The 2019 Honorees

2019 Golden Cowgirl
ERIN MURPHY DUNCKEL
Autism activist and autism parent

2019 Visionary
DOREEN GRANPEESHEH, Ph.D
Founder OF Autism Care Today and Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.

2019 Legacy Award
NANCY ALSPAUGH-JACKSON
Executive Director Emeritus

2019 Host
MARK STEINES
Actor, comedian and entertainment industry television journalist

The ACTivist Award

Given to a figure in the entertainment industry who shines a spotlight on some of the prejudices and misconceptions held about people with autism and exemplifies the mission of providing necessary resources to help individuals with autism achieve their full potential.

​2018 – Richard Schiff
2017 – Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Olivia Newton-John, Shervin Roohparvar
2016 – Brian McKnight, Breanna Yde
2015 – Max Burkholder, Howie Mandel, Sharhonda & Shawn Stockman
2014 – Nolan Gould, Holly Robinson & Rodney Peete
2013 – Vin Di Bona
2012 – Joe Mantegna, Steve Mauldin
2011 – Tom Bergeron

The Golden Cowgirl Award

Given to a community activist who exemplifies the mission of providing necessary resources to help individuals with autism achieve their full potential.

2018 – Joanne Lara
2017 – Dr. Anna Guanche
2016 – Donna Kopelow
2015 – Sydel Lisi
2014 – Sophie Rose
2013 – Susan Campbell Cross
2012 – Kathleen Sternbach
2011 – Rebecca Grossman
2010 – Lisa Gutman
2009 – Lori Dorff
2008 – Shannon Farar-Griefer

The Visionary Award

Given to a community leader who exemplifies the mission of providing necessary resources to help individuals with autism achieve their full potential

2018 – Rose van Wier Hein
2017 – Lily Hessami
2016 – Don Palazzo
2014 – Virginia Viola


For additional information, please contact Paul at 818-340-4010 or email

paul@act-today.org