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Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 9, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. [note change in times] in the Community Room in the Outpatient Counseling Center (straight up the gentle hill from the entrance, going East) in the Vista del Mar center (3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, 90064) in West Los Angeles. Our meeting begins at 7:30. The meeting sometimes continues until 9 a.m.
Who are we?
Our group is a drop-in group, requiring no reservations or fees. (We are non-profit and in fact lack a budget.) It’s aimed to assist parents, relatives, guardians, spouses, siblings, parole & probation officers, and caregivers to help our loved ones to be “high functioning” in society despite having some or many of the symptoms which define Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as defined by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (Fifth Edition). Earlier editions of that book defined these symptoms as part of “Asperger Syndrome” (AS). Despite the change in terminology, we continue to use the term AS, mostly as a matter of convenience.
Despite our focus, the group is open to anyone interested in Asperger Syndrome or related issues (including all Autism Spectrum Disorders). The “children” are of ages from 2 to above 60. AS is a lifetime issue, though it need not be a disability, especially since “special” problems are so often associated with special abilities.
Who (the Speakers): the group as a whole, hopefully not all at once.
In general, most people want to talk about their own issues instead of listen to guest speakers. So Fran and I decided not to have speakers unless popular demand prevails to change this.
What (the Topic): whatever people want to discuss.
When: Wednesday, April 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Note change in time.
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, come rain or shine, snow or sleet, hail or oobleck. In case I forget to up-date this page (again?!?), our meetings in 2020 will be March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9.
Where: the Community in the Outpatient Counseling Center
There are three Community Rooms: we meet in the one on the Eastern arm of the OCC. This building was formerly known as the “Julia Ann Singer/Reiss Davis” and the “Mark Taper Building.” It is westward across the grass from the old Julia Ann Singer Center (now the Baron School) all the way inside the Vista del Mar campus (almost to Edith Ave., but the gate there is almost always locked): if you’re at the front door of the old place where we used to meet (the Baron school), turn 180 degrees and look for glass big doors near a basketball hoop and the Barbecue to find our current meeting place.
Making matters confusing, the old building where we met for many years still has the words “Julia Ann Singer” above the front door. But there is a free-standing sign in front of the main entrance to our new building that says “Outpatient Counseling Center.” Unfortunately, it is only visible from the South. Despite all of the name changes, we’re still meeting in the same place as during the last few years.
The Vista del Mar campus is at 3200 Motor Ave. (Los Angeles, 90064) between National and Pico, 1/2 block North of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway underpass.
For directions and maps, click this link .
Why: because we love you!
Crucial Disclaimers: This web-page and all of its sub-pages are designed for educational purposes only. The contents of this web-site are not medical, legal, technical or therapeutic advice and must not be construed as such. The information contained herein is not intended to substitute for informed professional diagnosis, advice or therapy. Visitors should not use this information to diagnose or treat Asperger Syndrome or related disorders without also consulting a qualified medical, psychological, or educational professional. However, it’s better than astrology.
LAASPSG goes international! (mostly Eastern European)
There’s no way to verify the accuracy of the translations, which are of old versions (and have old dates). Unfortunately, our meetings are still in English. No translations are available as yet (and we can’t afford to hire a translator or a day-care worker).
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