Black children with autism struggle to get help

Black families with autistic children are missing out on essential support because of language and cultural barriers, a damning report has claimed.

The study by the National Autistic Society (NAS) revealed that, while families of all ethnicities living with autism commonly face an uphill battle to access a diagnosis and support, BMEs face additional challenges to get the help they need.

The NAS spoke to around 130 parents and carers of children with autism from ethnic minority communities. The research identified issues around communication with professionals, with some families admitting they were suspicious of authorities. It also highlighted a lack of awareness in some communities where the behaviors associated with autism are sometimes seen as “unnatural” or due to a lack of discipline.

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21st July 2014