April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and is mainly characterized through delays in language and social interactions.  It was first used to describe a diagnosis by Leo Kanner in 1943.  Until the 1960's, it was thought to be linked to Schizophrenia.  Back then, about one person in 2,000 were being diagnosed with autism.  In the 80's, that number increased to 1 in 1,000.  In the beginning of the new millenia, that number had increased again to 1 in 150.  Today it is estimated that 1 in 88 are being diagnosed.  Experts are not sure if there is in fact a rise in the actual disability or a rise in awareness so that people who would not have been diagnosed, are now receiving the diagnosis.

Researchers agree that there is a genetic link to Autism, but there is no exact known cause.  They do know what is being affected for those who do have Autism versus those who do not.  The main centers of the brain that are affected by Autism are the Cerebral Cortex (perception and behavioral reactions are controlled by this area of the brain), Amygdala (emotional responses), Hippocampus (short-term memory), Basal Ganglia (regulation of autonomous movement), and the Cerebellum (balance and body movement).  Knowing this helps to indentify the best possible treatment for an individual who has Autism.

The only treatment plan that has been proven to be effective is early behavioral intervention.  Since Autism is such a unique  disability, treatment must be tailored to each individual.  This can become very costly.  Fortunately in July of 2012, SB 946 came into effect in California and this treatment now must be covered under medical insurance.

Some interesting facts about Autism (from Autism Speaks) 

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys

  • Autism prevalence figures are growing

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average

  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism


Tuesday, April 2nd, is Autism Awareness Day.  Supporters are encouraged to "light it up blue" to show that they support Autism.  Hope to see you in blue tomorrow!


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CIS has joined the Amazon Associates Program which helps us raise funds for the Angel Gala and other events. Use our Amazon link on the “Contribute” page of the website or add this horribly un-memorable shortened URL http://amzn.to/WL2li0 to the bookmarks in your web browser. It costs you nothing and CIS earns a percentage of every sale. Tell all your friends and enemies alike! Big thanks to everyone who has already contributed. 

CIS Potluck Picnic - Live Music, Food & Fun!

Dig out that tuna casserole recipe and dust off your frisbee. The CIS Potluck Picnic is coming up fast and might just be the last chance to end the summer with a bang.  Enjoy live music, organized games with all your CIS pals. Consumers, staff & families welcome! Bring your own blankets, chairs, picnic paraphernalia and a potluck dish to share.

When: September 10th from 2 - 5 pm

Where: Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Special Deals on County Fair Tickets for CIS Employees


The San Diego County Fair will be here before you know it & once again you can obtain fair tickets, season passes, ride tickets & now game & food tickets through CIS.  If you’re new to CIS the best deal is the season pass for $13 that allows you unlimited access the entire time the fair is open!  The catch is you need a photo ID, your name on the ticket must be written in ink & it must match your ID & it’s available to anyone 6 years & older.


Please see the attached FLYER for details; the absolute last day to order tickets through Val will be Friday, June 3, 2011, no exceptions please.  Any questions please call Val or leave her a voice mail at extension 100.  Checks should be made payable to CIS.


Vroom Vroom…race you to the fair! 

Do You Know Your Lanterman Act Rights?

KTLP.org has a great article about Lanterman Rights on their blog:

"In the Lanterman Act's forty-one year history, it has come under attack by governors, legislators and bureaucrats many times.  Two governors have made unsuccessful attempts to suspend it; over the years administrative department officials have repeatedly tried to define it more narrowly and restrict access to services and supports; and legislators have made attempts - many of them successful - to reduce funding and thereby limit services."

See the full article at KTLP's blog.

Just what is "Normal?"

A few local San Diego students have launched a creative national campaign challenging our preconceptions about normalacy.  Here's an excerpt:

"Whether you are an athlete, musician, video game expert, or have just created your own style, we all have unique personalities, talents and interests to share with the world. We think that people should not have to fit a mold in order to fit into a classroom or community. We want the world to abandon its outdated perceptions of normalcy and learn to embrace and appreciate diversity among individuals. We want people to see that real inclusion can only happen by bringing together diverse groups of people and ensuring that everyone is supported, understood, and respected."

Watch videos and learn more on the I am Norm website.

DDPN San Diego - April 1st


Developmental Disabilities Provider Network’s 7th Annual Legislative Community Forum

Meet elected officials to discuss changes and impact on services to people with developmental disabilities.

San Diego County residents and families affected by developmental disabilities are encouraged to join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN) for its 7th Annual Legislative Community Forum on Friday, April 1st from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego. With the governor and legislature proposing drastic cuts in the state budget to people with disabilities, the DDPN Legislative Community Forum will provide guests with an opportunity to meet with elected officials and/or their staff to discuss the changes and impacts on services for people with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $10 each and include refreshments. This year's Honorary Chair is Sheriff William Gore and emcee is Carol LeBeau. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.tmi-inc.org , (760) 737-3990 ext. 85 or email andreat@tmi-inc.org.