October 2021
All funds raised for ASLA stay in Los Angeles County to strengthen our programs to positively impact our community.

The CA Dept of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a new State Public Health Order requiring vaccinations for Health Care Workers in the Home & Other Settings by Nov 30th. This may impact your IHSS provider.
The Order is HERE
ASLA Events & Initiatives
Autism Society of Los Angeles
Thanks their Business Members for their generosity.
Learn more HERE
Gold Members
With the current surge we have a limited quantity of masks and sanitizer for FREE. Please reach out to us at info@autismla.org to arrange pickup time. Stay Safe!

Ways to Help ASLA

We are fortunate to be surrounded by caring, talented, and generous people. As a community based organization, we rely on those around us in order to have a greater impact on the individuals that we serve. If your heart is interested in helping us become a better and stronger resource, take a look at the list below for ideas on how to help.

  • Join our Amazon Smile
  • Donate an unwanted Vehicle
  • In-Kind Gifts
  • Employee Matching Gift Program 
  • Recommend a ____Charitable event or fundraiser 

All funds raised for ASLA stay in Los Angeles County to strengthen our programs to positively impact our community. To inquire further about giving back to ASLA please contact us at info@autismla.org

So what is the Self-Determination Program?

The Self-Determination Program is all about an individual’s choice and control over the services they receive through their regional center and the money that pays for those services. 

For many, the Self-Determination Program has been life changing because it provides more independence, freedom and control to regional center clients and their families. For example, participants and families may purchase services from traditional providers or choose local businesses instead. They can hire support workers directly or they can negotiate special arrangements with groups and individuals in their communities. Here, people with disabilities are in charge of their own lives, not the professionals or systems that support them.

Can I participate in the Self-Determination Program?

To be eligible for the program, you or your family member must:
  • Have a developmental disability and currently be receiving services from a California regional center OR be a new client of a regional center
  • Be over the age of three or, if under, be qualified for services through the Lanterman Act
  • Live in the community and have free choice in your life. You are not eligible if you live in a licensed long-term health care facility unless you are using it to transition from that facility.
For more information

To contact your area’s Regional Center about next steps, please click Regional Center Listing for a list of regional center telephone number and ask to speak to the Self-Determination Program (SDP) Coordinator.

If you need help navigating the process and your regional center’s SDP Coordinator isn’t available, please click our SCDD Regional Office Listing and click on “Regional Offices” to contact your local SCDD Office.

To keep informed on SDP implementation updates click DDS Self-Determination Information and Resources to find out more.

To connect with others interested in a variety of SDP topics, please visit the SCDD SDP Facebook Forum and request to join.

Adult Meet-Up Groups - October

1) On Friday, October 1st, at 6:30 there will be the monthly Women-only group. More information can be found here:

2) On Saturday, October 2nd, at 1:30 p.m. I will be hosting an in person event either in Santa Monica or West Los Angeles. More information can be found here:

3) On Monday, October 4th, at 7:00 p.m., I will be hosting an online AS/HFA support group. More information can be found here:

a) On Monday, October 18th, at 7:00 p.m., I will be hosting a follow-up online AS/HFA support group meeting. More information can be found here:

4) On Thursday, October 14th, at 7:00 p.m., I will be hosting an online AS/HFA support group meeting. More information can be found here:

5) On Saturday, October 16th, at 1:30 p.m., I will be hosting a Monopoly Game event in person(either in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills). More information can be found here:

6) On Sunday, October 17th, at 1:00 p.m. there will be the monthly Yoga event. More information can be found here:

7) On Thursday, October 28th, at 6:00 p.m., we will be having our monthly Karaoke event. More information can be found here:

8) On Saturday, October 30th, at 1:30 p.m., we will have our monthly Game Day Event in part to celebrate Halloween. More information can be found here:

NEW - ADVANCED IEP Workshop (English)
Wednesday, October 20th - 7:00 pm

  • What is an assessment?
  • What if I disagree with an assessment?
  • What are goals and related services?
  • How can I resolve differences with the school district?

Click HERE to register
NUEVO - Taller IEP AVANZADO (Español)
Martes, 19 de Octubre - 11:00 am

  • ¿Que es una evaluacion?
  • ¿Que pasa si no estoy de acuerdo con una evaluacion?
  • ¿Que son las metas y los servicios relacionados?
  • ¿Como resuelvo los desacuerdos con el distrito escolar?
Regístrese AQUI.

Do you want to get fit, be more mindful, and have fun? Learn from expert instructors by joining IFiT-M today!  

IFiT-M (Into Fitness Together & Mindfulness) is an opportunity to be part of a group fitness program lead by expert kinesiology majors from CSUN. You get to be part of a program and a research study that will help you become fit, stay calm and be grounded in these stressful times.   

If you are a college student enrolled full time, who is at least 18 years old we would love to have you join us this Fall.  We are looking for both individuals with AND without autism. 

Come work out online, be part of interactive Zoom classes, and learn strategies that can help you in your everyday life.  

If you are interested or want more information, please send email teri.todd@csun.edu

It’s FREE and FUN!

Feel free to reach out to me via email at INSERT CSUN EMAIL ADDRESS or via phone at INSERT ONLY IF YOU WANT TO. The principal investigators for this project are Drs. Teri Todd (teri.todd@csun.edu), Nancy Miodrag (nancy.miodrag@csun.edu), and Jacob Jensen (Jacob.jensen@csun.edu).

Looking for free resources to learn evidence-based social skills? Check out our FREE PEERS role play videos, which cover all topics from our PEERS for Adolescents and PEERS for Young Adult programs! For access, click on this link:
Builder Bees of Los Angeles
Organization for girls of all abilities K-12th Grade

Monthly Event

Holiday Parties, Virtual Field Trips, Vision Board Making, Cooking and many more activities....

To Join/Register, visit our website:

Questions please contact our Director Orley Garber at orley@builderbeesla.com
This Newsletter contains information regarding the disability community, events, and programs. While ASLA attempts to include information from reliable community partners, ASLA does not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee that the information referred to in this Newsletter is correct, accurate, complete, or non-misleading. It is up to the reader to determine whether the programs described in this Newsletter are appropriate for your individual situation. Therefore, ASLA will not be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage as a result of information in this Newsletter.
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