SEARCH is the University of California’s first family autism resource center focused exclusively on family needs, particularly on educational access. Housed in the UCR School of Education, the mission of SEARCH is to provide Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community and Hope to families who have children on with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as to individuals with ASD themselves.
SEARCH is designed to help families wade through the school and service systems for youth with ASD. Our goal is to help reduce the stress that families experience in attempting to learn about autism and to access appropriate educational programs and services in the Inland Empire.
Through our autism screening clinic, community outreach activities, and online information, SEARCH is a resource for information, education, and research in Inland Southern California and throughout the state. We are guided by the belief that every family deserves access to available resources, regardless of race, language, or socioeconomic status.
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.
SEARCH offers individualized support for UCR faculty to educate and accommodate university students with autism through our Autism 101 Faculty Office Hours.
During Faculty Office Hours, Drs. Jan Blacher, Katherine Stavropoulos, Yasamin Bolourian, and staff will be available to have confidential conversations with any faculty, teaching assistants, or staff who interact with students with autism in a teaching or advisory role on campus.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
We offer numerous opportunities to train graduate students in autism assessment or in any ongoing research projects at SEARCH. There are volunteer opportunities for qualified undergraduates as well.