Our mission doesn’t stop in a crisis.

The Autism Society Inland Empire remains focused on our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism during the COVID-19 outbreak. Even in this tumultuous time, we continue to provide critical services, resources and information to families and professionals. Our hearts remain focused on making a real difference for kids, adults, and families and our resolve has never been stronger.

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Beth Burt

Executive Director

Beth has been an advocate for the autism community for the last 20 years.  She is the Executive Director for the Autism Society Inland Empire as well as the President of the Autism Society of California.  She has served on a number of Autism State and Local Task Forces, testified in the California Seate, and has co-authored two books on inclusion. She is passionate about issues surrounding children and adults with special needs and serves on a number of boards dedicating to improving the quality of life for these families.  Beth is the proud parent of two young adults, one of which has Autism.

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Clara Garcia

Director of Programs

Clara has been active in the field of social services for the past 21 years in the areas of mental health and drug treatment counseling, gang prevention/intervention programs and has spent the last 9 years serving those in the disability community by promoting inclusion, advocating and educating.  Clara has created and implemented inclusive programs for special needs children and their typical peers which include a Summer camp, play dates, outings in the community. What stands out most about Clara is the special relationships she builds with families. Because of her genuine care for families, they turn to her for assistance with advocacy, share important family issues and best of all invite her to gatherings where there is always great food!

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Anel Ibarra

Program Coordinator

Anel is the mother of three beautiful children, one of them who has autism.  Previously to joining ASIE, Anel volunteered to help the Spanish speaking community.  Anel is responsible for keeping the Autism Society Inland Empire going! Among her many responsibilities, Anel coordinates all of our events and programs – which averages over 20 a month.  This includes finding locations, speakers, supplies, creating the electronic registrations, and notices, answering the emails about the events as well as creating our newsletter.

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Liliana Alvarado

Autism Resource Specialist

Liliana is the mother of twins on different levels of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and two typical children. Liliana is the Adult Resource Specialist and is bilingual.  She has coordinated our food program and provides support, information, and resources for all ages of individuals and families with a loved one with autism.

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Melissa Cardona

Autism Resource Specialist

Melissa graduated from Florida Atlantic University and has a Bachelor of Health Services. She is a mother of 4 boys, 2 who are on the spectrum.  Melissa is joining the ASIE Team to fill a new position as a resource specialist, she will be helping parents with questions, resources, find events and lend a listening ear. She will also continue to improve our website resource pages. Melissa is a great addition to ASIE and is also bilingual, please say hello to her when you are calling in or emailing us!
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Michele Villa

Autism Resource Specialist

Michele is a local special needs advocate and Riverside resident. She is the mother to a young boy with down syndrome and autism, and has volunteered her time and skills to these two communities. She has been an active member on Special Needs Community and other groups, helping families with advocacy issues around school, IHSS, Regional Center for the last 8 years.