Enrique Duarte IV

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Los Angeles, California

Enrique Duarte IV lives in East Los Angeles. He enjoys reading, traveling and composing music. He recently graduated from Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) eCals Charter High School. He is a board member of the Autism Society of Los Angeles, serving as the Community Liaison Director. He served on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Youth Council. From the age of 9, Enrique has been an active self-advocate, volunteer for many nonprofit organizations, speaker and voice in the autism, developmental disabilities and mental health community. He is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist musician, is currently in a band and is recording a demo. Enrique has been accepted to the California Institute of the Arts School of Music (CalArts) and plans to pursue music professionally.

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Posted July 13, 2018

My Mom Went to War to Get Me Into a School That Believes a Kid With Autism Kid Can Thrive

I have always been extremely anxious about change. Sometimes that change would lead to various levels of panic, sometimes in…

By Enrique Duarte IV

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