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*Please note that some of these events have RSVP/registration deadlines. Some also have "early bird" specials. Make sure to read the full description for details.*

ONGOING: Robotics Study; Volunteers needed! Researchers at USC are recruiting families for a study that investigates the role of socially assistive robotics in the development of social and academic skills of children, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To find out who can participate and how, view the flyer here.

ONGOING: Seeking parents/foster parents, or group-home staff who support an adult with developmental disabilities to participate in an Abuse Risk Reduction Study. Compensation of $70.00 may be awarded to each participant. For more information, please view their flyer.

ONGOING: Job-seekers with neuro-diverse conditions such as Tourette’s Syndrome, Asperger’s or Autism Spectrum Disorder sought for Documentary Television Series. Documentary producers at Optomen USA are looking for individuals who would like their assistance finding employment on the documentary TV series "Employable Me." Those selected to appear on their series will be encouraged to unlock their hidden talents with the help of experts and specialists so they can find the job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths. To view some episodes, please visit their website here. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please email Liz Alderman at

ONGOING: The city of Alhambra has released their Summer/Fall Leisure Guide! In it you will find activities such as, sports, music, dance, fitness, art, family excursions, and so much more. You will also find their FREE summer meals for kids, as well as Arts and Crafts in the park. View the guide here.

1ST AND 3RD FRIDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: The City of Whittier's Therapeutic Recreation Program presents Friday Night Dances! Starts in September and it's geared towards individuals with developmental disabilities ages 15 and up. For more details and a complete listing of 2017 and 2018 dates, please view their flyer. 

JUNE: Fiesta Educativa invites you to their Fiestas Familiares! Throughout the month of June you can attend workshops, trainings, and events. All of these workshops and trainings are in Spanish. If you need translation to English, please contact them directly. For a full list of their workshops, please view their flyers here

JUNE: The Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD) has released their June Newsletter. In it you will find information on workshops, support groups, and resources. View the newsletter. 

JUNE: The June calendar of FREE events through The Boyle Heights Family Resource Center is here! Join them for new classes like: **Health in your Hands, ** **Types of Care,** and **My Plate.** Here are more classes such as: Health Education: Healthy Cooking, Diabetes, Registered Dietitian, CPR/First Aid (online & phone registration); Fitness Classes: Yoga, Aerobics, Dance Fitness for Kids (10yrs to 15yrs), and more; Mental Health classes like: Wellness Circle “Living, Laughter and Love. For a complete list of all their activities, view their English and Spanish calendar here.

JUNE 21, 26-27: Bet Tzedek is providing a FREE 3-DAY TRAINING for advocacy for Seniors. A team of experienced attorneys and advocates will use Comprehensive Practice Manual tools to cover government benefits, eligibility, and appeal procedures. Topics include: An update on laws relating to Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), Long-Term Care Facility Eligibility and Advocacy, Planning For Incapacity, and Kinship Care, Basics on the implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and Cal MediConnect. For more information, please view their flyer.

JUNE 22: California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY) will present part 2 of a two-part series webinar on Person Centered Thinking and Planning (PCP) that corresponds with the recent release of California’s Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint. In this second webinar, they will address the central role of PCP toward the implementation of the CA CIE Blueprint. Part 1 was held on June 15. For complete details and to register for this webinar, please view their flyer.

JUNE 23: Metrolink to hold Public Hearing for 2017-18 Budget. The hearing will take place at One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor in Los Angeles at 10 A.M. on Friday, June 23. To view the budget and/or to provide your comments in regards to the budget, view Metrolink's notice here.

JUNE 25: End Epilepsy Foundation is putting together a Bowling Event in Downtown Los Angeles from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information or to register, please view their event page.

JUNE 26 and 28: Emergency Preparedness focus group meetings for parents with children who have access and functional needs. The Department of Public Health is looking for participants to join this focus group in order to help them learn more about parent's knowledge and attitudes about disaster preparedness and to gather information about community concerns associated with disaster preparedness and resources in the community. Those who register in advance and attend the full meeting are eligible to receive a $25.00 stipend. Refreshments and meals will also be provided. You only need to attend one focus group. For full details, please view their flyer here.

JUNE 28: FREE Webinar called "Lighten Up: A Healthy Weight-Loss Guide for Adults with ADHD." In this webinar, you'll learn how ADHD can lead to weight loss struggles, and what adults can do to overcome them. For more information and/or to register, please view their webpage.

