Autism Caregivers Education (ACE) Project
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
Youth with autism and other developmental disabilities are three times more likely to be victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect than their counterparts who are not diagnosed with autism. The professionals in the dependency system of care are charged with the responsibility of identifying what services are needed and ensuring that the services are appropriately implemented. Specific training is necessary to ensure that Guardians ad Litem (GALs), caretakers, parents of dependent children, and child welfare professionals not only appropriately identify the need for special education evaluations, but also advocate for such necessary services, and then secure them. It is the intent of the ACE project to assist dependency professionals in establishing meaningful educational implements for children with autism that will have a positive impact on youth far beyond the life of their dependency cases.