Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Highlighting Efforts to Support Underrepresented Families of Children with Autism through a Community-Engaged Program
We know that early identification of autism is crucial, as it enables children to access and participate in evidence-based interventions and services that, in turn, have been linked to improved long-term outcomes (Bruder, 2010; Irvin et al., 2012). African American and Latino children, however, are less likely to be diagnosed with autism than European American children (CDC, 2016) and are more likely to be misdiagnosed or go unidentified years after the onset of symptoms (Hilton et al., 2010; Mandell et al., 2009).
In an effort to address disparities in access to services and supports for underrepresented families of children with autism, Dr. Jamie Pearson developed and piloted the FACES (Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Supports) parent training program. FACES is a face-to-face parent training and advocacy program that is delivered across 18-24 hours of training and instruction.
Objectives: Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the disparities in autism diagnoses and access to services that exist among underrepresented families of children with autism.
2. Identify ways that practitioners, special educators, and healthcare providers can support families of children with autism via community-engaged activities.
3. Identify strategies that facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration between parents and providers.
4. Develop a plan to reach underrepresented families of children with autism in their own communities.
Dr. Jamie Pearson, North Carolina State University
This is an AAIDD webinar.