May 28, 2013

Reaching Out to Close Racial Gap in Autism Diagnoses

by s.e. smith

Controversial organization Autism Speaks might actually be doing something right with a new campaign to close the racial gap in autism diagnoses between white and minority children. Several studies, such as a small study released last year, indicate that minority children, particularly Black and Latino kids, are diagnosed with autism at a rate much lower than that of whites.
A simple matter of autism demographics? Researchers argue no — in fact, the diagnosis is being missed, with minority children being diagnosed later than their white peers, suggesting that something is going wrong with early childhood interventions.
Racial health disparities can be seen across a broad number of diseases and communities, illustrating racialized forces at work within the health care system. Some minority communities... Read More >

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