Social/Recreational & Specialized Interest
Starting JANUARY 2018: TOTAL Programs P.E.E.R.S Program - A Social Skills Group for Teens & Young Adults. PEERS is a 16- week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school and high school. Teens are taught important skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities. Additionally, parents will be coached to provide feedback to their teen during weekly socialization homework assignments. For complete details please view their flyer here.
MONTHLY: Every month, Club LA Teen meets to provide socialization opportunities for Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. View their website for a complete list of events.
EVERY MONDAY: Meaningful Growth is looking for Girls with Special Needs who are interested in joining the Girl Scouts. They will meet every Monday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in Pasadena. For more information, please view their flyer.
EVERY TUESDAY: UCLA PEERS® for Preschoolers presents "Social Skills Group for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)." This 16-week, parent-assisted social skills intervention program, is geared towards children 4 to 6 years of age. Your child will learn how to: Listen and follow directions, share and give turns to friends, sustain play interactions, maintain appropriate body boundaries, and much more! For more details and to access their website, please view the flyer here.
EVERY TUESDAY: The Miracle Project's Musical Theater Training Program is now enrolling. The Miracle Project provides individuals with autism and other disabilities the tools to build communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem through inclusive theater and expressive arts programs. ALL children of ALL abilities grow in skill and in spirit while creating and performing in original musicals. Through its principles of acceptance and artistic expression, The Miracle Project is dedicated to empowering those living with autism. View their website and learn how to enroll in their classes.
EVERY 3rd THURSDAY: True Colors | LGBTQ with Disabilities, Ages 18+. 6pm - 8pm. A social discussion group presented by The Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) at the Christopher Wahl Youth Center, 12401 Slauson Ave., Unit G, Whittier, CA 90606. For more information about SCRS-IL, visit their website here. For more information, call (626) 587-5010.
EVERY FRIDAY: Gamers with Autism Social Group. Presented by the Autism Society of Greater Long Beach/San Gabriel Valley. Call 562-237-1520 for information.
EVERY SATURDAY: Recreation Bowling! This Saturday league is for participants, 8 years and up, who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. For more information, view their flyer here.
EVERY 2nd SATURDAY: Drum Circle for Individuals with Autism. Presented by the Autism Society of Greater Long Beach/San Gabriel Valley. Call 562-237-1520 for information.
ONGOING: Team Whittier "Flyers" Athletics. Interested in joining a Special Olympics Athletic Program? Find out how by viewing their flyer here.
ONGOING: The City of Whittier's Therapeutic Program provides opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Join them for Game Nights, Special Arts Programs, New Frontier Players, Friday Night Dances, Special Olympics Bowling: The Incredibowlers, and Recreation Bowling. For complete details, please view their flyer here.
ONGOING: FREE Aquatics Program! Join the Whittier Sea Monkeys; an aquatics program for participants, 8 years and up, who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. For dates and contact information, please view their flyer.
ONGOING: Did you know that there is such a thing as a Toy Loan program? The Toy Loan Program is a FREE service which allows children to borrow toys from a Toy Loan Center in the same manner in which they borrow books from the public library. The Children borrow toys once a week. It is a voluntary community effort sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Social Services. There are many Toy Loan Centers throughout the Los Angeles County. For more information and to find a Toy Loan Center near you, please visit their website.
ONGOING: Explore Southern California Museums for FREE with your LA County Library Card! "Discover & Go" is a partnership between libraries and cultural institutions. With an LA County Library card, you can reserve FREE family passes to local museums and cultural attractions through the Discover & Go online portal. For complete details and to browse their list of attractions, please view their website here.
ONGOING: Meetup Group for Los Angeles Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger's. Each month they schedule a couple of gatherings in different places around LA. They provide a fun, pressure-less social environment where you are accepted just as you are. For a couple hours you can just be yourself, do what you do, say what you say, and not have to worry or feel bad.
ONGOING: Events at the Foothill Autism Alliance. The Foothill Autism Alliance has ongoing meetings and events for families and individuals, including pool parties, picnics, and informational talks.
ONGOING: Events & Activities Through Macaroni Kid. Macaroni Kid Downtown LA is a free weekly e newsletter and website that helps local parents find activities and events.
ONGOING: Family Autism Events at Pretend City. Pretend City is children's museum with interactive exhibits and activities.
**Posting of Community Events and Opportunities including Social/Recreational resources 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.**