The Science of Happiness:
Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit.
The 4th Annual Advance LA Conference, The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit., was a huge success. Speakers presented practical ways to foster and maintain happiness through the development of purpose, connection, optimism, and grit.
Platinum Bay Technologies is a software technology company designed from the ground up to create successful and empowering full-stack software engineering careers to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Platinum Bay specializes in custom business applications and software solutions for mid-sized businesses, concierge CTO services, and enterprise job and data flow automation. As a limited-profit social enterprise and California Social Purpose Corporation, we have no shareholders and all profit is reinvested in pursuit of our mission, with a portion of net profit going to the Platinum Bay Foundation to strengthen the Autism ecosystem through targeted, strategic investments and advocacy based on opportunity, potential, giftedness, and inclusion. Learn more at www.platinumbay.com.
At LA Parent our mission is simple: We want to bring our families the best parenting resources in Los Angeles. And we never forget about fun! Our extensive calendar of events is the go-to source of information for fun things to do with your kids each month. We provide you the most in depth list of things to do in L.A. with kids.
L.A. Parent began with a vision: To discover Los Angeles through the eyes of a child. The first issue of the magazine, originally called “Pony Ride,” was published in 1980. For 34 years, we have been a companion and a guide for families throughout Los Angeles, and we’re looking forward to continuing that tradition for generations to come. www.laparent.com
At Advance LA we offer the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions by parents of teens and young adults with special needs, “What happens next?” Our personalized program provides clients with the experiences and opportunities necessary to lead a fulfilling adult life.
Advance LA is dedicated to providing resources, support, and training to teens and young adults with a wide range of needs including learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, and other social, emotional and behavioral challenges including substance abuse recovery. www.advancela.org
Special Needs Project – Booksellers
Special Needs Project is a unique disability bookstore. We carry books, videos, DVDs and related items about mental and physical disabilities…for parents, professionals, educators, family members and persons with a disability. We have the largest collection of books about autism spectrum disorders (nearly 800 titles) we know of. www.specialneedsproject.com
Special Needs Project – Trusts
Special Needs Project is a non-profit dedicated to educating and advocating for individuals with special needs, their families and the community by providing for their current and future care, security and quality of life. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobility Management Partners
The mission of MMP is to be an industry leader in supporting persons with disabilities, seniors, and others who face mobility and transportation challenges to enhance their quality of life and independence. This is accomplished through education, the improvement of existing systems, and the development of new programs in response to unmet needs within the community. mobilitymp.net
For nearly 170 years, we’ve kept our promises. Our promise? To work with you to build a strong financial future.
We have always believed in helping people, families, and businesses to create, protect, and preserve their financial security. Since 1845, we’ve been doing just that—making sure our customers are prepared for whatever life has in store and that we’ll be there to help them face the future with confidence. www.nylife.com
Woodsmall Law Group
Our firm provides experienced, practical and sophisticated representation in matters related to the educational and community access rights of individuals with special needs.
We believe that each person, disabled or not, deserves dignity and respect and the chance to reach a meaningful, contributing place in society. We are committed to empowering families through education and knowledge. www.woodsmalllawgroup.com
Jewels for Life Consulting
Jewels for Life Consulting Services is dedicated to helping and empowering young adults with disabilities. Our individually-focused approach aims to increase self-determination and improve independence. We offer a variety of services tailored to meet the clients’ needs and interests while offering support and assistance to their family.
California MENTOR is the state’s most experienced Family Home Agency (FHA), providing family home services for hundreds of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We are knowledgeable and experienced in providing cost-effective, community-based services where quality is our top priority. California MENTOR has a skilled and experienced FHA staff whose goal is to be responsive to the need for quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the state. www.mentorswanted.com
The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART), a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), plays a leading role — locally, nationally and internationally — in developing an improved understanding of the biological and psychosocial basis of autism. Combining our excellence in research, education and assessment, the Center continues to develop and disseminate new and more effective treatments for autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Utilizing a strong interdisciplinary approach in genetics, neurobiology, psychology, brain imaging and psychiatry, the Center’s main research aim is to understand the origins of the social, communicative, and language deficits demonstrated by individuals with autism and related disorders. CART is also proud of its outreach to families and community practitioners, building strong partnerships with members of the autism community. www.semel.ucla.edu/autism
UCLA Autism Research Alliance
The Alliance is an innovative partnership between The Help Group and the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is dedicated to enhancing and expanding clinical research in the education and treatment of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to contributing to the development, greater understanding and use of best practice models by researchers, educators and clinicians. Read more about the UCLA Autism Research Alliance.
Silverlining, an upscale resale boutique founded in 2011 and located on the Westside of Los Angeles in Culver City, offers a wide selection of new, vintage, and gently used fashionable and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children. However, Silverlining is much more than your typical designer resale store!
Recognizing the pressing need for students with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and other challenges to develop vocational experience and skills, The Help Group created Silverlining to serve as a student vocational training center. Since its opening, Silverlining has enabled these students to learn and develop valuable job-related skills that contribute to their knowledge, self-confidence, employability, and future independence. www.silverliningresale.org
Kids Like Me
All children need opportunities to have fun, make friends, learn new skills, connect with others and enjoy a sense of belonging… That’s what Kids Like Me is all about!
The Help Group Kids Like Me programs, located in the Los Angeles area, are designed especially for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Children with special needs can benefit greatly from fun, recreational activities that encourage social skills as well as developmental growth.
Kids Like Me participants will enjoy a wide variety of enriching programs. Each child from preschool age to high school age will be engaged in structured activities facilitated and overseen by highly trained professionals. www.kidslikeme.org
The Help Group – Schools
Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.
The Help Group’s nine specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,550 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. With more than 980 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on seven campuses in the Los Angeles area.
The Help Group is widely regarded for its high standards of excellence, unique scope and breadth of services. Through its public awareness, professional training and parent education programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world.
At the heart of its efforts is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. www.thehelpgroup.org