JUNE 29: U.S.C. UCEDD presents a FREE Webinar on Bullying Prevention for individuals with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities. Children with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than non-disabled children. Join this webinar to learn: How to know if your child is being bullied, how to work with your child's school, and much more. For more information and to learn how to register for this webinar, please view the flyer here

SUNDAYS IN JULY: Concerts in the Park. Enjoy music and food at Garfield Park in South Pasadena every Sunday evening in July. For more information, visit their events page here.

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS IN JULY: Project Quest: Build Your Own Laptop. Every Monday and Wednesday starting July 5 through July 26th, there will be trainings for youth on "breakdown and understanding of laptops and software installation." Space is limited so register soon if interested. For more information, please view their flyer. To register, please view their registration form.

FRIDAYS IN JULY: Summer Serenade at Alhambra Park! FREE Admission. Come and enjoy food and music by different bands every Friday. For more information, please view their flyer here.

JULY 4: Fireworks Celebration at Almansor Park, Alhambra! FREE Admission. Come and enjoy food vendors, carnival games, music, and of course, a fireworks show. For more information, please view their flyer. 

JULY 6: FREE Webinar called "Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: A Parent’s Guide for Kids with ADHD and ASD." In this free webinar, you'll learn how to help children with ADHD and ASD overcome social challenges. For complete details and/or to register for this webinar, please visit their webpage here.

JULY 8: The East Los Angeles Family Resource Center presents, "What's it Like to be the Sibling of an Individual with a Disability?" Come hear a panel discussion among adults sharing their unique insights and experiences growing up with a brother or sister with a disability. This event is in preparation for their upcoming Sibshops Group, which will begin in August. For complete details, please view their flyer.

JULY 11: FREE Webinar called, "The College Transition Guide for Teens with ADHD." In this free webinar, you'll learn how teens can conquer college life with ADHD and other learning disabilities. For more information and/or to register, please visit their webpage. 

JULY 20: FREE Webinar called, "Practical Organization and Time Management Strategies for Middle and High Schoolers with ADHD." In this free webinar, you'll learn how to help students with ADHD and other learning disabilities stay organized. For more information and/or to register, please visit their website here. 

JULY 29: Back to School Health Fair in the city of Wilmington. Bring your kids for School Physicals & Vaccines, Dental Screenings, Limited Adult Health Screenings, Community Resources, Fun Activities for Families, and Music & Games. For more information, please view their flyer here.

JULY 31: "Bottom Dollars" Screening and Panel in LA: at the California Endowment.  This documentary addresses that fact that many people with disabilities in the U.S. are legally being paid, on average, less than $2 an hour. Learn about the issues and how the tide is turning towards inclusive employment at fair wages. Panel will include creative employment professionals and people with disabilities who work in regular jobs.  There is a $35 fee that includes lunch. View flyer for details. 

SUNDAYS IN AUGUST: Concerts in the Park. Enjoy music and food at Garfield Park in South Pasadena every Sunday evening in August. For more information, visit their events page here.

AUGUST 4: Back to School Event hosted by the East Los Angeles Family Resource Center. The Family Resource Center is giving away FREE backpacks. If interested, please contact your Service Coordinator so they may nominate you. For more information about this event, please view the flyer.

AUGUST 12: Breaking Barriers, Developing Possibilities: Bridging Pathways To Quality Healthcare For People With Special Needs (ID/DD). The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), along with San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center is providing this multidisciplinary conference for Healthcare Professionals. For complete details and to register, please view their flyer here

SEPTEMBER 15-16: 24th Annual Conference: The Power of You. This conference is hosted by The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California. Come and hear keynote speakers and participate in workshops where you will learn about managing: anxiety, stress, mood disorders, depression, and so much more. For more information, please view their conference brochure here.

SEPTEMBER 17: Latino Heritage Festival. Save the date for this event. View their flyer. 

OCTOBER 5-6: Save the Date for The 31st Annual SUPPORTED LIFE CONFERENCE: “Designing Dreams: Blueprint for a Meaningful Life.” At the Crowne Plaza Hotel ~ Sacramento CA. Empowering all people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in the community. Hear a variety of speakers in the field of developmental disabilities. View the Save the Date flyer. More information to come.

NOVEMBER 4: 2nd Annual Disability and Aging Resource Faire. This event will take place in the city of South El Monte from 9:00am to 2:00pm. More information to come. View the Save the Date flyer here.


**Posting of Community Events and Opportunities is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to reflect an endorsement by the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC). Please note that ELARC events are posted on the Calendar located on the home page of this website.**