Walk Now For Autism Speaks

Pleas join us this Sunday as we support Autism Speak in the Walk Now For Autism Speaks.

Team Donation Page

Team Page

Event Info:
Autism Speaks is proud of our signature fundraising event which brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

To see a current list of walk sites please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Questons or Comments? Contact us at losangeles@autismspeaks.org or 323-549-0500 x74765.

This event features two walk routes. One is a full 3 miles and the other is making 1 mile laps around the Stadium.

Event Location:
The Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103

Need directions? Click here for a map

Event Schedule:
Registration 4/20/2013 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Walk Starts 4/20/2013 9:00 am
Walker Registration: No Fees
General Registration
T-Shirt ($150.00 + )
Each registered walker who raises a minimum of $150 will receive a 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks t-shirt!
Grand Club ($1,000.00 + )
This prestigious group of walkers have raised $1,000 or more for Walk Now for Autism Speaks this season. The program was created to give extra recognition and VIP treatment on Walk Day to these top walkers. Our goal is to double the number of Grand Club members in 2013. Want to join us? Start fundraising today!
   Rewards: VIP treatment – and extra recognition

Early Intervention Clinic for children with Autism

We have only 50 more votes to go!!!

Thanks to everyone who has voted so far.

The grant is to enable us to open an Early Intervention Clinic for children with Autism.  Your Vote is Greatly  Appreciated.

Please spread the message to your Family and Friends and help us achieve our goal.

Voting only takes a couple of clicks:

Please click on the link:


Click “Log in and Support” (use your Facebook email and password)

Search “Behavior and Education” in Redondo Beach CA (ok to leave city and state blank)

Then click “Vote”.

Thanks so much for your support!


Adults with Autism: The Future is Now

Adults with Autism: The Future is Now
Creating Solutions for Adults with ASD
Please join us for our first meeting!
Date: June 6, 2012 – RSVP not necessary – open meeting
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Location: Neptunian Woman’s Club
Downtown Manhattan Beach
920 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
(Lots of metered parking under Shades Hotel or you may find street parking)
Please come to this very important first meeting. We need your input on how you would like the agenda’s outlined. I would like to also form small committee’s that will gather information on all the areas that we need to be experts on.
Examples of areas we need to explore: Day programs, living options, financial resources, 18 to 22 options, college options, conservatorship and the list does go on and on! We have a lot to tackle.
We will become experts together and empower ourselves. Our goal is to make informed decisions for our children.
We welcome all parents with children of ALL ages. Please pass this information on!
Laura Roberts
(Mother to Nicholas 17 years old)
Note:  Please no regional center employees, school district employees or vendors.  This is parents and relatives only.


Early Intervention Clinic

We are applying for a small business grant to help us start an early intervention ABA clinic. We would greatly appreciate your support by “voting” for us. We need 250 votes in order to be considered for the grant.

To vote, please click on the link:


Click “Log in and Support” (use your Facebook email and password)

Search “Behavior and Education” in Redondo Beach CA (ok to leave city and state blank)

Then click “Vote”. You can also choose to share your vote on Facebook if you’d like to get your friends involved.

Thanks so much for your support!



The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California

Dear Autism Community Friends,

Last year, many of you joined with virtually every autism organization in California to support Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s bill to require insurers to cover behavioral treatment for people with autism spectrum disorders. Together, we won. The bill takes effect July 1.

Now we need your help to be sure the bill is implemented as Senator Steinberg and all of us intended.

Over the last couple of months, we heard about some potential problems. That wouldn’t be surprising with a change as big as this bill. So we let Senator Steinberg know the concerns that we’d heard, and I met with his staff about them yesterday. They asked us for specifics so that Senator Steinberg can follow up to make sure that no one loses any services they need on July 1.

Please email me as soon as possible if you have been told by anyone from your regional center that you may lose any service not covered by insurance, or that your services will change in any negative way as a result of the bill. While we haven’t been able to confirm the reports we’ve received to date, we want to get ahead of any problems associated with this new law so that it is as successful as we all hoped it would be.

To protect your privacy, I will take out all names, email addresses, and any other identifying information before I pass anything on to Senator Steinberg or anyone else. No one but me will know who you are.

The Lanterman Act makes the regional centers “the payer of last resort.” If a service is in your individual program plan (IPP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) and no insurer or anyone else is providing for it, the regional center will. The Steinberg bill makes it clear that nothing in the bill changes that.

But as we all know, it takes vigilance and determination to make sure that California keeps the Lanterman Act promise.

Thank you for your advocacy.


PS. Please forward this to anyone you know in the autism community who might want to contribute any information.

Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814

Spanish-Speaking ABA services

Behavior and Education (BAE) is excited to announce that we now offer Spanish-Speaking ABA services for English Language Learners (ELL) with Autism and other behavioral disabilities!!

