Headshot Photo of Zack Kukoff
2012 Award Recipient


Project Autism Ambassadors

Location Thousand Oaks, CA

Issue Area Advocacy/Activism | Disability Justice

Zak learned first-hand about the challenges faced by students with special needs when his cousin was diagnosed with autism. Zak, then 14, responded by creating Autism Ambassadors to help his classmates access the right tools to be successful in the classroom, help them build lasting friendships, and promote greater understanding of and empathy for students with autism among their neuro-typical peers. Zak created a program and curriculum that helps more deeply integrate students with autism into the fabric of their school communities.

We bring students together to build understanding and friendships.

Zak Kukoff
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller