Disparities In Identifying Autism Identified In Minority Kids

The Kansas Health Institute (12/19, Smith) reports that in an article published in the Journal of Special Education, Jason Travers, an assistant professor in the special education department at the University of Kansas, “demonstrates that Hispanic and black children are diagnosed with autism at lower rates than white children.” Instead, many of these children may be diagnosed with “adjustment disorder” or having some sort of “intellectual disability.” Currently, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 youngsters in the US has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Related Links:

— “KU researcher questions lower autism diagnoses among minority children,” Alex Smith, Kansas Health Institute, December 18, 2014.

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