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Support Groups

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Local Family/Client Support Groups

Support groups create a comfortable environment where people can meet, share information and resources with peers and offer each other emotional support.

The support groups directly affiliated with Lanterman are co-led by families and Lanterman staff as part of a family-professional partnership. Currently there are more than 25 active support groups in the Lanterman community. We strive to meet the needs of families with a diverse range of groups, including groups for non-English speaking families, families of children with specific developmental disabilities, families of children in specific age ranges, groups specifically for fathers or siblings, and groups based on important issues like inclusion.

Lanterman also makes referrals to local, state and national groups on a variety of issues, and provides technical assistance for the development of new and existing groups.

The following is a listing of all existing support groups in our community. Click on the support group name for more information including dates, times and contacts.

For details about each of the following groups click on the support group name. Download a printable version of the complete listing of all of the support groups: English or Spanish.

Epilepsy Foundation

For parents of children with epilepsy of all ages. [in English and Spanish]

La Esperanza

Para familias con ninos con discapacidades del desarrollo de edades 15 anos y mayores. [en Espanol]

LGBT Support Group

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
For clients with special needs. [in English]

Padres Unidos Lanterman

Para familias con ninos con discapacidades del desarrollo de todas las edades. [en Espanol]

Peer 2 Peer Group

For clients with special needs over the age of 18 years. Must be able to be in community and be independent with personal care. [in English]

Sibling Saturday

Recreational support group for sibilings ages 5 to 12 of individuals with developmental disabilities. [in English]


Workshops for siblings between the ages of 8-14 of children with special needs served by the regional center. [in English]

TACA ~ Talk About Curing Autism

Parent meetings that feature educational speakers on important topics and peer support for parents of chidlren with autism. [in English]