World’s Leading Autism Organization Founder to Host Community-wide Festival in Centreville this Month

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. celebrates 20 years of excellence with 20 worldwide family fun days,
kicking off in Centreville, Virginia.

Doreen Granpeesheh, PHD, BCBA-D, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the world’s largest autism organization, will host a Family Fun Festival in Centreville, Virginia. The event will take place on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 1pm until 5pm. It’s the first of 20 Family Fun Festivals CARD will host throughout the country this year, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary.

"It’s an exciting time for us and we want to celebrate the great strides our clients have made, and bring awareness to the issue of autism,” says CARD Virginia Managing Supervisor Mary Ann Cassell, MA, BCBA. “This event is for everyone in Centreville and surrounding communities. It will be a fun family event, and we invite the community to come out and join us.”

CARD Virginia is one of 20 CARD clinics worldwide that provides effective Applied Behavior Analysis-based therapy and parent training with great success.

“We’ve had wonderful success with our clients and have even recovered several. These kids go on to attend regular school, develop friendships, and lead happy lives,” said Cassell. “This is what we are celebrating.”

The family festival is free and open to the entire autism community. It will feature games, resource booths, food, raffles, prizes and music. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Autism Care and Treatment (ACT TODAY)

About the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD):

CARD, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is among the world's largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with autism and related disorders. CARD operates 20 clinics worldwide. CARD has treated thousands of children around the world. Its services include (but not limited to): assessments, supervision, parent/teacher training and one-on-one applied behavioral therapy.

CARD was established in 1990 by Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA. For more information about CARD, visit

For details about CARD hosted anniversary events around the world, visit

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