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ACT Today! Pledges $100000 for Autism Care and Treatment in Coachella Valley Region
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is committed to funding up to $100,000 in grants to underserved families in the Coachella Valley who are impacted by autism.
By: ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment Today!)
“I applaud ACT Today! for initiating this grant program, which will provide much needed funds for local families with autism,” said State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, who represents CoachellaValley communities. Pérez is the author of the recently signed AB 1232, which helps to ensure that developmental services provided through the state’s regional centers are provided in a linguistically and culturally competent manner. “Many of our local families struggle simply to make ends meet, and these grant dollars will make a significant difference in a family’s ability to access treatments and assessments or to cover other needed expenditures.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer, and childhood AIDS combined. A recent study from the CDC also found that the greatest growth in prevalence of autism has occurred within the Latino community.
“We realize there are few resources available that serve Spanish-speaking families impacted by autism,” says Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, ACT Today!’s executive director. “Children in underserved communities are likely to be diagnosed with autism much later than their peers in affluent communities, and early diagnosis and treatment are critical. The ACT Today! Español program is committed to increasing autism awareness in Spanish-speaking communities and providing resources for care and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder.”
Through the funding of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), ACT Today! Español also offers a three-part webinar in Spanish featuring ACT Today! board member and anchor for KMEX-Univision in Los Angeles, Gabriela Teissier, and Dr. Evelin Garcia, a clinical psychologist with an extensive background in autism treatment and expertise in developmental assessments.
For more information about ACT Today! Español, visit www.act-today.org/
About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD):
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across its 26 treatment centers around the globe. 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 of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 1,500 skilled professionals. For more information about CARD visit: www.centerforautism.com or call (855) 345-2273.