Kern Autism Network Inc.

Improving the Lives of all Affected by Autism in Kern County

aka Kern Autism Network, Inc.   |   BAKERSFIELD, CA   |
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Kern Autism Network Inc.

EIN: 82-4366327


The Kern Autism Network, Inc. is a grassroots non-profit organization of parents, grandparents, professionals, and other individuals that have an interest in Autism. Kern Autism Network, Inc. provides support groups, resources, awareness, information and education/workshops to families, professionals and the public throughout Kern County. We work towards cooperation, coordination and the creation of services between individuals and agencies. We strive for advocacy, research, education and inclusion for individuals challenged with autism. Every donation dollar donated to the organization, stays local to help the autism community in Kern County. The organization does not have any paid staff.

Notes from the nonprofit

The organization changed its name from Autism Society of America- Kern Autism Network, Inc. to just Kern Autism Network, Inc. effective, November 30, 2021. The organization has been in Kern County for over 25 years and is fully operated by volunteer staff.

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Executive Director

Ramona Puget

Main address

8200 STOCKDALE HWY., M-10 #171


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Formerly known as

Autism Society of America-Kern Autism Network



Subject area info



Human services

Population served info

Children and youth



People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Autism (G84)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Kern Autism Network, Inc. continues to expand its community presence in Kern County. With so many other non-profits in the area, funding dollars are limited and specific for each cause. Autism is a neurological disability that continues to grow at an ever increasing rate with numbers now at 1-44. In Kern County alone, there is over 2,000+ cases with more each month adding to this number. The organization serves as stepping point for parents to seek the help they need to guide them through the journey of autism. We are that connection that allows us to provide hope and a promise to families, that we will always be here for them. We want our families to know that they are not alone and we will do all that we can to help improve the lives of those impacted with autism in Kern County.

Our programs

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

Monthly Family Support Groups

Support group assisting the entire family unit bringing parents, caretakers, grandparents and teachers together to collaborate the needs of a loved one with autism spectrum disorders. Support groups offered consist of the following: Family Support Group and Siblings Support Group

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Scholarships are awarded for attending the following: educational seminars, private swim lessons, equine therapy, yoga therapy, art camp and archery camps. Scholarships are done on a first come first served basis and need. Most we have been able to award annually are up to 100+.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Workshops are done when there is a need for a specific topic to focus on Autism Awareness. Safety Training with Law Enforcement, Sexulity/Puberty, Adult Employment, Transitions, Behavioral, Bus Training, Communication or Legal IEP training. Speakers with credentials to address this area are brought in to present for a half day workshop.

Population(s) Served

This workshop is an innovative and exciting workshop just for our kids! Research has been conducted on this approach and the findings were positive. LEGO therapy is impacting our children and youth with its beneficial social interaction using LEGOS! We have had numerous workshops and all of our LEGO Workshops have been HUGE SUCCESSES. Parental or caretaker participation is required. Supervision is provided by community high school volunteers that work 1-1 with the children on the spectrum. The high school students gain service hours and a new friend when they come together to work with children on the spectrum. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN, work on social skills, eye contact and fine motor skills in a naturalistic environment. The workshop is for ages 2-18. Each LEGO Workshop is thematic-Star War's, Disney, Dinosaur, Super Hero, Pirates, and so much more. Children are allowed to wear costume to reflect the theme that is displayed. Lunch is also provided for the children and volunteers . Our numbers of attending vary but range from 100 + children and volunteers to match. A local church-Canyon Hills Assembly of God, has donated their gymnasium for us to use to house this huge workshop that is done only 4 times out of the school year, due to its costs to operate. All LEGO's have been purchased by our organization to reflect the themes mentioned.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Thanksgiving Dinner Meals disbursed to families and adults with autism, who may not have the means to enjoy Thanksgiving.
Christmas Autism Project is where 10-15 families are adopted during this season and given assistance to enjoy the holiday.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

During Christmas and Easter we provide a sensory friendly environment to our families and children with autism. Giving them an environment to help ease sensory issues with a quieter environment when it comes to holiday traditions.

