All children with autism deserve help - regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or zip code.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times - “the California State Department of Developmental Services last year spent an average of $11,723 per child on whites, compared with $11,063 on Asians, $7,634 on Latinos and $6,593 on blacks.”
Autistic children who receive early intervention have a greater chance of being mainstreamed in school, integrated into their community, graduate from high school and live independently.
Without early intervention, many children miss critical opportunities for development and will ultimately be forced into institutional care, which actually uses more state spending than early intervention services.
Due to the striking disparities in how services are distributed, autistic children who come from racial minority or low-socioeconomic households are at a blatant disadvantage.
Autism doesn't discriminate - so why does California?