⇒ All folks interested in Asperger Syndrome (AS) are welcome. But note that the LAASPSG is specifically for the parents or guardians or spouses or lovers (etc.) of children (of whatever age), friends, and relatives with AS or related disorders. If you believe that your loved one may have AS, you are welcome to attend our meetings to find out if you’re right.
⇒ Please do not bring your children and immature teens to the meeting (unless it’s noted otherwise in our announcements), since it may interfere with the ability of adults to talk to each other. Adult children and mature teens are of course welcome. We do not provide day care.
⇒ People with AS themselves are encouraged to instead attend either AGUA Classic (where the initials stand for Adults Gathering, United and Autistic) or GRASP (the Global and Regional Asperger Partnership) or both. Local branches of the Autism Society sometimes have adult support groups.
- AGUA (Adults Gathering, United and Autistic) Classic. AGUA Classic is a friendly self-advocacy support group for adults with autism or Asperger Syndrome. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, location varies. See their Website for more information. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRASP/Los Angeles (the local branch of GRASP) meets monthly in the same Vista del Mar campus where we meet – at the same time on the same day. Their location is in a different community room in the same building as ours, the Outpatient Treatment Center at Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034-3740. So it’s possible for different members of a family to attend two meetings at the same time!
⇒ Teachers and mental-health professionals are also welcome. But reporters, students, or researchers who want to attend our meetings should talk to Jim or Fran beforehand (at 310 636-0101). Fran’s office phone is 323 361-3831, while Jim’s is 310 338-2948. We have some rules: You must (1) tell people that you are a student, researcher, or reporter when we do group introductions; (2) plan to stay for the entire meeting; (3) not take notes during the meeting, since our meetings are confidential; (4) not promote your service or product at our meetings (but you may add your literature to our resource table).