Autism Unites Program Information Series for Young Adults with Autism

For immediate release
June 7, 2014

For more information:
Susan Osborne, Autism Unites Executive Director
(310) 569 9308
sosborne.asis@gmail.com
Culver City, CA

Autism Unites announces a series of informational meetings that will present the launch of their Summer Career Exploration Workshop, an overview of their innovative residential program tailored for young adults with autism and parent support meetings that will start this September.

Parents and caregivers with adult children with autism and young adults ages 18 to 30 over are encouraged to attend.
Informational meetings will presented twice weekly through the month of June on the following dates & times:
Wednesday at 7:00 pm (JUNE 11, 18, 25)
Saturday at 3:00 pm (JUNE 14, 21, 28)

Autism Unites is dedicated to helping young adults with autism integrate into their communities through the power of positive connections. Its unique and innovative model of social integration is called Match A Friend where individuals with autism are matched to companions that share common vocational and leisure interests.
The bond that they develop provides the young adult with a foundation of trust and understanding, which creates
an environment that is nurturing, positive, and supportive.

Autism Unities vocational program is the Los Angeles Vocational Academy of the Arts (LAVAarts), and it is launching this summer with a career exploration workshop at the the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City running from August 4 to August 29. The workshop will assist students in mapping their career objectives, gaining essential life skills and experiencing the joy of creative expression. A companion is available to students at all times during classroom instruction and community outings to assist with problem solving and making positive social connections. Enrollment is limited to 6 students. More information about the program will be presented at the meetings.

Autism Unites will also be presenting an overview of their residential program, Autism Spectrum Integrated Services, and the launch of their first residential placement in a Santa Monica condo that offers a live-in residential manager, a one-on-one companion for integration into community based activities, and a life coach to assist with setting goals and creating action plans to accomplish these goals. More information about this program and additional residential support services will be shared at the meetings.

In addition, Autism Unites will present information on two upcoming Parent Support Groups that will launch this September. 1) A support group for parents of infants to preteens will be facilitated by Aaron DeLand, founder and director of Connection with Autism; 2) A support group for teens and young adults will be facilitated by Susan
Osborne, Executive Director of Autism Unites. The purpose of these support groups will be to help parents build a healthy and meaningful parent-child relationship that will lead to the development of peer network of strong social connections.

The location will be at the office of Christopher Mulligan of Groupworks West at 11140 Washington Boulevard,
Culver City, CA. There is no charge to attend. Space is limited, and attendees are encouraged to register to reserve their space.

For more information about Autism Unites, go to their website at http://www.autismunites.org.

Register your attendance at sosborne.asis@gmail.com.

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