What happens to autistic children when they leave high school?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - These days, there is help for autistic children in Laredo schools.

But what happens when these young people move beyond high school?

KGNS spoke with a frustrated mother who says after high school, options for her autistic son are scarce.

There is one program working to improve the lives of people with autism but she says it's not enough.

Veronica Orduno can't stop bragging about her son, Ramon, and it's been quite a journey.

Ramon was the first autistic child enrolled in the LISD.

Today Laredo schools are better prepared to help kids with autism.

Because of that, Orduno says she's been able to watch Ramon grow and progress in the past 17 years.

But, she's afraid that 's about to come to an end.

Orduno says San Antonio has made strides to help adults with autism.

Opening a community center where autistic adults can live and work.

Nothing like that, she says, is available in Laredo.

Orduno says she will begin going to city council and commissioner's court meetings.

She plans to ask members of our government to do something to help autistic children, like hers.

On the topic of autism, families for autism support and awareness will be hosting an awareness walk, Saturday afternoon, at Shirley Field.


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