A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dancing With the Stars Celebrity to Kick Off Salsa Festival Pre-Event at The Topa Tower Club in Oxnard , this Saturday

Season 11 Runner Up for Dancing With the Stars championship
runner up
, actor and comedian
Kyle Massey (Disney's "That's
 So Raven", "Cory in the House") and his brother Chris Massey (Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101") will kick off a "Fun-raiser"  on Saturday, June 29th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Topa Tower Club, located at 300 East Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The pre-event to the 6th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival's Dancing with our Community Stars dance contest will benefit ACT Today! Autism Care and Treatment Today!) and Gull Wings Children’s Museum

The community is also invited to meet award winning broadcast journalist Gabriela Teissier, who is representing ACT Today! and Terrance Dixon, representing Gull Wings Children's Museum, who will be competing in the 6th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival's Dancing with Our Community Stars dance contest and charity fundraiser on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Plaza Park in Oxnard, CA. The popular community contest is a salsa-twist on the hit TV show, benefiting local charities in Ventura County. 

Gabriela and Terrance will be showing off some of the moves they have been practicing with their professional dance partners on Saturday evening. The Salsa Sunset Soiree will also feature delicious appetizers, an authentic salsa band, and an auction of award winning local California wines, as well as other exclusive items.
 
 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TheSpeedGamers Play “Final Fantasy” in WeekLong Marathon to Help Kids with Autism




TheSpeedGamers kick off their  “Final Fantasy” weeklong video game marathon to help increase autism awareness and funds to benefit ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!).  The “Final Fantasy” marathon  is held from June 24th through July 1st and can be watched live at www.thespeedgamers.com.



The gamers have raised over $173,000 for ACT Today! over the past four years, and plan to dedicate this entire week to nonstop gaming with the goal of raising an additional $15,000 in support of the national non-profit. ACT Today!’s mission is to provide resources and support for children with autism whose families cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their highest potential. This includes therapy, medical care, social skills programs, assistance dogs, assistive technology, basic safety equipment, tuition for special needs schools, and assistance to military families with children with autism.  
"We really can't praise these young gamers enough," says ACT Today!'s executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. "This is the fifth marathon that TheSpeedGamers  has hosted for our non-profit. We are truly grateful for such a dedicated and generous group of gamers who are joining us in the mission to help children with autism."
Jackson, who goes online to watch TheSpeedGamers in action and to give encouragement, urges others to join her. While watching TheSpeedGamers play through the Final Fantasy series, viewers can make donations which go directly to ACT Today!.
"When many people think of gamers, they tend to think of them as lazy or unproductive," says TheSpeedGamers' founder Britt LaRiviere. "However, this image is just an unfortunate stereotype. TheSpeedGamers are passionate about gaming and committed to helping non-profits like ACT Today! which provide direct help to those in need."
TheSpeedGamers will end their week-long, 168 hour fundraising campaign for ACT Today! on Monday, July 1st  at 6 pm CST. Donations will be accepted on behalf of ACT Today! at www.thespeedgamers.com

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 TheSpeedGamers: 
TheSpeedGamers (also abbreviated as TSG) are a group of gamers based out of Arlington, Texas, who raise money for various charities. They accomplish this by streaming live marathons of video games played over Justin.tv (formerly Ustream). The group was founded by Britt LaRiviere in early 2008 and still hosts marathons regularly. Viewers can interact with the commentators and other viewers via IRC chat on Justin.tv. The group has raised nearly $400,000.00 for at least 16 different charities.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LA Newswoman and ACT Today! Board Member Gabriela Teissier to Salsa for Autism

Gabriela Teissier (Tes-see-air), an award winning broadcast journalist, ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) board member and ACT Today! Español spokesperson, will compete in the 6th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival's Dancing with Our Community Stars dance contest and charity fundraiser on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Plaza Park in Oxnard, CA.
 
Teissier is dancing to raise autism awareness and funds to benefit ACT Today!, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide immediate and direct access to care and treatment to children with autism whose families cannot afford or access the tools their children need to reach their highest potential. 

