IMPLEMENTING SOLUTIONS for Autism Today and Beyond 

The First in a Series of Live Interactive Video Webcasts, November 1, 2010 at 2PM ET

Find answers to the question, "Now that many of our little children with autism are reaching adulthood, what's next?"  Experts will assemble to address this issue. 
The Facts:
As of April 2010, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website reports that an average of one in 110 children are diagnosed with autism, resulting in hundreds of thousands of people who need information and services immediately.The Need: Autism rates exponentially increased since the mid-eighties, and thousands of families have a child with autism who are reaching adulthood without a comprehensive resource to help them make that transition. Autism Today and Beyond gives you the comprehensive resource and life guide you need to help your child make a smooth transition into adulthood.When you have questions about whether your child can work, go to college, live independently, date, get married, have children, be safe, have a secure financial future, or any one of a hundred others, the experts in this our webcasts will help you with important decisions on how to proceed. The goal is to help your child not only survive, but thrive in the real world.

The Autism Today and Beyond Internet TV Town Hall Series:  Offers well-researched panel subject matter experts and weaves in positive real life stories and programs about persons with Autism, families, communities and decision makers that successfully handle all the challenges. Positive stories chronicle successes span from high-functioning autism often referred to as Asperger's, and other the end of the spectrum, with a more severe form of autism.The Viewing Audience:  Parents, you are the bridge between your child's needs and educating employers and the community about autism. Employers, managers and coworkers may need to change the way they speak with an employee who has autism. Civic leaders and first responders.  Primary Education and Universities/ College leaders.  Financial planners.  Wellness and Healthcare Providers.The Sponsors:  We welcome sponsors for live programming highlighting interactive live broadcasts which will be featured during the webcasts.  Please note we offer playback video from sponsors during the webcast or produce interviews that can be featured as advertorial during the show.Introducing The Autism Today and Beyond Internet TV Town Hall Pilot Panel Speakers:

Karen Simmons


A gemologist by trade, Simmons switched gears to help her real gems, her six children. Once her son, Jonathan was diagnosed with autism, she devoted her life to helping him and others with autism become their personal best. Simmons' first book, Little Rainman: Autism Through the Eyes of a Child, was written from three-year-old Jonny's perspective to help his teachers, siblings, and other parents understand his uniqueness. Highly articulate, Jonny speaks for so many who cannot, as the thousands who have read Little Rainman have told us.

Karen's love and passion to help those with autism led her to create more resources, write books, found the website,, host conferences and ultimately become one of the world's leading clearinghouses on information and help for those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. As CEO of Autism Today, she hosts expert classes designed for parents, educators, doctors, therapists, and those who serve the autism and special needs community.

As co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Heather McNamara, Karen also empowers others to share their heartwarming stories. Her son, Alex, was diagnosed with ADHD, making two of her six children the inspiration for all her work.

Karen authored several other titles: Artism: Art by Those with Autism, The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love, Peace of Mind for Autism CD; Autism From The Soul CD, Surrounded By Miracles, plus the Amazon bestseller and Book Of The Year In The Medicine Category, The Official Autism 101 Manual. Her books have received critical acclaim from media sources such as Fox News, Global News, PBS, ABC's View from the Bay, and Woman's World Magazine.

Dr. Temple Grandin


Temple Grandin movie wins 7 Emmy awards!! Dr. Temple Grandin presently works as a Proffesor of Animal Science at Colorado State Univeristy. She speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. Dr. Tony Attwood, world renowned expert on ASD, says this about Temple, "Temple is my hero. She has my vote for the person who has provided the greatest advance in our understanding of autism this century."

HBO recently featured Dr. Grandin in a special television series on autism titled, "Temple Grandin," which won 7 Emmy Awards in 2010. She inspired millions with her story and advancements despite having Asperger's and holds a place in history as the most famous woman with autism.

Stephen Shore


Stephen Shore has Asperger’s, is a professor at Adelphi University, and earned the following degrees: Ed.D. in Education, Boston University (2008); M.A. in Music Education, Boston University (1992); B.A. in Music Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1986); B.A. in Accounting and Information Systems, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1986); Ed.D. (2008) Boston University. You can learn more about him and his speaking events at

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh


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 recieved her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is Licensed by the Medical board of Californina, the Texas State Board if 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 treatment and research.

Dr. Granpeesheh is a 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.

David Kirby


David Kirby is the author of the critically acclaimed book Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, which debuted on The New York Times bestseller list and is still widely read today. A professional journalist for over 15 years, Kirby has appeared on such venues as Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Imus in the Morning, CNN, Montel Williams, Air America, and may others.

Kirby, whose book is about Factory Farming, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, has been a professional journalist for over 15 years, including extensive contributions to the New York Times. He was a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990. Kirby has also worked in politics, medical research and public relations.

Elaine Hall


The New York Times references Elaine Hall, "CoachE" and the "Child Whisperer." based on the extraordinary and compeling theater arts program, The Miracle Project which she innovated for children of all abilities. She is the subject of the two time Emmy Award winning HBO documentary AUtism: The Musical and has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Oprah Radio and featured in the LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Elaine is also a professional Film and TV Acting Coach. Writer/Director Doug Atchison, (Akeelah and the Bee) says that Elaine must have "been granted a magical visa into the world of children."

When traditional therapies did not work for her son, Neal, adopted as a toddler from a Russian Orphanage and diagnosed with autism at age three, Elaine sought out creative people (actors, musicians, writers) to join his isolated autistic world. These methods evolved into the creation os The Miracle Project which has garnered worldwide attention