Getting A Diagnosis

There are no medical tests for diagnosing autism. An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the individual’s communication, behavior, and developmental levels. Because many of the behaviors associated with autism are shared by other disorders, various medical tests may be ordered to rule out or identify other possible causes of the symptoms being exhibited. A developmental pediatrician, a psychiatrist or psychologist, or a neurologist can assist in making a diagnosis.

If you have a Medi-Cal HMO (like IEHP or Molina) we suggest you ask for a referral to a neurologist. The neurologist visit should be covered under your insurance policy.  Visit our resource page for more information on local doctors with experience diagnosing autism.

There is a difference between a medical diagnosis, an educational assessment (for special education services) and a regional center assessment.  It is possible to have a medical diagnosis and not qualify for services.  Contact us or an advocate for more information on obtaining services.

Our Option Policy

Autism Society Options Policy
This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals an opportunity to find resources related to Teens and Adults with ASD in one place.

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.

The Autism Society Inland Empire 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 Inland Empire cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.

Our Options Policy

This is not an exhaustive list of all resources, but a list to help you identify resources, especially local resources.  Resources are specific to Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with the exception of Coachella Valley (see the Coachella Valley Autism Society at for Coachella Valley resources ).  Resources of interest within driving distance (San Diego and OrangeCounties) and a few national resources are included as well.

This guide was developed to provide information only and does not recommend, endorse or guarantee the services and interventions included in this guide.  This guide is not intended to be comprehensive statements of available options, programs, services or providers.  Investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual.

The resource guide is developed through a collaborative effort of the Autism Society Inland Empire Board and volunteers.  There is no charge to be included in this Resource Guide.  Anyone may recommend, upon good faith and the exercise of reasonable judgment, a resource for inclusion in the guide. Any board member may recommend the exclusion or removal of any resource if they have reason to believe it is incorrect, fraudulent, or otherwise inappropriate. The final decision to include or remove resources shall be made at a Board of Directors meeting at which there is a quorum.

Children, Teen, Adults & Family Programs

Awesome Adults.  Riverside area.  Meets once a month.   Group for adults over 18 – fun, age appropriate events each month facilitated by 2 special ed teachers. This is a drop off program. Check our website for schedule. Visit us on Facebook  or email us at  for more info.

Capable Girls Group.  The Autism Society Inland Empire has partnered once again with the Carolyn E. Wylie Center to provide a social group for girls with varying abilities ages 13-18 looking to make friends and have fun! Meet other girls in a safe, structured environment with two graduate student facilitators to help keep things on track.  Meets every Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 PM at the Wylie Center in Riverside.  Fee: $10 per youth per group.  Please RSVP at (951) 683 – 5193 or email Marlene at

High Desert Support & Play Group.  Apple Valley. A monthly group that is a safe place to come together and socialize with one another; work on communication and play; and a place for parents to come together; exchange info,   ideas and resources while the children attend a play group.  The whole family is welcome – yes, even siblings!  This group is run by an experienced Marriage and family therapist intern, Jonathan Wilson, MFTI.  For more info contact Jonathan Wilson at

Family Events.  Fun events for the entire family range from baseball games, camping trips, picnics, water park day and more.  Check the calendar for the latest events.

Murrieta Teen and Adult Group.  Meets twice a month for fun event. Once at the Community Center, once out in the community. Occasionally have lectures on topics that pertain to adults and adolescents on the spectrum. Meets at the Murrieta Community Center. 41810 Juniper St., Murrieta, CA, 92562. Contact (951) 220-6922 or

Sensory Friendly Films. Ontario Mills AMC 30 and Tyler Mall Galleria in Riverside.
Sensory Friendly means the sound will be turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. No need to RSVP.  All movies starts at 10am.

Shy Angels. Shy Angels is a group for teens and young adults who have moderate to severe autism; the goal of the group is to have fun, connect with others and experience life through activities in the community. For more info email

Sky High Nights.  Mira Loma.  Jumping fun for the entire family in a building full of trampolines! $5 donation per jumper – parents jump free (Normal cost is $18 for 2 hours). Fun for all ages!  Occasionally has lectures – babysitting available with advanced notice.  Meets every other month.


Thank you to the California Communication Access Foundation

Thank you to the California Communication Access Foundation for helping fund our “Adventures in Communicating” projects for this year.  These projects including a mini-camp held this summer in which over 70 children, parents and professionals learned how to communicate using a variety of AAC strategies.  In addition, we are working on brochures in English and Spanish to explain what is it, funding resources and training resources; and a free workshop to educators demonstrating easy ways to include it in a classroom.  Thank you!

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Spanish Language Outreach & Support

Thanks to a grant from Community Foundation of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and our collaborators: Another Way, Inland Regional Center, Dr José Fuentes, the Mexican Consulate, and El Sol, we are working to address the disparity and gaps in outreach and education for Spanish speaking families in the Inland Empire. The purpose of the project is to provide Spanish language culturally appropriate information in several modalities; i.e. radio, TV, social media, flyers, brochures and orally through the use of promotores. For more info on this project or for help for Spanish speaking families, contact Yuliana Diaz on our Spanish line at (951) 888-6669 or email

Information & Referral

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Contact or 951-220-6922. For Spanish (951) 888-6669.


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Resource Guides

ASIE has developed various resource guides to help families and professionals find services and social recreational opportunities.