Human Services

Include Autism

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.IncludeAutism.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Include Autism is to provide a multifaceted approach to community-wide autism inclusion, offering progressive integrated programs and applied learning experiences for individuals of all abilities. The CDC reports that 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys have autism. This staggering number calls attention to the fact that, as a society, we need to do more to ensure this large portion of our population is given the opportunity to thrive as active and included members of the community. To accomplish this we provide empowering community-based therapy for kids, teens, and young adults with autism, and we also teach members of the community about autism and ways to include individuals with autism in all aspects of community life. Formerly known as Community Coaching Center (CCC) we previously operated primarily as a provider of community-based social behavior therapy for youth with autism. With the increase in autism we have found ourselves rising up to do more to meet the growing needs of the autism community. To better express the scope of work we now encompass, we have become Include Autism, which better expresses our expanded impact, which now includes ABA therapy, an inclusive baseball league, and wide-reaching autism outreach and education programs that instill autism inclusion throughout the community. Our goal is to make San Diego a more welcoming place for individuals of all abilities, and to set an example for communities across the country.

Main Programs

  1. Community Coaching
  2. Peer Pal & Volunteer Coach Program
  3. Autism Inclusion Training
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our program is based in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego; however, we serve all of San Diego County and provide some outreach services that reach a nationwide audience.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Tina Waters

Keywords

Self-reported

autism, youth, community, children, ABA, behavior therapy, afterschool, socialization therapy, community-based, developmental disabilties

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EIN

20-0948809

 Number

8278937648

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Recent Accomplishments: 1. Created the Autism Inclusion Training program to educate businesses and organizations about autism and empower them to better accommodate individuals with autism as customers, employees, and participants. 2. Engaged more than 75 volunteers and interns in enriching experiences interacting with individuals with autism. 3. Enhanced our services for youth with autism with our innovative ABA On-the-Go program design, which is led by a highly qualified clinical team. 4. Created a volunteer training program and video to serve as a resource for community-based autism programs across the nation. 5. Renovated our facility to include a teen lounge, providing an age-appropriate space that encourages positive social interactions for teens with autism and their peers. Short Term Goals1. Obtain funding to create a Transition Program that would prepare teens and young adults with autism for adulthood so they can achieve maximum independence and inclusion. 2. Conduct Autism Inclusion Trainings for 1-2 businesses or organizations across San Diego County each quarter to raise understanding of autism and opportunities for individuals with autism to be more included in the community. 3. Increase funding to support more autism outreach and education. 4. Expand our office space to provide a facility for the upcoming transition program and an efficient workspace for our operations and management staff. 5. Recruit dedicated, resourceful, active board members that understand and support our mission.

Programs

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

Program 1

Community Coaching

Community Coaching (CC), Include Autism's primary program, is a community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and social skill training program for kids, teens, and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). CC takes ABA therapy and social skill training to a new level by providing a unique service that takes therapy "on-the-go", into the community. The CC program provides natural, hands-on opportunities for our program participants to develop adaptive, functional skills needed to become included in their community.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$453,000.00

Program 2

Peer Pal & Volunteer Coach Program

Include Autism offers many opportunities for Peer Pals ages 13-16 and Volunteer Coaches 17+ to work in community settings with young people with ASD, alongside trained professionals. This teaches community members how to be more inclusive of individuals with autism, encourages them to serve as role models in their communities, and encourages pursuit of careers in the autism field.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

30,000

Program 3

Autism Inclusion Training

Autism Inclusion Training is a community-based training program focused on building partnerships with local businesses and community organizations that recognize their potential for better serving, including and/or employing individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

10,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our program is based in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego; however, we serve all of San Diego County and provide some outreach services that reach a nationwide audience.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Facility renovations: Transition program workplace and independent living simulation room and operations and management office space: $87,000 Transition Services: Provides the equipment and skill building experiences specific to the needs of teens and young adults transitioning to adulthood: $50,000. Community Access Program: Provides transportation for participants to get to and from daily community learning environments, as well as after-school pick-ups and post-program drop offs: $78,500. Scholarship Fund to help with uncovered costs for a children and teens with autism to participate in the Community Coaching Program: $1,000 per child with a goal to fund 10 children and teens per year. Community Activities: Funding for the community activities we provide for 3-4 groups each day in which they practice and develop essential social, behavior, and functional independence skills: $25,000 Autism Inclusion Training: Educating local businesses and organizations about autism and how to be more inclusive of individuals with autism as customers, participants, and employees: $10,000. Sensory Equipment/Therapeutic Supplies: In-kind donations or $3,000 for 1 year.

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Include Autism
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Include Autism

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tina Waters

BIO

Tina Waters is the Founder and Executive Director of CCC. Tina has an M.A. in Education with a specialized certificate in Autism. She has been involved with individuals with ASD professionally or on a volunteer basis since 1994. Following working in both the Denver Public School district and with two local nonprofit programs working with children with developmental disabilities, mainly autism, she developed a community-based, behavioral social skills program that was the blueprint for CCC for over seven years. Currently, Tina as a representative of the Community Coaching Center is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN), The San Diego and Imperial County Developmental Services Inc., Vendor Advisory Committee (VAC), and Area Board XIII Committee for Autism. She was recently named one of the Most Admired CEO's by the San Diego Business Journal, and she has been asked to speak nationwide at numerous conferences on autism.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chris Isaac M.A.

American Academy of Pediactrics

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