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SOURCE The Help Group

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group's Advance LA is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Advance LA Day for Young Adults Conference, being held on Saturday, July 19th, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Designed for teens and young adults with ASD, ADHD, learning differences and social & emotional challenges, the day will feature a wide-selection of interactive workshops for attendees to engage with peers and provide them with the opportunity to practice new skills related to transitioning to greater independence, sparking passions and cultivating new relationships. Each workshop is 45-minutes and will cover topics including job hunting, college exploration and success, managing stress, healthy living, speed friending and dating 101 and 'Maker' activities in robotics and open-source electronics platforms like Arduino. Parents are welcome to join one of the one-hour parent sessions during the first session at the start of the day, or the last session at the end of the day.

The line-up of presenters include keynote speaker, Alex Plank, autism advocate, filmmaker, actor, and the creator of, a popular online community for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism.  Alex is currently a consultant to the lead actress & creators of FX's hit TV series, "The Bridge".

Featured Lunch Speakers are Christine Motokane, Author of Working the Double Shift: A Young Woman's Journey with Autism, and motivational speaker, Dani Bowman, founder of Powerlight Animation Studios.

Throughout the day participants will have fun and engaging social opportunities, including a live DJ to add to the festive feel of the afternoon. To register for the conference and learn more about Advance LA, please visit

About Advance LA
As young adults with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, Asperger's Disorder, executive functioning challenges, and other social or emotional issues prepare to transition to college, the workforce, and beyond, they often experience a lack of resources and guidance to help them along the way. Advance LA is a program of The Help Group that specializes in preparing these young people for a successful future. Making a successful transition to work, college, and independent living can be difficult for any teen or young adult. The right opportunities at the right time make a world of difference to all young people. For those with different styles of learning or relating to the world, this is especially true.

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 1,500 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.

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