Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA – Founder and Executive Director for C.A.R.D.

Dr. Granpeesheh is a must see! She will be speaking at the 3rd Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress 2011, in Vancouver, BC April 8 – 9, 2011.

Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today!). Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is licensed by the Medical Board of California, the Texas State Board of Psychologists and the Arizona State Board of Psychologist Examiners.
Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been providing behavioral therapy since 1979. In 1990, Dr. Granpeesheh founded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) and through its 20 offices world wide, she has provided diagnosis, assessment and behavioral treatment for thousands of children with autism and related disorders.
In 2005, Dr. Granpeesheh founded ACT Today!, a non-profit organization that provides support and funding to families of children with Autism. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh is also a principle member of the Thoughtful House Center for Children, a charity organization that provides behavioral services in collaboration with medical treatment and research.
Dr. Granpeesheh is member of the Defeat Autism Now Executive Council, on the Scientific Advisory Board of the US Autism and Asperger’s Association and First Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America. Dr. Granpeesheh is also the executive director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back.

Register today! Don’t miss Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, along with over 18 more autism experts at the Autism Vancouver Biennial Congress 2011,

Great Minds, Universities, and Asperger’s

I  made many new friends recently at the November conference in Calgary. One, in particular inspired me to write this blog. Her remarkable brilliance shone like a beacon! Even as busy as it was, her drive to approach me was centered around her desire to see how she could help the cause of autism and advocate for others like herself. This was very unusual indeed, I thought, for a person with Asperger’s – to reach out and extend her own advocacy. It is usually the other way around. As many of us know, tenacity is quite a prominent trait for people with Asperger’s. Once they get an idea, they stay on it come rain, shine, hale, sleet, snow and even adversity – sometimes even at the expense of not being ‘cool’, like so many ‘normies’. As a result, not only do they accomplish their goal, but they also master it with excellence!

There she stood, patiently waiting until there was a spot to slip in and ask me how she could help out in her home town 7 hours away.

Her coy, shy demeanor was a giveaway. Knowing instantly that she was a person with Asperger’s, I was beyond elated to connect with her and talk about ideas. Through the course of the two days, I learned so much about her. Her passion for animals took her on a path to seek a career as a veterinarian.

So, there are her qualities – tenacity, brilliance, and mastery. Combine those with her ‘skill set’, compassion for animals, patience, love, empathy, math, intelligence and desire to accomplish something.

But even with the right recipe, many brilliant people get overlooked, out-numbered, neglected, rejected, or even ejected!
After 3 years actively into a university veterinary program, she was told to leave because the headmaster felt she wasn’t “normal enough” to be there. When she was told she wasn’t going to back out, she was forced out of the program.
Since then, she has started her University studies, aspiring for a science degree in immunology and microbiology. At this time, she is not certain she will pursue a career in veterinary medicine, but leaves the option open.

Devastation is not an option, even for this young lady. Her mother was quite disappointed about her not being accepted to the university, but has remained extremely supportive of her daughter and what she always chose to do. ‘Mom’ is always there to bat when she needs her, even through tough times. She admires her mother on several levels, and has a strong family support system in place as well. Without the love and support of her parents and brother, she would not be where she is today.

She is out there in full swing now, sharing her passions for those like her on a mission for advocacy to make changes. This type of rejection happens all too many times for this modern day and age. It’s time to turn the tables. I’m sure Dr. Temple Grandin would agree with her.

I hope and pray that some day, the colleges and universities will not only accept students with Asperger’s, but actually seek them out! I think you, the reader, might also agree. It’s time to turn off the walls and open the doors, folks! Let’s help the universities and workplaces realize what a wealth of minds they have right at their fingertips!

Autism Today; Calgary friends in the News – Dr. Stephen Shore on PBS science series, NOVA

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Autism Today is many things to many people, but above all it is a community, characterized by a high degree of interaction, accessibility and love, shared by every one of us with one another.  Over more than a decade, we have been blessed by the friendship, support and participation of some of the top experts, leaders and innovators in the autism community.  We make every effort to create grassroots-level opportunities for children and parents to interact with them.

Dr. Stephen Shore is a dear friend to us and a continuing source of inspiration.  A person with autism, Stephen’s own life story began, as have so many, with a diagnosis and a professional recommendation that he be institutionalized.

Today, he bridges the knowledge gap between neurotypicals and their children, students, relatives or employees.  This week, as he so often does, Stephen’s story captured the attention of the producers of the PBS series NOVA, in connection with their feature about magic acts, and how they offer an interesting technique for teaching children on the autism spectrum about social cues and communication.  Here’s the link: xxx.  Enjoy!

