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PathPoint Looking For Participants!

PathPoint is currently looking for participants in the following positions. You must be 18 years or older to apply!

  1. PathPoint is seeking people in Integrated Work for the following openings: VA, Air Pollution District, IV Parking lot (1 opening)
    Program Hours M & F 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Work Hours M 8:30 AM-11:30 PM at VA (work consists of sweeping, trash pickup, a bit of weeding as needed)
    Work Hours Fri 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM at Air Pollution District and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at IV Parking lot (mostly sweeping)
  2. We are looking for participants to join our Day Training Activity Center (DTAC) program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (preferably 3 on T&Th). Program hours are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tuesdays and Thursdays involve community outings throughout the day. Wednesdays the program is held here at Aero Camino building, in the DTAC classroom.
  3. Community Access Program (CAP) is still looking for new participants, but mainly for Wednesdays at the De La Vina site.
  4. Supported Living Services (SLS) and Supportive Services (SSP) welcome new participants.
  5. Community Independent Living Program (CILP) has 1 male opening at our apartment complex on Red Rose Way, and 2 female openings at Red Rose Way and will be looking for several more over the coming year as participants move out. There will be 3 potential openings in the coming months. There will soon be a female opening at the Olive House.

Please contact Becky Spadoro, PathPoint Support Plan/Transitions Coordinator, at:

  • Phone: 805.961.9200 x25
  • Email: becky.spadoro@pathpoint.org


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Autism Research Study Seeking Participants

The EARLI study

The Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation is a ground-breaking study looking at possible environmental and genetic links to autism. The study is currently recruiting mothers of a child with autism spectrum disorder and who are 20 weeks pregnant or less or may become pregnant. It is being conducted in California , Maryland , and Pennsylvania .

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

ASD, commonly called autism, is a developmental disorder characterized by decreased social skills, delays in speech and communication, repetitive behavior, low eye contact, and difficulty with self entertainment. ASD can display in a variety of ways, and it affects 1 in 150 children in the United States . Currently the causes of the disorder are unknown and there is no cure. The EARLI Study team is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and discovering the causes of this disorder.

Study sites include:

  • Southeast Pennsylvania at Drexel University and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Northeast Maryland at John Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Northern California at Kaiser Permanente
  • Northern California at UC Davis and the M.I.N.D. Institute

Who can participate? Mothers who:

  • Have a biological child with ASD;
  • Are currently 20 weeks pregnant or less or may become pregnant;
  • Live in the designated geographic areas of the study.

Benefits for families:

  • Families will receive free autism assessments from clinical experts, including developmental assessments of your new baby from 6 months until 3 years of age.
  • Compensation for their time: $545.00 to $605.00 if the entire study is completed from early pregnancy until your newborn child is 3 years old.
  • A new diaper bag and gifts for your baby.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Fill out questionnaires, do phone interviews, and provide biological samples throughout pregnancy, at delivery, and afterward.
  • Participate in study visits in the home and at the clinic. One visit will involve bringing your child with ASD for behavioral and developmental assessments.
  • Allow study staff to collect biological samples from your baby until 2 years of age.

For more information, contact us at:

  • E-mail: EARLI@phs.ucdavis. edu
  • Phone: 530-752-6511
  • Toll free:1-866-550-5027
  • Website: www.EARLIStudy. org

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