January 19, 2023

Joshua Brown is prioritizing special education in his rural Northern California district. But his perspective is unusual: He has firsthand experience with the district’s special education program — as a student. Brown has autism and is one of only a handful of people known to have autism nationwide to serve in public office. Can schools benefit from having neurodivergent members on school boards?


  • Joshua Brown, Board Member, Shasta Union Elementary School District
  • Carolyn Jones, Reporter, EdSource

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