Promoting self-confidence, balance and wellness in differently-abled individuals and their families.

A Letter from our namesake,

Ed Asner

I am writing to you today to help me realize a dream that I have. This dream is to establish an oasis of creativity in every special needs community. A place where our most beautiful dreamers of all can have their place to thrive and in doing so learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world. This place will be The Ed Asner Family Center.

 

My son once asked me “what would you be doing if you hadn’t become an actor?”. I thought about this and as I did I realized that acting and performance saved my life. Through acting and the arts I found self-confidence and was able to use that confidence in critical areas of my life.

 

Our education system is broken. Enrichment has been replaced by test scores and metrics completely taking personality out of the equation. In the world of special education this is even more true.

 

My fellow dreamer and I, Navah Paskowitz-Asner, whose successful “Family Conferences” which stressed support for the entirety of the family, not just the special needs individual, has played a big part in pushing this dream forward.  This center of enrichment where we can develop a most important part of our being, character. This will be achieved by offering arts programs at our centers after school and on the weekends as well as counseling and mindfulness classes. These classes and sessions will promote self confidence and balance. Something that will translate in all areas in life including an area that needs much attention in the disability world, employment. Over 80% of individuals with a cognitive disability are unemployed or under employed.

 

We need your help to make this dream a reality so we can produce more dreams. My ask is simple. Donate to us and if you can’t make a tax deductible financial donation. Donate a lunch, a walk on part or a backstage visit. Help me make a lasting mark on these bright lights in our world and help them shine brighter. I have attached a deeper description of the Ed Asner Center. Please take a look and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call me.

 

If you know me, you know that I have done anything I can for people and a good cause. If you have come to me and asked something of me I hope I have been there for you. This is Asner calling. Help me change the world.

 

In gratitude,

 

Ed Asner

 


Our Founders

Matt Asner

Matthew Asner grew up on TV sets and in the wings of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” watching his father, Ed Asner, and the talented legendary cast in action. His love of the arts and music evolved into a career as an entertainer.

 

At the age of 15, he was performing music traveling up and down the west coast and in clubs around Los Angeles and later explored the world of acting. A natural leader, Matthew became a producer and took his place on the other side of the camera.

 

He has produced and directed award winning documentaries and television shows for over 25 years including 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2011), In Search of Peace (1998), Season Of The Samurai (2009), Live from Jerusalem: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Live with Zubin Mehta Featuring
Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja (2011), Hiroshima (1995) among many others.

Navah Paskowitz-Asner 

Navah Paskowitz-Asner is the co-founder of The Ed Asner Family Center, the founder of CAMP ED, a mother and a spokesperson, advocate and life coach for special needs families.

 

Navah spent her childhood growing up with her parents and eight brothers traveling around the USA in a 24 ft camper while her Stanford educated, physician father took care of Native Americans free of charge.

Her childhood and family life was so unusual it was the subject of an award winning documentary, “Surfwise”. Leaving her familial camper at 15, she headed to New York and began working as a model. Her life as a model take her all over the world. She lived in Italy, France and Israel before finally settling down in Los Angeles where she helped run her families surf camp.

 

While Navah was volunteering for multiple autism related organizations, after the diagnosis of her two youngest sons, a desire to help people through the difficult path of diagnosis and treatment was born. In 2014 she created the Balance Family Conferences, where the explicit goal was to support the foundation of the special needs family, not just the impacted child.

Family has been an ever present theme in Navah’s life.

 

Navah has over a decade of experience in both parent and sibling group support. Bringing this experience, she partnered with her husband and the company’s namesake, father-in-law in Ed, to create The Ed Asner Family Center. Her goal, to provide health, healing and community support. This goal was very personal. Years ago Navah was a mother in need, struggling with anxiety and financially unable to seek therapy for her anxiety issues. Her goal at the Center is to provide low or no-cost mental health support and typical sibling support for families in need.

 

Navah continues to be a leader in the community and speaks nationally and internationally about her personal experiences being a wife and mother to six kids, three of whom are on the autism spectrum.