The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our board of directors are all volunteer parents of people with autism and adults with autism. We are an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. For 34 years, we have been working to ensure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for people across the autism spectrum. We work every day to empower lives by opening avenues of self-advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities.
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ASF has formed a Safe Schools Task Force
due to the enormous concerns we have
for our children who attend public schools
Day after day there are reports of children with autism being treated with disrespect, exposed to profanity, dragged from classrooms, baker acted, restrained and segregated.
Bullying is another big problem for our kids.
In fact, 63% of kids with autism REPORT
being bullied in school, and that is only those who can communicate about what is happening to them.
We have contacted the Florida Department of Education, Chancellor of Education, district ESE directors, Office of Safe Schools, and we ask you to do the same.
Below are some contact emails. If you are as concerned as we are about this issue, please reach out to them and share your story.
Thank you for standing up for children with autism.
Victoria Gaitanis, Bureau Chief,
Dept of Ed (ESE)
Tim Hay, Executive Director
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