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Autism Research Lacks Cultural And Ethnic Diversity

Autism Research & Cultural Diversity

Autism can affect individuals from all sorts of different backgrounds, but a new study suggests those from ethnically and culturally diverse families are not well represented in autism research.

Instead, behavioral interventions and treatment programs for autism are largely tailored to white, middle-class children. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Special Education , underscore the need to recruit study participants from all walks of life in order to develop effective care plans and therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.

“The concern is that practitioners are taking these evidence-based practices that have only been applied to white children or predominately white children and are applying them …..

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