- 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 that 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!