Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable on Special Education during Autism Awareness Month

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable on Special Education during Autism Awareness Month

April 28, 2017

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos convened a roundtable yesterday with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to gain a better understanding of the support these students receive and the challenges they face while navigating the education system. After the meeting, Secretary DeVos released the following statement:

"Children on the autism spectrum have many unique abilities and talents while also facing unique challenges. As we wrap up Autism Awareness Month, it is important to remember that all children learn in their own unique ways. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is committed to helping all families find the right tools and resources to help their children learn and thrive. We must empower families with the supports they need in the learning environments that best suit their children’s individual educational needs.

"I thank Autism Speaks for helping to convene this roundtable and all of the parents who participated in it for the productive and thoughtful discussion. I also want to recognize ED's Parent Training and Information Centers for participating in today’s meeting and for their work in supporting the families of children with special needs. I look forward to continuing to work with these groups and all others who tirelessly advocate for special-needs students and their families."