August 2022 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

We hope you are enjoying your summer! As the old saying goes, “Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August” – we agree!

The warm days and balmy evenings of summer can carry a touch of romance and many of our young adult clients talk to us about wanting to experience dating and possibly falling in love. This month’s blogpost is about helping neurodivergent young adults get started in the dating world. Asking someone out on a date can be overwhelming for many people but taking that first step can lead to romance or perhaps a good friendship.
We encourage our clients to give it a try!

Advance LA’s mission is to help our clients advance to independent adulthood. We provide virtual classes and club l.a. events that can provide an avenue for remote social engagement. Our Life Skills Coaches are able to meet with their clients remotely, or safely socially distance in person, to provide coaching in the areas of academics, social and emotional well being, executive functioning challenges and vocational education and support. Please contact us at for more information.

Wishing you all the best,
Jeri Rochman, JD, MS
Program Coordinator
Advance LA

Some people find themselves feeling more relaxed and carefree during the summer months. Maybe the reason is the availability of fun activities such as beach trips, evening strolls to the ice cream store, barbecues, and outdoor concerts. All of these options are good ideas for casual, get-to-know-you dates for young adults. Many neurodivergent young adults want to be in the dating world but the prospect of going on a date can feel overwhelming. How to get started? Some young people feel more comfortable being set up by people they know and trust. Parents, friends, co-workers can all make suggestions for possible people to date. Other young people are open to trying dating apps. Whatever the medium, dipping a toe in the dating pool can be a fun summer adventure!

Upcoming Events & More

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thurs., August 4th and 18th | 6-7 pm PT

Free online sessions for parents to connect, share stories & learn from one another. Parents will select topics and group leaders will facilitate discussions and offer guidance. Meetings take place the first and third Thursday of each month.

Save The Date!!

Thursday, September 22nd | 6:30-8pm

Join old friends and new friends for an evening of summer fun! We will play games, sing karoke, have dinner and dessert, and have a ball! Don’t miss out on the fun, sign up today! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29.

Follow Advance LA on TikTok!

Advance LA is now on TikTok! Follow us for all the great tips and tricks for parents of teens and young adults with special needs.

Dating & Relationship Coaching

Available now!

Advance LA now offers dating and relationship coaching for neuro-divergent young adults who are interested in learning the social skills involved in dating, as well as the communication skills required to maintain a romantic relationship. To learn more, contact Jeri

Life Skills Coaching

Virtual coaching available for academic, vocational, social, and independent living skills support (individual or group sessions). Contact us to learn more.


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 autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties and learning differences the experiences and opportunities necessary to lead a fulfilling adult life. We offer coaching services and support groups, as well as workshops and conferences for young adults, parents, and industry professionals.

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