About the Autism Society Inland Empire

Who We Are

36 years and counting, the Autism Society Inland Empire connects people to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming.

Mission & Vision


Creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.

Mission & Vision


We create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

Our History

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 the internet. After months of looking, she found 8 other people and used her dog as the founding 10 members. 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.

Strategic Plan
Our Values
where the value and self-determination
of every individual is upheld.
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Our Values
where everyone with Autism achieves
the highest possible quality of life.
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Our Values
where every person is integrated into society without
barriers or exceptions in a collaborative environment.
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Our Values
where everyone is respected for their
unique and individual differences.
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Our Values
where we conduct ourselves with honor, truth, and
respect in our thoughts, words, and actions.
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