Our Spanish-speaking services include:

  • Direct ABA intervention offered in both Spanish and English
  • ABA Supervision and Parent Education provided by a Spanish-Speaking ABA Supervisor
  • Parent Education handouts and services offered in Spanish
  • Reports provided in both Spanish and English
  • BAE website “Español” link translates the entire site to Spanish (www.behaviorandeducation.com/espanol)

Consumers of ABA services living in Spanish-speaking homes often have stronger receptive language skills in Spanish, but live in a community where the primary language is English. Using techniques for ELL and ABA, our behavior therapists assist children in developing functional skills across their primary language environments.

Family involvement is critical in achieving successful outcomes for individuals with autism and other behavioral disabilities. Due to language barriers, Spanish-speaking families often do not have the same access to information about their child’s development. Our new Spanish-speaking division at BAE is intended to empower families through parent education to support their child’s growth.

Behavior and Education (BAE) is a non-public ABA agency in the Los Angeles area. We are vendored with Westside Regional Center, Harbor Regional Center, local school districts, and insurance companies.

Please call 310-406-1500 today to get this process started for your Spanish-speaking families!


Behavior and School Success on the Autism Spectrum

Spectrum Training Systems, Inc.

Puzzle Pieces

“Behavior and School Success
on the Autism Spectrum”
 Coming to Long Beach Area
“No More Meltdowns: Handling Challenging
Behaviors & Teaching Social Skills”
Presented by Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 17th
 This woDr. Jed Bakerrkshop is about understanding challenging behaviors in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other social communication disorders, with an overview of behavior management techniques.  Dr. Baker, author of The Social Skills Picture Book, will share specific, user-friendly strategies and techniques for providing relevant social skills instruction to children and teens with ASD.  Enjoyable socialization methods are emphasized so individuals may experience success and desire to build skills.  Social deficits and disruptive behavior affect life at home, school and eventually in the workplace.  Conference participants will learn both highly beneficial strategies that can be used across a variety of settings and routines; and practical and effective solutions to assist “typical” peers, family members and professionals in increasing their successful support of individuals with ASD.
“Asperger Syndrome for the Special Education World”

Presented by Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D.

 Wednesday, April 18th

 Dr. WillDr. Liane Holliday Willeyey’s story has been highlighted in USA Today, The New York Times, ABC News, and dozens of other national and international media.  Her presentation will focus on her life story from her earliest memories as a very young child, to her world as she now experiences it.  Included in her presentation is information on how teachers and others supported and taught her, and how she came to understand and cope with her Asperger Syndrome (AS).  Dr. Willey will also present her vision of how we can make life for all students on the Autism Spectrum more rich and rewarding.  Following the presentation, the audience will have a clearer understanding of the difficulties caused by AS in behavior, language, communication, social skills, executive functioning, sensory integration, and psychological well-being. 

2-Day Workshop Info (Printer-friendly)

Workshop Web Page


Location of Conference:The Centre at Sycamore Plaza
The Centre at Sycamore Plaza
5000 Clark Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
Conference Fees:
2 Day Package:  $215
1 Day Package:  $145
Credit cards, purchase orders and checks are accepted.  Please fax purchase orders, and mail checks, to the information below.  To purchase a workshop package with a credit card, please visit our online store.
Certificates of attendance and CEUs are available for both conferences.  There are six hours of lecture each day, beginning at 8am and ending at 3:30pm.

Team Greenbean 2012


Team Greenbean 2012

We are back.

Please join us April 21st at the Rose Bowl for the 2012 WALK NOW event benefitting Autism Speaks.


For the first time, we have built our own website as well … check out the pictures from years past, and information about our group.



This is our seventh year rallying friends and family to support our son Tyler and his fellow members of the Autism community.  Tyler is now a 9 year old boy, trying to connect with the world.  Like Tyler, there are a number of parents out there that are rendered speechless by the epidemic that is Autism.

When we began our efforts to expand Team Greenbean years ago, one stated goal was to raise awareness in the community of kids like Tyler.  Now, the sad truth is, we get a call almost monthly from someone who has a child on the spectrum or a family member who suspects a diagnosis is coming.  This is an unscientific study, and is at the same time scary for our society, and satisfying for us as parents to think that we can offer a bit of support and assistance to parents of the newly diagnosed.


Autism Speaks is making great strides nationwide on the awareness front.  No doubt, this is in part due to the money we have raised at Team Greenbean.  Further, that increase in discussion about Autism leads directly to research into the disorder, and into the development of services for these kids.
One thing we have begun to think about is what happens to kids like Tyler when they get a bit older.  We are learning daily about the severe lack of facilities and services available for these ‘kids’ as they turn 20, 25, 30 … etc.  As Tyler turns 10 this year, we will begin to tilt some of our effort to this soon-to-be personal issue which so greatly affects his future.