Population(s) Served

During the pandemic and continuing today, we offer food assistance, paper products, safety products to include mask, hand sanitizer, face shields, and hospital grade disinfectant wipes. We provide toiletries, diapers and basic hygiene supplies in the event families or autistic individuals are not able to find them. Hospitals contact us when a family is in need and is lacking in supports to help the families affected by autism.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Kern Autism Network, Inc. exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Founded in 1965, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society's website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership. The strong affiliate presence in states and communities throughout the country serve thousands of families each year who are searching for help in their journey with autism.
The Autism Society's national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with local affiliates in states such as California. Autism Society-Kern Autism Network is the affiliate for the Kern County Area. Each year, people with autism, families and professionals volunteer thousands of hours to help the Autism Society achieve its mission of improving the lives of all those affected by autism.

-Continued local support to families with referrals for services to doctors, agencies and more
-Workshops to address areas of concern to better serve and help families, educators and care takers
-Conference that provides autism experts worldwide
-Child centered activities to promote social interaction, fine & gross motor skills
-Monthly support groups to address the growing needs of families and individuals affected by autism
-Training for local First Responders for Emergency Teams in Kern County
-Community presentations to promote autism awareness to groups, schools, agencies etc.
-Community outreach and partners
-Scholarships for children to attend camps and parent scholarships to attend educational trainings FREE
-Provide food baskets during times of need e.g. Covid-19, loss of job, loss of a loved one
-Holiday Projects that help the families enjoy a holiday e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter through food, daily necessities, toys, clothing
-Therapy assistance

Our capability to provide the impact we need to make in our local community comes from the volunteers and networking agencies within our Kern County area. Many of those directly involved with our organization are volunteers who are willing to assist to bring forth the mission of helping those affected by autism. Local entities who select us as their sponsoring charity, donate to us, to help us, help others by giving back to the community. The organization functions solely on the generosity of donors and grants that help us to achieve our mission statement in Kern County.

Our goal was to have a resource center office, that allows families to have a place to come to for support. Currently, we were able to make that a reality with a grant we received from the Hussman Foundation and private donors. We still need to rely on renting meeting space to address our support groups, conferences and workshops. Our current website has been redesigned to address the growth of our organization with better support tools and an ability to reach more in the worldwide web domain. Without monthly flowing income, we rely heavily on donations, our volunteers and community support networks. Each year the needs of our autism community change and this past years impact with Covid-19 brought us to a different approach of providing food, hygiene products, paper products and safety PPE for families to have when sources were scarce.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Kern Autism Network Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Executive Director

Ramona Puget

Ramona Puget has been working, supporting and advocating for the Autism community since her 2nd eldest son was diagnosed with Autism in 1995. It is with this passion of helping him and others that has led her to advocate for individuals diagnosed with ASD. She is a Psychology alumni graduate of CSUB. Ramona is the Director of the local Kern Autism Network, for the past 18 years and is a Certified Autism Specialist with IBCCES. Ramona is a current active member in COPAA-The Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates, the CIT-Crisis Intervention Team for disabilities in Kern, and an Ambassador for the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. She does numerous trainings for different agencies to include our local law enforcement. She brings numerous guest speakers to Kern Co. with expertise in ASD. Ramona has two sons with Autism, her 2nd oldest and youngest. She has extensive experience with the Autism population in Kern County.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Ramona Puget

Kern Autism Network, Inc.

Term: 2003 -

Grant Davenport

Autistic Adult/Student

Bernard Puget

Vice-President of Wonderful Orchards

Bo Koenig

Attorney of Law

Nikki Lewis


Angie Gonzalez

Social Worker/Group Homes Coordinator

Tammy Reynolds

Parent-Secretary for Inclusion Films

Michelle Gagner

Autistic Adult

Julie Castello

KHSD Special Ed. Teacher

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2023

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.