The World of Dating and Intimate Relationships Classes

This is an introductory series intended for adults with mild autism.  The informational series, “The World of Dating and Intimate Relationships” will begin Thurs, July 24, 2014 from 6-7pm in Corona.  Classes will be held every Thursday for 9 weeks at this time and location.

This series of classes are designed to allow participants to explore their attitudes and values regarding healthy sexual relationship development.   Participants of the series will be introduced to important concepts such as the link between dating and friendships, social communication skills involved in dating, abusive and illegal behaviors and factors to consider when using social media.

Class is taught by an Education Specialist.  Cost of the class is $5 per class – $45 total.  Scholarships are available.  Class size is limited.  No parents are allowed.  Please register only if you can make all 9 classes.  Register here

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

Education & Support

Conferences & Workshops

We offer low-cost workshops on a variety of topics important to our autism community.

Our next workshop will be held in collaboration with the University of Redlands on Sat, Dec 7th – “Technology + Collaboration = Communication & Access.”  Cost is $50 pp including lunch.  Topics include educational apps for elementary education, technology for high school and college, utilizing AAC in the classroom and more!  Click here for Conference Brochure.

Sat, Jan 25 – Autismo: ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi hijo a comunicarse más?  Free spanish workshop at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  Taught by staff from WAPADH, a nationally renouned speech langauge center.  This workshop will focus on issues surrounding communication and offer strategies to increase communication.

Sat, Feb 22nd – How to Help Your Child with Autism in Victorville 9am – 3:30pm.  Sessions on Tips on Managing Difficult Behavior; Sensory Integration – Processing the World, Navigating Resources, and Preparing Your Child for the Social World.   Cost is $10 pp which includes lunch. Some scholarships will be available. Victorville Activity Center, 15075 Hesperia Rd., Victorville, CA 92392. Click here for more info or to register.

March 15, 2014 – In collaboration with the Murrieta Valley SEPAC – Autism: Sex, Puberty and Relationships.  National speakers Jerry & Mary Newport, Catherine Davies, M.Ed, Melissa Dubie, MS and Stacy F. Everson  will discuss hygiene issues, touching self or others inappropriately in public, undressing in public, talking about sex, masturbation, dating skills, stalking behavior and more! Some scholarships will be available.  Early registration (by 02/28) cost is $50 – does not include lunch. After 03/10 cost is $75 pp.  Shivela Middle School, 24515 Lincoln Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562.  Click here for more info or to regsiter. 

Parent-to-Parent Support

We have discontinued our traditional support groups but have found more informal ways to connect:

Sky High Nights at Sky High in Mira Loma.  Held every other month.  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!

High Desert Play & Support:  Held at the Apple Valley Rec Center.  This is  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 hdm007m@verizon.net

Parent mentors. Contact us at (951) 220-6922 or Spanish (951) 888-6669 or via email at ieautism@att.net to talk with an experienced parent.