About Us

The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center has a history steeped in parental and professional collaborative involvement.

Our Vision

To bring together and empower individuals, families, and professionals for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Our Mission

To strengthen quality-of-life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and the lives they touch, through compassion, commitment, and collaboration.

Our Values

  • Act with respect, compassion, and integrity
  • Advocate understanding of autism spectrum disorders through education
  • Empower individuals, families, and professionals by providing unbiased, responsible information
  • Promote collaboration and teamwork
  • Build on strengths
  • Endorse and promote positive, non-aversive, best practice interventions and strategies
  • Nurture families throughout their journeys and recognize that autism spectrum disorders affect more than the individual diagnosed
  • Support and serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout their lifetimes
  • Be accountable through ethical behavior, record keeping, and transparency in practice
Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center

Our
Story

The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center was formed in 2007. The center provides support and services to individuals throughout the lifetime – from early diagnosis and intervention, through pre-vocational and vocational training, to transitional services and beyond. Because ASD’s affect more than the individual diagnosed, CCASC provides support for parents and grandparents and offers workshops and playgroups for siblings and families.

Just as we aim to support families throughout their journey, CCASC will provide support, training, and education for professionals in our communities. Many professionals work side by side with children or adults on the spectrum, and may not know how to best serve them, or how to bring out the individuals best strengths. By providing education, training, and community outreach, CCASC can support those that work closest with those individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders. We are currently an all volunteer organization and our main focus areas include Camp Expedition, the WALK for Autism, Teen Dances, support groups, family and social groups, young adult activities and professional outreach.

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Our Board

The members of the Board of Directors donate their time, and expertise in varying fields, however, participation as a board member does not imply a professional endorsement by the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center.

Debra Balke, MD - Co-founder & President

Debra Balke, MD

Co-founder & President

Gary Dee - Member at Large

Gary Dee

Member at Large

Susie Penner - Vice President

Susie Penner

Vice President

Kathy Deniz - Member at Large

Kathy Deniz

Member at Large

Todd Mitchell - Member at Large

Todd Mitchell

Member at Large

Mercedes Meier, Treasurer

Mercedes Meier

Treasurer

Brendan Kelso - Member at Large

Brendan Kelso

Member at Large

Cherice Kelso, Member at Large, Board of Directors

Cherice Kelso

Member at Large

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805 763 1100
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CCASC Location
Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center
P.O. Box 3417 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
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The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center is a California public benefit corporation. Our federal tax-exempt 501(c)3 tax ID number is 26-1666484.