Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center will continue to operate during the “Safer at Home” order in place for Los Angeles County.  The ELARC office buildings will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. Our main number is (626) 299-4700. The best way to reach your Service Coordinator is by email or phone, view the staff phone list here.  We want you to stay safe and be well. Additional information is available at ELARC/COVID-19.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a syndrome causing gross and sustained impairment in social interaction and communication with restricted and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities that appear in the early developmental period. Specific symptoms may include impaired awareness of others, lack of social or emotional reciprocity, failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, delay or absence of spoken language and abnormal nonverbal communication, stereotyped and repetitive language, idiosyncratic language, impaired imaginative play, insistence on sameness (e.g., nonfunctional routines or rituals), and stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms.

ELARC has an Autism Specialist on site to assist you. The primary role of the Autism Specialist is to listen to the concerns of the individuals that we serve on the Autism Spectrum and their families and work in partnership with staff, service providers, and other community partners to bring awareness, resources, support, and connection to them.  

View the Autism Specialist's brochure in:


Resources and links to Organizations*:


Autism Society

Autism Society of Los Angeles

Autism Speaks- 100 Days Kit

Captain Cadre

The East Los Angeles Family Resource Center

Fiesta Educativa

Interacting with Autism

It Takes Brains (Autism Brain Research)

For additional resources and links, please visit our Links page here.


*The listing of Resources and Organization links are for informational purposes only and is not intended to reflect an endorsement by the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC).