A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Monday, April 29, 2013

LA Socialites/Autism Activists Host a Birthday Beauty Bash to Raise Funds for Autism Care and Treatment



ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson and SHAPE magazine Lifestyle Editor/author Susan Campbell Cross will host “A Birthday Beauty Gala” on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Cross’s private residence located in Hidden Hills, CA. The poolside beauty gala will celebrate Alspaugh-Jackson and Cross’s birthdays and Mother’s Day. Voluntary donations will benefit ACT Today!, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide care and treatment to children with autism.

Attendees will be offered cocktails and complimentary beauty treatments and services, including:

Signature Polish & Play Bar” by Chrome Girl Nails (Created by Jaime Boreanaz & Melissa Ravo)
Hair Styling by Rebecca Smith and Lana Fields
Makeup Bar by Sorme Treatment Cosmetics
Custom Airbrush Tanning by Alexis Rousse
Yoga mini-sessions by Joe Lubitsch
Isabella Emporium Jewelry by Janet Heller
Moeben Sportswear by Shannon Farar-Griefer
Book Signing by Kym Douglas, Beauty & Bliss expert on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Doctors,”  “Good Day LA” and author of best-selling novel, “Bliss Happens”

"Susan and I believe in the concept of having fun while doing good, and what better way to celebrate our birthdays and Mother's Day than with our friends and associates poolside while being pampered by our amazing team of beauty and fitness experts,” said ACT Today! executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson.

For more information about “A Birthday Beauty Gala”, contact ACT Today! at (818) 705-1625 or Amy@act-today.org.


About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and funding to families of children with autism who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Register Today! No Cost Law Clinic, Learn About Funding for ABA and more!


No Cost Law Clinic
Tuesday, April 23rd: 10am-6pm

•   Do you want to learn about obtaining funding for ABA, speech therapy, OT and more through your insurance provider?
•   Do you have an IEP coming up and need assistance in preparing for your meeting?
•   Are you looking for a qualified educational assessor to evaluate your child?

Parents, receive free one-on-one legal consult and answers to your special education questions! Join the Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates and speech and language pathologist Susan Hollar for a free in-office clinic to individually discuss your questions about your child's special education and speech therapy needs. 

Advance RSVP Recommended 
For more information or to RSVP, please call Jennifer Olson at (310) 204-6624 or email at Jennifer@bonniezyates.com.  

You can also visit our website at www.bonniezyates.com.

Space is limited, so register today!

Location and Time
Clinic Date: Wednesday, April 23rd: 10am-6pm
Location: The Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates, Inc.
13323 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 300, LA CA 90066
Parking: Ample street parking is available.



ACT Today! Reaches $1 Million Milestone in Helping Families Impacted with Autism

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces it has provided $1 million dollars in access to care and treatment to families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who cannot afford the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. ACT Today! provides access to services such as social skills programs, tuition for special needs schools, therapy, medical care, assistive technology, basic safety equipment, assistance for military families with children with autism, assistance dogs, among many others. This earmarks the monetary sum of direct services and support to roughly 1,000 individuals with autism.


“Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families,” says ACT Today!’s executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “ACT Today! is proud to offer an assistance program for assessments, treatments, and life supports that may not otherwise be covered privately or by other third-party funding sources such as school districts, county programs, insurance, and/or other grant making entities.”

The ACT Today! Assistance Program funds are allocated based on annual fundraising activities. The Board of Directors determines the number and amounts of each grant at the beginning of each term. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants are not accepted. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by providing the following:

Proof of Household Income
# of Dependants / # of Dependants with ASD
Information about access to third-party funding sources

For more information about the ACT Today! Assistance Program, visit http://www.act-today.org/act-today-grant-program.php

About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and funding to families of children with autism who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

ACT Today! Joins Californians at the Autism Legislation Day Rally in Sacramento



KCRA-NBC TV sat down with ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, on Wednesday, to discuss the Autism Legislation Day rally held at the California State Capitol.  Watch the news segment with us. 



