Socials for Adults with Autism & Their Caregivers

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Social Participation Research Study

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email

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Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at

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Swim Lessons for Children & Adults with Special Needs

Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

Lake Forest CA Special Needs Program

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

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Socials for Adults (16 and Up) with Autism & Their Caregivers

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

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