School Board Urges Increasing Awareness of Autism

LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2017) – More than 13,000 students who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum are enrolled in L.A. Unified. It is the second-highest designation in the special education population. To promote awareness of autism, the Los Angeles Board of Education today approved April as Autism Awareness Month, which coincides with World Autism Day on April 2.

Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic, sponsor of the resolution said, “I support any educational efforts we as a District can undertake to support the children and families that are working to cope with the everyday difficulties that being diagnosed on the autism scale can bring. We must support them as they work to overcome these challenges and transition to leading as fulfilling a life as possible." 

The District’s Special Education Division provides instruction, and services tailored to individual students, and a broad support while providing a transition, when necessary, to life after high school.

“I am proud to support this resolution because I have heard directly from my constituents of the importance of ensuring our schools are supported by this District to promote autism awareness and education,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez.

In fact nearly one of out three Calfornians diagnosed with autism lives in Los Angeles County. “I look forward to the Division of Special Education continuing and, even potentially, increasing their support of our students, families, and staff,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff.  “As a teacher, I know that the more support that is provided, the more our students succeed.” 

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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