WPA4A, Inc.

aka Whole Plant Access for Autism   |   Quail Valley, CA   |  https://wpa4a.org/

Mission

To educate, and operate for, promote and support the education of, the public with respect to alternatives to traditional medicine for the treatment and management of autism.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO

Rhonda Moeller

President

Jenni Mai

Main address

23501 Cheyenne Canyon Dr

Quail Valley, CA 92587 USA

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EIN

82-5231338

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WPA4A, Inc. hopes to support people living with autism and promoting a healthier lifestyle for our participants and their families. Our mission is to educate individuals on the autism spectrum and their caregivers on learning about safe, appropriate alternative treatment options for symptom management. Our main mission focus is education and support related to legal, medicinal cannabis. We currently offer education and outreach, data collection, and family assistance programs, with much of the focus on education and outreach. People with autism and their families or other caregivers who choose to treat their symptoms with medical cannabis need guidance. Current cannabis education used by the neurotypical population does not seem to be substantially helpful for patients on the autism spectrum. The endocannabinoid system of a person with autism appears to have quite different needs, many of the standardized guidelines of cannabis education are essentially inappropriate.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WPA4A, Inc

To educate, and operate for, promote and support the education of, the public with respect to alternatives to traditional medicine for the treatment and management of autism.

Population(s) Served

We provide educational services regarding alternative, natural treatment for symptoms of autism, including the utilization of legal, medicinal cannabis.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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WPA4A, Inc.’s goal is to provide cannabis education and improve the quality of life of our participants and/or their loved ones. Our objectives include an increase in knowledge, a decrease in families being split apart, a decrease in the negative aspects of pharmaceuticals (if applicable), and an increase in overall health and happiness. Our participants will inform of their personal goals prior to program enrollment.

WPA4A, Inc.’s members have voiced their disdain in the lack of knowledge and assistance that comes from cannabis dispensaries and other distribution channels and they often leave with inappropriate product purchases at a high cost. At this time, medicinal cannabis is not covered by insurance due to federal drug scheduling so the families and individuals must pay the entire expense out of pocket.
While the staff and volunteers of WPA4A, Inc. are not physicians and they always urge people to do their own research, the organization does work vigilantly to compile data, research, and educational materials to help their members better understand the cannabis treatment option they are choosing to explore.

WPA4A, Inc. focuses on both general cannabis information and also the unique needs of the autism population. The organization conducts their own observational data studies of their members and they share that information collected, so the members are better prepared to choose their own cannabis products and intake methods. The organization also shares this data with appropriate parties outside of the organization so they, in turn, can better help the same population.

WPA4A, Inc. strives to increase the likelihood of successful medical cannabis usage to treat symptoms of autism through increased educational services. We hope to have individuals with autism and/or their caregivers successfully utilize medical cannabis for symptom management, if they choose to go this route. While WPA4A, Inc. makes no claims that cannabis can cure autism or any related symptoms, we do support our members who choose to explore its use for symptom management.

While medical cannabis access is becoming easier, the lack of available, pertinent education leaves many patients and caregivers confused. Due to federal drug laws, physicians are unable to prescribe cannabis; they legally can only recommend its use for patients in accordance to their individual state laws. There are many medical cannabis education resources and professionals, yet very few solely focus on treating symptoms of autism. It appears that there is often a significant difference in the needs of those on the autism spectrum and those who are considered neurotypical, and we are generally put in a position of not only education but re-education, if a member started receiving educational or dosing assistance from a source that isn’t as aware of the unique needs of the population we serve.
Appropriateness of program
Medical cannabis is becoming more widely accepted and shows promising results for autism, according to current available research. Currently, autism is listed as a qualifying condition in ten states and territories of the US (mammausa.org) and there are many other states where our members could potentially have legal access, based on common co-morbid conditions, such as seizures, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and other qualifying conditions. There are also a handful of states that leave qualifying up to a doctor’s discretion, allowing them to recommend cannabis for any neurological, debilitating, or chronic condition.

We expect at least 10% of our over 14,000 members to enroll in the formal education program. Many of our current members have already been using medical cannabis so our educational services may not be needed by a large portion of our group and they may instead benefit more from other programs WPA4A, Inc. offers. We anticipate our members to be in the educational program for one year.
WPA4A, Inc. plans to make a series of monthly webinars that focus on a variety of applicable topics, conduct live educational classes, distribute printed educational materials to doctors, cannabis dispensaries, and other outlets that could be passed on to patients and customers. We also plan to enhance and expand our online support group presence to reach a wider audience.

We expect our members to be better educated so they can make more informed decisions of how to utilize cannabis to treat themselves or their loved ones. We also hope to be able to provide this education to cannabis industry professionals so they may better serve our members.

Over the past three years, WPA4A, Inc. has found that a mix of virtual and in-person educational options work best for the population we serve. Currently, almost all of this program’s work is being handled online, but we do offer live workshops a few times each year. Ideally, we will incorporate additional live experiences and offer them in locations outside of our Southern California location as we grow and continue to expand. Ultimately, WPA4A, Inc. aims to have 1,400 formally enrolled new learners/new students by the end of the first year of this project. That is 10% of our current population. In our current method of operation, many of our members have already been utilizing our educational services on a much more informal level for up to three years, so these long-time members may not feel that they need to utilize a more structured delivery system.

WPA4A, Inc. currently serves over 14,000 members from approximately 80 different countries. Eighty-five percent of our population is located in the United States. Our organization is based in Southern California. The population we serve includes:

1. People on the autism spectrum (minors and adults)
2. People with co-morbid conditions which are common for those on the autism spectrum
3. The families and caregivers who are taking care of their healthcare needs
4. Doctors, researchers, cannabis industry professionals, others interested

We expect at least 10% of our over 14,000 members to enroll in the formal education program. Many of our current members have already been using medical cannabis so our educational services may not be needed by a large portion of our group and they may instead benefit more from other programs WPA4A, Inc. offers. We anticipate our members to be in the educational program for one year.

WPA4A, Inc. plans to make a series of monthly webinars that focus on a variety of applicable topics, conduct live educational classes, distribute printed educational materials to doctors, cannabis dispensaries, and other outlets that could be passed on to patients and customers. We also plan to enhance and expand our online support group presence to reach a wider audience.

We expect our members to be better educated so they can make more informed decisions of how to utilize cannabis to treat themselves or their loved ones. We also hope to be able to provide this education to cannabis industry professionals so they may better serve our members.

Financials

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WPA4A, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rhonda Moeller


Board co-chair

Jenni Mai

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes