Join Us for the 2014 Walk for Autism

The Autism Society Inland Empire is hosting its 2nd Annual Walk for Autism
SAT, APRIL 19, 2014 – 9AM TO NOON at 

RANCHO JURUPA PARK – ACORN and PECAN SHELTERS

4800 Crestmore Rd, Riverside 92509

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We would like to invite everyone out to support ASIE and the families affected by autism. 100% of the proceeds will stay right here in the Inland Empire.

Cost for Walkers – $15 for adults; children 4-17 $10; children 3 and under – free. Free for individuals with autism! Rancho Jurupa Park charges a parking fee of $8 a car to be paid at the entrance.

Registration includes:
• Admission into the event
• “Autism Touches Us All” bandana (while supplies last)
• Free downloadable pictures and a 25-20 second video clip showing you crossing the finish line.
• Exhibitors include local Autism Programs – come see what resources are available for you and your family! Activities or games at every booth!
• Organized games and activities throughout the morning.

Raise Pledge Money and get a chance to win prizes!

Click here for more info or to register!  Click here for flyer –  AUTISM WALK 2014

2013 Accomplishments

  • Info & Referral:  Our volunteers and parent mentors answered 812 phone calls and over 10,000 emails this year.  Interestingly our phone calls decreased 48% from 1,700 to 812 while our emails increased 176% – from 5,666 to over 10,000.  Our Facebook account hit 1,000 members in December.  Our Facebook group is very active in asking each other I&R questions which used to be reserved for our volunteers.
  • Our electronic newsletter distributes information to over 2,361 people twice a month (a 32% increase over last year’s distribution).
  • Education:  In 2013 we sponsored co-sponsored 18 educational events for over 680 people!  We more than doubled the number of events from last year 41% increase from last year (8 events – 480 people).  2013 Events included: Life After High School; 3 AAC Workshops; Technology + Collaboration; IEP Workshops; Stress Management; In Our Voice Panel; Autism, Safety & Law Enforcement; AAC Mini-Camps.
  • Support:  This year ASIE focused more on family events.  We hosted 16 family events for over 1,500 people in addition to seasonal and year-round events and programs.  Throughout the year, over 80 different social opportunities attended by over 2,500 children, teens & adults.  The total attendance of 4,000 people quadrupled our last year’s totals of 1,020 children.
  • Awareness:  ASIE conducted over 30 Awareness events thASIE & AMR 2013at reached over 6,800 people.  This includes Law Enforcement trainings to over 200 law enforcement personnel and interviews on KVCR TV, NPR radio, articles in Press Enterprise.  This year, ASIE proudly collaborated with American Medical Response (AMR).  The ASIE logo is now featured on an AMR ambulance to help raise awareness.
  • Advocacy:  ASIE held our first ever Adult Services Town Hall meeting in April to address the needs of the adult autism community.  In addition, ASIE worked on issues surrounding:  Mental Health; Diagnostic Services for Medi-Cal families; Medi-Cal & ABA Services; Means testing for regional center clients; and outreach into the Latino Community.  ASIE representatives continue to serve on the Alliance of California Autism Organizations to engage state and federal decision makers, treatment professionals and educators, the media, families and the general public on the laws and regulations that impact individuals with ASDs and the autism community.
  • Collaborators:  We are proud to continue our partnerships with many of local non-profit and government agencies including: Another Way, the Carolyn E Wylie Center, El Sol, KVCR Autism Initiative, AMC Theaters in Ontario and Riverside, the City of Murrieta, the City of Temecula, Family Services Association, the Mexican Consulate, Murrieta Valley USD, Murrieta Valley SEPAC, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, Inland Regional Center, and University of Redlands.

Thank you to the many volunteers who make these programs and services available for our community!

Calling All Professionals & Parents with Pre-Teens, Teens and Adults

couple_in_love_800_clr_10952We are bringing national speakers on the very important topics of sexuality, puberty and relationships to the Inland Empire on Sat, March 15th in Murrieta!

Keynote:  Jerry and Mary Newport.  Jerry and Mary not only have autism but are gifted savants.  They are popular international speakers and  have written several books on autism subjects including Autism – Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond, and inspired a movie, Mozart and The Whale based on their initial contact and challenge of a relationship. They have been featured on 60 Minutes.

Breakout: Catherine Davies, M.Ed., M.Sc., C.Psychol, LMHC and Melissa Dubie, MS. Authors of Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health for High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s.  Both ladies are Educational Consultants at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University and have a combined experience of over 50 years in the field.  

Breakout:  Sex & Relationships for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Stacy F. Everson is the founder and Executive Director of SEEDS Education, Inc and a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Public Health.  She has national certification in developmental disabilities and family life education.  She specializes in social-sexual education,  speaking/trainings, work-shops & conferences,  coordinating and collaboration with other agencies in creating effective educational tools and opportunities  for people with intellectual disabilities.

Early bird registration is $50 pp (lunch on your own).  A limited number of scholarships are available.  This is a collaboration with Murrieta Valley USD and Murrieta Valley SEPAC. Click here to register or for more info.  March Conference Flyer

Thank You to Disability Rights Legal Center

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Thank you to Attorney Andrea Smith and Disability Rights Legal Center for presenting on “The School to Prison Pipeline.”  Schools expel students with disabilities three times more than students without disabilities, often in direct violation of the law.  Many schools in the Inland Empire have among the worst expulsion/suspension rates in the state of California.  This seminar provided information on the legal rights of students with disabilities as well what parents can do to protect their children if faced with an expulsion or suspension. Click here for power point -  School to Prison Pipeline power point for IE Autism