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.

Community Funding Solutions

Community Funding Solutions is an organization that brings together a real estate agent who supports a cause. At no cost to you, whether you buy or sell a home with that agent, 20% of the agent’s commission goes to the cause. Just one real estate transaction can result in a substantial gift.

We’re proud to announce Community Funding Solutions has listed us among their causes. If you are planning to buy or sell your home, or know of someone who may be doing so in the near future, please consider using one of Community Funding Solutions’!

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!

Our History

Autism was virtually unknown to the general public until the 1960′s despite being identified as early at the 1940′s. A small group of parents and professionals were seeking a way to work for the welfare of all children with severe communication and behavioral disorders. In 1966, The National Society for Autistic Children (NSAC) was formed by Dr. Bernard Rimland, a San Diego psychologist and parent of an autistic child. The goal of this organization was to seek education, care, and cure for these children and work for adequate legislation, research and publicity for their unique problem. This organization created a national entity and local chapters to meet the needs of their communities on a grassroots level. The original local chapters included Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Orange County. In 1969, NSAC changed its name to the Autism Society of America to emphasize that children with autism grow up. Through the years, the Autism Society of America has grown to all 50 states. The mission and goals have not changed from the original, founding vision.

We are an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. Founded in 1986 by Leah Devulder, a divorced mom with a newly diagnosed son. After attending the closest conference she could find on autism, in Long Beach, she was convinced that she needed to help the parents in her area. She formed the Desert Communities Chapter of the Autism Society of America which included all of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. She formed the chapter with 9 people and her dog as the original 10 members. In 1987, the name was changed to the Autism Society of America – Inland Empire Chapter, and changed again in 2009 to the Autism Society Inland Empire, Inc.

Our affiliate is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which continues to be an all-volunteer, grassroots, organization. We serve as the voice and resource of the Inland Empire. We serve individuals with ASD, parents, relatives, friends, advocates, educators and other professionals throughout the Inland Empire.

2012-2014 Board of Directors

President: Beth Burt, author and parent

Vice-President: Lillian Vasquez, Coordinator of Marketing/Autism Initiative Manager, KVCR Public Television & NPR radio and parent

Secretary: Rick Gutierrez, M.S./B.C.B.A, Director of Subcontracted Therapies, Easter Seals.

Treasurer: Philip Hannawi, Principle Engineer and parent

Board Members:

  • Stephani Congdon, Community Member
  • Pete Gennaro, Director of Special Education, Alvord USD
  • Beth Haley, Ph.D., grandparent and Training Manager, Experimental Learning Center, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • JJ Johnston, MA, Director Autism Spectrum Intervention Program, The Carolyn E Wylie Center, and parent
  • Kelly Londenberg, person on the spectrum, Instructional Assistant RCOE
  • Eric Ochs, parent and Locomotive Engineer
  • Theresa McFarland, Education Specialist

Community Partners

thankyouThe Autism Society Inland Empire wants to thank each and every person and business who has made donation to our organization. All donations, large and small, have made an immediate difference in the lives of persons affected by autism in the Inland Empire.

We would like to acknowledge the following generous donors:

 $10,000 or Greater

The California Community Access Foundation – 2012

The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties – 2010

$5,000 or Greater

UPS – 2011

KVCR Autism Initiative – 2009, 2010*, 2011*, 2012*

$1,000 or Greater

Autism Spectrum Therapies – 2012

UPS – 2011, 2012

Cars for Causes – 2011

California Chapter of Family Motor Assn – 2011

Molina Healthcare – 2011

Kam Edits - 2011*

Northrop Grumman – 2011

Lana Anders – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

San Bernardino County Preschool Services – 2010

IEHP - 2010

Sam’s Club, Corona – 2008, 2010

Kohl’s – 2010, 2011

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – 2009, 2010

Aquarium of the Pacific – 2010*

Assemblyman Bill Emmerson – 2009

Our Nicholas Foundation – 2009

Fresh and Easy – 2008

$500 or Greater

Cornerstone Equipment Management – 2012

City of Yucaipa – 2012*

Morongo Band of Mission Indians – 2011

FlooringAmerica in Chino – 2010*

Patty Cooke & Rhythm Interactive* – 2010, 2012

Applied Behavioral Consultants – 2010, 2009

$100 or Greater

People’s Care – 2012

Staples – 2012*

The City of Temecula – 2012*

Chick-fil-A – 2011*, 2012*

People’s Care – 2012

Cuca’s Redlands, Rialto, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Mentone and Highland – 2011, 2012

My Hero II San Bernardino – 2011, 2012

El Kiosco Rialto – 2012

International Spa – 2012

Pet Chalet – 2011, 2012

SensoryTime – 2011, 2012

Straw Hat Pizza – La Sierra, Riverside – 2011, 2012

Two Guys Pasta & Pizza – 2012

Sell It Again Sam – 2011, 2012

Gourmet Pizza Shoppe – 2012

Augie’s Coffee Shop - 2012

Greater Good Coffee – 2011, 2012

Time in a Bottle – 2012

Pediatric Occupational Therapy – 2012

Cool Cuts 4 Kids – 2012

Zeke’s Eatin Place – 2012

Twin Pines Auxiliary – 2011

Communication A to Z – 2011

Glen Ivy Spa – 2010*

The Image Shop – 2010*

IEHP – 2009*

$50 or Greater

Citrus City Grille in Corona – 2010*

* Denotes an in-kind donation

Become a Member of the Autism Society

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 to both the Inland Empire and national chapter of the ASA
  • Full voting rights in local and national elections — have a voice in the local autism community
  • One year subscription to the National ASA’s newsletter, The Advocate
  • ASIE’s monthly E-Newsletter
  • Satisfaction from knowing you are taking a stand for a worthy cause

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

Donate

With your support, the Autism Society Inland Empire Society can continue to offer quality programs benefiting our local families including our Social Recreation programs, our ACCESS Brochure, Workshops and more. Your donation is also instrumental in helping us to bring autism awareness to the community, promoting the early signs of autism and the steps families should take to receive the help they need.

100% of donated funds help local families!