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July 2024 OCASG Activities

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Sunday, July 7 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM: OCASG Dungeons & Dragons.  The OCASG Dungeon and Dragons Group journey continues. This event is by invitation only for those already participating in the group. The cost is $20 per person and food and drink will be served. Participants will be sent invitations for the 90-minute D&D session. NOTE NEW IRVINE PARK THIS MONTH. Please Click Here if you would like to participate in future OCASG Dungeons & Dragons adventures.


Wednesday, July 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Friends and Fun for Adults- Social Discussion.  OCASG Friends and Fun program is a comprehensive social program for adults. Please join us for a social discussion with Dr. Ali Arena. This activity is exclusively for members of the OCASG Friends and Fun Program. The good news is that you can now sign up to become a member. The cost is $80 for OCASG Dues-Paying Members and $100 for those who have not paid the OCASG dues. Note that for qualifying residents of the City of Irvine, there is no fee. Register for Q3 2024 below.


Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM: OCASG Toastmasters Gavel Club. Improve your public speaking, have fun, and meet new people at our virtual Toastmasters Gavel Club Meeting. Guests are welcome. Note that this meeting will be held on ZOOM.

​Watch a Video to Learn About the Gavel Club: Click Here 

To RSVP: Click Here


Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM: OCASG Partner Book Group. Join OCASG’s specialized support group tailored for spouses, partners, and significant others of those with high-functioning Autism and Asperger’s. We’re excited to introduce our book club sessions, spearheaded by the esteemed coach and writer, Kealah Parkinson. Each meeting dives deep into a chapter from Kealah’s book, creating a space for participants to exchange insights and heartfelt experiences. First-time attendees are welcome. Admission is just $15 per person.

To Register:  Click Here


Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM: OCASG Adult and Teen Friends and Fun Outing – Wild Rivers. The OCASG Friends and Fun Program is offering a day of fun at Wild Rivers in Irvine. This event is exclusively for those enrolled in OCASG Friends and Fun and is by invitation only.  The good news is that you can now sign up to become a member. The cost is $80 for OCASG Dues-Paying Members and $100 for those who have not paid the OCASG dues. Note that for qualifying residents of the City of Irvine, there is no fee. If you are not already registered for Friends and Fun this quarter, you may do so below.

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Wednesday, June 17 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Friends and Fun for Teens- Social Discussion.  OCASG Friends and Fun program is a comprehensive social program for high-school-aged teens. Please join us for a social discussion with Dr. Ali Arena. This activity is exclusively for members of the OCASG Friends and Fun Program. The good news is that you can now sign up to become a member. The cost is $80 for OCASG Dues-Paying Members and $100 for those who have not paid the OCASG dues. Note that for qualifying residents of the City of Irvine, there is no fee. Register for Q3 2024 below.


Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 AM  to 11:30 AM: OCASG Author Series: Microenterprise Hits the Big Screen – Carla’s Movie Restaurant: A Directorial Debut in Business with Carla Sramek. Join us for the OCASG Author Series with writer, artist, and businesswoman Carla Sramek. Carla will discuss her book, Microenterprise Hits the Big Screen – Carla’s Movie Restaurant: A Directorial Debut in Business Chronicles. This a guidebook for anyone wanting to start a microenterprise and with additional resources for persons with disabilities. Available on Amazon and Kindle, it is based on Carla’s experience from her dream to her present work with CMR, to empower and inspire others to follow their dream.

To RSVP: Click Here


Monday, July 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: OCASG ONLINE – Implementing Regional Center Self-Determination.  The Self-Determination Program is available for Regional Center clients as an alternative way of delivering services to help participants achieve their goals. Join Christine Tolbert, State Council of Developmental Disabilities, Independent Facilitators, and Parents who have implemented programs.