In this Salsa-twist on the hit TV show, Gabriela and her professional dance partner Isaiah Meders will compete against five dance couples. Gabriela and Isaiah will have nine weeks of rehearsals to prepare for the contest, where they will perform in front of a panel of judges. 

“I know first hand how autism can affect a family,” says Gabriela, who has a son with autism. “Autism affects 1 in every 88 children in America, and I will do everything I can to help increase autism awareness and funds for care and treatment. I’m truly honored to compete in the Salsa festival and hope the community supports me and other families affected by autism.

 You can VOTE by making monetary donations in support of Gabriela at
Each dollar is equivalent to one vote and the funds
are donated directly to ACT Today!.
 
ACT Today! and Gull Wings Children’s Museum will host a Pre-Event on Saturday, June 29th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Topa Tower Club, located at 300 East Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The community is invited to meet Gabriela and Isiah. For more information about the pre-event including ticket cost, contact ACT Today! at (818) 705-1625.
 
Teissier is a news anchor at Univision 34 KMEX-TV, the number one Spanish-language television station in the nation. For the past eight years Teissier has addressed such topics during the two-hour morning show that include: education, health, immigration and current affairs. Some of Teissier’s most recent interviewees include Your Excellency President of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Shimon Peres, President Barack Obama, Maria Shriver and former President of El Salvador, Antonio Saca. She has received an Emmy for excellence in journalism and five nominations for producing and hosting along with seven Golden Mike awards. In addition to sitting on the board of ACT Today!, she serves as the ACT Today! Español spokesperson and she also sits on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Heart Association. 

For more information about the 6th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival's Dancing with Our Community Stars, visit http://www.oxnardsalsafestival.com/dancing_stars.aspx

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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

ACT Today! Teams Up with Cox and Inclusion Films for the 2nd Annual Autism Film Program for Military Children in San Diego

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), Cox Communication and Inclusion Films announces the kickoff of the 2nd Annual Autism Film Program for Military Children. The Summer program is offered to local San Diego military children with autism and their siblings. The free, two-week program will be held at Cox Communications’ main campus and call center in San Diego from June 17-28th


The Autism Film Program for Military Children will teach individuals ages 9-21 about the production process of filmmaking, including writing scripts, building sets, operating a camera, and editing film. The film students will then make a short film that will premiere at the San Diego Film Festival on Oct. 4th. 


“These young people who go through the film program will gain self-esteem, have the chance to exercise their creativity, and meet other youth who are dealing with the same types of developmental disabilities as they are,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “Joey and his team are passionate about helping them build skills for the future. ACT Today! is so happy to partner with Cox Communications and Inclusion Films once again to bring such an important program to military families in San Diego.”
 
 
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined. 

“Our Inclusion Films summer program teaches kids skills that go beyond the technical aspects of filmmaking,” says Inclusion Films creator, Joey Travolta, a former special education teacher.  “They learn about collaboration, which enhances their social skills and will serve them in life. By partnering with Cox and ACT Today!, we’re able to reach even more children with developmental disabilities and their families.”

“When it comes to community giving, Cox Communications is particularly focused on programs that support children, education and the military,” says Cami Mattson, Director of Community Relations for Cox Communications. “This film camp is such a unique and life-changing experience for youth with autism and their families that we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to bring it to San Diego for a second year. And, we’re thrilled that other corporate community leaders such as SDG&E, Fox5, UT San Diego, and Carlton Oaks Golf Resort are sponsors this year. We’re also excited to have behavioral support  provided  by Xcite Steps.”


For more information about the ACT Today!’s Autism Film Program for Military Children program presented by Cox Communications, visit www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/CoxFilmProgram.aspx.


About ACT Today!: 
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing treatment services and support 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 Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. For more information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, visit www.Cox.com and www.Coxmedia.com

About Inclusion Films:
Inclusion Films was established in 2006. The film school trains adults with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.  It is a vocational program for basic film production skills. Students attend the film school Monday through Friday and are involved in all facets and specialties.  Headquartered in Burbank, California Inclusion Films hosts a second location in Bakersfield, California and summer programs throughout the country.  For more information, visit www.inclusionfilms.com.



