The DeGracia Family's Journey Through the Early Identification and Intervention System

Brief  •  Sep 15, 2020


Leticia DeGracia is the mother of four young children in Sacramento. Two of her children, Jaqueline and Brandon, were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) around two years old. This brief details Leticia's journey through California's Early Identification and Intervention System with both children. Leticia faced challenges in getting her son screened early and in finding in-network specialists using her employer's health insurance.

“In my experience, the system unlocks once you demand and advocate for your kids. It should not be this complicated,” Leticia noted.

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