|Karen Driscoll and husband Colonel Jerome Driscoll, USMC|
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ACT Today! for Military Families Founder Karen Driscoll Receives High Honor from San Diego Military Advisory Council
Monday, November 28, 2011
I just read this article published this morning on Futurity (.org) about teens with autism having a difficult time socially.
Please read and share it...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
“The need for effective and consistent treatment services and supports for children with autism is essential. This is especially important for the mobile military family who is often relocated and experience significant treatment gaps in care and supports. ATMF works to bridge that gap and provides direct assistance to help light the load military families carry,” says ATMF Campaign Director and Marine wife, Andrekka Lanier, whose son has autism. “The ATMF Run/Walk and free Family Festival will raise much needed funds for our family grant program, help to raise autism awareness, and provide the opportunity for the local San Diego community and military family supporters to show their support for these brave families.”
According to Department of Defense data, it is estimated that 1 in 88 military children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a complex medical disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 110 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and childhood AIDS combined.
“Research shows, in the treatment of autism, early intervention and intensive behavioral therapy are imperative to the success of the child’s development,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “We believe we are making a difference in the lives of children with autism. But in order to continue with this mission – we need the community of San Diego to join us in this race to help the families of those who serve and defend our freedoms.”
"Every military family makes special sacrifices...those families with children who have been diagnosed with autism have additional stresses as they cope with an extraordinarily complex bureaucracy to secure the support that these precious children deserve,” says retired Major General Mike Lehnert of the United States Marine Corps.
The 2011 inaugural ATMF Run/Walk and Family Festival, (seen in video above) held in San Diego, had 1200 registered runners, an estimated 1500 attendees at the family festival, and raised nearly $100,000. Last year’s event, along with additional support throughout the year, allowed ATMF to help numerous military children access effective treatments and improve their quality of life, by distributing nearly $130,000 in grants.
Fees to participate in the 2nd Annual ATMF 5k/10k Run/Walk range from $15-$30. For more information about the event, register, or volunteer, visit: www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.kintera.org.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The benefit will take place at L’Auberge Del Mar in beautiful coastal Del Mar, and will feature hosted heavy hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail, no-host bar, opportunity prizes, and a special presentation by keynote speaker Temple Grandin, PhD, arguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The event was produced by D. Plump Consulting.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Some good news! One of ACT Today!'s proud supporters is offering a FREE conference in Montana on November 19th. Here are all the details...
|Registration is Mandatory|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 of 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, making it more common than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and childhood AIDS.
The CARD Montana Autism Conference will define autism spectrum disorders, how applied behavior analysis (ABA) can be used as an effective tool to treat individuals with ASD, and explain how recovery from autism is possible.
Speakers include board certified behavior analyst Sienna Greener-Wooten, MA, BCBA and autism advocate Joe Mohs. Mohs, who has recovered from autism, will share his personal journey after a screening of the award-winning documentary RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back.
Registration is required to attend this free conference. To register, contact Daphne Plump at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament, benefiting children with autism, will be held on January 29, 2012 at Bowlmor Lanes in Tustin, California.
|Ava and father Eddie Guardado|
“Thanks to Eddie's successful baseball career we have felt financially blessed to be able to give our daughter, Ava, all the therapies that she has needed,” says Lisa Guardado, wife of retired Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitcher Eddie Guardado and ACT Today! board member. “Through fundraising events like STARS & STRIKES, we hope to help other less fortunate families so that they may achieve their goals and dreams for their children affected by autism.”
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an autism insurance bill into law Tuesday.
On hand was Alexander Smith, 10, left, of Clifton Park, who is autistic.
Albany, New York soon will require insurers to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders, which will increase premiums for all individuals and businesses.
Supporters say the new law will include routine toddler screenings, behavioral health treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. That should bolster early and effective treatment and save families as much as $50,000 a year in out-of-pocket cost for 30,000 autistic New York children.
The state Health Plan Association estimates the bill, signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will cost an average family "hundreds of dollars" and employers tens of thousands of dollars.
"For some New York families and employers, it could be the added costs that finally price them out of coverage altogether," said Paul Macielak, speaking for the association of health insurers.
The group wants to negotiate changes to reduce coverage and costs before the law takes effect in one year. The measure was vetoed last year by former Gov. David Paterson as too expensive, but Mr. Cuomo said the current bill puts an important $45,000 annual cap on the coverage insurance companies would have to fund.
Supporters agree the bill will increase insurance premiums for all New Yorkers, but they estimate that cost at just $1 a month, while saving schools and governments $13 million a year in special education, Medicaid and social services costs.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the law debated for seven years is "important and highly compassionate" legislation.
The law "showed how important government is ... how powerful government can be," he said.
Medicaid is the main reimbursement source. Some services are provided in public schools and some insurers provide limited coverage. But many parents struggle to pay for other treatment.
The law takes effect Nov. 1, 2012 for insurance policies issued or renewed after that. Autism spectrum disorders impair thinking, feeling, speaking and the ability to relate to others. They range in severity.
An estimated one of every 110 children in the U.S. is affected, mostly boys.