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ERIC Number: EJ1179135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
African American Parents' Perceptions of Diagnosis and Services for Children with Autism
Pearson, Jamie N.; Meadan, Hedda
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v53 n1 p17-32 Mar 2018
The identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during the first two years of life has become more promising; however, the probability of early ASD diagnoses does not always extend to African American children. This disparity has decreased the likelihood that African American children will benefit from early intervention services. This qualitative inquiry explored, via semi-structured interviews, the perceived factors that facilitate and impede early diagnoses and access to services among African American parents of young children with ASD. A constant comparative approach was employed and 15 themes related to diagnoses, services, and recommendations emerged (e.g., parent knowledge of ASD as a facilitator to diagnosis, "aggressive advocacy" as a barrier to accessing services, and parent education as a recommendation for addressing identified barriers). Parent advocacy and partnerships with professionals were overarching themes in this study. Implications for parent training related to knowledge of ASD, parent advocacy, and partnerships with professionals are discussed.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325D100062