Thank you for your support during the month of April!

KVCR Autism Initiative

According to the CDC, Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically strikes in the first three years of life, and lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autism, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. One in 68 individuals are diagnosed with ASD. It’s almost five times more common in boys than girls. There are over 120,000 individuals living with this disorder in California; over 13,000 just in the Inland Empire.

KVCR Autism Initiative launched in 2009 to inform the general public, provide educational resources to educators, first responders, and medical professionals, and produce series of programs and national documentaries.

With our past success and our partnership with Inland Empire Autism Society, we will continue to provide educational opportunities, raise awareness and garner funding to produce local television and radio segments and documentaries.

Funding provides outreach materials and seed funding for local and national television and radio Autism related productions.

Our community partner is Inland Empire Autism Society

Art Needed For 2020 Calendar

Calling all artists with autism of all ages! We would love to see your art published in our 2020 calendar! The Autism Society Inland Empire and the KVCR Autism Initiative will once again produce a calendar which features artwork provided by individuals with autism. We invite all to participate- your artwork is loved and appreciated! Click here for more information and to fill out an application. The DEADLINE TO SUBMIT artwork is October 25th.

Empire PBS

Coloring for the Future of Autism | 2019

Autism Awareness Month is happening all through the month of April. Stop by a local business in THIS VIDEO in YOUR community and add your name to their wall! Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan of a person with autism. #KVCRAutismAwareness2019 #lightitupblue

KVCR offers several ways for your business to support Autism and create awareness. Below are some ideas that we have done in the past, and we would be more than happy to help your business participate!

Your business would offer customers an opportunity to purchase a puzzle piece for $1. They can color the piece or select a pre-colored puzzle piece. We will provide your business with the puzzle pieces and a box of crayons or markers.

Each puzzle piece would be placed on the wall of your business during the month of April, National Autism Awareness Month. All funds raised stay in the Inland Empire, going to: Autism Society of the Inland Empire, KVCR Autism Initiative, and an Autism Scholarship Fund – which sends two adults living with autism through a school program every year.

2019 Participants
Apple Valley:

Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen
Russo's HAVEN

Cherry Valley:
Cherry Valley Nails

Chino Hills:
Giovanni’s Salon
Grand Opening March 30th 9am-1pm
15% of the grand opening sales to the
Autism Society!

Last Drop Café
Sanctuary Coffee
Studio Claremont

Skyland Ale Works- Join us on April 26th from 6pm-10pm for "Color the Bar" along with Cougrzz Rock Band

Les Schwab

Les Schwab, Fontana- Sierra Ave
Les Schwab, Fontana- Foothill Blvd

Foothill Ranch:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant

Les Schwab

Les Schwab
MCDC: Multi-Cultural Dance Center


Lake Elsinore:
Vintique LLC

Loma Linda:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant


Dragon's Tale Brewery- Join us on April 20th from 2pm-10pm for "Color the Bar"

Moreno Valley:
Les Schwab

Les Schwab
Chino Valley Brewery- Join us on April 12th from 4:30pm-9pm for "Color the Bar" with Biehns Mexican BBQ food truck
Les Schwab

Les Schwab

Rancho Cucamonga:
House of Play

A La Minute Ice Cream
A Shop Called Quest
Cucas Mexican Restaurant
International Day Spa
Las Fuentes
Plant Power Fast Food
Sugarbee Cafe & Bake Shop
The Meek House
Wonder Labs
Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence
Just For Kids

Cucas Mexican Restaurant
Les Schwab

Arcade Coffee Roasters
Euryale Brewing Company - Join us on April 28th from 12pm-6pm for "Color the Bar"
Inland Empire BrewingCompany - Join us on April 13th from 12pm-6pm for "Color the Bar"
Les Schwab
Napa- University
Just for Kids

San Bernardino:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant
My Hero Subs #2
San Bernardino Valley College Sun Room Restaurant
San Bernardino Valley College The Den Coffee Shop
San Bernardino Valley College Cafeteria
The Mexico Cafe
Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence

Les Schwab

Les Schwab
Wingstop,Bear Valley Road
Wingstop, Roy Rogers
Wingstop, US Highway 395

Cucas Mexican Restaurant
Les Schwab

Special Thanks to:
Wirz and Company Printing

Color the Bar Night is a special night to support autism awareness with drinks and/or live music. Each event is different, and we would love to work with your business to set up a unique night. On this night, your business would donate a percentage of each pint sold/bar sales to the KVCR Autism Initiative.

2019 Participants
Skyland Ale Works- April 26th from 6pm- 10pm

Dragon's Tale Brewery - April 20th from 2pm- 10pm

Chino Valley Brewery- April 12th from 4:30pm- 9pm

Euryale Brewing Company - April 28th from 12pm- 6pm
Inland Empire Brewing Company - April 13th from 2pm-6pm

“Color Me Up” is a fun and wonderful way to support autism awareness. We would like to work with your salon to setup this opportunity. Some hair dressers and salons offer for the month of April a $5 donation to “Color Me Up,” each hair color they do. All funds raised stay in the Inland Empire, going to: Autism Society of the Inland Empire, KVCR Autism Initiative, and an Autism Scholarship Fund – which sends two adults living with autism through a school program every year.

2019 Participants:

Chino Hills:
Giovanni’s Salon

KVCR 91.9 FM

Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

KVCR’s radio show, Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez, featured interviews about autism. Click “Listen Now” to learn more.

Events in April

April 12, 2019
The KVCR’s Autism Initiative was out at Chino Valley Brewery sharing information
April 13, 2019
The KVCR’s Autism Initiative was out at Inland Empire Brewery Company
April 14, 2019
The Annual Autism Hero's Walk hosted by KVCR & ASIE at SB Valley College
April 20, 2019
The KVCR’s Autism Initiative was out at Dragon’s Tale Brewery in Montclair
April 26, 2019
The KCVR's Autism Initiative was out at Skyland Ale Works in Corona
April 28, 2019
The KVCR's Autism Initiative was out at Euryale Brewing in Riverside
World Autism Day Programming


KVCR aired informative specials focused on Autism

For questions or more information about how to get involved, contact:

Lillian Vasquez