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Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we’ve been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn’t a ‘cure’, or even ‘traditional’ therapy. It’s a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don’t want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we’ve seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it’s all about what their kids can do.

We’re based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

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Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism


This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

Got Transition: Website for Transition Issues


The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Autism Service Dogs: Pathways to Hope


This program rescues dogs from the pound and assigns each dog to a prisoner who trains the dog with the assistance of professional trainers.  

This nonprofit’s mission is to:
Provide loving, forever homes for our program dogs
Provide life and career skills for our program participants
Provide Service Dogs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

View more about this program here 

and for additional information, visit the Pathways to Hope website 

Download a brochure 


Autism Speaks’ Autism Response Team


Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050


Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD’s: Video

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities: Webinar


This webinar is sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Asperger Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they “enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community.”

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Training Resources

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.