The 411 on Blacks and Autism

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  • Knowing the Facts
  • What Is Autism?
  • Black Children Are Diagnosed Late
  •  Barriers to Diagnosis
  • Our Symptoms Are More Severe
  • We Are More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed
  • What Misdiagnosis Can Look Like
  • Why Early Treatment Matters
  • What Are the Warning Signs?
  • Knowing the Symptoms

Black Children Are Diagnosed Late

A 2011 study found that the average African-American child is diagnosed late with autism at 8 years old compared to 6 years old for white children. Not to mention, researchers also found that when Black parents do mention autism to their doctors, they are more likely to be ignored. By delaying diagnosis, Black children are more likely to need more extensive and longer treatment

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