Autism Awareness Town Hall Meeting

California State Senator, Lou Correa, member of the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, invites you to a special Town Hall Meeting.  The program will include a resource fair, legislative updates and information on early intervention housing, employment, legislation, autism and technology and more.

For more information, contact Arthur Sandoval 714.558.4400 or ARTHUR.SANDOVAL@SEN.CA.GOV

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Public Benefits Workshop: Please RSVP
Presented by the OC Asperger's Support Group
Navigating the various public benefits available for children and adults with disabilities can be extremely challenging for families. Government agencies have differing disability and financial eligibility criteria. Many times, parents are overwhelmed by the various systems and often do not even know what questions to ask.
Jim Huyck, Advocate/Consultant for Public Benefits, is the guest speaker at the April 21, 2014 meeting of The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group. He will discuss accessing public benefits including SSI, SSDI, SSDI/DAC, MediCal, MediCare and more.
 The meeting is intended for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS and their family members.
The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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: 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.