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Autism Diagnosis Often Delayed For African-American Children | Care2 Causes

Autism Diagnosis Often Delayed For African-American Children | Care2 Causes

African-American children are diagnosed much later with autism than white children, according to a new study published in the journal Social Work and Public Health . Currently, 1 in 110 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, which occurs across all demographic groups. But African-American children are likely to be diagnosed at least 1.5 years later than white children . Martell Teasley, an associate professor in the College of Social Work at Florida State University in Tallahassee, says that a lack of access to quality, affordable and culturally knowledgeable health care are among the reasons for the delay. But Teasley also says that the “social stigma attached to mental health issues within the black community” may also play a role. Such leads to “less discussion about autism among African Americans or between African Americans and health care p...

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