Learning Rights Law Center's School Access Program for Children with Autism
Jessica Toth and Janeen Steel
Learning Rights Law Center
School Access provides outreach and direct advocacy to children with autism from low-income families in economically challenged areas of L.A. County. Funding from Autism Speaks will enable expansion of School Access to serve the transition needs of 24 youth with autism aged 14-22 during 2013.School Access will provide the following forms of direct advocacy to teenagers and young adults with autism, as well as their parents: small group training on how to utilize education rights to ensure that a young adult is adequately prepared for life after high school, participation in Individualized Education Program ("IEP") meetings at which students' post-high school transition plans are developed, review and evaluation of students' individualized transition plans, addressing of legally insufficient transition plans through special education due process proceedings and development of a post-high school transition planning resource for use by young adults and/or their parents. School Access will conduct outreach in high-poverty areas of Los Angeles to ensure that families in need of service will have the opportunity to participate in the program.