Lisette Medina Duarte

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Co-Chair, State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Los Angeles, California

Lisette Medina Duarte was appointed by former Supervisor Gloria Molina as co-chair to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (formerly known as Area Board 10) to represent the 1st Supervisorial District. In addition to serving as co-chair, Lisette is a senior coordinator in the field operations, west division of the Southern California chapter of Autism Speaks. She is an advisory board member for University of California, Los Angeles Tarjan Center, and a member of the Empowerment Congress.

Lisette has served on several local and school district leadership committees in Los Angeles where she has facilitated parent groups and conducted workshops. She is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum.

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Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Here’s How Every Parent Can Make A Difference in Their Kids School

Parental involvement plays a pivotal role in a child’s education, and schools can play an important role in engaging parents.…

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Posted Oct. 9, 2015

I Want My Latino Children to See Themselves in Their Teachers

In making a push for more Latino teachers as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Obama administration recently released a…

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Posted July 1, 2015

My Harrowing Journey Through the Special Education System in Los Angeles

I never imagined that both my children would be diagnosed with autism. When my son began experiencing challenges in preschool,…

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