Attending an Autism Conference – Going the Extra Mile

Sometimes going the extra mile, no pun intended, brings so much enrichment to so many. Those of you that were at the Keys to the Treasure Chest autism conference in Calgary last month know just what I’m talking about. Those of you that traveled “Over the River and Through the Woods…”  kudos!

There was a certain quality in the room, with the collaborative energy of the people and the speakers. It was like a web work of neurons, just sparking off each other! The knowledge shared by the speakers was very powerful , and many of you raised such inspirational questions. I met so many of you in person, and wish there had been more time to talk to each and every one of you more extensively those two days.

My heart is truly with you, as I have been where you are right now. My book “Little Rain Man” was the beginning of my journey for help with my son Johnny. I cannot overemphasize the importance of intervention – early intervention, if possible. It was truly a magnificent experience and I always love the conferences and personal contact!

An autism conference is for you and really about YOU! – we could have the greatest speakers in the world – (and I believe we do have the greatest speakers) – but there would be no conference without you. I know you were all there because you believe in yourselves and you believe in your child! So, kudos to you and your family for their support –  for going the extra mile to be at the conference.”

Autism Asperger’s Friendship Society of Calgary

One of the great pleasures of doing our Autism Today conferences is the opportunity they bring to partner with leaders and groups in our host communities.  You never know what good things will come from these grassroots collaborations.

A great example from Calgary: The aptly named Autism and Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary.  In exchange for free registrations, Executive Director Dean Svoboda and his excellent team volunteered to visit Calgary schools and distribute fliers and posters to promote the conference.

They contributed so much to our program that we decided to offer them a booth at “Keys to the Treasure Chest,” where they promoted the artwork of Society member Shawn Belanger.  Shawn’s work caught the eye of Dr. Temple Grandin herself.  Dr. Grandin visited with the group at length after her presentation – and once again, some valuable new friendships were born. Karen liked Shawn’s artwork so well, she asked author Debbie Hosseini to add his work into our soon-to-be-released “Artism: The Art of Autism”.

“Keys to the Treasure Chest” Autism Conference Wrap-up

We had a great turnout at the conference in Calgary, in spite of the sub-Arctic temperatures. The energy at MacEwan hall was beyond splendid! Drs Temple Grandin, Doreen Granpeesheh, Stephen Shore, and David Kirby shared their amazing and knowledgeable insights on autism.

They are all truly fascinating to listen to. These highly educated and knowledgeable speakers are enlightening and inspiring. But most importantly, there would not have been a conference without YOU!

The presence of all of you that joined us was not only much necessary, but made the event just that much more fruitful, exciting and meaningful.
We really appreciate all of you that had such interesting and valuable questions to share with the group.

This conference is for you – and about you! It is about how we can help make a positive difference in your lives and the lives of your children and the people you care for. It is also for and about those of you who attended who are ON the autism spectrum. We really value your presence in a very special way. What makes your presence so special is the fact that YOU are there to learn how to advocate for yourselves – in person! You are there as representatives of those on the spectrum, and I am so glad to have the privilege to have met you.

We all say “Thank you Calgary and surrounding areas, Edmonton, Saskatchewan for helping to create a memorable event that we will never forget”

TV Worldwide ‘Autism Today and Beyond’ Town Hall Webcast

TV Worldwide ‘Autism Today and Beyond’ Town Hall Webcast Attracting National Attention on ‘Give The World Your Heart TV’

Dr. Temple Grandin and Autism Experts Led by Autism Today CEO Karen Simmons to be Featured in Free Webcast Supported by College Internship Program, Spectrum Supplements, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Respen-A™

Streaming Live from TV Worldwide Studios Near Washington D.C. Monday, November 1, 2010, 2 PM ET at www.GTWYH.TV

TV Worldwide, (, the Internet’s first TV network, announced that it had been selected to webcast ‘Autism Today and Beyond’ the first in a series of free live Interactive national town hall Internet TV presentations, November 1, 2010 at 2PM ET. The event is being produced in support of Internet TV channel Give The World Your Heart TV (www.GTWYH.TV) and will feature a panel of experts discussing the issues surrounding children with Autism as they enter adulthood.

