• April 3, 2024
  • AD Staff Writer
  • News

Breaking Barriers: LA Found’s Impactful Webinar on World Autism Awareness Day

On Tuesday, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day was marked with an exceptional webinar hosted by L.A. Found, that delivered insights and inspiration.

This engaging event, tailored for families in Los Angeles County, attracted attendees far and wide, fostering a sense of community as participants completed a poll, and were able to pose questions.

While acknowledging the ongoing challenges surrounding diagnosis and intervention, as well as persistent social skills deficits throughout lifespans, the webinar highlighted heartening progress achieved through the collaborative efforts of various organizations.

Dr. Ashley Wiley Johnson presented the transformative work of the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, which empowers individuals with autism to surpass stereotypes and thrive in all aspects of life.

Manuel Aguilar from the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center provided valuable information into the range of services and support available, many of which are accessible free of charge.

Highlighting the crucial role of dedicated caregivers, informed communities, and high-quality services, the webinar emphasized the pathway to success for individuals with autism.

Addressing safety concerns, a compelling video showcased interactive exercises between law enforcement officers and individuals with autism, illustrating the importance of mutual understanding and cooperation. Furthermore, the webinar underscored the pressing issue of wandering prevention, with statistics revealing that 49% of individuals with ASD may wander or go missing at some point.

For those who missed the event, a recap is available via this link.

Additionally, as Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month draws to a close, L.A. Found invites you to join another informative webinar on Wandering Prevention scheduled for Monday, April 29, 2024, at 6 pm. Click here to register.


Manuel Aguilar


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