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. Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community. Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for under-served adults with autism and caregivers.
Go to Host a Social Anywhere to learn how you can sponsor socials in your area.
HELP US SUPPORT OUR SOCIALS
Our Socials are cost-free but we greatly appreciate contributions such as small collectibles, new or gently used collectibles, accessories, housewares, jewelry, mobile phones or electronics that have resale value for our eBay Giving Works store (stores.ebay.com/gancharities) You can bring small items ($25 value or more) to the registration desk at the Social and get a tax-deductible form for your contributions. Please call or text 949.648.7980 to arrange for a pickup for large items.
ATTEND AS A GUEST
Adults, ages 16 years and older, who live independently or at home with caregivers, are welcome to attend with their caregivers. Because space is limited, we are unable to accommodate residents in group homes. Caregivers accompanying guests are REQUIRED to stay during the event. They are welcome to network with other caregivers, to participate in planned caregiver activities and to access information about available resources.
Volunteers register on another page – please CLICK HERE.
If you have not attended our Socials and would like to receive invitations for future events, please complete the form below.