Support our annual Angel Gala!

As many of you know, our Angel Gala is a magical evening full of live entertainment, great food, and best of all, great friends!  We are starting our fundraising early this year in hopes of making our 30th (wow!) a night to truly remember.  Please visit our fundraising link below and help us get to our goal of $1,983 by July 16th. 

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Karen Gaffney, first living person with Down Syndrome receives honarary doctorate

Karen Gaffney became the first living person with Down syndrome to ever receive an honorary doctorate from a college or university when she received one from the University of Portland on May 5, 2013.

Karen is president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and famous for her distance swimming exploits and public speaking.

The University is incredibly proud to honor Karen and her incredible advocacy work that has inspired countless people worldwide and especially in our Portland community.


Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.  It is the 43rd year that people across the globe have brought awareness to the environment around them and how to best preserve it for future generations.  Some ways that people choose to celebrate is by planting a tree, riding a bike to work/school, and participating in a beach clean-up. 

What are some ways that you are bringing awareness to preserve our home, the Earth?



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 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!