Thursday, April 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY RAISES $90,000 FOR MILITARY CHILDREN WITH AUTISM




ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) raised $90,323 at its 3rd Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families (ATMF) 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival. The community event was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tecolote Shores Park at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Net proceeds from the fundraiser will help the national non-profit organization provide care and treatment to military children and their families affected by autism. 


Over 1,200 participants took part in this year’s event, including 80 fundraising teams. NBC 7 San Diego’s morning show anchors Marianne Kushi and Jason Austell hosted the event. 


“It was such an amazing and inspiring day to see the San Diego community come together with military families in support of children with autism. Funds raised will help defray the out of pocket costs autism brings and help lighten the load our brave military families shoulder today,” says ACT Today! executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. 


The ONEHOPE ATMF 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival featured a flat, scenic course starting at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay. Participants chose between the 5k, 10k (both chip-timed) or 1-mile Fun Run. The Family Festival following the Run/Walk was free for the entire community. 


It featured music by Tower XVI and 2-U-Neek,  a wine and beer garden sponsored by ONEHOPE Wine and Stone Brewing Co., 35+ vendor booths and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Kids’ Zone which included inflatables, carnival games, face painting, and arts and crafts. 


Event sponsors of the ONEHOPE ATMF 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival were ONEHOPE Wine, KNBC 7 San Diego, Energy 103.7, KyXy 96.5, Jersey Mike’s Subs, SeaWorld San Diego, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), Ralphs, Wells Fargo, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Sports Authority, AmeriFirst Financial, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Stone Brewing Company, and Clif Bar. 

For more information about ACT Today!’s program to support military children with autism, visit www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.


About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and funding to families of children with autism who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.


About ACT Today! for Military Families:
ACT Today! for Military Families (ATMF), is a national program of ACT Today!. It was launched in July 2010. ATMF works to improve awareness and delivery of effective autism services, and provides financial assistance to military families to help defray out-of-pocket costs associated with autism treatments, services, and other quality of life programs. For more information about ACT Today! for Military Families, visit: www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Join us on Saturday for the ONEHOPE ACT Today! Run/Walk and Family Festival in San Diego



3rd Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families
5k/10k Run/Walk & Family Festival


Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Tecolote Shores Park, Mission Bay - San Diego

Register as an individual or organize a team. Enjoy a flat, scenic course starting at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay. Choose between the 5k, 10k (both chip-timed) or 1-mile-fun run. Cross the finish-line and celebrate at our festival featuring music, wine & beer garden, 35+ booths and the kids’ zone sponsored by Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 

Participants have the option to register in-person at PPU at Sports Authority Mission Valley on Friday, 4/5 from 4pm to 7pm or on race day at Tecolote Shores starting 6:30am.

  Participants need to register 15 minutes prior to his/her race start. 
Start times are: 10K - 7:30am, 5K - 8am and 1 Mile - 9:15am

For complete details and to register, visit

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Register Your Children for the 2nd Annual Autism Film Program for Military Children

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ACT Today! and Cox Communications are proud to announce that registration for the 2nd Annual Autism Film Program for Military Children is now open! Apply now, before the program is full!

This is a two-week instructional film program facilitated by Joey Travolta from Inclusion Films. It is open to military families impacted with autism and their siblings ages 9-21 years old. Military service members may be active, retired, guards and/or reserves. Proof of service must be provided. During the two-week program, participants will work in a small group setting to create a short film that will later be premiered with a red carpet arrival at the San Diego Film Festival in October 2013.

This program is free yet there is a one time administrative fee of $50 per participant (and $25 for each additional sibling), due by June 10th. Priority enrollment is given to military children with autism and their siblings living in the San Diego area who have not previously participated in this program.

Joey Travolta from Inclusion Films facilitates the program along with his professional crew of filmmakers who are experienced at teaching individuals with disabilities. This experience will give participants the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers, promote creativity, build self-esteem, and may lead to lasting friendships.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS & APPLICATION, VISIT