Connections: Disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment
We discuss disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment. The death of Trevyan Rowe has pushed the Golisano Autism Center to speed up plans to provide some services to families of children with autism in the City of Rochester.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 59 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the percentage of autism among African American and Hispanic children is nearing the percentage in white children. But African American and Hispanic children are less likely to receive ASD diagnoses and intervention services. Why? Studies point to a number of factors, including parent education, difficulty navigating the medical system, cultural barriers, and more.
We talk to the team at the Golisano Autism Center about how they hope to reduce those gaps in the near future. In studio:
- Rachel Rosner, director of education and support for AutismUp
- Mary Boatfield, board president for the Golisano Autism Center
- Melissa Parrish, family navigator for the Golisano Autism Center, and AutismUp employee
- Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong