Autism Care and Treatment to Host Orange County Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother's Day Luncheon

Parents and supporters of children with autism are invited to attend the Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother's Day Luncheon held at The Resort at Pelican Hill on May 4th, in Newport Coast, hosted by Autism Care and Treatment (ACT Today!).

"The gift of hope is the best gift a mother can receive. If you know a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, show her your love by treating her to a day of inspiration at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. All the proceeds will go to grants for autistic children so you'll be giving hope to other mothers who need our support, " says ACT Today!'s Executive Director, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson.

The ACT Today! fundraiser luncheon features Honorary Guest Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, a world renowned autism researcher and psychologist, who has recently been noted for her award-winning documentary "RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back". Fellow autism expert and biomedical clinician, Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet is the Keynote Speaker.

"As the mother of a son who's recovered from autism, my heart goes out too families who are unable to afford treatments which will help their children," says Event Producer Laura Marroquin. "It is a privilege to indirectly help by being part of this fabulous event."

Tickets for the Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother's Day Luncheon, which begins with a champagne terrace reception with the speakers at 11:00am, are $125 and can be purchased online at
Each attendee will receive fabulous Gift Bags valued at over $500.

The Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother's Day Luncheon will include a silent auction with the following items made available: vacation and leisure items, beauty and health treatment, exquisite jewelry, and
hyperbaric oxygen therapy and consultation with Dr. Bradstreet.

Sponsors to date include David and Sandy Stone and Family,
Newport / Naples Rib Companies, Oxy Health, and Reaction Audio Visual.


Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Founder and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment. Dr. Granpeesheh is licensed in California, Texas and Arizona. She is a member of the Defeat Autism Now! Executive Council, on the Scientific Advisory Board of the US Autism and Asperger's Association and is first Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America. Dr. Granpeesheh is a member of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee and on the Oversight Committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities for the State of Arizona.


Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet is the Founder and Director of Clinical Programs of the International Child Development Resource Center (ICDRC). He is the author of numerous studies concerning the biomedical aspects of autism and recently has finished a landmark study of critical biomarkers of oxidation and inflammation in autism spectrum disorders. His son, Matthew, is recovering from autism with the combined help of biomedical and behavioral interventions. Dr. Bradstreet has offices in Florida, Arizona and will soon open an Orange County office in 2009.

ACT Today! is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase access to effective autism treatments. Since July of 2008, ACT Today! has given a total of approximately $200,000 in grants to families seeking assistance. Grants given range from behavioral therapy, bio-medical treatments and testing, safety equipment, school and camp programs, and social skills groups.

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