All of our in-person events and groups are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-10, however, we have new online events and resources for you to enjoy!
The Autism Society Inland Empire started an Emergency Basic Need fund to distribute food and masks to our most vulnerable families in a safe and effective manner. Thanks to your generosity, we have provided food to over 1100 individuals and have distributed almost 250,000 masks to our local community.
Conferences and Training
The Autism Society Inland Empire is committed to bringing in national speakers, who are leaders in their field, to the Inland Empire so that individuals with autism, family members, and professionals have access to the latest and the best information. In 2020, we helped educate over 12,000 people!
The Autism Society Inland Empire defines equity means that all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, zip code, health and ability status, or any other consideration — have equal and inviolable dignity, value, and opportunity to participate justly, fairly, and fully in all dimensions of civic and economic life, to reach their full potential. There continue to be significant disparities in identifying ASD and other developmental disabilities in young children from ethnic/racial minority backgrounds, as well as girls. Early identification of ASD, which allows for the earliest possible intervention, helps children to be their healthiest selves, yet children of color and girls are more likely to be identified at later ages—if at all. They are also under-represented in early intervention (EI) services—including speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and special education—for developmental delays. In turn, these disparities in identification and access to services can prevent vulnerable populations from receiving necessary autism-specific interventions.
Safety & Disaster Preparedness
The Autism Society Inland Empire is working with subject matter experts to help individuals and families know where to find life-saving resources and to prepare to survive a disaster. In 2020, we distributed this information to over 10,000 people. In 2021, we will be adding material on interacting with law enforcement.
A sense of community and social contact is fostered in order to combat urban social problems like loneliness and isolation. From the not-for-profit organization, Dimensions, people on the autistic spectrum and/or those with learning disabilities responded to a 2020 survey which reported 93% of respondents to feel more isolated from society as a result of COVID-19, and 76% have been made to feel that they don’t matter, in comparison to other people. The Autism Society Inland Empire went from offering 9 social events a month to 27 each month. A total of 2800 people connected and found a safe place to have fun and be with others who accept them.
Families with a child or adults with autism are faced with many challenges: learning what services each organization provides, new vocabulary, how to access those services, and what to do when you get stuck. Our Resource Specialists are all parents who have children or adults with autism and live in the Inland Empire. They know it because they live it. Reach out by phone, email or social media. We are here to help!
The Autism Society Inland Empire worksfor 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.