News & Events Category: ‘News’

A Better Chance School 2019-2020 Calendar

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

ABC School 2019-2020 calendar

Click on the calendar to download a PDF version of the 2019-2020 school schedule. You can also browse all events in our online calendar.

Completed SARC

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Sarc 2016-2017 updated

2018-2019 School Calendar

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

2018-2019 School Calendar

Comcast Newsmakers Interview with John Visbal

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

California Autism Foundation Board of Directors Vice President John Visbal interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers.

CAF Introduces New Executive Director

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Valisha Fullard Named Executive Director of California Autism Foundation

As Executive Director, Fullard brings invaluable crisis management skills and empathetic leadership to this burgeoning California non-profit. 

Richmond, California – April 1, 2014 – For over thirty years, the California Autism Foundation (CAF) has provided support, resources, and education for those individuals facing challenges associated with autism and other developmental disabilities.  With the critical decision to implement a significant change in leadership over the past year, CAF has worked to overcome serious financial obstacles.

Fast-forward just six months later, and Interim Executive Director Valisha Fullard has led efforts to reorganize and financially reposition the Foundation, thanks to a combination of savvy crisis management skills and empathetic leadership.  As a result, it came as no surprise when CAF’s Board of Directors named Fullard as the new Executive Director.

“CAF was under immediate financial challenges, and I knew we had to make changes quickly if we wanted to stay afloat,” says Fullard when asked about her sudden tenure as Executive Director.  “My leadership style is proactive, not reactive.  I found that with my crisis management background, I was able to lead CAF out of our financial deficit and back in a good place.”

As the first female and minority to hold the Executive Director title of CAF, Fullard uses her experiences as a barrier breaker to ensure that the Foundation is able to provide exciting growth opportunities for people with autism and developmental disabilities.  Fullard and her staff oversee multiple programs and opportunities that help make an impact within local communities, including Richmond, Contra Costa County, and greater Bay Area.

“My new leadership position has only heightened my passion for working with people with autism and developmental disabilities,” she says.  “With each passing day, this environment inspires me to learn more about the people and families that we serve every day.

“After all, CAF isn’t just a non-profit; it’s a home where our consumers are undergoing truly incredible and indescribable growth,” she adds.

Fullard is used to confronting and overcoming a multitude of challenges, whether they be from professional or personal sources.  Rather than hide from these dark moments in her history, Fullard embraces her past as a sign of her resilience and perseverance in navigating difficult situations.

Fullard joined CAF in the spring of 2006 as the Director of Human Resources.  Originally from the Central Valley of California, Valisha lives in the Bay Area with her family and enjoys singing, acting, and volunteer work at the Shelter for Battered Women and Children.



About California Autism Foundation

The mission of the California Autism Foundation is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance to help them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity, and fulfillment.


Media Contact:

Devin James, PR Manager
(901) 827-0190


California Autism Foundation Feeling The Love From VH1’s Love And Hip Hop’s Top Lady — Erica Mena and IZMA Models at BET Awards Event

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On Saturday, June 29th, trendsetters and fashionistas came together to support California Autism Foundation at the BET Awards “Eye on Glam” beauty lounge and day party hosted by VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Latina vixen, Erica Mena, IZMA Models and Lady J Cosmetics. The event was held at 333 Live, in Los Angeles, CA.

“Eye on Glam,” a day of indulgence and pampering for entertainment industry celebrities and guests, was produced by The D Network and The Luxury PR Group. The event’s charming host, Erica Mena was busy as a bee autographing t-shirts for CAF while taking photos with CAF staff as she greeted her fans and visited with vendors. Dana Fikes of The D Network facilitated CAF’s participation in the event and graciously provided introductions for CAF staff to attendees and vendors throughout the day.

CAF gifted attendees with handmade items created by CAF students and clients to include: autism ribbon pins and custom designed artistry greeting cards, and CAF imprinted baseball hats, tote bags, polo shirts and t-shirts. CAF enjoyed the festivities while doing what they do best – raising awareness and providing information and resources about autism and other disabilities.

“Eye on Glam” was an informative and relaxing day as CAF enlightened top celebrity stylists, fashion and beauty industry professionals, guests and attendees about autism, disabilities and CAF programs. An enjoyable day, for on June 29th eyes were also on California Autism Foundation!