Resource Guides

We have created resource guides for the following topics:

The Autism Society provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The Autism Society provides an I&R service but individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.

Autism Society Options Policy

All information provided or published by the Autism Society Inland Empire is for information purposes only. Specific treatment, therapy or services should be provided to an individual only at the direction of the individual’s doctor, caregiver, or other qualified professional. References to any treatment or therapy option, program, service or treatment provider are not an endorsement by the Autism Society. References of treatments, therapies, programs, services, and/or providers are not intended to be comprehensive statements. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. The Autism Society assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided.

Teen & Adult Services

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Autism is a lifelong condition. As our children grow, their symptoms and needs will continue to change. Children and adults will vary in their capabilities. Some adults will be completely dependent on parents or caregivers; others will be able to live an independent life; and many will be somewhere in the middle.

About Us & Our Services

Our Mission

The mission of the Autism Society Inland Empire is to improve the lives of all affected by an autism spectrum disorder. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, support and advocacy.

Our Philosophy

Our efforts are focused on meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We promote individual, parental and guardian choice to assure that people on the autism spectrum are treated with dignity and respect. It is our belief that no single program or treatment will benefit all individuals with autism. Furthermore, the recommendation of what is “best” or “most effective” for a person with autism should be determined by those people directly involved – the individual with autism, to the extent possible, and the parents or family members.

Our Collaborations

The Autism Society Inland Empire is a proud member of the following collaborations:

  • Inland Empire Autism Transition Collaborative. Together with Riverside County Office of Education, we bring together a network of representatives from school districts, SELPAs, Universities, other governmental agencies, businesses, parents and individuals on the autism spectrum who are dedicated to finding employment and higher education options for adults and teens with disabilities.
  • Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together service providers from regional organizations that serve people with disabilities and seniors to promote equal opportunity, universal access, and full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
  • Alliance of a California Autism Organizations (ACAO), a statewide alliance of more than 40 local, state, and nationally affiliated parent founded and supported autism¬†organizations serving persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families working with legislators to address the needs of our community.

Become A Member

Four stick figures assembling a 4-piece puzzle, with the caption 'Join Now'Please join the families, professionals and friends that make up the Autism Society Inland Empire’s growing network. Together we can bring about positive changes within the world of autism. As a member, you will receive the following:

  • Membership at both the local and national level of the Autism Society
  • One year subscription to the National Autism Society’s newsletter, The Advocate
  • Our local newsletter published twice a month
  • Discounts for the Autism Society’s National Conference
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are a member of an important community working to improve lives

The $40 annual membership dues and any donations are tax deductible. We are a 501(c)3 Federal Tax ID: 45-5376014. Join or renew your membership on line or call 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476).

AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Parents of individuals with autism or an education or speech professional who works with the autism community know that communication can be a challenge. Some individuals may not develop spoken language, while others have well-developed vocabularies, but are challenged with trying to use the vocabulary.

AAC is a term used to describe a range of communication tools used to supplement, facilitate, or replace natural speech. It can be considered “low-tech” as in writing and communication boards/books or “high-tech” as in voice output communication devices, and sign language.

With the availability of applications that can be used on various tablets and phone systems (iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets)

In 1988, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act mandated states set up programs to help people with disabilities understand their rights under this law and to gain access to assistive technology. The Protection and Advocacy website has publications listing the requirements of different agencies to provide funding for assistive technology.

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AAC Resources

The Autism Society has compiled a list of resources for those who are interested in getting financial help to purchase an iPad.

The Autism Society Inland Empire is happy to make¬†“Our Favorite iPad Apps for Special Needs Children”¬†available for no charge. It has over 100 apps that we think are a great place to start if you just purchased an ipad. Most apps are free or low cost and come highly recommended by other parents and professionals. The resource has a table of contents and an index, making apps easy to find.

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