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ERIC Number: ED570022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3397-6783-3
Undocumented Latino Parents' Access to Services for Their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Narrative Inquiry
Mora-Lopez, Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
An estimated 13 percent of children in the U.S. ages 3-21 have special needs. The Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States, and in this group there is an increasing number of Latino parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The problem is that the combined negative effects of Latinos occupying three stigmatized social categories of being monolingual, undocumented, and having a child diagnosed with ASD hinder parents' access to needed services for Latino children with ASD. This qualitative research addresses a problem of which little is known from the literature, the need for conducting this study became evident for two reasons: (a) few studies have addressed undocumented, monolingual Spanish speaking families with children with ASD; (b) the study goal is to identify the experiences, obstacles and challenges of these families in triple jeopardy meeting the healthcare and educational needs of their children. The purpose of this qualitative, narrative inquiry study is to document the experiences of undocumented, monolingual Latino parents' access to needed services for their children with ASD. This qualitative study comprised of a purposeful sample of 8 undocumented, monolingual Latino parents with at least one child diagnosed with ASD and living in Los Angeles, California, USA. Participants described their individual experiences relevant to their access to needed services for their children with ASD. Research through storytelling is a sound way of understanding and representing human experiences therefore open-ended interviewing was used as the instrument to gather primary data concerning participants' stories of experiences. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)