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Puritas Organic Gold and ACT Today! Urge Community to “Drink Up” and Help Increase Autism Awareness


ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces today it is now partnering with Puritas Organic Gold, a fulvic-infused organic high alkaline water, in an effort to increase awareness of autism care and treatment. The ACT Today! logo can now be seen on the side of each Puritas Organic Gold bottle. Puritas will also dedicate up to 30% of proceeds to ACT Today! from every bottle of Puritas Organic Gold sold. 
"Puritas Organic Gold is proud to partner with ACT Today!, and support their mission to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential,” says Puritas brands' project manager Karen Nelson.
“We are truly grateful for Puritas’ generosity and more importantly their compassion,” says ACT Today!’s executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. 
“With 1 in every 88 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it is now more than ever, critical the community unite and help increase autism awareness as well help those in need of care and treatment.”
ACT Today! provides immediate and direct access to services to children with autism whose families cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their highest potential. This includes access to 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.

Puritas Organic Gold, is the outcome of many years of research and discoveries by scientific doctors. It is FDA tested and approved natural high alkaline water, infused with USDA certified organic fulvic acid, has resulted in one of the highest quality beverages currently available in the marketplace.  Puritas Organic Gold offers a smooth and refreshing taste, while containing more than 77 natural and rare elements. The patented fulvic acid blend contains ionic minerals that with their electric charge can help increase oxygen flow and the absorption of minerals into tissues, thereby improving nutrition and total body health. 

For more information about Puritas Organic Gold, visit www.PuritasBeverages.com.



Friday, June 7, 2013

ACT Today! Founder Opens New Autism Treatment Center in Woburn, Massachusetts


Some great news to pass along. Our ACT Today! founder and president, the world renowned autism expert/clinical psychologist Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh has opened a new autism treatment center in Woburn, Massachusetts! 

Here are the details...

Love, 
Nancy


Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), considered one of the world’s most effective treatment centers using evidence-based, state-of-the-art therapy, announces the opening of its CARD Boston treatment center, located at 331 Montvale Ave., 5th Floor, in Woburn. The grand opening will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to meet the staff, tour the facility, and review the state-of-the-art CARD curriculum. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To RSVP to attend the CARD Boston Open House, contact d.plump@centerforautism.com.

CARD Boston provides a variety of services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Services include center-based treatment, home-based services and supervision, parent training, and school shadowing.
“We offer the community highly trained and experienced staff, a focus on evidence-based treatment, and the use of state-of-the-art technology,” says clinical manager Ben Craighead, M.Ed, BCBA. “CARD delivers cost-effective treatment that leads to measurable results for each client, including recovery with early, intensive ABA therapy.” 
In August 2009, CARD researchers published "Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism” in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that recovery from autism is possible.

The comprehensive CARD model of treatment includes over 3,500 lessons in eight areas of learning: academic, adaptive, cognition, executive function, language, motor, play, and social skills. In addition, the model’s relationship-building, cognitive, and executive-functioning programs are known throughout the world for their focus on developing advanced skills, such as perspective taking (i.e., inferring others’ thoughts and feelings) and developing and maintaining friendships.

CARD has also developed and utilizes technology to increase access to autism treatment. Skills®, the online autism solution, was developed by CARD and is based on over 30 years of research on child development. CARD supervisors and therapists use the Skills program to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses, design a treatment plan, and track progress through integrated reports, graphs, and timelines.

“CARD is proud to lead the way in the effective treatment of autism,” says Craighead.
To meet families affected by autism and helped by CARD, visit “Mission Possible: Portraits of Hope,” at http://portraits-of-hope.centerforautism.com.

To RSVP to attend the CARD Boston Open House, contact  d.plump@centerforautism.com.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD):
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with 24 treatment centers around the globe and a staff of over 1,000. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles and procedures of ABA, which has been empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. For more information about the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, visit http://www.centerforautism.com or call (855) 345-2273.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Call to Action - California Families ACT Today!


