanish, or Vietnamese interpreter by March 28!

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Challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorder Intervention
Diagnosis, Behavior Management & Ethical Practice in Changing Times

Dr. Paul Dores will review the DSM-5 and delineate the differences from previous diagnostic criteria and the possible impact or incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and access to services. He will explain changes in California due to the elimination of the Hughes Bill requirements. In addition, he will discuss the occurrence of challenging behavior and why behavior programs may not be as successful as we might prefer. Lastly, he will examine ethical challenges for behavior practitioners in the ASD field.

See flyer for available Continuing Education Units.  Download the Flyer for REQUIRED Pre-registration

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Reservations Closed for SOCIAL for Adults with Autism (age 16 & up) and Caregivers
For Adults with Autism & Their Caregivers

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!  Dance  or sing along with a live 9 piece band, play video games, football, air hockey and make new friendships.

RSVP:  email:  info@faninfo.org or call:   714.573-1500 x3

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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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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.

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.

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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!


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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