To RSVP: Click Here


Sunday, July 21 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: OCASG Gathering at Chase Coffee Roasters. Join us at the Chase Coffee Roasters in Fullerton for a casual get-together. Play UNO, eat a snack or chat. Please feel free to bring your own favorite board or card game. This event is open to all OCASG Families. Please note that OCASG is for teens, adults, and their families. We currently do not have programming for younger children.

To RSVP: Click Here


Saturday, July 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: OCASG Outing: Concert in the Park! Join us for a family-friendly concert at Mike Ward Community Park on Saturday, July 27th. We’ll meet at the basketball courts at 5:00 pm, and the band will kick off their ’80s music at 5:30 pm. Feel free to snacks or purchase food from the food trucks available on-site. This event is free for all attendees. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please bring low-back chairs and blankets.

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Sunday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Parent’s “Ask the Expert” with Dr. Alex Gantman. Share concerns and get advice with Autism Expert, Dr. Alexander Gantman. There is a $20 fee for members and a $30 fee for non-members. Please note that you must execute an OCASG Liability Waiver to receive the ZOOM information.

To Register: Click Here


Sunday, July 28 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: OCASG Jam Session. Attention Adults – Join us on Sunday, July 28 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at one of our member’s Irvine home for the first Orange County Asperger’s Support Group Jam Session. Bring your instruments and a collaborative spirit to share an afternoon of making music. This is a member’s only event.

To RSVP: Click Here


Monday, July 29 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: OCASG Virtual Support Group Meeting. This meeting provides an opportunity to interact with other OCASG members about the challenges we are all facing as part of the ASD community. Know that we are here for each other. We have separate meetings for adults on the spectrum and parents.

OCASG Awarded Irvine Recovery Grant to Host Social Program

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OCASG Awarded Irvine Recover Grant to Host Social Program

We are thrilled to share that the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) has been awarded the Irvine Recovery Program Grant, providing $46,821 in funding to support English and Spanish-speaking adults and teens with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Irvine. The project is called, the Irvine Autism Social Program and is dedicated to improving mental health and enhancing essential skills, especially for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCASG is excited to offer evidence-based support services that foster friendships and enrich social lives, called the OCASG Friends and Fun Program. Our initial focus will be on adults with high-functioning autism, with plans to include teens in January 2024 and Spanish-speaking individuals in April 2024. We’re grateful for this opportunity to continue making a positive impact on the autism community in Orange County.

This program includes the following.

  • Social Skills Discussions – A monthly discussion to learn techniques for improving your social life, led by Dr. Ali Arena.
  • Social Activities – a monthly social activity led by Erin Alonso, OCASG Social Coordinator. These activities will give you an opportunity to have fun as well as put into practice what you learned during the discussions.
  • Buddies Program – Participants will be matched with a compatible buddy. Monthly activities are designed to help build friendships and prizes will be awarded based on participation.

As OCASG serves individuals throughout Orange County, we will offer the program to both Irvine and non-Irvine residents. However, only those residing in Irvine will be able to participate in this program at no cost. Those living outside the City of Irvine must pay for participation in this program. The quarterly cost is $80/quarter for OCASG members and $100/for non-members. The first discussion session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 PM.

For more information on the OCASG Friends and Fun Program, click here.
To register for the Friends and Fun Program, click here.
To apply for the Friends and Fun Program as a resident of the City of Irvine, click here.

About the Grant

The Irvine Recovery Plan Grants Program, the City of Irvine is providing grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs to the Irvine community. These funds were made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This grant is focused on helping vulnerable populations who were impacted by COVID-19. Funds are to be spent between October 2024 and June 2025.

Daily Pilot Publishes Article on OCASG Toastmasters Gavel Club

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Since October 2012, the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group has run a Toastmaster Gavel Club for adults with High Functioning ASD and Asperger’s. Recently the Daily Pilot published an article about our club. Written by LA Times columnist, Patrice Apodaca, this article highlights her visit to the November 2019 meeting of the OCASG Spectrum Speakers Toastmaster Gavel Club.

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