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1 in 68 children now have Autism according to the CDC. If your child has recently been diagnosed with Autism, or you have been told that your child is exhibiting “autistic-like” behavior, it can be very challenging and stressful figuring out where to start and who to contact. We can help! Click here to send us a note or give us a call. The national Autism Society has information for families new to the diagnosis or look for local resources in our ASVC Autism Resource Guide.
Help Available for Thomas Fire Families with Autism
A generous Community Partner in Thousand Oaks will hold a large event in March to raise funds for our families affected by the Thomas Fires. We are in the process of identifying individuals with Autism or their families who could benefit from these funds. Please help us spread the word.
To apply call Carol at (805) 496-1632 or email Programs@AutismVentura.org
Please join us in welcoming ASVC’s first Program Coordinator, Carol Chavez!
Carol has been a Ventura County resident for the past 25 years. During that time, she raised three children (two are now adults) and worked closely with various civic organizations, including 12+ years with the Girl Scouts as a volunteer and as a staff member. She has a cousin on the AutismSpectrum. Born in Nicaragua, Carol is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to expanding outreach and education efforts throughout our community. Carol is experienced working in both corporate, manufacturing and non-profit environments. She is inspired by the uniqueness of people and the collective power of achievement. She is passionate about finding synergies within our community and she looks forward to working in promoting access and opportunities to those we serve.
To reach Carol, you can email her or call our main number 496-1632. Carol will be working part-time to develop and launch more programs for ASVC all over the County at the direction of our volunteer board of directors.
2018 Law Enforcement Seminar
Our 2018 Law Enforcement Seminar for Families was held in January and it was a huge success. Thank you to Brian Herritt for returning once again to educate and inspire.
Over two days, he trained 25 officers, 62 cadets, 50 family members in English, and 30 family members in Spanish with the help of two local Spanish-speaking officers – Thank you Officer Jesus Quezada, Ventura PD, and Deputy Rosalio Cobian, VC Sheriff’s Department.
Aut2Run Registration is Now Open!
Join us on Sunday, April 29th, at CSU Channel Islands for the 6th annual Aut2Run 5K/10K! Sign up now at Aut2Run.org and start a team with your family, friends or co-workers! Can’t make it? Sign up for the Virtual Run so you won’t miss out on our series of puzzle-shaped finisher medals.
This year’s theme is Team Ausome! We will be announcing our winning t-shirt designs soon so stay tuned.
ASVC Announces 2017 Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Cody Yoa, winner of the 2017 ASVC $1,000 College Scholarship. Cody is the first person in his family to attend college and is a Junior at California State University Channel Islands.
ASVC is now on YouTube!
Meet our 2017 Aut2Run Grand Marshall Cody Yoa and listen to his inspirational and informative speech from World Autism Day at CSU Channel Islands. We’ve also uploaded ASVC board member Samuel Capozzi’s speech too.
We’ll be posting more videos soon so subscribe to our channel today!
Check out the photo gallery from our 2nd annual Summer Pool Party
ASVC is partnering with The New Beginnings Center in Camarillo for this FREE parent support group run by experienced, licensed therapists. Meetings are held in Camarillo every other Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm. Call or email for more info.
To sign up or to ask questions, please call:
Grant LaVigna, LMFT at (805) 987-3162 x3.
Free onsite childcare is available by RSVP and is provided by Channel Islands Social Services.
We are very excited about the new Sesame Street Autism initiative and online resources!
Go to their website to view “The Amazing Song,” videos about kids and families and check out their apps.LEARN MORE
Thank you to the VC Reporter for featuring interviews with ASVC Board Members Samuel Capozzi, Jenipher Swanson, Aaron Kitzman and Sharon Francis, and highlighting issues faced by individuals with Autism as they grow up.
We applaud Samuel and Brent for their courage in sharing their experiences and thank themfor their advocacy to help others!