The Autism Society Inland Empire is excited to partner with Air Hollywood, WAPADH and Autism Speaks in offering a special event to assist families with Autism in gaining the confidence, comfort, and enjoyment of air travel. For just $10 per person, Open Sky for Autism allows for vital acclimation, repetition, and supervision during a commercial airport and passenger flight simulation. Lunch is included! The program features: Airport Arrival, Ticketing, Check-in, and Baggage Check, TSA Security Screening, Departure Lounge and Boarding, In-Flight Simulation, Deboarding, and Lunch and Refreshments!
Volunteers needed! We are looking for volunteers, for one or both of the dates, with experience communicating with individuals along the ASD spectrum to supervise and monitor stations along our aviation experience, be ‘passengers’ imbedded within the experience, and be TSA ‘agents’ (uniforms provided) screening families before they ‘board.’ Lunch and T-shirts will be provided to all participating volunteers. Click here for volunteer info.
Thank you to Senator Darrell Steinberg for Chairing the State Senate Hearing on Autism and Underemployment. The hearing held on Aug 5th, was an important first step in publicly talking about the barriers and issues that are affecting our adults. ASIE Board members Theresa McFarland, Lillian Vasquez, Beth Burt and Stephani Congdon attended the hearing. Beth gave public comments to the Committee and asked them to consider establishing a Task Force and not to forgot the entire spectrum of needs.
- Currently there are 70,000 individuals with ASD in the regional center system; approximately 6,000 of them are adults.
- There is an untold number of adults with ASD that are not in the regional center system.
- California ranks 34th in disability employment.
- Regional Center clients have an unemployment rate of over 84%!
- For those who do earn income, the average income is $4,824 a year.
Sen Steinberg will be terming out of office in December of 2014. The Autism Senate Select Committee is working on putting together a Task Force to address the employment issue and to find a senator that will champion the issues of the autism community. Stay tuned!