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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?

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Letter to
Executive Director, Calfironia Department of Developmental Services Terri Delgadillo
California State House
California State Senate
and 1 other
California Governor
Please End California's Discrimination Against Black and Latino Autistic Children TODAY!

All children with autism deserve help - regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or zip code.

I care about how the state of California spends its tax dollars on education and health care services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. I was outraged when I heard about the December 13th Los Angeles Times article that states "“the California State Department of Developmental Services last year spent an average of $11,723 [in autism services] per child on whites, compared with $11,063 on Asians, $7,634 on Latinos and $6,593 on blacks.”

I stand with Special Needs Network and thousands of parents from around the state in asking you to act immediately to hold the DDS accountable for equitable spending and distribution of funds for all children with autism. We need your help in eliminating these disparities in order to give all children a fair chance to grow and develop in our community.

Autism doesn't discriminate - so why does California?
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Sincerely,