Last Day to Help Autism Speaks with a T-shirt

Today is the last day to help Autism Speaks raise money and get an awesome T-shirt. Order your T-shirt today from Sevenly and they will donate $7 to Autism Speaks. This money goes directly to providing therapy to children with Autism. Therapy, especially at an early age, has been proven to help kids with Autism overcome some of the challenges that they face. Please use the following link to get yours today.
Don’t forget to help team UPMA raise money for Walk Now for Autism Speaks. You can donate directly to Autism Speaks or to our team account. The walk will be December 7th at Anaheim Stadium.

Let’s Stop Bullying Together

Bullying is an epidemic plaguing our youth today. It is an even bigger problem in the special needs community. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non disabled peers. We all hope that there are teachers or parents that can step in and stop such harassment, but the fact of the matter is, constant supervision is impossible.
I’d like to ask your help in creating an anti bullying program to help my students. They are already at a higher risk of being bullied, I want to give them as many tools as possible to stop it. Of course I have the martial arts background and can teach them what to do if the situation escalates, but how do we keep it from getting to that point? I’d love some advice. Please post your comments. If you know any School Administrators or Psychologists that may have advice, please ask them. You can also email me at
Thanks for your help,
Coach Kristen



Looking for a way to help out the special needs community and get a great meal? Look no further. Join Red Robin and your local law enforcement for their Tip-a-Cop fundraiser.

On October 16, Special Olympics Orange County will partner with Red Robin for the annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop. Law enforcement officers will wait tables, collect tips and help raise money for Special Olympics!

Dine out from 5 – 9 p.m. on October 16 at Red Robin restaurants in Orange, Brea, La Habra, Irvine, Garden Grove, Cypress, Foothill Ranch, Santa Ana or Tustin.

Don’t miss out on the excitement! For more information and participating locations, visit the Red Robin Tip-A-Cop website. If you’re in Long Beach, there are locations for you as well.

Thanks for the support!

Welcome Miguel!

Let’s take some time to welcome our newest student, Miguel, to UPMA. Miguel comes to us from Texas where he studied Tae Kwon Do. Miguel has Cerebral Palsy and has some physical limitations, but he isn’t going to let that hold him back. Way to go, Miguel!