Who We Are
Helping others is not a job, it is a calling
The Autism Society Inland Empire is a non-profit organization which has served our local community since 1986. Our organization includes individuals with autism, family members, friends, advocates, medical professionals and educators throughout the Inland Empire and beyond. As an affiliate of the national organization, the Autism Society, we share in their mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.
ASIE envisions a future where…Individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, and treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.
- We support an options policy and provide information on all options, so individuals can exercise freedom of choice in their decision-making.
- We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, religion, sexual orientation, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum.
- We believe in collaboration and partnerships with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism.
- We provide opportunities for individuals living with autism, family members and professions to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members.
Our local affiliate originated in 1986 autism was still considered to be rare. Leah Devulder, a divorced mom with a young son newly diagnosed searched for months for help. She finally heard of an Autism Conference in Long Beach. After attending, and grateful for the information and help, she was convinced that she needed to help the parents in her area. She needed to find 9 other people to start an official chapter, which was a challenge in the days without internet. After months of looking, she found 8 other people and used her dog as the founding 10 members and formed the Desert Communities Chapter of the Autism Society of America. 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 (ASIE).
Today, we continue to serve our community with the same mission we had in 1986 – to improve the lives of all affected by autism.