Monica is deeply involved in philanthropy through giving back to the autism community, offering presentations on her experiences with special needs throughout the U.S., and donating copies of her books to charitable events.

Autism Speaks

Mission: Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

  • A dedicated supporter of Autism Speaks, Monica has attended many Autism Speaks events throughout Southern California, including Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles, as an advocate for autism and leading Team Cowboy in raising funds for the cause.

  • Monica has given presentations on overcoming adversity with grace during Autism Speaks events, including the 2011 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk Kick Off event and is a proud community sponsor of the 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles.

  • Monica donates all proceeds from Cowboy & Wills book sales during Autism Speaks events back to Autism Speaks.

Special Needs Network

Mission: Special Needs Network’s mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults.

  • Monica received the Woman of Distinction award from Special Needs Network in 2011 for her work in educating the Los Angeles community on autism.

Children's Community School

Mission: Children’s Community School is dedicated to teaching children to think for themselves, collaborate successfully with others, and take responsibility for their own education.

The Six Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities: Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids with Learning Disabilities Succeed in School and Life

Mission: This book helps teachers identify and encourage the growth of characteristics that will help students thrive in the classroom, at home, and in social situations.

The Children’s Ranch Foundation

Mission: To bring therapeutic equestrian programs to children of all abilities.