Reinstate the Primary Autism Program at Kitty Ward Elementary

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 We are seeking support to call on Clark County School District to reinstate the primary autism program at Kitty Ward Elementary. Currently, there are autism programs for preschool age children, and grades 3-5, but there is a gap in the offered program for grades K-2. The children who are currently attending Kitty Ward for the preschool autism program will be moved to various schools as they advance to Kindergarten next year. This will affect 7 out of 8 children from the current preschool program. This is a dramatic and detrimental change for these autistic children. Changing to a new school will impede their progress. It may seem like a “small” change to you, but as a parent that has gone through this change already, it is a big deal. Throwing these children into a completely different school, with new hallways, new staff, new routines, new sounds, new kids, new smells, new start and end times (to name a few changes), will be devastating to them. 

Children with autism thrive on routine and consistency. Being able to remain at the same school will allow these children to focus on learning and developing new skills rather than fighting the inner turmoil of adjusting to a new school. All the progress they have made this year will be significantly hindered, if not completely lost, by having to start in a new school. This can be avoided. If CCSD reinstates the primary autism program at Kitty Ward, these children can remain at their current school and face one less giant obstacle in their already difficult journey to a successful education and meaningful life. Help us be the voice for our children. 

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