The Autism Society Inland Empire works for systems reform and policies that address the long-term success and well-being of all children. We work to affect public policy by influencing the views of policy-makers whether in a state legislature, city council, government agency, or anywhere decisions are made that affect the Inland Empire Autism Community.
We work at the local, state and federal levels in collaboration with community partners and stakeholders providing expertise, leadership, and support around critical issues such as autism assessment, autism services, education issues, employment, housing and more.
Fun Fact: Autism Society Inland Empire was part of the Alliance of California Autism Organization which sponsored and won approval for the Autism Insurance Mandate. To this day it is the most comprehensive requirements for services with no caps on age or amount of services in the nation!
Current Public Policy Issues We Are Working On
These are just some of the current issues we are working on:
- Safety in the Community: The June 2019 shooting of Kenneth French and his parents in the Corona Costco highlighted the needs for reform and education for both the First Responders and members of the I/DD community. The Autism Society Inland Empire is working with State Council on Developmental Disabilities, San Bernardino Office new I/DD Safety Task Force as well as organizations at the state level to bring about change.
- Disaster Readiness: Since 2016, the Autism Society Inland Empire has been working with PrepIt Forward and other community partners to bring about awareness of the specific needs of our community in Disaster and Emergency Situations. This includes providing workshops and education for families and giving input to a new curriculum for Disaster Preparedness.
- Employment and Day Services: Since 2007, the Autism Society Inland Empire has worked to bring in new, innovative and best practices for adults. DDS reports that 39% of our adult population in the I/DD community who are Inland Regional Center clients, which is over 5,000 adults have no day services.
- Inclusion in the Community: The number one need families have reported (2019 Autism Society Programs Survey) is the need for safe inclusive places where children, teens and adults can make friends and participate in social activities. We have a wide range of needs including Arts and Sports programs and fun family events.
- Medical and Dental Professionals: There continues to be a need for doctors, dentists who have the knowledge and capability to serve our community.
- Need for person-centered services and supports with adequate funding to allow individuals to live a meaningful life. This includes system reform calling for quality outcomes, transparency, and accountability.
Letter to Riverside District Attorney’s Office Regarding Costco Shooting
This letter was sent Nov 2019 and was signed by 25 organizations and over 150 individuals.