Lakewood embraces Criders’ advocacy for GRIN2B, autism awareness

When their daughter Natalie was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Mike and Brittaney Crider knew some of their plans for their family were about to change.

But they never questioned that she would be part of the Lakewood school system.

“I went to Lakewood, I teach there,” Brittaney said. “Mike was the school’s resource officer there (for several years). We always wanted her to be supported in our community.”

Ever since Natalie entered preschool, the district has been committed to this goal, providing her with as many opportunities as possible to fully participate.

“I think I’m like any teacher who believes all students can learn,” said Carol Field, principal of Lakewood’s Jackson Intermediate. “We have a nice group of employees here who think along similar lines.”

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