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Membership Q&A

What does it mean to be a member?

  • Access to OCASG Public and Private Website portals (see below for details)
  • Email of upcoming meetings and events
  • Participation in Educational Meetings
  • Participation in Support Meetings
  • Participation by yourself and up to four family members  in Member-only activities
  • Participation in Gantman Workshops and other Member only events (some additional fees may apply)
  • Participation in OCASG Gavel Club (some additional fees may apply)
  • Secure Login to MemberPlanet portal including:
    • Participation in Discussion Groups
    • Membership Card
    • Access to member’s Financial History (moving forward)
    • Access to OCASG Directory
    • Event Calendar

What are membership dues used towards?

Funding for the operation of OCASG comes from the dues paid by our members and donations provided by members and the community. Dues start at $20 for a basic membership for a family of up to fiveThere are four levels of membership:  Basic $20, Silver $35, Gold $50, and Platinum $100. We offer scholarships for individuals who cannot afford to pay the dues.

What if I'm not a member?

You can participate through:

  • Access to OCASG public web page only
  • Email of upcoming meetings and events
  • Participation in Educational Speaker Series
  • Participation in Support Meetings

What is MemberPlanet?

In 2016, the OCASG Board, undertook a project to migrate to a cloud-based membership hosting system called Memberplanet.  Our goal was to streamline and improve the security and operation of our club. For example, we will now be able to coordinate dues payment through an automated system. In fact, we are reducing the number of third party sites from five, down to one, including termination of the OCASG Yahoo sites. Memberplanet has over 4 million members and is used by PTAs and other nonprofits throughout America.

What about Scholarships?

OCASG cares about each and every one of our community members. If you have a limited income and would like to apply for OCASG Scholarship, please complete this form.

Our Family

The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to providing support to individuals and their families who are dealing with one of three diagnoses:  Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, and PDD-NOS.

Our Work

We provide education on life skills, government programs, and personal growth, leveraging professionals and other individuals in the community.  Our large database of families gives us the ability to communicate and facilitate social activities through a meetup-like interface.

I strongly recommend OCASG to other parents! My child feels very comfortable attending the toastmaster club and receives great advice and encouragement which builds his confidence! The environment is very professional, friendly and encouraging. We attribute these successes to the organizers' warm hearts and diligent work!

Fran PanOCASG Memeber

Feeling overwhelmed with ASD diagnosis? I know I sure used to be. My daughter had 13 different diagnoses prior to age 9 when she was finally diagnosed with ASD. By that time, however, I was totally overwhelmed, lost, frustrated, and lonely. Then I found OCASG.
By regularly attending this group I found education to help prioritize my daughter’s deficits and needs I found implementation tools to begin on a forward moving path!

Nancy ShepherdOCASG Member

Our son, Richard, has benefited greatly from his participation in the Gavel Club and his service on the OCASG Board. The Gavel Club has enhanced his public speaking skills, bolstered his confidence in social interactions, and increased his communication skills more generally. These important activities have been so beneficial to our family.

Marsha SteinOCASG Member

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