By: Daphne Plump
Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, Executive Director of ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), author, media personality and motivational speaker of autism advocacy will speak to parents about life lessons and how all parents of children with disabilities can become advocates for their child, at the 6th Annual “All Ages & Abilities” Autism/Asperger’s Conference on February 24, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
Feb 24 - 12:30pm
PARK C - BALLROOM
1855 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
Alspaugh-Jackson will present “Waiting For Wyatt: A Journey Through Autism to Empowerment.”
“My goal is to empower parents by letting them know that they are not alone and their children’s disability is an opportunity to do something great,” says Alspaugh-Jackson. “Life's greatest challenges are nothing more than expeditions of the soul which lead us to become the self-actualized beings we are meant to be.”
Alspaugh-Jackson will share her personal journey from becoming an autism mom with son Wyatt, to becoming a fearless advocate. She will tell her story with honesty and humor, and relate her personal “Steps to Empowerment.” The practical recommendations will help parents face the role of parenting a child with autism with a new confidence and attitude, taking the crisis out of the process and replacing it with passion, fearlessness and possibility.
In a recent television appearance on FOX network’s FOX & Friends, Alspaugh-Jackson urged the community to take a more proactive role in being advocates for children with autism.
“This country has to come together to save a generation of children. With 1 in every100 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder – at the most conservative estimates – I deal with parents everyday who need help. This is a crisis…an epidemic.”
For more information about the “All Ages & Abilities” Autism/Asperger’s Conference, visit: www.autism-conferences.com.
About Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson: Nancy Alspaugh (all-spa)-Jackson is an Emmy-Award winning, former national television producer turned author and activist on the subject of autism awareness. As a motivational speaker, she spoke to sold out audiences around the country. She has been honored with the United Press International Award, the Associated Press Award, the Gabriel Award, the Genesis Award, as well as having been named one of the Hollywood Reporters “Women to Watch.” Alspaugh-Jackson feels her most important assignment came after her adopted son Wyatt was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (Wyatt is now nine). Although Wyatt started displaying signs of autism at the age of two, he was not diagnosed with the disorder until three and a half and did not receive effective treatment until the age of four and a half. She saw an urgent need for families to have somewhere to turn to for advice and assistance when dealing with this devastating disorder. She became the executive director of national non-profit organization ACT Today!, in 2008. Under her stewardship, ACT Today! has distributed over $800,000 in grants nationwide. She has launched the first national campaign for military children with autism, ACT Today! for Military Families.
For more information, visit: www.nancyalspaughjackson.com.