Are you looking for fun activities or want to make new friends? The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) is offering a multi-faceted social program to high-functioning autistic high school teens and adults. Called the OCASG Friends and Fun (F&F), this program is sponsored by the City of Irvine. This program includes the following:

  • Social Skills Discussions: A once-per-month discussion to learn techniques for improving your social life, led by Dr. Ali Arena. The Social Skills Discussions are from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM over ZOOM on select Wednesday evenings.
  • 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.


Quarterly enrollment fees cover all costs including the price of admission to social activities.

Irvine Residents: For individuals who reside in Irvine, the City of Irvine will cover all costs. The cost to you is FREE.

Outside of Irvine: For individuals who live outside of Irvine can participate for $100/quarter (if you are not an OCASG Member) and $80/quarter (if you are an OCASG dues-paying member).


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Teen Program

Adult Program


NEW: Registration is now open for the July 2024 quarter. Click on the link below to register:

Register for the Q3 Teen Program: Click Here

Register for the Q3 Adult Program: Click Here

Free Registration for Irvine Qualified Resident (Teen or Adults): Click Here

About Dr. Ali Arena

Dr. Ali Arena has dedicated her education and career to finding the best communication patterns and behavior changes required to navigate the ever-changing social world. She is both a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.

She maintains the following certifications: Autism, Trauma-Informed Care, Level 1A Social Thinking Practitioner, UCLA PEERS, and Neurodiverse Couples Counseling. Lastly, her doctorate addressed the dating intricacies of those on the Autism Spectrum which led Ali to develop unique 1:1 couples counseling for neurodiverse partnerships and social skills classes for individuals with social learning differences (including Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world).