In the meantime, Tyler is living here in Los Angeles, making progress in many areas.  As we shared last year, Tyler is fairly obsessed with his computer and YouTube.  His eclectic taste ranges from Portuguese THOMAS THE TRAIN videos to intense studies of the ARTHUR opening credits.  He has been surfing twice a week, attending Leaps & Boundz gymnastics and Freedom Riders for hippo therapy.  He gets special swim lessons to strengthen his body from Nicole Zelazny.

We recently moved to the Westwood area to a home that provides Tyler more space to work with his team of therapists from Behavior & Education.  Shir, helen and Christina are vital to Tyler as he seeks an independent life.  Additionally, Tyler has had amazing OT intervention with Uyen Nguyen, and music therapy with Andy Tubman.  These are the so-called ‘official’ services.  Tyler also has a team of a dozen helpers including Debby, Dorrey, Amber, Maria, Amy, Linda and Lee .. No one gets enough credit.

His bus from The Help Group picks him up in the am, and now there is an appropriate place for him to work after the 6 hour school day.  Tyler continues to receive incredible support from his doctor pals at UCLA, specifically Connie Kasari and Jim McCracken;  we are proud that Connie’s research has been supported by your dollars contributed to Autism Speaks.

We are incredibly lucky to have these services.  Without them, Tyler would be lost.  With the economy in a clearly challenged place, it is interesting that politicians from both parties have been dropping the ‘A’ word in debates and interviews — they know that there is a desperate constituency trying to gauge who would be more likely to keep or cut their treasured services.  November is a big month, clearly.  You can read up on Autism Speaks initiatives in politics on their website:  AutismVotes.


As many of you know, we have walked with Autism Speaks each year since Tyler was three.  The Walk has grown, as has Team Greenbean.  We have had thousands of partners donate anywhere from $5 to $10,000 each year.  We have raise over $1,000,000 for this great cause.

This year, our goal is to raise $1 more than last.  Simple.

Further, we want to continue to help other parents deal with an initial diagnosis, assist in funding our favorite doctors and researchers, and begin to look for adult opportunities for Tyler.  As parents, this is the equivalent of putting your kid on the college track while in second grade.


We will once again meet with kids and families at the Rose Bowl on April 21.  It takes some time to get to the Rose Bowl, and another half hour to sift thru traffic.  But the environment for learning is great.  Your kids will walk away feeling like they contributed to something important.

We walk around the Rose Bowl at slow speed (90 year olds have done it!).  It is about 3+ miles and we do it in an hour.

That evening, we invite our fundraisers back to our home for a celebration.  The party is special this year as we will be opening up our new home to our friends and family for the first time.


  1. Go to the website for Team Greenbean.
  2. If you plan to walk, join the team
  3. If you would like to simply donate, just click on any name and fill out the form.
  4. If this is too complicated, send a check to AutismSpeaks to my office.
  5. Come to the WALK or come to the PARTY (details to follow).
  6. Keep track of our success on these emails (sorry) or on our new website.


We are honored, as always, to host Team Greenbean once again.

The event has become an important part of our family, and an easy way to share to Tyler’s story with the world.  He’s an amazing kid, as are all of these children.  Your donation will help many of these kids to overcome some the obstacles this disorder presents.

 Ari & Andrea / Tyler & Avery



Shine a Light on Autism

Last year, more than 70,000 people pledged to Light It Up Blueto shine a light on autism.

Join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue. Whether it’s your front porch or your local city hall, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism.

Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support.

Take the pledge now and help shine a light on autism.


Special Benefit Performance for PER Foundation


Saturday April 14th 2012

The PER Board is honored to feature for its second fundraiser a highly unusual and exceptional presentation at the Zipper Hall of the Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles:

The PER Foundation invites you to a special benefit performance and presentation


Creative Genius and Psychiatric Illness

April 14th 2012 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Performance and presentation by Richard Kogan, MD

PER ADVOCATE AWARD presentation to Sharon Dunas, NAMI West LA

Richard Kogan, MD, is a concert pianist and practicing New York City psychiatrist, Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music & Medicine Program. Dr. Kogan is a graduate of Harvard Medical School which he attended after he graduated from Juilliard School of Music. For over 10 years Dr. Kogan has been performing nationally and internationally his highly unusual blend of live piano playing while masterfully detailing the life and psychic suffering of famous musicians. His presentations humanize mental illness and deepen our appreciation of the creative role of music in human life.

For more information, see the write up by Lloyd Sederer, MD:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lloyd-i-sederer-md/music-madness-and-medicin_b_852867.html or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_DmRi3HxkI

The PER ADVOCATE AWARD will be presented to Sharon Dunas, MFT, President National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) LA County & Westside LA. For her exceptional work in educating family members and consumers regarding serious mental illness and its treatment.

You must register to attend thru the PER website: http://www.perfoundation.org   For questions email: MGlazerPERCoord@aol.com