Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

AUTISM SOCIETY INLAND EMPIRE INC

aka Autism Society Inland Empire

Corona, CA

Mission

The mission of the Autism Society Inland Empire is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism in the Inland Empire. We envision 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.

Ruling Year

2013

Principal Officer

Beth Burt

Main Address

420 N McKinley St Ste 111-118

Corona, CA 92879 USA

Keywords

autism, spectrum, asperger, developmental disability

EIN

45-5376014

 Number

4994881889

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Autism (G84)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Autism Society Inland Empire's vision is to increase the quality of life of everyone living with autism. We envision a future Individuals and families living with autism are treated with the highest level of dignity and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. Quality of life indicators such as the ability to communicate, the freedom to choose a career and opportunities for community involvement are essential aspects of the human experience, and we promote treatments, accommodations and acceptance with them in mind.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Family Support Services

Education & Outreach

Public Policy and Grassroots Advocacy

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We provide a wide range of goals in different areas, all related to producing better life outcomes for people on the autism spectrum. This includes:
Individuals with autism are honored and respected.
Individuals with autism are included in the community.
Individuals with autism feel safe.
Individuals with autism have meaningful employment.
Individuals with autism feel empowered to achieve their aspirations.

Current Strategies
Public Policy Advocacy: The organization promotes public policy discussions and advocates on behalf of issues affecting individuals with ASD and their families.

Advocacy for Autism Meetings: Once a month the organization hosts a support group focused on sharing tips, resources, successes and challenges. The intent is to provide support and assistance to families as they advocate on behalf of their family member with autism.

Teen and Adult Groups: Awesome Adults in Riverside, Program, Murrieta Teen and Adult Group and Rancho Cucamonga Adult Group: These are facilitated programs for teens and adults to have fun, meet others and to experience life through activities in the community. Groups go out to eat, visit area bars, and visit art shows, just to name a few of the activities provided.

Lego Club: ASIE recently received funding to support a Lego club program which will provide children ages 5-12 opportunity for children to play with non-disabled children. Group activities will help children with verbal and nonverbal communication, sharing, collaboration and other social skills.

Trainings: ASIE provides community trainings to equip the workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to appropriately serve individuals on the spectrum. 

Family Events. ASIE hosts monthly events where family members participate in activities in the community. These include:
- Hiking Outing
- Autism Walk
- Baseball Day
- Waterpark Day
- Legos with Friends Club
- Camping Trip
- Mr. Joe's Farm Visit
- Holiday Parties
- Sensory Friendly Movie Nights
- Rancho Cucamonga Adult Group

Support Groups: Support groups act as navigational networks to support families in accessing information, services, and a peer network for support. ASIE hosts both parent and teen support groups.

First Responder Training: In partnership with the KVCR Autism Initiative, the organization offers presentations to help First Responders recognize people with autism, tools to communicate effectively with individuals with autism, and ideas on how to help reduce or eliminate dangerous behavior.

Job Training and Exploration Workshops: The organization currently supports individuals with ASD in becoming employment ready. Supports provided include how to identify available jobs, resume writing and application completion, preparing for an interview, and tips on what is considered a “valued" employee.

Educational Workshops: ASIE works with local providers and volunteers to host a series of educational workshops for individuals with ASD and their families. Person-centered planning, medication and marijuana and transition supports are just some of the workshops topics.

Information Dissemination: The organization serves as a mechanism to distribute information to our clients, services providers and the general public. Some of our methods include:

In 2017, ASIE completed the McKinsey & Company Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) and in 2018 completed the current Sustainability Plan. ASIE has a high level of capacity in being able to learn and innovate. It also has a number of strengths in other areas of organization operations which will be leveraged as the organization moves forward. These include:
 Mission: The organization has a clear understanding of what it aspires to become, and uses that understanding to shape day-to-day work.
 Values. The organization is driven by a common set of beliefs and values that clearly support the overall purpose of the organization. Individual staff members know what is expected of them and hold each other accountable. The interests of community members drive the decisions of the organization.
 Leadership and Staff: The leadership team has the skills and experience to be effective. They are action oriented, exhibit strong financial judgment and manage both short-term and long-term priorities well. Staff are driven by the mission of the organization, and their diversity in talent and experience contribute to their ability to achieve results.
 Develop and Management of Information: The organization regularly collects and uses data to support organizational efforts. Dedicated staff maintain data and make it accessible for analysis, evaluation, and other internal and external needs.
 Marketing and Communications: Mechanisms exist to communicate both internally and externally. The brand of the organization is actively managed in an effort to build or maintain external credibility and to stimulate interests in organizational objectives.

Our board has identified short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. 

Short-term
Identify Ideal Organizational Structure: ASIE has operated as an entirely volunteer driven organization for the last 30 years. Over the last year it has brought on two part-time staff people and now needs to identify the best structure for the organization, its board of directors, and how best to manage its resources (both human and financial.) Questions it needs to answer include:
Organization:
• What are the different roles and responsibilities of the board, staff and volunteers?
• What is the most efficient way to manage our resources and meet our organizational goals?
• Do we need a physical space to operate in?
Board:
• What kind of board should we be (working, fundraising, guidance and oversight)?
• Do we have the right number and kind of people on the board?
Volunteers
• How can we best utilize volunteers throughout organizational operations?
• Can we recruit professional volunteers to help us achieve our goals?

Mid-Term Capacity Building Priorities (in process).
 Fund Development: ASIE depends primarily on one major fundraiser (Autism Walk) and revenue from events and conferences to support core operations. Moving from a volunteer-operated organization to one with staff and growing aspirations, requires additional financial resources. This combined with the reality of having recently lost a significant and historical revenue stream requires that the organization establish a stable and diversified funding stream which will enable growth and stability. To do this, the organization seeks to develop a long-range financial plan which identifies its financial needs, current resource projections and planned strategies to secure additional funding.
 Enhance Operational Planning: ASIE is in the process of establishing a more formal system of conducting business. Over the next two years it intends to fully develop and document the operational practices and procedures of the organization, including how it manages its finances.

Long-Term Capacity Building Priorities
 Volunteer Management: The organization currently has about 200 volunteers in its database, however only about 10% of those volunteers are actively engaged. The organization would like to strategically identify how different types of volunteers can be utilized in a manner that reinforces the mutual benefit of volunteerism.

ASIE has restricted the Organizational Structure in the last year.

• The board has decided to prioritize fundraising, governance, and program oversight. Jon descriptions for all staff and volunteers have been re-aligned.
• The board has become more active in fundraising efforts and is considering a wider range of options to pursue.
• The board has decided to continue as a virtual office with plans to re-visit.
• A Volunteer Coordinator has been appointed and a more formal Volunteer recruiting and onboarding processes have been implemented.
• Through outreach efforts and professional collaborations, ASIE continues to recruit for professional volunteers for programs which may require more expertise.

External Reviews

Financials

AUTISM SOCIETY INLAND EMPIRE INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable