Pat Grayson-DeJong’s interest in autism began 40 years ago when her own son Christopher, was diagnosed with the disability.  It was through her journey as a parent searching for programs and services to help her son, that she became involved with the Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA).  She served on the board of directors for more than 27 years and was involved in numerous legislative, speaking, and fundraising activities.  Pat also facilitated a Parent Support Group for parents of children with autism for more than seven years.  Pat has served on the board of directors of the Jay Nolan Community Services which is a non-profit agency serving the needs of children and adults with autism and other developmental disorders.  She is currently a committee member on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and one of 25 members serving on California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing Special Education Workgroup.  Pat is also on the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks, Los Angeles Chapter.


    Pat is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of California Lutheran University and holds both general and special education credentials from California State University, Northridge and CLU.  She also holds a Masters of Education in Education Management, and Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne.


    Pat began her education career as a classroom teacher for students with learning disabilities, autism, etc., for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  Later she served as a Resource Specialist, Inclusion Facilitator and Program Specialist. She concluded her long career with LAUSD as a district administrator for autism programs. 


    In the fall of 1999 Ms. Grayson-DeJong co-developed the Intensive Comprehensive Autism Programs (ICAP) for children challenged with autism.  The program, which is a blueprint for delivery of services to children with autism, was adopted by LAUSD and there are currently fourteen programs in operation.  The following year, Pat co-developed a program for high functioning/Asperger students that has been a successful model in facilitating the education of students in mainstream classrooms while at the same time meeting their unique and individual needs.  Until her retirement in 2007, Pat was the District’s expert for matters concerning autism in the areas of program planning, teacher and school staff training, and advisor to the Due Process Department. 


With her retirement from LAUSD, Pat is now able to dedicate her time and expertise to school districts wanting to improve their programs for students with autism as well as advocate  for children and their families to maximize their children’s educational experience.

WORKING WITH AND SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILIES SINCE 1970

Pat Grayson-DeJong (far left) addressing other panelists on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

For more information:

Phone: 818-491-3532

Email:pat@autismdefender.com

Pat Grayson-DeJong

PROGRAM SPECIALIST

FULL INCLUSION FACILITATOR

BEHAVIOR

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

RESOURCE SPECIALIST

SERVICES

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