Led by Karen Simmons, CEO of Autism Today (, and author of ten autism-related titles, including Chicken Soup for the Soul Children with Special Needs Children, and The Official Autism 101 Manual, the ‘Autism Today and Beyond’ town hall webcast will feature several of the top experts and advocates in North America’s autism community, including:

  • Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned agricultural scientist, livestock expert and perhaps the world’s most famous person with autism;
  • Dr. Stephen Shore, professor at Adelphi University, person on the autism spectrum, and author of Autism for Dummies;
  • Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, founder and director of C.A.R.D. (Center for Autism and Related Disorders); founder of ACT for Military Families
  • David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines & the Autism Epidemic; and
  • Elaine Hall, “CoachE”, dubbed the “Child Whisperer” by the New York Times, subject of 2-Emmy winning HBO documentary, Autism: The Musical.

The event is made possible through the sponsorship support of leading Autism sector organizations, including College Internship Program, Spectrum Supplements, Canadian National Autism Foundation, and Respen-A™ which will be featured during the webcast.

“We’re pleased to have again been selected to deploy our TV Worldwide Internet TV network to support the disability community and Give The World Your Heart TV,” stated Dave Gardy, chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide. “With the event’s high caliber experts, we’re getting huge interest for this webcast and we’re provisioning our servers accordingly. This content will eventually be featured on our re-launched Internet TV Channel for the community of people with disabilities, WebAble TV which we will launch later this year in cooperation with The Paciello Group, a leading accessibility consulting group.”

“Emerging technologies such as Internet TV and Social Media provide great hope and opportunities for positive solutions in the Autism community to reach the masses,” remarked Sandy Masin, Founder of Give The World Your Heart, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ( and the parent company of ‘Give The World Your Heart’ TV. “We are pleased to be able to work with Internet TV pioneer TV Worldwide to present this webcast series featuring a highly esteemed group of experts dedicated to this cause.

“The number of persons with Autism has increased at staggering epidemic rates,” said Ms. Simmons. “Now is the time to reverse this trend with proven treatments, awareness and sustainable best practices and the ‘Autism Today and Beyond’ webcast series is integral to getting the word out.”

This national town hall event be webcast live beginning 2 PM ET, Monday, November 1, 2010 at www.GTWYH.TV and in addition to National League of Cities TV ( Visitors to the live webcast will be able to post questions to interviewees and participate in Q&A via e-mail, providing a fully interactive forum for sharing information.

About Give The World Your Heart

Give The World Your Heart, Inc. ( was formed for exclusively charitable, religious, educational, scientific, or literary purposes. Give The Word Your Heart, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company. The organization’s Internet TV channel, ‘Give The World Your Heart’ TV (www.GTWYH.TV) viewers enjoy positive motivational programming, live webcasts, music video, documentaries and shows from participants from all over the globe, that encourage viewers to send their heartbeats in an effort to grow a new health heartbeat counting measurement called Total Gratitude Heartbeat Counter.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide ( developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as “Intelligent Internet TV”, Fortune 500 companies, 27 federal government agencies, and numerous International associations including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide’s live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company’s unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering 2007 through 2009. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) (

Heart for Those With Autism – A Message From Susan

A message from my sister Susan:

Justin is gifted in more ways than one. He’s great on the camera, but his passion for people is awesome! He wants to help people on the autism spectrum (I think he already is). The way he spoke about Tyler that day was very touching.

I spoke with Justin twice this weekend – once to thank him for doing the video. Then he called me back to tell me he saw the video and thanked us for the opportunity to make it. He liked it a lot, but felt he didn’t know enough about autism to really do a good job of it. I told him that’s why it was so perfect! It’s not the knowledge about the subject that matters as much as having a heart for it. The bloopers and cutting up made it really fun, but when he spoke about his friend Tyler with autism, his sincere side kicked in and he really spoke from the heart.

Justin really liked the video. He is very talented and has a lot of spunk. Lunch that day was more than extraordinary, as the food was not only superb, but he brought such a ray of sunshine to the table that day, that was unsurpassed.

But after talking today with Justin, I learned that what I like most about him is his passion to help other people. If we only think of ourselves, I think we kind of miss the boat in life. Love is giving of yourself to others, even if it’s as simple as a smile.

“No worries” goes a long way. If we worry, it blocks us from reaching out to others. It goes for abundance too. If you know that love is abundance, and you give it freely, it comes back to you.

Life is what it is going to be, so sit back and enjoy the ride, sit back and smile! It’s a whole lot more fun that way!

Thanks, Karen for giving me the opportunity to put this message out there!


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