A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Support ACT Today! and Purchase Paper Clouds Apparell

The amazing art was created by Jem, a young boy with autism, whose mom Shannon Penrod is the host of Autism Live.
The custom designed canvas tote bags, shirts, and hats will be on sale starting Monday, July 22nd and ending Sunday August 4th at midnight ET.
50% of the proceeds from every item sold with Jem's art
will go to ACT Today.
You can make your purchase at www.papercloudsapparel.com!
Paper Clouds Apparel not only is showcasing the art of those with autism and raising money for a great cause but EVERY Paper Clouds Apparel shirt is packaged by an employee with special needs. So every shirt sold creates a job for someone with special needs.

Friday, July 19, 2013

(Free) CARD Louisiana Autism Conference, August 24 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) invites you to attend the  CARD Louisiana Autism Conference on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Oak Lodge Reception and Convention Center, in Baton Rouge.
CARD Louisiana Autism Conference is designed for parents, practitioners, educators, and caregivers. The free, one-day conference will feature keynote speaker, world-renowned autism expert/clinical psychologist, and CARD founder/CEO Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

Attendees must register online at http://conference.centerforautism.com

The conference will include presentations on “Creating a Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Program for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder” by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh; “Practical Solutions for Addressing Challenging Behaviors” by Dr. Dennis Dixon; and “Skills®: A Web-Based Toolkit for the Effective Management of Autism Treatment” by Dr. Adel Najdowski, as well as a screening of RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back, an award-winning documentary produced by CARD about four children who have recovered from autism which includes documentation of therapy sessions, along with interviews of the children who are now teenagers, their parents, therapists, and the founder of CARD. Following the screening, conference attendees are invited to join the experts for a panel discussion regarding children with ASD and treatment services in Louisiana, as well as topics presented at the conference.

“We are very excited to be able to bring such a comprehensive, no-cost conference to Louisiana,” says Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D. BCBA-D. “We believe everyone should have access to effective autism intervention, and those affected by ASD should have the opportunity to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an ASD, making it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer, and pediatric AIDS combined.

CARD is one of the world’s largest and most effective autism treatment providers offering evidence-based, state-of-the-art services to individuals of all ages.

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. CARD services include (but are not limited to) center-based treatment, home-based services, school shadowing, and parent training. The CARD treatment model is based on the scientifically-proven principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). CARD’s comprehensive model of treatment includes over 3,500 lessons in eight areas of learning: academic, adaptive, cognition, executive function, language, motor, play, and social skills. 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 global access to effective autism treatment.

For more information about Center for Autism and Related Disorders, visit: http://www.centerforautism.com  or call (855) 345-2273.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ACT Today! Sponsored Disability Services Bill Heads to Governor

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces the bill for the equitable provision of disability services authored by Asm. V. Manuel Pérez and sponsored by ACT Today! is now on the desk of Governor Brown.

"ACT Today! is proud to be sponsoring this legislation and we salute Asm. Perez for his leadership in serving the needs of the developmentally disabled community in diverse populations in California," said Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, executive director of ACT Today!. "As the Center for Disease Control figures show, Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the dramatic rise of autism. Assemblyman Perez is to be saluted for his response to the needs of his constituents."

AB 1232 adds new quality assurance measures to ensure that services provided by the state’s regional centers are provided in a linguistically and culturally competent manner. The State has a quality assessment program in place for its regional center system, though it does not collect data on cultural and linguistic competency of services. That means that as the state grows more diverse, it is lacking important information related to the equitable provision and utilization of state services. AB 1232 addresses this critical issue in a cost-effective manner, gathering the data needed to ensure California’s developmentally disabled are being served in an equitable manner. The bill is also sponsored by Fiesta Educativa.

According to a recent report by the Senate Select Committee on autism and related disorders, many California families due to linguistic and cultural barriers lack access to vital behavioral therapy services.

In addition to sponsoring AB 1232, ACT Today! launched, in 2013, the ACT Today! Español program to address the needs of Hispanic families affected by autism. ACT Today! Español provides resources, care and support to families who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their highest potential. For more information about ACT Today! Español, visit http://www.act-today.org/espanol.

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.