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 http://www.ieautism.org

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.

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.
“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.
Walk for Inclusion! Walk for Employment! Walk for Education! Walk for Support! Walk to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families living with Autism in the Inland Empire!

The 2019 Hero Walk for Autism is the largest Autism Resource Fair in the Inland Empire and raises much-needed funds to give children and adults with autism and their families the information, resources, and support they need to thrive in our communities. Join us for an afternoon of fun and resources! All funds raised stay in the Inland Empire to help local families!

Walk takes place in April. More information coming soon!
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Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

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

Each year, KVCR and the Autism Society of the Inland Empire produce a calendar featuring art from individuals living with autism throughout the Inland Empire. This year, that art was showcased at the 2018 Hero Walk in an Art Garden.

On April 2, 2018, World Autism Awareness Day, KVCR aired the following informative specials focused on Autism:

Spectrum: A Story of the Mind - Take a journey into the rich sensory experience of autism. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain.
"Spectrum: A Story of the Mind" explores autism through the lens of diverse characters on the spectrum.
Dr. Temple Grandin, the most well-known autistic person in the world, breaks down the link between autism and sensory experiences. Her descriptions are illustrated with vivid character animation. In childhood, Temple’s sensory sensitivities were severe; a simple hug felt like a tidal wave of stimulation. The sound of rain could be described as loud as bullets. Others experience visual sensitivity like seeing flickering in fluorescent lights in a classroom or having sensory overload that creates a kaleidoscopic chaos.

Grandin explains that sensory issues originate in the brain processing – not in the eyes or in the ears. She believes these issues should be a primary focus for autism research. Understanding sensory perception could make a big impact on the lives of autistic kids and adults.

Autism: Behind the Camera - This program focuses on young adults with autism and the resources needed when students with autism "age out" of high school. It highlights one vocational program within the film industry trying to change the unemployable outcome for autistic individuals.
The documentary is not just about employment, a topic in the autism community that is all consuming; nor is it about the hardship of aging out of high school. It's about hope - the hope that individual with autism can advance in the working world when given the opportunity.

Autism: Looking Forward - California unemployment is currently averaging about 8%, however for adults on the autism spectrum, their unemployment rate is estimated 80%. There are currently more than 15,000 adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in California and an estimated 60,000 children expected to reach adulthood within the next ten years. Autism: Looking Forward will discuss this issue and explore new models and ideas to address the problem and share opportunities for employment and vocational options for adults with ASD. The program will also discuss the issues that families with ASD face when traveling. Travelling by air can be stressful for any family with children, but for families with children with autism the challenges are compounded by extreme behaviors, high anxiety and sensitivity to changes in routine, different smells, sights and other changes in their environment.

Aging Out: Autism in Montana - Each year, more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but the framework of care drastically changes for them after adolescence. In 2000, only one in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but that rate increased to one in 68 by 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The wave of children aging out of the school system and transitioning into adulthood leaves many people on a search for help and structure. Rural Montana families have fewer alternatives to create a plan for the future. Dianne Booth and her family are a prime example of that.
Reed Point’s Dianne and Jim Booth worry about the future of their son with the programs available to them right now. Their son Logan, 22, is nonverbal and will never be able to live on his own. Coming from rural Montana, Dianne and Jim want Logan to stay in an agricultural setting for him to continue the lifestyle he has grown up with, but they are struggling with a lack of options. Follow the Booths and other Montana families as they recognize their fears and try to piece together a plan for the future.

Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts - Autism: Disability or Gift? Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential.
Through eight compelling portraits, Generation A celebrates the talents of youths with autism, and provides them with a platform to speak openly about their struggles, as well as their hopes and dreams.
Viewers will examine how creative therapies and art programs in music, dance, art, animation, and more are being applied to stimulate the brain, encourage meaningful connections and social interaction, enhance speech and language, and build self-esteem.
For questions or more information about how to get involved, contact:

Rebecca Ward
Cell: 909-771-9003
Email: rward@kvcr.org

Alyssa Lanier
Office: 909-384- 4338
Email: alanier@kvcr.org
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