Autism Society Inland Empire

Sat, Sept 20 10am-2:30pm & Sun, Sept 21, 2014, 10am-2:30pm

The Autism Society Inland Empire is excited to partner with Air Hollywood, WAPADH and Autism Speaks in offering a special event to airhollywood(3)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!

Air Hollywood is a movie studio located in Los Angeles that is filled with sets and an airplane that look just like a real airport.  In fact, every tv show or movie that shows an airport scene was probably shot at Air Hollywood.
You must RSVP – Hurry!  Registration is very limited – first come, first serve.

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.



ASIE Board Members: Theresa McFarland, Lillian Vaquez, Beth Burt and Stephani Congdon in Sacramento.

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!


We hope you are enjoying your summer!  Our big June events – Sky High Night and our Cove Waterpark Day were big successes.  Thanks to A-Tech Consulting, we were able to donate scholarships to 12 families to participate in swim lessons at the Cove.  We are continuing to provide groups for the High Desert, Murrieta Teen and Adult, the Awesome Adults and a new Kiddos & Tweener Group in Murrieta and will be starting a new class on Relationships and Sex in the Summer for adults.
Thank you to everyone who attended, our sponsors, and our wonderful volunteers who make all of these programs possible.  Many of you have asked if we can hold another later this summer.  We will be looking into the possibility of holding another Waterpark Day in the new Cove Park in late August or September.  We will keep you posted!


 The Third Annual “JOIN AIDAN’S ARMY” Golf Tournament to help families touched by Autism in our community.  Please join us for a day of golf and prizes and you will help The  Autism Society Inland Empire provide much needed relief for families touched by Autism.  The Tournament will be held Monday September 22nd, 2014 at Victoria Club in Riverside.  Below is the link to sign up and enjoy a great day with friends and golf.