Researchers Begin Mission to Lower Age of Autism Diagnosis for African American Children

On Average Black Children Diagnosed 2 Years Later Than Other Races

Earlier this month, SafeMinds Shares covered a disturbing news story which reported that obtaining an autism diagnosis takes longer for African American Children. In order to make this startling fact a thing of the past, a research team out of Washington University in St. Louis, using a long-standing grant from the State of Missouri, is evaluating at-risk Black children at their Autism Clinical Center. Additionally, through a partnership with the Steward Family Foundation, these same researchers developed a new intervention initiative called The Early Strides Program that aims to provide top notch early intervention services for newly diagnosed African American children with the intent of achieving the best outcomes for these children’s future.

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