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Mieko Hester-Perez is a Special Needs Advocate. She serves as President of CA Corporate & Attorney Services, Inc.; Scientific Advisor for Cannabis Science; Co-Founder of UF4A.org; Board Member of NORML Women’s Alliance; and Educational Director for From The Earth Collective in California.

Mieko co-founded the Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org), an informational site that is intended to raise awareness and support for families afflicted with autism spectrum. In 2009, she decided to go public with her son Joey’s success with medical cannabis. He was diagnosed with a severe form of autism at 16 months old.

Mieko has received many accolades over the years. Some of the most prestigious include the Evelyn DuPont Award she received in 2012 for improving the lives of children with autism. She also received special recognition from Congress for the many hours of community service and dedication she has given to helping families, autism organizations, universities, and healthcare professionals. Most recently, she was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Advocate Award at the Chalice Festival.

In 2015, Mieko was placed on the Advisory Board for Acology Inc., and helped to create a custom, FDA-approved, child-resistant container to house Joey’s Strain.

In 2016, Mieko participated as a key speaker and panel expert at many engagements throughout the United States including Canna Tech 2017 in Tel Aviv Israel, the 2016 Palliative Care Education Endowment for Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA, 2016 AutismOne Conference, 2015 West Hollywood Cannabis Educational Forum and the 2012 Cypress Hill Smoke Out Festival.

In 2017, Mieko joined the World Cannabis Conference and Expo Abracadabs Festival, as their global Community Outreach Program Director. She also became the Educational Director at From the Earth Collective in California.


Unconventional Foundation for Autism
Co-Founded by Mieko Hester-Perez and Ted Cromwell in 2009, the Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org) is an informational website that is intended to “raise awareness and support for families afflicted with this mysterious and misunderstood condition known as Autism.” They also strive to raise funds for medical research and clinical trials, while providing functional support for families in need. UF4A boasts a network of professionals that includes Jeffrey Raber (The Werc Shop), Aaron Justis (Buds & Roses Collective), Dr. Robert Melamede, and Kyle Kushman among others. Together, they help families find the form of treatment that best suits their needs.

In The News

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March 27, 2017

The Journey of Joey and Mieko Hester-Perez: Where Are They Now?
In 2011, we covered the story of an incredible and dedicated mother, Mieko Hester-Perez, and her son, Joey. Joey was diagnosed with a severe form of autism at 16 months old. You may have seen their journey featured on a number of shows such as NBC, CBS, ABC’s 20/20, and Vice Media, just to mention a few, as well as internationally in several countries. We wondered what was happening in their lives now, so we reached out to Mieko, and here is what we learned. After co-founding Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org), an informational site that is …
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November 25, 2013

The Story of Joey and Mieko Hester-Perez
Cannabis May Offer Safe, Effective Autism Treatment Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects information processing in the brain. It is often characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, as well as “stereotyped” behavior. It is estimated that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Further, it is even more prevalent when you only consider boys, effecting 1 in 54. Despite its high rate of occurrence, little is known about autism and how it should be treated. With that said, …

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