Under California law, when you bring your child to a Regional Center you do not have to pay for co-pays or deductibles

This is due to the Lanterman Act, which ensures that people with developmental disabilities have access to treatment, services and support structures that make it possible to live and function in society.

However, as we informed you last week, since autism insurance reform passed in California, some Regional Centers have started requiring families accessing treatment for their children with private insurance to start paying these fees, unnecessarily financially burdening these families. Now the Governor and Legislature are proposing to make this change permanent through the budget.
In a hearing yesterday, the committee was positive but we need to keep letting them, and the Governor, know what we want and need for our community...SO KEEP THE PRESSURE UP!


Stop this from becoming permanent by taking these 3 simple action steps:

1) CALL SENATOR LENO at 916.651.4011


ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLUMENFIELD at 916.319.2045.

YES AGAIN - Even if you called them last week.

SAY THIS WITH A SMILE PLEASANTLY:
"I'm calling today to ask (you OR NAME ABOVE) to please KEEP the Lanterman Act  as is.  I OPPOSE the proposal that would place means testing on co-pays and forbid re-imbursement for deductibles.Doing nothing is better than making families pay for IPP/IFSP services, just because they have insurance coverage. Also, I would like
(you/him) to please adopt the Senate version of the state budget that requires Applied Behavior Analysis to be provided in Healthy Families and Medi-Cal."


2) EMAIL THESE LEGISLATORS BY TAKING ACTION HERE.

YES AGAIN - this action item will email new people, including Governor Brown.


In less than 60 seconds, our system will generate an email including all the points you will need to cover. Feel free to add a paragraph about why this is important to your family to personalize the note.


3) SPREAD THE WORD:

Cut & Paste this to your Facebook page and get THREE of your friends to help!
"California friends - HELP! I just sent in an email with the link below. It took less than a minute.  Please help me ensure that children with autism in California have access to the treatments they need by taking action yourself athttp://bit.ly/18RbPP0Then write DONE so I can thank you!"

HINT: Tag people in the comments below your post to draw their attention to it and ask them to specifically help you do this!




Losing services at a Regional Center or from the transfer of Healthy Families to Medi-Cal can harmfully interfere with the development of children with autism.

Without your action, we cannot prevent this from happening. Help protect people with autism in our community!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Puritas Organic Gold Presents ACT Today!’s 8th Denim & Diamonds for Autism



ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide care and treatment to children with autism, announces its 8th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser, presented by Puritas Organic Gold, a fulvic-infused organic high alkaline water, will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, CA
"Puritas Organic Gold is proud to sponsor the 8th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism event and support the mission of ACT Today!, helping to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential," says Puritas brands’ project manager Karen Nelson.  
ACT Today!’s annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism makes it possible for the nonprofit organization to provide immediate and direct care and treatment to children and families in need. Over the past seven years, ACT Today! 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 that include 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. 


ACT Today!’s 8th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser will feature a red carpet, silent and live auctions, seated dinner with program featuring Hollywood celebrities, and live musical entertainment. More than 500 guests are expected to attend the “denim and diamond” fundraiser. Past guests include celebrities from television, film, sports and comedy, as well as corporate leaders, press, families affected by autism, clinicians, and Southern California community members. 

For more information about ACT Today!’s 
8th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism, visit 
www.DenimAndDiamondsForAutism.net
Actor Shemar Moore (“Criminal Minds”) at 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds


About Puritas Organic Gold:
Puritas Organic Gold is the outcome of many years of research and discoveries by scientific doctors.  Our FDA tested and approved natural high alkaline water, infused with USDA certified organic fulvic acid, has resulted in one of the highest quality beverages currently available in the marketplace.  Puritas Organic Gold offers a smooth and refreshing taste, while containing more than 77 natural and rare elements.  The patented fulvic acid blend contains ionic minerals that with their electric charge can help increase oxygen flow and the absorption of minerals into tissues, thereby improving nutrition and total body health. 

For more information, visit www.PuritasBeverages.com

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.