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
Sunday, April 14th 1-4 pm at San Bernardino Valley College Football Stadium
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Stop by any business supporting "Coloring for the Future of Autism"
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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:
Wingstop

Banning:
Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen
Russo's HAVEN

Cherry Valley:
Cherry Valley Nails

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

Claremont:
Last Drop Café
Sanctuary Coffee
Studio Claremont

Corona:
Skyland Ale Works

Eastvale:
Les Schwab
Wingstop

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

Foothill Ranch:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant

Hemet:
Les Schwab

Hesperia:
Les Schwab
MCDC: Multi-Cultural Dance Center
Wingstop

Lake Elsinore:
Vintique LLC

Loma Linda:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant

Menifee:
Nekter

Montclair:
Dragon's Tale Brewery

Moreno Valley:
Les Schwab

Norco:
Les Schwab
 
Ontario:
Chino Valley Brewery
Les Schwab

Perris:
Les Schwab

Rancho Cucamonga:
House of Play
Nekter

Redlands:
A La Minute Ice Cream
A Shop Called Quest
Cheesewalla
Cucas Mexican Restaurant
International Day Spa
Las Fuentes
Nekter
Plant Power Fast Food
Sugarbee Cafe & Bake Shop
The Meek House
Wonder Labs

Rialto:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant
Les Schwab

Riverside:
Arcade Coffee Roasters
Euryale Brewing Company
Inland Empire Brewing Company
Les Schwab
Nekter

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
Green Shack Market
The Mexico Cafe

Temecula:
Les Schwab

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

Yucaipa:
Cucas Mexican Restaurant
Les Schwab

 
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
Corona:
Skyland Ale Works- April 26th from 6pm- 10pm

Montclair:
Dragon's Tale Brewery - April 20th from 12pm- 6pm

Ontario:
Chino Valley Brewery

Riverside:
Euryale Brewing Company
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
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!


Date: Sunday, April 14th 1-4pm

Check-in begins at Noon. Opening ceremony The Walk begins with an energetic opening ceremony followed by a 1k walk around the track.
 

Location: San Bernardino Valley College Football Stadium from 1-4pm. Hero Village will be outside the stadium, the Walk will be inside the stadium.

 

Parking: Free! We will be parking in Lots 8, 9, and 10. Take Mt Vernon Ave and turn on Grant Street.

 

HERO Village:

HERO Village filled with fun inflatable attractions for the kids, crafts, glitter tattoos, characters, food trucks, vendor booths for Autism Awareness merchandise, resources and more!

The walk will raise funds for crucial programs and services for families in the Inland Empire. This event is a great opportunity to invite all of your friends, family, and co-workers to celebrate the autism hero in your life!

 

Grand Marshall: Scheduled to appear this year is Isaac Singleton Jr who has graciously agreed to be this year's Grand Marshall. Mr. Singleton is an actor and writer, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012). He is best recognized for portraying the irate air marshal in Anger Management and the pirate Bo'sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He has also voiced the villainous Thanos in the television series Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the video game Lego Marvel's Avengers.

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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.

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.
World Autism Day Programming

2018

KVCR aired informative specials focused on Autism

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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