Mieko Hester-Perez co-founded the Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org) in 2009. In addition to her work as CEO of a California public records firm, Perez was recently named to the board of the NORML Women’s Alliance.
Perez co-founded the Unconventional Foundation for Autism after her own struggles as a parent. Her son, Joey, was diagnosed with a severe form of Autism at 16 months old. He was prescribed as many as 13 pharmaceutical drugs at one point – all but two of them were experimental.
Perez decided to see if Joey would benefit from medical marijuana after consulting with experts. She baked a few batches of gluten-free cannabis infused edibles for him and witnessed a notable improvement in a matter of weeks. She believes that medical marijuana saved her son’s life.
Mieko’s experience with cannabis led her to speak with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America in 2009. She launched the Unconventional Foundation for Autism website on the same day that her interview aired.
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.
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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, …